These Best Buy Terms and Conditions for Publishers (collectively referred to as the "Agreement") are by and between you and BestBuy.com LLC and apply to your participation in the Program as administered through Best Buy's third-party provider, Impact Tech, Inc. ("Impact"). This Agreement is effective as of the date Best Buy accepts your application into the Program and sets forth the terms and conditions governing the establishment of Links from your Properties to certain Best Buy Authorized Properties as further described below.
THIS IS A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT. BY COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING THE ONLINE APPLICATION, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT.
"Best Buy Developer Content" means the file of data (including but not limited to a copy of Best Buy's product catalog, certain copy, images, brand features, and other features) that Best Buy provides to you (which is taken from and is also available through Best Buy's Developer platform, as modified from time to time) for the purpose of making the data available to you in connection with the Program subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
"Best Buy API Terms of Service" are the Best Buy terms of service.
"Best Buy", "we", "us", or "our" means BestBuy.com LLC or any of its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and entities owned or under common control, as applicable.
"Best Buy Authorized Properties" means the Best Buy Properties that Best Buy in its sole discretion determines to be eligible for the Program as communicated to you through Impact.
"Best Buy Offers" means Best Buy offers, deals, coupons and promotions that Best Buy has expressly authorized you to promote on your Properties and that Best Buy has provided to you.
"Best Buy Properties", a "Best Buy Property", or "our Properties" means Best Buy's connected properties, including mobile websites and applications. Such properties may include but are not limited to, www.BestBuy.com, support.geeksquad.com, bestbuy.partsearch.com, and any other additional, successor, or replacement Best Buy properties agreed upon by Best Buy in writing.
"Customers" are persons or entities (other than Publisher or the Publisher's agent) that are not robots, automated programming, or similar technology that enables clicks through certain links.
"Deductions" are the amounts we deduct from Monthly Net Sales. This includes, but is not limited to, the amounts we collect for sales, use, excise, or similar taxes; duties; shipping, handling, and similar charges; amounts due to credit card fraud and bad debt; credits for canceled orders, refunds, and returned goods.
"Eligible Product(s)" means the list of Best Buy products that Best Buy has approved for commission payments under this Agreement, which you may obtain through the Impact Publisher Dashboard.
"Information"means Best Buy Program customer information and Program business and sales information related to us, you, or our suppliers, including, without limitation, information relating to sale pricing, promotions and weekly specials.
"Licensed Materials" means the Best Buy trademark and logo and similar identifying material relating to us, but only in the forms that we provide to you.
"Links" or "Link" means the graphic and textual links that Best Buy makes available to you.
"Monthly Net Sales" means for each calendar month during the term of this Agreement, the aggregate amount actually paid by Customers to Best Buy for Qualifying Purchases, less Deductions.
"Product Category" or "Product Categories" means the applicable product category for each Eligible Product as set forth in the Impact Publisher Dashboard. Best Buy may determine in its sole discretion which Product Category is applicable to the Eligible Products.
"Program" or "the Program" means Best Buy's affiliate marketing program.
"Publisher", "you" or "your" means the person or entity that is enrolled in and accepted by Best Buy as a participant in the Program and bound by the terms of this Agreement.
"Publisher Properties" or "your Properties" means your website or other presence (including, without limitation, mobile applications, e-mail marketing, forums, apps, social media sites video, and software) owned, operated, used, or distributed by and preapproved by Best Buy to link to one or more Best Buy Authorized Properties.
"Qualifying Link" means an Internet connection between any of your Properties and a Best Buy Authorized Property that is provided or authorized by Best Buy to be displayed, distributed or placed by you pursuant to this Agreement in a manner that drives completion of Qualifying Purchases.
"Qualifying Purchase" means a completed sale of an Eligible Product to a Customer through a Qualifying Link on a Publisher Property in accordance with the criteria specified in Section 5 of this Agreement.
"Reconciliation Period" means, in the case of termination of this Agreement, the ninety (90) day period following the end of the calendar month in which the Agreement was terminated.
"Return Days" means the permitted latency period for purposes of defining a Session, which is set forth in the Impact Publisher Dashboard.
"Session" means the time period that begins when a Customer clicks a Qualifying Link and continues until the earlier of: 1) the time that the Customer, after having exited a Best Buy Property, returns to a Best Buy Property using a Qualifying Link other than the original Qualifying Link or a Link from a third-party publisher's website or property that is not your Qualifying Link; 2) the permitted latency period (Return Days) has expired or lapsed; or 3) the expiration or termination of your participation in the Program.
"Social Communities" means social media or social networking tools, including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter.
"Term" means the term of this Agreement which will begin upon our acceptance of your Program application and will end when terminated by either party as permitted hereunder.
2. Promotion of Affiliation
a. We will make available to you, as a Publisher in the Program, a variety of Links and Licensed Materials which, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you may display as often and in as many areas on your Properties as you desire. The Links and Licensed Materials will serve to identify one or more of your Properties as a member of our Program and will establish a link from your Properties to certain Best Buy Properties.
b. In utilizing the Links and Licensed Materials, you will cooperate fully with us in order to establish and maintain the Links and Licensed Materials. You will not alter Links (or their content) or Licensed Materials in any way unless we provide this option through Impact. You will display in your Properties only those graphic or textual images (indicating a Link) and Licensed Materials that are provided by us, and you will immediately substitute such images with any new images that we provide from time to time throughout the term of this Agreement. Each Link connecting your Properties to the pertinent area of our Properties will in no way alter the look, feel or functionality of our Properties.
c. You will comply with our requirements for removing Links and Licensed Materials on a timely basis. Any Links or Licensed Materials that promote deals or prices with an expiration date or that are time sensitive must be removed from your Properties upon expiration of the promotion or time period. We are not required to pay you any commission for sales made via a Link referencing an expired promotion or other deal. Failure to remove expired Links or Licensed Materials may lead to your termination as a Publisher in our sole discretion.
d. You may promote only those Best Buy Offers that Best Buy has made available to you through Impact. You may not promote any other Best Buy offers (e.g., offers in Best Buy e-mails, other publishers' offers, or those in other partner communications) unless you first obtain written permission from Best Buy.
e. You may not promote Best Buy Offers of any kind on any Social Communities regardless of whether such Social Communities are created by you, by us, or a third party, without first obtaining written permission from Best Buy.
f. You may not act as or present yourself as a reseller of any product sold or otherwise acquired from Best Buy, and you may not publicize Links on third-party or reseller sites unless you have the necessary license, right, or permission to do so from such site and you have also obtained our express written preapproval. If Best Buy suspects any order was made with the intent to resell, we may determine it is not a Qualified Purchase under Section 5.d.
g. You will not post any promotional offers, advertised prices or any other information generated by or relating to Best Buy (regardless of origination of such information) for posting on Publisher Properties prior to the date and/or time identified by Best Buy as the start date/time for the posting of such information, or keep any such information posted on your Properties after the end date and/or time identified by Best Buy.
h. If you donate any portion of your commission to any school, foundation or other charitable organization you may not state or imply that Best Buy endorses such activities or is in any way responsible for the inclusion or donation of funds to any schools, foundations or charities associated with you.
i. Failure to abide by the terms set forth in this Section 2 will be a material breach of this Agreement, which may result in commission payment reductions as set forth in Section 5.e.
3. Publisher Identification
As a participating Publisher in the Program, you must display a graphic (which we will provide via Impact) indicating your relationship to Best Buy.
4. Our Responsibilities
We will provide the information necessary to allow you to make appropriate Links from your Properties to our Properties. We will be responsible for: (i) processing every order placed by a customer following a special Link from your Properties; (ii) tracking the volume and amount of sales generated by your Properties; and (iii) providing information to you regarding sales statistics via the Impact Publisher Dashboard at the location provided to you by Impact upon your acceptance as a Publisher in the Program. Our order processing obligations will include order entry, payment processing, shipping of products, performance of services, cancellations, returns and related customer service.
5. Commission Determination
a. You are only eligible to earn commissions on Qualifying Purchases occurring during the Term subject to the terms of this Agreement that are: (i) made via the intentional click by a Customer of a Qualifying Link that can be tracked and reported on through the use of Impact's tracking technology and/or methodology during an active Session; (ii) actually shipped by a Best Buy Property to a U.S. shipping address and billed to a U.S. billing address; or in the case of services, if included as an Eligible Product, are performed by Geek Squad in the U.S., and (iii) for which Best Buy has received full payment that is not subject to bad debt or other chargebacks. We will not owe you any commissions for orders that are canceled or returned, and we may deduct and exclude these returns and cancellations from commissions calculations on an ongoing basis, at least monthly.
b. Best Buy may in its sole discretion modify the list of Eligible Products, Product Categories (including associated commission percentage rates), and the number of permitted Return Days at any time. The changes will be effective as of the date they are posted within the Impact Publisher Dashboard.
c. Calculation Method. We do not guarantee a minimum or maximum monthly commission payment amount. We will calculate commission payment(s) based on (i) Monthly Net Sales; multiplied by (ii) the commission percentage rate for each applicable Product Category as set forth in the Impact Publisher Dashboard.
d. All determinations of Qualifying Purchases and whether a commission payment is payable will be made by Best Buy in consultation with Impact and will be final and binding.
e. In the event you fail to abide by the terms set forth in this Agreement governing the use of Best Buy Offers, Links and Licensed Materials (including but not limited to the posting of other Best Buy offers and certain information to the disadvantage of Best Buy on your Properties), we may reduce unpaid commissions otherwise payable under this section as follows:
(i) Best Buy is not required to pay any commissions on sales of any product or service where the sale was completed through an error or anomaly on a Best Buy Property related to any information posted on the website or property associated with the Qualifying Link.
(ii) Commissions otherwise payable to a Publisher for any month will be forfeited where information prohibited by this Agreement is posted to the website or property associated with the Qualifying Link, regardless of whether any Qualifying Purchases occurred, and we may, in our sole discretion, terminate your account immediately.
6. Commission Payments
Approximately sixty (60) days following the end of each calendar month, Impact will pay to you all commission payments owed by us to you in accordance with your Publisher Membership Agreement entered into between you and Impact. In the event Impact makes a payment to you that did not take into account all applicable Deductions or that was otherwise incorrect, we may offset the Deductions against any commission payments we owe you from the next monthly payment schedule. If no future monthly commission payment is due, you will pay to Best Buy any amounts you owe within thirty (30) days of receiving written notification thereof. We, or Impact on our behalf, may provide written notice.
7. Policies/Pricing/Product/Service Descriptions
Customers who buy products or services from a Best Buy Property through the Program will be deemed to be customers of Best Buy. Accordingly, all of our rules, policies, and operating procedures concerning customer orders, customer service, privacy, and Best Buy product and service sales will apply to those customers.
We may change our policies and operating procedures at any time. For example, we may determine the prices to be charged for products and services sold through a Best Buy Property under the Program in accordance with our own pricing policies. Prices and availability of products or services on a Best Buy Property may vary from time to time, and we do not guarantee the availability and price of any particular product or service. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, YOU MAY NOT PLACE INDIVIDUAL PRODUCT OR SERVICE PRICING OR LOGOS, IMAGES, OR DESCRIPTIONS RELATED TO PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ON YOUR PROPERTIES WITHOUT OUR EXPRESS PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION.
Except as expressly authorized in this Agreement, you will not create, publish, distribute, or permit any written material that makes reference to Best Buy without first submitting such material to us and receiving our written consent.
a. WE GRANT YOU A NONEXCLUSIVE, NONTRANSFERABLE, REVOCABLE RIGHT DURING THE TERM TO (i) ACCESS ONE OR MORE OF OUR PROPERTIES THROUGH THE LINKS SOLELY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT AND (ii) SOLELY IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH LINKS, TO USE THE BEST BUY DEVELOPER CONTENT AND THE APPLICABLE LICENSED MATERIALS, FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF LINKING ONE OR MORE OF YOUR PROPERTIES TO ONE OR MORE OF OUR PROPERTIES, WHERE YOUR USERS CAN PURCHASE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES FROM OUR PROPERTIES. YOU MAY NOT ALTER, MODIFY, OR CHANGE THE LICENSED MATERIALS IN ANY WAY. WE RESERVE ALL OF OUR RIGHTS IN THE LICENSED MATERIALS. YOU ACCEPT THESE RIGHTS AND LICENSES SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS IN THIS AGREEMENT.
b. We will instruct Impact to make certain Best Buy Developer Content, including all associated updates, available to you. You will comply with the BBY Open Terms as a condition of using any Best Buy Developer Content. The Best Buy API Terms of Service are incorporated by reference into this Agreement. In case of a conflict between the provisions of this Agreement and the Best Buy API Terms of Service, the Best Buy API Terms of Service will prevail.
c. You acknowledge Best Buy's ownership in its Licensed Materials, agree that you will not do anything inconsistent with Best Buy's ownership and that all of your use of the Licensed Materials will inure to the benefit of and be on behalf of Best Buy, and agree to assist Best Buy in recording this Agreement with appropriate government authorities. You agree that nothing in this Agreement gives you any right, title or interest in the Licensed Materials other than the right to use the Licensed Materials in accordance with this Agreement. You also agree that you will not attack the title of Best Buy to the Licensed Materials or the validity of the Licensed Materials or this Agreement.
d. You agree that the nature and quality of all your Properties used by you in connection with this Agreement and all related advertising and promotions will conform to high standards of quality and will not impugn the goodwill of Best Buy or the Licensed Materials. You agree not to use the Licensed Materials in any manner that is disparaging or that otherwise portrays us in a negative light.
e. You will use the Licensed Materials only in the form and manner and with appropriate legends as provided from time to time by Best Buy, and will not use any other trademark or service mark in combination with the trademark or service mark or name of BEST BUY, including any Best Buy parents, subsidiaries or affiliates.
f. You will not use, register or seek to register any trademark, service mark or domain name that contains any words that may be confusingly similar to any Best Buy Property (for avoidance of doubt, including the properties of any Best Buy parent, subsidiaries, or affiliates), including, but not limited to, the words "BestBuy.com," "Best Buy," "bb.com," "bby.com," "best" and "buy", "geeksquad.com," "gs.com," "support.geeksquad.com," "Geek Squad," "Geek," and "Squad," or any variations or misspelling of them, or is any way confusingly similar to "Best Buy" or "Geek Squad." If you do, you will transfer the registrations, at your expense, to Best Buy, Geek Squad, or Best Buy's parents, subsidiaries or affiliates at the request of Best Buy, Geek Squad, or Best Buy's parents, subsidiaries or affiliates and to cooperate by providing any information, signing any documents, and providing appropriate authorizations necessary to accomplish the transfer.
g. You may use the Licensed Materials only to the extent that you are a Publisher in good standing of the Program. We may revoke your license at any time in our sole discretion, by terminating the relationship between you and Best Buy via the Impact Publisher Dashboard. If we give you such notice, you must immediately discontinue all use of the Licensed Materials.
h. You will ensure you are using the most current and up-to-date version of Licensed Materials at all times. Except as used on your Properties under the terms of this Agreement, you will not otherwise save or store copies of Licensed Materials.
i. You grant to us a nonexclusive license, for the term of this Agreement, to utilize your names, titles, and logos, as the same may be amended from time to time to advertise, market, promote, and publicize in any manner our rights hereunder; provided, however, that we are not required to so advertise, market, promote, or publicize.
10. Obligations Regarding Your Properties
a. You are solely responsible for, and we have no liability for, the development, operation, or maintenance of your Properties, or for any materials contained on your Properties.
b. You agree that your Properties will not, in any way, copy or resemble the look and feel of our Site, nor will you create the impression that your Properties are our Properties or are a part of our Properties, nor will you frame any page on a Best Buy Property being viewed by a user of your Properties who links to the Best Buy Property through a Link.
c. You agree that your Properties do not currently contain and will not contain any content, or links to such material, that is in any way unlawful, harmful, threatening, harassing, defamatory, obscene, or violent as more fully set forth in Section 1 (Enrollment).
d. You also agree that your Properties will not contain any content from our Properties or any materials that are proprietary to Best Buy, except with our prior written permission, or to the extent that materials are obtained by you strictly in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement. You agree not to purchase or otherwise contract with any third party to exploit any of the Best Buy marks for the purpose of causing your Properties to appear as a search result in any search engine or for any other reason.
e. You agree that your Properties will not use any form of mass e-mail communication ("spam") as a marketing tool for any purpose related to this Agreement and that any other mass e-mail generated by you or your Properties will conform in all respects with all applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations and rules, including the CAN-SPAM Act.
g. You may not use any downloadable software to initiate tracking in connection with the Program; this includes, but is not limited to, toolbars, add-ons, and plug-ins. You may not redirect links to hide or manipulate their original source. You may not install spyware on another person's computer, cause spyware to be installed on another person's computer, or use a context-based triggering mechanism to display an advertisement that partially or wholly covers or obscures paid advertising or other content on a website in a way that interferes with a person's ability to view that website. You may not use software to overtake a referral through a paid search engine advertisement, regardless of whether or not the advertisement was related to another publisher in connection with the Program.
h. You may not scrape data from or spider any Best Buy Property without the prior written approval of Best Buy.
i. When promoting Best Buy via external paid search engines, which may include, but are not limited to, entities such as Google, Yahoo! and MSN, you will comply with the following: (i) you must not give the impression that you are, or represent, Best Buy, through use of phrases such as 'Official Site'; (ii) you must not bid on select trademarks and brand names designated by Best Buy, including but not limited to: "Best Buy™" and "BestBuy.com®"; (iii) you must not outbid Best Buy for top placement on select trademarks and trade names designated by Best Buy, including but not limited to: "Geek Squad," "Pacific Sales," "Magnolia" or "Magnolia Home Theater"; (iv) you must not target the brand names of any entities that are direct competitors of Best Buy, or otherwise engage in marketing practices that are illegal or violate the rights of any third party; and (v) you must ensure that all copy used for search and keyword purposes is appropriate and 100% accurate and does not contain any claims that could be construed to be false or misleading. In addition you agree to add "BestBuy.com," "Best Buy," "bb.com," "bby.com," "best" and "buy," "geeksquad.com," "gs.com," "support.geeksquad.com," "Geek Squad," "Geek," and "Squad," "Pacific Sales," "Magnolia" and "Magnolia Home Theater" as negative matches in your search campaigns and to avoid phrase matching. You agree that, following notice from Best Buy or Impact, you will promptly remove any search listing containing copy and/or creative components that Best Buy, in its sole discretion, deems inappropriate for any reason.
You agree that your Properties, and any other properties operated by you or related to your Properties, will not, and will not permit users to, post on such properties any information relating to a Best Buy Property that may be used by others to take advantage of errors or anomalies discovered on a Best Buy Property (e.g., pricing errors, shopping cart errors, discount calculations, workarounds to the requirements of any Best Buy offer, deals, coupons or promotion) to the disadvantage of Best Buy. In the event any such information is posted to your Properties or related properties, you agree to remove it (or if necessary, cause a third party to remove it) promptly upon becoming aware of such information and take steps to discourage your users from posting such information. In addition, you agree that you have an affirmative duty, as a Publisher of Best Buy, to inform Best Buy at BBY_Affiliate@bestbuy.com promptly upon discovering any errors or anomalies on a Best Buy Property. Failure to abide by these terms may lead to a loss of unpaid commissions from Best Buy to you, or termination, as provided in section 5.e. of this Agreement. Further, failure to honor the start and/or end date/time for posting promotional and pricing material as described in section 2.g. of this Agreement will be considered a failure subject to loss of commission payments or termination as set forth in section 5.e.
j. Promoting Best Buy through a sub-affiliate network is permitted; provided, however, that you (i) must be completely transparent with regards to where traffic from your sub-affiliates originated, and (ii) must ensure that all sub-affiliates promoting the Best Buy program adhere to and comply with the terms and conditions set forth in the Agreement or as otherwise provided to you. This includes restrictions on advertising through toolbars, browser extensions, and through any paid placements such as a pay-per-click campaigns. You shall be fully responsible to the extent that any such sub-affiliate does not adhere to or comply with such terms and conditions. Sub-affiliate networks must also receive approval prior to allowing any type of coupon sub-affiliate to promote the Program. Sub-affiliate networks, content monetization platforms, or third party networks as classified by Best Buy shall not engage in any solicitation, recruitment, or other activities with prospective or current Best Buy affiliates by offering or exhibiting payout rates greater than those stated by Best Buy. 2. You must seek prior written approval from Best Buy before choosing to operate as a sub-affiliate network. Such requests must be made in writing and sent to BBY_Affiliate@bestbuy.com. You must provide to Best Buy list of all sub-affiliates working within your sub-affiliate network within twenty-four (24) hours of any request from Best Buy.
k. You will provide impression tracking of Best Buy Offers to us in a form and at frequencies specified by Best Buy.
a. You may terminate this Agreement at any time, with or without cause, by using the Remove button within the Impact Publisher Dashboard.
b. Best Buy may direct Impact to terminate this Agreement immediately at any time for (i) your breach of this Agreement or of the Publisher Membership Agreement, or (ii) without cause for any reason by using the Remove button within the Impact Publisher Dashboard.
c. Upon termination for purposes of reconciling commission payments owed to you against Deductions and other amounts owed by you to Best Buy, if applicable, Best Buy may withhold commission payments during the Reconciliation Period. We will pay to you any final commission payments following the close of the Reconciliation Period.
We may modify any of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement at any time in our sole discretion by providing you notice via Impact by offering new terms and conditions attached to a new Program Term. Modifications may include, but are not limited to, changes in the scope of available commissions and Program rules. If any modification is unacceptable to you, your only recourse is to terminate this Agreement. Your continued participation in the Program by accepting a new Program Term with updated terms and conditions will constitute binding acceptance of the change.
13. Relationship of Parties
You and Best Buy are independent contractors, and nothing in this Agreement will create any partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, sales representative, or employment relationship between the parties. You will have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on our behalf. You will not make any representations regarding the association of Impact with Best Buy or you.
NEITHER BEST BUY NOR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKES ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE PROGRAM OR TO ANY BEST BUY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES SOLD BY A BEST BUY PROPERTY THROUGH THE PROGRAM (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NONINFRINGEMENT, OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF PERFORMANCE, DEALING, OR TRADE USAGE). IN ADDITION, NEITHER BEST BUY NOR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION THAT THE OPERATION OF THE BEST BUY PROPERTIES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, AND NEITHER BEST BUY NOR ITS SUPPLIERS WILL BE LIABLE FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANY INTERRUPTIONS OR ERRORS.
15. Representations and Warranties
You represent and warrant to us that: (i) you have the right and authority to enter into this Agreement and perform your obligations under the Agreement; (ii) you are the sole and exclusive owner of the Publisher trademarks and have the right and power to grant to us the license to use your trademarks in the manner provided for in this Agreement; (iii) you are an adult of at least 18 years of age; (iv) you are not an employee or immediate family member of an employee of a Related Party as described in Section 1.b. above; and (v) if you are an employee or immediate member of an employee of a party described in Section 1.b. above that is NOT a Related Party, you have complied with any applicable rules or policies of such party concerning participation in the Program.
You agree that all customer information related to the Best Buy Program belongs to us. You agree to protect as secret all Information, not to disclose Information to any third parties, and not to use Information for any purpose other than the purposes of this Agreement. You agree to protect Information using methods at least as protective as those you use to protect your own information of a confidential nature, but in no event, using less than a standard of reasonable care.
You will not publish or otherwise disclose or permit to be published or disclosed on your Properties or any affiliated properties by users of your Properties or such other properties our (i) weekly insert pricing or promotional offers prior to the time such prices or offers become effective on the applicable Best Buy Property (which, in most cases, is 3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time Sundays) or (ii) holiday or special insert pricing or promotional offers, including, without limitation, the insert and promotions for the day after Thanksgiving until 6:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving.
17. Limitation of Liability
NEITHER BEST BUY NOR ITS SUPPLIERS WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY LOSS OF REVENUE, PROFITS, OR DATA, ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR THE PROGRAM, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND YOU WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO ANY CLAIMS FOR ANY SUCH DAMAGES. FURTHER, THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF BEST BUY AND ITS SUPPLIERS WITH RESPECT TO THIS AGREEMENT AND THE PROGRAM WILL NOT EXCEED THE TOTAL COMMISSIONS PAID OR PAYABLE TO YOU UNDER THIS AGREEMENT.
You will indemnify, defend and hold harmless Best Buy and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliates, and suppliers, and their directors, officers, employees, and shareholders, against any and all claims, actions, demands, liabilities, losses, damages, judgments, settlements, costs, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, ("Losses") insofar as such Losses, or actions in respect of Losses, arise out of or are based on (i) any claim that our use of Publisher trademarks infringes on any trademark, trade name, service mark, copyright, license, intellectual property, or other proprietary right of any third party; (ii) any misrepresentation of a representation or warranty or breach of a covenant and agreement made by you; or (iii) any claim related to your Properties, including, without limitation, claims regarding content on your Properties.
19. Uncontrollable Circumstances
Best Buy's performance under this Agreement will be excused to the extent that its performance is hindered, delayed or made commercially impractical by causes beyond its reasonable control.
20. Independent Investigation
You acknowledge that you have read this Agreement and agree to all its terms and conditions. You understand that we may at any time (directly or indirectly) solicit customer referrals on terms that may differ from those contained in this Agreement (subject to the restrictions contained in this Agreement specific to those referrals contemplated herein) or operate e-commerce properties that are similar to or compete with your e-commerce properties. You have independently evaluated the desirability of participating in the Program and are not relying on any representation, guarantee, or statement other than as set forth in this Agreement.
21. Governing Law, Jurisdiction and Venue; General Provisions
This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the United States and the State of Minnesota, without reference to rules governing choice of law. Any action relating to this Agreement must be brought in the federal or state courts located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and you irrevocably consent to the jurisdiction of such courts. You may not assign this Agreement. Our failure to enforce your strict performance of any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of our right to subsequently enforce such a provision or any other provision of this Agreement.
a. To begin the enrollment process, you must submit a complete Program application to Impact via the Impact website. We will evaluate your application and will notify you of your acceptance or rejection in a timely manner. We may reject your application if we determine (in our sole discretion) that your Properties are unsuitable for the Program for any or no reason, including, but not limited to, inclusion of content or links to such material that is in any way unlawful, harmful, threatening, harassing, defamatory, obscene, violent or that:
- promotes or depicts violence (e.g., murder, selling weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.);
- promotes pornographic or sexually explicit materials;
- promotes discrimination based on gender, race, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
- promotes or offers peer-to-peer file sharing methodologies that may allow consumers to infringe the intellectual property rights of others;
- violates copyrights, trademarks, or any other intellectual property rights of Best Buy, its parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates or any other person or entity;
- displays or contains spyware, malware, viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancel bots or other similar harmful or deleterious programming routines; or
- includes "Best Buy" or any variations or misspellings thereof in the domain name or other HTML tags, including page titles, metatags, or HTML comment tags
- Are under construction or not live at the time of application;
- Are non-US based or are websites that primarily target a non-US based audience;
- Promote the use of pyramid, "ponzi", or similar investment schemes;
- Are directed toward children or knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under 13 years of age or other applicable age threshold (as defined by applicable laws and regulations); or violate any applicable laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, orders, licenses, permits, guidelines, codes of practice, industry standards, self-regulatory rules, judgments, decisions, or other requirements of any applicable governmental authority related to child protection (for example, if applicable, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 6501-6506) or any regulations promulgated thereunder or the Children’s Online Protection Act).
b. Employees of Impact or any service provider or agency doing business with us and receiving compensation based on share of revenue or "cost per click" or similar type arrangement relating to sales, advertising or search engine results on the Internet, and each of their respective subsidiaries and affiliates (all hereinafter referred to as a "Related Party") and the immediate family members of such employees are not allowed to participate in the Program. Employees of Best Buy or entities directly or indirectly controlled by employees of Best Buy or its subsidiaries are not allowed to participate in the Program. Employees of any product or service vendor or supplier doing business with us and not described above may participate in the Program provided they adhere to any rules of such vendor or supplier as applicable concerning participation in such Programs.
If we reject your initial application, you may reapply by modifying or resubmitting a new application for review and acceptance into the Program.