Effective Date: Date of Acceptance upon clicking “I agree” when signing up to our Account
This User Agreement (this "Agreement") is a contract between you ("you" or "User") and Kolabtree Limited ("Kolabtree", "we", “our” or "us"). You must read, agree to, and accept all of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement in order to use our website located at www.kolabtree.com, all affiliated websites owned and operated by us or our Affiliates (collectively, the "Site"), all processes, procedures, guidelines, services, applications and tools that are accessible through the Site and all Kolabtree mobile applications that link to or reference this Agreement ("Site Services"). To the extent permitted by applicable law, Kolabtree may amend this Agreement without prior notice to you at any time by posting a revised version on the Site. Any revisions to this Agreement will take effect when posted on the Site unless otherwise stated. Your continued use of the Site or the Site Services after the effective date of a revised version of this Agreement constitutes your acceptance of its terms and agreement to be bound by its terms. This Agreement includes and hereby incorporates by reference the agreements and polices linked from https://www.kolabtree.com or elsewhere on the Site, as such agreements and policies may be modified by Kolabtree from time to time in our sole discretion (collectively, the "Terms of Service"). YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE SITE IS VENUE WHERE THE MEMBERS USE THE MARKETPLACE AND OUR PLATFORM FOR ONLINE SERVICES. THE USER BECOME MEMBER WHEN THEY OPEN AN ACCOUNT. AS MEMBERS, YOU MAY USE THE DIRECTORY AND OTHER SERVICES TO ADVERTISE, LOCATE, INTRODUCE THEMSELVES TO EACH OTHER, SCREEN AND SELECT EACH OTHER, NEGOTIATE THE TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT. ONCE THE TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT ARE FINLISED AND EXECUTED BETWEEN THE MEMBERS, THE MEMBERS USE THE SITE TO COLLABORATE, COMMUNICATE ABOUT AND INVOICE AND PAY FOR THE ENGAGEMENT. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY USING THE SITE OR SITE SERVICES, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU ARE ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF AN ENTITY, YOU REPRESENT AND WARRANT THAT YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO BIND THAT ENTITY TO THIS AGREEMENT. IN THAT EVENT, "YOU" AND "YOUR" WILL REFER AND APPLY TO THAT ENTITY.
"Affiliate" means any entity that, directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with Kolabtree.
"Client" means any authorized User utilizing the Site to request Freelancer Services to be performed by a Freelancer (i.e., a User who is a client or potential client of Freelancer Users). From time to time, Kolabtree may act as a Client, and the terms and conditions of this Agreement applicable to Clients will apply to Kolabtree when Kolabtree acts in this way.
"Client Deliverables" means documents, instructions, requests, intellectual property, and any other information or materials that a Freelancer receives from a Client for a particular Service Contract.
"Confidential Information" means Client Deliverables, Freelancer Deliverables, Work Product, and any other information provided to, or created by, a User for a Service Contract, 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 Freelancer or Client; (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.
"Freelancer" means any authorized User utilizing the Site to offer Services to Clients. A Freelancer User is also a customer of Kolabtree with respect to use of the Site and the limited Site services.
"Freelancer Deliverables" means documents, instructions, requests, intellectual property, and any other information or materials that a Client receives from a Freelancer for a particular Service Contract.
"Freelancer Fees" means: (a) for a
"Freelancer Services" means all services performed for or delivered to Clients by Freelancers.
"Job" means Freelancer Services that a Freelancer agrees to provide to a Client. This term does not imply an employment relationship and is not to be interpreted in that manner.
"Payment Method" means payment through a valid credit card issued by a bank acceptable to Kolabtree or direct bank transfer or such other method of payment as Kolabtree may accept from time to time in our sole discretion.
"Proprietary Rights" means any and all rights, title, ownership, and interest in and to copyrights, mask works, industrial designs, trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade secrets, patents, and any other rights to intellectual property, recognized in any jurisdiction, whether or not perfected.
"Service Contract" means the contractual provisions accepted by both a Client and a Freelancer governing the Services to be performed by a Freelancer for Client.
"Site Services" means all services that are accessible through the site.
"Work Product" means any tangible or intangible results or deliverables that Freelancer agrees to create for, or actually delivers to, Client as a result of performing the Freelancer Services on a particular Service Contract, including, but not limited to, configurations, computer programs, or other information, or customized hardware, and any intellectual property developed in connection therewith.
"User Content" means any data, feedback, reviews, information, content, text, video, music, or other information that you post to any part of the Site.
1. DIGITAL SIGNATURE
2.1 Your Consent and Your Right to Withdraw Consent
By registering for an Account, you consent to electronically receive and access, via email or the Site, 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. To facilitate better use of the Site, you give us permission to provide these records to you either electronically and/or instead of in paper form. However, we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to communicate with you via postal service, fax and other
2.2 You Must Keep Your Email Address Current With Us
In order to ensure that we are able to provide records and notices to you electronically, you must notify us of any change in your email address by updating your Account information on the Site or by contacting Customer Support.
2.3 Hardware and Software You Will Need
To access and retain the records and notices we provide to you electronically, you must have: (a) a valid email address; (b) a computer system that operates on a platform like Windows or Mac environment or better; (c) a connection to the Internet; (d) Current Versions of the software, browsers,
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.
3.1 Account Eligibility
To use certain Site Services, you must register for an Account. Kolabtree offers the Site Services for your business purposes, and not for personal, household, or consumer use. If you accept and/or bid on any independent contractor work, you must have, and represent that you have, an independent business (whether it be as a
You agree that you are not 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.
3.2 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 misleading information about your location. You must not register for more than one Client Account and one Freelancer Account without express written permission from us. Solely for purposes of the foregoing sentence, "You" means you, any member of your immediate family, and any entity directly or indirectly controlled by you or any member of your immediate family.
3.3 Identity Verification
When you register for an Account and from time to time thereafter, your Account may be subject to verification, including, but not limited to, validation against
3.4 Usernames and Passwords
When you register for an Account, you will be asked to choose a username and password for the Account.
You are entirely responsible for safeguarding and maintaining the confidentiality of your Account username and password. You authorize Kolabtree to assume that any person using the Site with your username and password
either is you or is authorized to act for you. You agree to notify us immediately by contacting Customer Support if you suspect or become aware of any unauthorized use of your Account.
3.5 Feedback and Ratings
Kolabtree encourages you to leave objective balanced feedback about Users with whom you have transacted. You acknowledge and agree that the Site contains public feedback from Users with whom you have transacted. You acknowledge that feedback results for you may consist of comments and ratings left by other Users and that Kolabtree may calculate a composite feedback number based on these individual ratings. Freelancers and clients agree to be rated by each other along several criteria, as determined by Kolabtree. Kolabtree provides its feedback and rating system as a means through which Users can express their opinions publicly, and Kolabtree does not monitor or censor these opinions or investigate any remarks posted by Users for accuracy or reliability unless a User brings the posting to Kolabtree's attention. You may be held legally responsible for damages suffered by other Users or third parties as a result of your remarks if a court finds that your remarks are legally actionable or defamatory. By law, Kolabtree is not legally responsible for any feedback or comments posted or made available on this Site by any Users or third parties, even if that information is defamatory or otherwise legally actionable.
4. PURPOSE OF THE SITE AND SITE SERVICES
The Site is a marketplace where Clients and Freelancers can identify each other and buy and sell Freelancer Services online. Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Kolabtree provides the Site Services to Clients and Freelancers, including hosting and maintaining the Site, enabling the formation of Service Contracts, and managing disputes related to those Service Contracts. If a Client and Freelancer agree on terms of the Freelancer Services, a Service Contract is formed directly between such Client and Freelancer, subject to the provisions set forth in Section 5 (Contractual Relationship Between Client and Freelancer). When Client and Freelancer enter a Service Contract, they use the Site to hire, manage, and pay online.
A separate account will be created to receive money from clients and the funds paid by the client will be held in this account, and the funds will be remitted to freelancer upon successful completion of the assignment to clients’ satisfaction. The funds payable to Freelancer will be net of the commission due to Kolabtree (Refer clause 6.1).
5. CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CLIENT AND FREELANCER
5.1 Service Contracts
Client and Freelancer acknowledge and agree that when Freelancer accepts a Job awarded by Client, Client and Freelancer will be deemed to have entered into a "Service Contract" with each other that is comprised of the following agreements (as applicable): (1) The Fixed Price Contract; (2) the Job terms awarded and accepted on the Site to the extent that the terms do not purport to expand Kolabtree's obligations or restrict Kolabtree's rights under this Agreement; and (3) any other contractual provisions accepted by both Client and Freelancer, to the extent that the provisions do not purport to expand Kolabtree's obligations or restrict Kolabtree's rights under this Agreement. You acknowledge and agree that the formation of a Service Contract between Client and Freelancer does not, under any circumstance, create an employment relationship between Kolabtree and the Freelancer or a
5.2 Freelancer Representations and Warranties
For the purposes of the Service Contract, Freelancer hereby represents and warrants that (a) the Work Product will be an original work of Freelancer; (b) the Work Product will fully conform to the requirements and terms set forth
in the Service Contract; (c) neither the Work Product nor any element thereof will infringe or misappropriate the Proprietary Rights of any third party; (d) neither the Work Product nor any element thereof will be subject to any restrictions or to any mortgages, liens, pledges, security interests, or encumbrances; (e) Freelancer will not grant, directly or indirectly, any rights or interest whatsoever in the Work Product to the third parties; (f) Freelancer has full right and power to enter into and perform the Service Contract without the consent of any third party or under applicable law; (g) Freelancer has an unqualified right to grant the license to all Background Technology as set forth in the section titled “License to Background Technology”; and (h) Freelancer will comply with all laws and regulations applicable to Freelancer’s obligations under the Service Contract.
6. PAYMENT TERMS
6.1 Service Fee
Freelancer agrees that when a Client pays a Freelancer or funds related to a Job are otherwise released to a Freelancer, Kolabtree will first deduct up to 20% service fee for creating, hosting, maintaining, and providing the Site Services and then credit the balance into the Freelancer’s Account. Client and a Freelancer are obligated to use the Site to pay and receive payment for Freelancer Services if they identified each other through the Site, as detailed in Section 7 titled "Exclusivity and
6.2 Membership Fees
Kolabtree reserves the right to introduce a new component in, or convert any present component of, the Site Service into a paid service and introduce a subscription based mechanism. Kolabtree shall ensure that before implementing the subscription based services, the existing Users shall be notified in advance.
6.3 Disbursements to Freelancers
Kolabtree disburses funds that are payable to Freelancer under the Service Contract for the Job (less any applicable service fees) in accordance with the Freelancer's payment instructions provided to Kolabtree within ninety days after the Freelancer Fees are due and payable from Client. Freelancer agrees that it will not receive interest or other earnings on the funds held by Kolabtree prior to disbursement to Freelancer. Freelancer acknowledges that Payment Gateway may deduct some nominal fees according to applicable rates for remitting the money to the Freelancers Account as per the payment method chosen by the Freelancer.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, and except as prohibited by applicable law, if we determine in our sole discretion that you have violated the conditions and restrictions of the Site or this Agreement, we hold the disbursement of the Freelancer Fees. Additionally, we may hold the disbursement of the Freelancer Fees if: (a) we or our payment gateways require additional information, such as Freelancer's passport,
If Client fails to pay the Freelancer Fees or any other amounts due under this Agreement, whether by cancelling Client's credit or debit card, initiating an improper chargeback, or any other means, Kolabtree may suspend or terminate Client's Account, the processing of any additional payments, and any Freelancer Services in progress.
Without limiting other available remedies, Client must pay Kolabtree upon demand for amounts owed under this Agreement, plus interest on the outstanding amount at the lesser of one and
6.5 No Return / Partial refund of Funds
Client acknowledges and agrees that Kolabtree will charge Client's designated Payment Method for the Freelancer Fees for
6.6 Formal Invoices and Taxes
Kolabtree shall 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 Freelancer Fees. Freelancer shall be solely responsible for determining whether it is required by applicable law to issue any formal invoices for the Freelancer Fees.
6.7 Payment Methods
In order to use certain Site Services, Client must provide account information for at least one valid Payment Method.
Client hereby authorizes Kolabtree to run necessary authorizations on the Payment Method provided by Client, to store such details as Client's method of payment for Services, and to charge such Payment Method in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
By providing Payment Method information through the Site, Client represents, warrants, and covenants that: (a) Client is legally authorized to provide such information to us; (b) Client is legally authorized to perform payments using the Payment Method(s); and (c) such action does not violate the terms and conditions applicable to Client's use of such Payment Method(s) or applicable law. When Client authorizes a payment using a Payment Method via the Site, Client 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 Client's Payment Method(s), Client is solely responsible for paying such amounts by other means. We reserve the right to seek reimbursement from you, and you will reimburse us, if we discover erroneous or duplicate transactions or we receive a chargeback from your Payment Method for any reason. You agree that we have the right to obtain such reimbursement by deducting amounts from future payments or withdrawals, charging your Payment Method(s), or obtaining reimbursement from you by any other lawful means. Without
limiting any of our other rights or remedies, we may also charge interest as per Clause 6.6 and/or terminate your Account immediately upon your failure to reimburse us for chargebacks or other amounts owed under this Agreement.
7. EXCLUSIVITY AND
You acknowledge and agree that a substantial portion of the compensation Kolabtree receives for making the Site available to you is collected as a Service Fee described in the foregoing subsection titled "Service Fee." Kolabtree only deducts this Service Fee when a Client pays and a Freelancer receives payment through the Site. Therefore, for 24 months from the time you identify or are identified by any party through the Site (the "Exclusivity 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 "Kolabtree Relationship").
i. Submit proposals or solicit parties identified through the Site to contact, hire, manage, or pay outside the Site.
ii.Accept proposals or solicit parties identified through the Site to contact, deliver services, invoice, or receive payment outside the Site.
iii.Invoice or report on the Site an amount lower than that actually agreed between Client and Freelancer.
You agree to notify Kolabtree 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
8. SERVICE CONTRACT TERMS BETWEEN CLIENT AND FREELANCER
Unless otherwise agreed to in a writing signed by both Client and Freelancer and except for Service Contracts classified as employment relationships, the terms and conditions of the Service Contract that a Freelancer enters directly with a Client when the Freelancer agrees to provide Services to the Client are as set forth in this Section. Client and Freelancer may not agree to any other terms and conditions that affect the rights or responsibilities of Kolabtree. Kolabtree is not a party to any Service Contract between Users, except as a
Freelancer shall perform the Freelancer Services in a professional and workmanlike manner and shall timely deliver any agreed upon Work Product. The manner and means of performing the Freelancer Services shall be determined and controlled by Freelancer.
If Freelancer wishes to subcontract with third parties to perform Freelancer Services on behalf of Freelancer, Freelancer represents and warrants that it does so as a legally recognized entity with the ability to hire and/or contract employees and/or independent contractors (an "Independent Contractor"). Freelancer and Independent Contractor agree and acknowledge that Independent Contractor’s employees and subcontractors are not employees of Kolabtree or Client. As between Kolabtree and Freelancer, Freelancer agrees that Kolabtree has no
responsibility for any wages, costs, unemployment insurance, compensation insurance, and expenses of Independent Contractor’s employees and subcontractors and that Kolabtree has no obligation to supervise and control them. Freelancer represents, warrants, and covenants that Independent Contractor acknowledges and agrees that: (a) Independent Contractor is solely responsible for all wages, costs, unemployment insurance, compensation insurance, and expenses of Independent Contractor’s employees and subcontractors and has the sole and exclusive right to supervise and control them, and (b) neither Independent Contractor, nor any of its employees, subcontractors, or agents, shall have any claim under this Agreement for overtime pay, sick leave, holiday or vacation pay, retirement benefits, worker's compensation benefits, unemployment benefits, or any other employee benefits of any kind from Kolabtree or Client.
8.3 Termination of a Service Contract
8.4 Intellectual Property Rights
8.4.1 Background Technology
The Freelancer will disclose in the Job terms any Background Technology which Freelancer proposes to incorporate into Work Product or upon which use or distribution of the Work Product will depend. If Freelancer discloses no Background Technology, Freelancer warrants that it will not incorporate any Background Technology into Work Product provided pursuant thereto. Freelancer will separately provide, with each delivery of Work Product to Client, a
(a)the name and any associated version number (b) the applicable license or licensing terms, (c) whether the item has been modified by Freelancer, 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 Job terms, Freelancer agrees that it will not incorporate into Work Product or otherwise deliver to Client any software code for which the use or distribution of the code will create (or purport to create) obligations for Client to grant any rights or immunities under Client intellectual property to a
8.4.2 License to Background Technology
Upon Freelancer's receipt of payment from Client, Freelancer hereby automatically grants to Client a
8.4.3 Client Materials
Client grants Freelancer a limited,
8.4.4 Ownership of Work Product and Intellectual Property
Upon Freelancer's receipt of full payment from Client, the Work Product, including without limitation all Intellectual Property Rights in the Work Product, will be the sole and exclusive property of Client, and Client will be deemed to be the author thereof. If Freelancer has any Intellectual Property Rights to the Work Product that are not owned by Client upon Freelancer's receipt of payment from Client, Freelancer hereby automatically irrevocably assigns to Client all right, title and interest worldwide in and to such Intellectual Property Rights. Except as set forth above, Freelancer retains no rights to use, and will not challenge the validity of Client's ownership in, such Intellectual Property Rights. Freelancer hereby waives any moral rights, rights of paternity, integrity, disclosure and withdrawal or inalienable rights under applicable law in and to the Work Product.
8.4.5 License to or Waiver of Other Rights
If Freelancer has any right to the Work Product, including without limitation any Intellectual Property Right, that cannot be assigned to Client by Freelancer, Freelancer hereby automatically, upon Freelancer's receipt of full payment from Client, unconditionally and irrevocably grants to Client during the term of such rights, an exclusive, even as to Freelancer, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide,
Freelancer will assist Client 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 Client is unable, after reasonable effort, to secure Freelancer's signature on any document needed in connection with the foregoing, Freelancer hereby designates and appoints Client 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 Freelancer.
8.5 Worker Classification
Client assumes all liability for determining whether Freelancers are independent contractors or employees; Kolabtree disclaims any liability for such determination. This Agreement does not create a partnership or agency or employment relationship between Client and Freelancer. Freelancer does not have authority to enter into written or oral (whether implied or express) contracts on behalf of Client. Service Contracts are classified as independent contractor relationships, and hence Client may not require an exclusive relationship between Client and
Freelancer. A Freelancer classified as independent contractor is free at all times to provide Freelancer Services to persons or businesses other than Client, including any competitor of Client.
For Service Contracts classified as employment relationships, Freelancer and Client will participate in the payroll program made available by a
9. RECORDS OF COMPLIANCE
Client and Freelancer will each (1) create and maintain records to document satisfaction of their respective obligations under this Agreement and 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 Kolabtree upon request. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as requiring Kolabtree to supervise or monitor Freelancer Services or a User's compliance with this Agreement, the other Terms of Service, or a Service Contract.
10. RELATIONSHIP WITH KOLABTREE
Kolabtree shall not have any liability or obligations under or related to Service Contracts or any acts or omissions by you or other Users. Kolabtree is not a party to the dealings between Client and Freelancer, including posts, proposals, screening selection, contracting, and performance of Freelancer Services. Kolabtree does not introduce Freelancers to Clients or help Freelancers find jobs. Kolabtree merely makes the Site Services available to enable Freelancers to identify and determine the suitability of Clients for themselves and to enable Clients to identify and determine the suitability of Freelancers for themselves. Kolabtree does not, in any way, supervise, direct, or control Freelancer or Freelancer's work. Kolabtree does not set Freelancer's work hours, work schedules, or location of work. Kolabtree will not provide Freelancer with training or any equipment, labor, or materials needed for a particular Service Contract. Kolabtree does not provide the premises at which the Freelancer will perform the work. Kolabtree makes no representations about, and does not guarantee the quality, safety, or legality of, the Freelancer Services; the truth or accuracy of Freelancer's listings on the Site; the qualifications, background, or identities of Users; the ability of Freelancers to deliver the Freelancer Services; the ability of Clients to pay for the Freelancer Services; or that a Client or Freelancer can or will actually complete a transaction.
Kolabtree is not required to and may not verify any feedback or information given to us by Freelancers or Clients, nor does Kolabtree perform background checks on Freelancers or Clients.
You hereby acknowledge and agree that Kolabtree may provide information about a Freelancer or Client, such as feedback, a strength or risk score, geographical location, or verification of identity or credentials. However, such information is based solely on data that Freelancer or Client submits to Kolabtree, and Kolabtree provides such information solely for the convenience of Users and is not an introduction, endorsement, or recommendation by Kolabtree.
Client and Freelancer acknowledge and agree that the value, reputation, and goodwill of the Site depend on their performance of their covenants and agreements in their Service Contract. Client and Freelancer therefore appoint Kolabtree as a
without limitation, suspension, termination, or legal actions, as Kolabtree, in our sole discretion, deems necessary to enforce our rights as a third party beneficiary under the Service Contract.
Service Contracts shall be governed by Sections 14 (Confidential Information), 19 (Disputes), 20 (General), and (Definitions) of this Agreement, as applicable, either directly or by way of analogy.
13. LICENSES AND
13.1 Site License and Proprietary Rights
Subject to and conditioned on your compliance with this Agreement and Terms of Service, Kolabtree grants you a limited license to access and, if you have created an Account, to use the Site for the purpose 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 Freelancer 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 Kolabtree'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. You must not frame or link to the Site or Site Services except as permitted in writing by Kolabtree. 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. The Site or any portion of the Site may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose that is not expressly permitted by us. You shall 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. Kolabtree and our licensors retain all right, title, and interest in and to all Proprietary Rights related in and to the Site and the Site Services. Kolabtree logos and name are trademarks of Kolabtree 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 Kolabtree's or any third party's Proprietary Rights, whether by estoppel, implication, or otherwise.
13.2 User Content License
When you post User Content on the Site or through the Site Services, 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 such User Content you will not violate
You retain all ownership rights in any User Content you post on Kolabtree. To the extent permitted by applicable law, you also grant to Kolabtree and our successors and Affiliates a
Kolabtree's (and our successors' and Affiliates') business, including, without limitation, for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Site (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each User a
Notwithstanding the foregoing paragraph, Kolabtree will only use or disclose User Content you post to any
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 Kolabtree 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 Kolabtree 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
13.3 Unauthorized Access and Use; Site Interference; Malicious Software
The Site contains robot exclusion headers. You will not access the Site for any illegal purpose including, without limitation,: (a) not 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) not 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, without the prior express written permission of Kolabtree and/or 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) transmit spam, chain letters, or other unsolicited communications; (f) collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including Account names, from the Site; (g) 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 to 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 Kolabtree or any third party.
The Site makes available various services provided by third parties to verify a User's credentials, providing testing services 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 Kolabtree. Kolabtree
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 Kolabtree's authorized employees acting in their official capacities.
13.5 Links and Applications
The Site may contain links to
13.6 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.
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 shall 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 shall be subject to the terms of this Agreement, unless otherwise provided in terms associated with such Update. Kolabtree reserves the right, at any time, to modify, suspend, or discontinue Site Services or any part thereof without notice. You agree Kolabtree will not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of Site Services or any part thereof.
14. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
To the extent a Client or Freelancer provides Confidential Information to the other, the recipient shall 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 shall: (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 Freelancer Services for the relevant Service Contract (including, without limitation, the storage or transmission of Confidential Information on or through the Site for use by Freelancer); and (c) limit access to another's Confidential Information to its personnel who need to know such information for the performance of Freelancer Services for the relevant Service Contract.
If and when Confidential Information is no longer needed for the performance of the Freelancer Services for a Services Contract or at Client's or Freelancer's written request (which may be made at any time at Client's or Freelancer's sole discretion), the party that received Confidential Information, shall, 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 subsection 14.1 (Confidentiality), Client, Freelancer, and Kolabtree shall not publish, or cause to be published, any other party's Confidential Information or Work Product, except as may be necessary for performance of Freelancer Services for a Services Contract.
15. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Kolabtree 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:
a. your use of or your inability to use our Site or Site Services;
b. delays or disruptions in our Site or Site Services;
c. viruses or other malicious software obtained by accessing, or linking to, our Site or Site Services;
d. glitches, bugs, errors, or inaccuracies of any kind in our Site or Site Services;
e. damage to your hardware device from the use of the Site or Site Services;
f. the content, actions, or inactions of third parties' use of the Site or Site Services;
g. a suspension or other action taken with respect to your account;
h. your reliance on the quality, accuracy, or reliability of Job postings, Freelancer profiles, ratings, recommendations, and feedback (including their content, order, and display), or metrics found on, used on, or made available through the Site.
i. 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 KOLABTREE, OUR AFFILIATES, OUR LICENSORS, OR OUR
In addition to the recognition that Kolabtree is not a party to any Service Contract, you hereby release Kolabtree, 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 Freelancer Services provided to Client by a Freelancer and requests for refunds based upon disputes.
This release shall not apply to a claim that Kolabtree failed to meet our obligations under this Agreement.
You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Kolabtree, our Affiliates, and our respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents (each an "Indemnified Party") from and against 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 cause of action, claim, suit, proceeding, demand, or action brought by you or a third party 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 or decision to supply credit or other information through use of the Site Services, including financial information; (b) decision to submit postings and accept offers from Users or Clients, any Service Contract entered into by you or your agents, including, but not limited to, the classification of a Freelancer as an independent contractor; the classification of Kolabtree as an employer or joint employer of Freelancer; any
18. TERM, TERMINATION AND CONSEQUENCES
18.1 Term and Termination
This Agreement will become effective on the date first mentioned herein above and will remain in effect for the duration of your use of the Site. Unless both you and Kolabtree agree otherwise in writing, either of us may terminate the contract represented by this Agreement in our sole discretion, at any time, without explanation, upon written notice.
Except as otherwise required by applicable law, we will notify you if we terminate 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 KOLABTREE SUSPENDS OR TERMINATES YOUR ACCOUNT OR ANY RELATED SERVICE CONTRACTS, KOLABTREE 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 TERMINATED ACCOUNT STATUS, AND (B) PROVIDE THOSE MEMBERS WITH A SUMMARY OF THE REASONS FOR YOUR ACCOUNT SUSPENSION OR TERMINATION.
18.2 Consequences of Termination
In the event you properly terminate this Agreement, your right to use the Site, Account and other privileges are automatically terminated; however, (i) if you have any open Jobs when you terminate this Agreement you will continue to be bound by this Agreement until all such Jobs have closed; (ii) Kolabtree will continue to perform those Services necessary to complete any open Job or related transaction between you and another User; and (iii) 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 Jobs, whichever is later, to Kolabtree for any Site Services and to any Freelancers for any Freelancer 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 Kolabtree 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 Site Policies necessary to implement the foregoing survive termination of this Agreement for any reason.
Without limiting Kolabtree's other remedies, if you engage in actions or activities that circumvent the Site or otherwise reduce fees owed to Kolabtree or our Affiliates under this Agreement, you must pay Kolabtree for all fees owed to Kolabtree and our Affiliates and reimburse Kolabtree for all losses and costs (including any and all time of Kolabtree'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.
Those terms that by their nature are intended to survive this Agreement shall survive this Agreement.
19.1 Dispute Resolution Process
If a dispute arises between Client and Freelancer under their respective Service Contract, Client and Freelancer shall refer the dispute to Kolabtree for
If a dispute arises between you and Kolabtree or our Affiliates, our goal is to resolve the dispute quickly and
19.2 Choice of Law and Forum for Disputes
Subject to arbitration, this Agreement including without limitation any dispute relating to a Service Contract, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom, without regard to its conflict of law provisions and the Courts of London shall have the sole jurisdiction in this regard. Parties hereby agree to expressly exclude the provisions of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods hereby.
Economic and trade sanctions are administered by UK government from time to time. Certain sanction programs broadly prohibit most transactions with person located in embargoed country. These includes sanctions against countries like Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Cuba, Cote D’lvoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Zimbabwe. Pursuant to these sanctions, Kolabtree does not work with any Client or Freelancer from these sanctioned countries and reserves the right to refuse providing Site Services to Clients and Freelancers from such sanctioned countries.
20.1 Entire Agreement
This Agreement, together with the other Terms of Service, if any, and any other legal notices and agreements published by Kolabtree on the Site, sets forth the entire agreement and understanding between you and Kolabtree 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 Kolabtree 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 shall arise favoring or disfavoring you or Kolabtree because of the authorship of any provision of this Agreement.
20.2 Side Agreements
Notwithstanding subsection 20.1 (Entire Agreement), Clients and Freelancers may enter into any supplemental or other written agreements or
20.3Notwithstanding subsection 20.1 Kolabtree may enter into written agreements with Clients, the provisions of which shall supersede this user agreement except to the extent otherwise specified.
User shall not violate any applicable foreign, federal, state, or local laws or
No modification or amendment to this Agreement shall be binding upon Kolabtree unless in a written instrument signed by a duly authorized representative of Kolabtree. For the purposes of this subsection, a written instrument shall expressly exclude electronic communications, such as email and electronic notices, but shall include facsimiles.
20.5 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 shall 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 Kolabtree's prior written consent in the form of a written instrument signed by a duly authorized representative of Kolabtree (and, for the purposes of this subsection, a written instrument shall expressly exclude electronic communications such as email and electronic notices, but shall include facsimiles). Kolabtree 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 shall be ineffective as to the jurisdiction in which it is illegal, invalid, or unenforceable to the extent of its illegality, invalidity, or unenforceability and shall 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 shall 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.
20.8 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
20.9 Prevailing Language and Location
The English language version of this Agreement shall be controlling in all respects and shall prevail in case of any inconsistencies with translated versions, if any.
20.10 Communications from you to Kolabtree
All notices to Kolabtree 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: Kolabtree Limited, Devonshire House, 60 Goswell Road, London, ECIM 7AD; or (c) in writing via email to email@example.com. All such notices are deemed effective upon documented receipt by Kolabtree.
21. CONTACTING US
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org