TERMS AND CONDITIONS
INSERTION ORDERS AND INVENTORY AVAILABILITY
a. From time to time, parties may negotiate insertion orders (“IO”s) under which sparks47 will deliver advertisements provided by Agency (“Ad(s)”) to Sparks47’s site(s) (the “Site”) for the benefit of an Agency or Advertiser. At Agency’s discretion, an IO may either be submitted by Agency to Sparks47 or be submitted by Sparks47, signed by Agency and returned to Sparks47. In either case, an IO will be binding only if accepted as provided in Section I(b) below. Each IO shall specify: (a) the type(s) and amount(s) of inventory to be delivered (e.g., impressions, clicks or other desired actions) (the “Deliverables”); (b) the price(s) for such Deliverables; (c) the maximum amount of money to be spent pursuant to the IO (if applicable), (d) the start and end dates of the campaign, and (e) the identity of and contact information for any third party ad server (“3rd Party Ad Server”), if applicable. Other items that may be included are, but are not limited to: reporting requirements such as impressions or other performance criteria; any special Ad delivery scheduling and/or Ad placement requirements; and specifications concerning ownership of data collected.
b. sparks47 will make commercially reasonable efforts to notify Agency within two business days of receipt of an IO signed by Agency if the specified inventory is not available. Acceptance of the IO and these Terms and Conditions will be made upon the earlier of (a) written (which, unless otherwise specified, for purposes of these Terms and Conditions shall include paper, fax, or e-mail communication) approval of the IO by Sparks47 and Agency; or (b) the display of the first Ad impression by Sparks47, unless otherwise agreed upon in the IO. Notwithstanding the foregoing, modifications to the originally submitted IO will not be binding unless signed by both parties.
c. Revisions to accepted IOs must be made in writing and acknowledged by the other party in writing.
II. AD PLACEMENT AND POSITIONING
a. sparks47 must comply with the IO, including all Ad placement restrictions, requirements to create a reasonably balanced delivery schedule, and provide within the scope of the IO, an Ad to the Site specified on the IO when such Site is called up by an Internet user.
b. sparks47will submit or otherwise make electronically accessible to Agency within two business days of acceptance of an IO final technical specifications, as agreed upon by the parties. Changes to the specifications of the already-purchased Ads after that two business day period will allow Advertiser to suspend (without impacting the end date unless otherwise agreed by the parties) delivery of the affected Ad for a reasonable time in order to either (i) send revised artwork, copy, or active URLs (“Advertising Materials”); (ii) request that Sparks47 resize the Ad at Sparks47’s cost, and with final creative approval of Agency, within a reasonable time period to fulfill the guaranteed levels of the IO; (iii) accept a comparable replacement; or (iv) if the parties are unable to negotiate an alternate or comparable replacement in good faith within 5 business days, immediately cancel the remainder of the IO for the affected Ad without penalty.
c. Ad delivery shall comply with editorial adjacencies guidelines stated on the IO. As Advertiser’s and Agency’s sole remedy for a violation of the foregoing sentence: (i) Ads that run in violation of such editorial adjacencies guidelines, if sparks47 is notified of such violation within 30 days of the violation, shall be non-billable; and (ii) after Agency notifies sparks47 that specific Ads are in violation of such editorial adjacencies guidelines, sparks47 will make commercially reasonable efforts to correct within 24 hours such violation. In the event that such correction materially and adversely impacts such IO, the parties will negotiate in good faith mutually agreed changes to such IO to address such impacts. In the event that the parties cannot reach agreement on such changes within five business days from the implementation of such correction, Agency or sparks47 may, upon the conclusion of such 5 business day period, immediately cancel such IO, without penalty.
III. PAYMENT AND PAYMENT LIABILITY
The initial invoice will be sent upon completion of the first month’s delivery or within 30 days of completion of the IO, whichever is earlier. Invoices are to be sent to: Agency’s billing address as set forth in the IO and must include information reasonably specified by Agency such as the IO number, Advertiser name, brand name or campaign name, and any number or other identifiable reference stated as required for invoicing on the IO. b. Payment Date
Agency will make payment 30 days from receipt of invoice, or as otherwise stated in a payment schedule set forth in the IO. Sparks47 may notify Agency that it has not received payment in such thirty-day period and whether it intends to seek payment directly from Advertiser pursuant to Section IIIc, and may do so 5 business days after providing such notice.
c. Payment Liability
Unless otherwise set forth by Agency on the IO, sparks47 agrees to hold Agency liable for payments solely to the extent proceeds have cleared from Advertiser to Agency for Ads placed in accordance with the IO. For sums not cleared to Agency, sparks47 agrees to hold Advertiser solely liable. sparks47 understands that Advertiser is Agency’s disclosed principal and Agency, as agent, has no obligations relating to such payments, either joint or several, except as specifically set forth in this Section III(c) and Section X(c). Agency agrees to make every reasonable effort to collect and clear payment from Advertiser on a timely basis. Agency’s credit is established on a client-by-client basis. If Advertiser proceeds have not cleared for the IO, other Advertisers from the representing Agency shall not be prohibited from advertising on the Site due to such non-clearance if such other Advertisers’ credit is not in question. Agency will make available to sparks47 upon request written confirmation of the relationship between Agency and Advertiser. This confirmation should include, for example, Advertiser’s acknowledgement that Agency is its agent and is authorized to act on its behalf in connection with the IO and these Terms and Conditions. In addition, upon the request of sparks47, Agency will confirm whether Advertiser has paid to Agency in advance funds sufficient to make payments pursuant to the IO. If Advertiser’s or Agency’s credit is or becomes impaired, sparks47 may require payment in advance.
a. sparks47 shall make reporting available at least as often as monthly, either electronically or in writing, unless otherwise specified in the IO. Reports must include variables defined in the IO, for example, impressions, keywords, and/or clicks. Once sparks47 has provided the online or electronic report, it agrees that Agency and Advertiser are entitled to reasonably rely on it, subject to receipt of sparks47’s invoice for such period.
b. In the event that sparks47 fails to deliver an accurate and complete report by the time specified, Agency may initiate make good discussions pursuant to Section VI below. In the event that sparks47 learns that it has delivered an incomplete or inaccurate report, or no report at all, sparks47 must cure such failure within 5 business days. Failure to cure may result in nonpayment for all activity for which data are incomplete or missing, until sparks47 delivers reasonable evidence of performance and such report must be delivered within 30 days of sparks47’s learning of such failure or absent such knowledge, within 180 days of delivery of all Deliverables.
V. CANCELLATION AND TERMINATION
a. At any time prior to the serving of the first impression of the IO, Agency may cancel the IO with 30 days prior written notice, without penalty. For clarity and by way of example, if Agency cancels the IO 15 days prior to the serving of the first impression, Advertiser will only be responsible for the first 15 days of the IO.
b. Upon the serving of the first impression of the IO, Agency may cancel the IO for any reason, without penalty, by providing sparks47 written notice of cancellation which will be effective after the later of: (i) 30 days after serving the first impression of the IO; or (ii) 14 days after providing sparks47 with such written notice.
c. Either party may terminate an IO at any time if the other party is in material breach of its obligations hereunder that is not cured within 10 days after written notice there of from the non breaching party, except as otherwise stated in this Agreement with regard to specific breaches. Additionally, if Agency or Advertiser commit a violation of the same Policy (as defined below), where such Policy had been provided by sparks47 to Agency, on three separate occasions after having received timely notice of each such breach, even if such breach has been cured by Agency or Advertiser, then sparks47 may terminate the IO associated with such breach upon written notice. If Agency or Advertiser do not cure a violation of a Policy within the applicable ten day cure period after written notice, where such Policy had been provided by sparks47 to Agency, then sparks47 may terminate the IO associated with such breach upon written notice.
d. Short rates will apply to cancelled buys to the degree stated on the IO.
a. sparks47 shall monitor delivery of the Ads, and shall notify Agency either electronically or in writing as soon as possible (and no later than two weeks before IO end date unless the length of the campaign is less than two weeks) if sparks47 believes that an under-delivery is likely. In the case of a probable or actual under-delivery, the parties may arrange for make good consistent with these Terms and Conditions.
b. In the event that actual Deliverables for any campaign fall below guaranteed levels, as set forth in the IO, and/or if there is an omission of any Ad (placement or creative unit), Agency and Sparks47 will make an effort to agree upon the conditions of a makegood flight either in the IO or at the time of the shortfall. If no makegood can be agreed upon, Agency may execute a credit equal to the value of the under-delivered portion of the contract IO for which it was charged. In the event that Agency or Advertiser has made a cash pre-payment to sparks47, specifically for the campaign IO for which under-delivery applies, then if Agency and/or Advertiser is reasonably current on all amounts owed to sparks47 under any other agreement for such Advertiser, Agency may elect to receive a refund for the under-delivery equal to the difference between the applicable pre-payment and the value of the delivered portion of the campaign. In no event shall sparks47 provide a make good or extend any Ad beyond the period set forth in the IO without prior written consent of Agency.
VII. FORCE MAJEURE
a. Excluding payment obligations, neither party will be liable for delay or default in the performance of its obligations under this Agreement if such delay or default is caused by conditions beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to, fire, flood, accident, earthquakes, telecommunications line failures, electrical outages or network failures. In the event that sparks47 suffers such a delay or default, sparks47 shall make reasonable efforts within ten business days to recommend a substitute transmission for the Ad or time period for the transmission. If no such substitute time period or makegood is reasonably acceptable to Agency, sparks47 shall allow Agency a pro rata reduction in the space, time and/or program charges hereunder in the amount of money assigned to the space, time and/or program charges at time of purchase. In addition, Agency shall have the benefit of the same discounts that would have been earned had there been no default or delay.
b. If Agency’s ability to transfer funds to third parties has been materially negatively impacted by an event beyond the Agency’s reasonable control, including, but not limited to, failure of banking clearing systems or a state of emergency, then Agency shall make every reasonable effort to make payments on a timely basis to sparks47, but any delays caused by such condition shall be excused for the duration of such condition. Subject to the foregoing, such excuse for delay shall not in any way relieve Agency from any of its obligations as to the amount of money that would have been due and paid without such condition.
c. To the extent that a force majeure has continued for 5 business days, sparks47 or Agency has the right to cancel the remainder of the IO without penalty.
VIII. AD MATERIALS
a. It is Agency’s obligation to submit Advertising Materials in accordance with Sparks47’s then existing advertising criteria or specifications (including content limitations, technical specifications, privacy policies, user experience policies, policies regarding consistency with Sparks47’s public image, community standards regarding obscenity or indecency (taking into consideration the portion(s) of the Site on which the Ads are to appear), other editorial or advertising policies, and material due dates) (collectively “Policies”) in accordance with Section II(c). Sparks47′s sole remedy for a breach of this provision is set forth in paragraphs (b and c) below, Section V(c), and Section X(b). If Advertising Materials are late, Advertiser is still responsible for the media purchased pursuant to IO.
b. Sparks47 reserves the right within its discretion to reject or remove from its Site any Ads where the Advertising Materials or the site to which the Ad is linked do not comply with its Policies, or that in Sparks47’s sole reasonable judgment, do not comply with any applicable law, regulation or other judicial or administrative order. In addition, Sparks47 reserves the right within its discretion to reject or remove from its Site any Ads where the Advertising Materials or the site to which the Ad is linked are or may tend to bring disparagement, ridicule, or scorn upon Sparks47 or any of its Affiliates (as defined below), provided that if Sparks47 has reviewed and approved such Ads prior to their use on the Site, Sparks47 will not immediately remove such Ads before making commercially reasonable efforts to acquire mutually acceptable alternative Advertising Materials from Agency.
c. If Advertising Materials provided by Agency are damaged, not to Sparks47’s specifications, or otherwise unacceptable, Sparks47 will use commercially reasonable efforts to notify Agency within 5 business days of its receipt of such Advertising Materials.
d. When applicable, Third Party Ad Server tags shall be implemented so that they are functional in all aspects.
e. Is allowed to sparks47, to use all of the materials (logos, images and contect) needed to deliver clients ads, set forth in the IO
a. Advertiser agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Sparks47 its Affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all Losses incurred as a result of a Third Party claim, judgment or proceeding relating to or arising out of Advertiser’s breach of Section XII, violation of Policies (to the extent the applicable terms of such Policies have been provided to Agency at least ten days prior to the violation giving rise to the claim), or the content or subject matter of any Ad or Advertising Materials to the extent used by Sparks47 in accordance with these Terms and Conditions or an IO, including but not limited allegations that such content or subject matter violate the right of a Third Party, are defamatory or obscene, or violate any law, regulations or other judicial or administrative action.
b. Agency represents and warrants that it has the authority as agent to Advertiser to bind Advertiser to these Terms and Conditions and each IO. Agency agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Sparks47 its Affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all Losses incurred as a result of Agency’s alleged breachof the foregoing sentence.
c. If any action will be brought against either party (the “Indemnified Party”) in respect to any allegation for which indemnity may be sought from the other party (“Indemnifying Party”), the Indemnified Party will promptly notify the Indemnifying Party of any such claim of which it becomes aware and will: (i) provide reasonable cooperation to the Indemnifying Party at the Indemnifying Party’s expense in connection with the defense or settlement of any such claim; and (ii) be entitled to participate at its own expense in the defense of any such claim. The Indemnified Party agrees that the Indemnifying Party will have sole and exclusive control over the defense and settlement of any such third party claim. However, the Indemnifying Party will not acquiesce to any judgment or enter into any settlement that adversely affects the Indemnified Party’s rights or interests without the prior written consent of the Indemnified Party.
d. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that any Indemnifying Party is required to defend, indemnify or hold harmless an Indemnified Party from a claim, judgment or proceeding of a Related Party (as defined below) of such Indemnified Party pursuant to this Section IX, Losses incurred in connection with such claim, judgment or proceeding will be limited to those that are reasonably foreseeable. A “Related Party” is a party in a contractual relationship with the Indemnified Party where such specific contractual relationship relates to the Loss being asserted by that Related Party.
X. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Excluding the parties obligations under Section IX or damages that result from a breach of Section XI or intentional misconduct by the parties, in no event will either party be liable for any consequential, indirect, incidental, punitive, special or exemplary damages whatsoever, including without limitation, damages for loss of profits, business interruption, loss of information and the like, incurred by the other party arising out of this Agreement, even if such party has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
XI. NON-DISCLOSURE, DATA OWNERSHIP, PRIVACY AND LAWS
a. Any marked confidential information and proprietary data provided by one party, including the Ad description, and the pricing of the Ad, set forth in the IO, shall be deemed “Confidential Information” of the disclosing party. Confidential Information shall also include information provided by one party, which under the circumstances surrounding the disclosure would be reasonably deemed confidential or proprietary. Confidential Information shall not be released by the receiving party to anyone except an employee, or agent who has a need to know same, and who is bound by confidentiality obligations. Neither party will use any portion of Confidential Information provided by the other party hereunder for any purpose other than those provided for under this Agreement.
b. For purposes of this Section, Agency and Advertiser shall be considered one party. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, the term “Confidential Information” shall not include information which: (i) was previously known to a party; (ii) was or becomes generally available to the public through no fault of the receiving party (“Recipient”); (iii) was rightfully in Recipient’s possession free of any obligation of confidence at, or subsequent to, the time it was communicated to Recipient by the disclosing party (“Discloser”); (iv) was developed by employees or agents of Recipient independently of and without reference to any information communicated to Recipient by Discloser; or (v) was communicated by Discloser to an unaffiliated third party free of any obligation of confidence. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may disclose Confidential Information in response to a valid order by a court or other governmental body, as otherwise required by law or the rules of any applicable securities exchange or as necessary to establish the rights of either party under this Agreement; provided, however, that both parties will stipulate to any orders necessary to protect said information from public disclosure.
d. Agency, Advertiser and Sparks47 will comply with at all times, all applicable federal, state and local law, ordinances, regulations and codes which are relevant to their performance of their respective obligations under this Agreement.
XII. THIRD PARTY AD SERVERS (Applicable if 3rd Party Server Is Used)
a. Sparks47 will track delivery and the results will be the currency for the invoices. The Agency/Clients will can also track delivery through its proprietary or subcontracted 3rd Party Ad Server whose identity is set forth in the IO, but only for an internal statistics objective. In the event that the Sparks47’s measurements are higher than those produced by the Agency’s 3rd Party Ad Server by more than 10% over the invoice period, Agency will facilitate a reconciliation effort between Sparks47 and 3rd Party Ad Server, for the part over the 10%.
a. Neither Agency nor Advertiser may resell, assign or transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder, and any attempt to resell, assign or transfer such rights or obligations without Sparks47’s prior written approval will be null and void. All terms and provisions of these Terms and Conditions and each IO will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective permitted transferees, successors and assigns.
b. These Terms and Conditions and the related IO constitute the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter and supersede all previous communications, representations, understandings, and agreements, either oral or written, between the parties with respect to the subject matter of the IO. The IO may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be an original and all of which together shall constitute one and the same document.
c. In the event of any inconsistency between the terms of an IO and these Terms and Conditions, the terms of the IO shall prevail. All IOs shall be governed by the laws of the State of Italy-MIlan. Sparks47 and Agency (on behalf of itself and not Advertiser) agree that any claims, legal proceeding or litigation arising in connection with the IO (including these Terms and Conditions) will be brought solely in Italy-Milan, and the parties consent to the jurisdiction of such courts. No modification of these Terms and Conditions or any IO shall be binding unless in writing and signed by both parties. If any provision herein is held to be unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. All rights and remedies hereunder are cumulative.
d. Any notice required to be delivered hereunder shall be delivered three days after deposit in Italian mail, return receipt requested, one business day if sent by overnight courier service, and immediately if sent electronically or by fax. All notices to Sparks47 and Agency shall be sent to the contact as noted in the IO with a copy to the Legal Department. All notices to Advertiser shall be sent to the address specified on the IO.
e. Sections III, VI, IX, X, XI, and XIII shall survive termination or expiration of this Agreement and Section IV shall survive for 30 days after the termination or expiration of this Agreement. In addition, each party shall return or destroy the other party’s Confidential Information and remove Advertising Materials and Ad tags.