Terms and Conditions of Use – GOLDEN GLOBES
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY AS THEY MAY IMPACT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE BETWEEN US. SPECIFICALLY, PLEASE REFER TO PARAGRAPH 20 BELOW, WHICH REQUIRES THAT CERTAIN DISPUTES BE SETTLED THROUGH MANDATORY BINDING ARBITRATION WHICH WILL PRECLUDE YOU FROM LEADING OR PARTICIPATING IN A CLASS ACTION.
As between you and GOLDEN GLOBES, GOLDEN GLOBES or its licensors own, solely and exclusively, all rights, title and interest in and to the Websites, including without limitation all the content (including, for example, audio, photographs, illustrations, graphics, other visuals, video, copy, text, software, titles and Shockwave files), code, data and materials thereon, the look and feel, design and organization of the Websites, and the compilation of the content, code, data and materials on the Websites, including but not limited to any copyrights, trademark rights, patent rights, database rights, moral rights, sui generis rights and other intellectual property and proprietary rights therein. Your use of the Websites does not grant to you ownership of any content, code, data or materials you may access on or through the Websites.
If you provide GOLDEN GLOBES any feedback or suggestions regarding the Websites (“Feedback”), including without limitation ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques relating to the functionality or design of the Websites, you hereby assign to GOLDEN GLOBES all rights in the Feedback and agree that GOLDEN GLOBES shall have the right to use such Feedback and related information in any manner it deems appropriate. GOLDEN GLOBES will treat any Feedback you provide to GOLDEN GLOBES as non-confidential and non-proprietary. You agree that you will not submit to GOLDEN GLOBES any feedback that you consider to be confidential or proprietary.
- Limited License.
- Prohibited Use.
Any commercial or promotional distribution, publishing or exploitation of the Websites is strictly prohibited unless you have received the express prior written permission from authorized personnel of GOLDEN GLOBES or the otherwise applicable rights holder. Other than as expressly allowed herein, you may not download, post, display, publish, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, modify, perform, broadcast, transfer, create derivative works from, sell or otherwise exploit the Websites. You further agree that you may not alter, edit, delete, remove, otherwise change the meaning or appearance of, or repurpose, any of the content, code, data, or other materials on or available through the Websites, including, without limitation, the alteration or removal of any trademarks, trade names, logos, service marks, or any other proprietary content or proprietary rights notices. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading any copyrighted material from or through the Websites. If you make other use of the Websites, except as otherwise provided above or as set forth in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 which allows for certain limited uses of copyright works as “fair use”, you may violate copyright and other laws of the United States and/or other countries, as well as applicable state laws and may be subject to liability for such unauthorized use. For web posting, reprint, transcript or licensing requests for GOLDEN GLOBES material, please send your request to the following: licensing@GoldenGlobes.com
The trademarks, logos, service marks and trade names (collectively the “Marks”) displayed on the Websites or on content available through the Websites, are registered and unregistered trademarks or service marks of GOLDEN GLOBES and third parties. All Marks not owned by GOLDEN GLOBES that appear on the Websites or on or through the Websites’ services, if any, are the property of their respective owners. Nothing contained on the Websites should be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any Mark displayed on the Websites without the written permission of GOLDEN GLOBES or the third party that may own the applicable Mark. You are not permitted to use these Marks without our prior written consent or the consent of such third party which may own the Marks. Your misuse of the Marks displayed on the Websites or on or through any of the Websites’ services is strictly prohibited.
- Registration Information.
You must meet any age, geographic or other eligibility requirements specified on the Websites to subscribe to a service that we offer, make submissions, or to access or participate in certain services at or areas of our Websites. By registering at those Websites, or for those features or services, you represent that you comply with applicable restrictions. The Websites may, from time to time, contain contests that offer prizes or that require you to send in material or information about yourself. Each contest has its own rules, which you must read and agree to before you may enter.
- Submitted Materials.
- Prohibited User Conduct.
You warrant and agree that, while using the Websites you shall not: (a) impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent your affiliation with any other person or entity; (b) insert your own or a third party’s advertising, branding or other promotional content into any of the Websites’ content, materials or services (for example, without limitation, in an RSS feed or a podcast received from GOLDEN GLOBES or otherwise through the Websites), or use, redistribute, republish or exploit such content or service for any further commercial or promotional purposes; or (c) attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems through the Websites. You shall not: (i) engage in spidering, “screen scraping,” “database scraping,” harvesting of e-mail addresses, wireless addresses or other contact or personal information, or any other automatic means of obtaining lists of users or other information from or through the Websites or the services offered on or through the Websites, including without limitation any information residing on any server or database connected to the Websites or the services offered on or through the Websites; (ii) obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized access to computer systems, materials or information through any means; (iii) use the Websites in any manner that may interrupt, damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Websites or its services, including without limitation, sending mass unsolicited messages or “flooding” servers with requests; (iv) use the Websites in violation of GOLDEN GLOBES’s or any third party’s intellectual property or other proprietary or legal rights; or (v) use the Websites in violation of any applicable law. You further agree that you shall not attempt (or encourage or support anyone else’s attempt) to circumvent, reverse engineer, decrypt, or otherwise alter or interfere with the Websites, or any content thereof, or make any unauthorized use thereof. You agree that you shall not use the Websites in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Websites or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Websites or any of their services. You shall not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made publicly available or provided for through the Websites.
- Right to Monitor.
- Linking to the Websites.
You are not permitted to link directly to any image hosted on the Websites or our services, such as using an “in-line” linking method to cause the image hosted by us to be displayed on another website. You agree not to download or use images hosted on the Websites on another website, for any purpose, including, without limitation, posting such images on another site. You agree not to link from any other website to the Websites in any manner such that the Websites, or any page of the Websites, are “framed,” surrounded or obfuscated by any third party content, materials or branding. We reserve all of our rights under the law to insist that any link to the Websites be discontinued, and to revoke your right to link to the Websites from any other websites at any time upon written notice to you.
- Third Party Websites.
You may be able to link from the Websites to third party websites and third party websites may link to the Websites (“Linked Sites”). You acknowledge and agree that we have no responsibility for the information, content, products, services, advertising, code or other materials which may or may not be provided by or through Linked Sites, even if they are owned or run by affiliates of ours. Links to Linked Sites do not constitute an endorsement or sponsorship by us of such Linked Sites or the information, content, products, services, advertising, code or other materials presented on or through such Linked Sites. The inclusion of any link to such Linked Sites on our Websites does not imply GOLDEN GLOBES’s endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation of that site. GOLDEN GLOBES disclaims any liability for links (1) from another website to the Websites and (2) to another website from the Websites. GOLDEN GLOBES cannot guarantee the standards of any websites to which links are provided on the Websites nor shall GOLDEN GLOBES be held responsible for the contents of such sites, or any subsequent links. GOLDEN GLOBES does not represent or warrant that the contents of any third party websites are accurate, compliant with state or federal law, or compliant with copyright or other intellectual property laws. Also, GOLDEN GLOBES is not responsible for any form of transmission received from any Linked Sites. Any reliance on the contents of a third party website is done at your own risk and you assume all responsibilities and consequences resulting from such reliance.
- Advertisements and Promotions
GOLDEN GLOBES may run advertisements and promotions from third parties on the Websites. Your business dealings or correspondence with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers other than GOLDEN GLOBES, and any terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such third party. GOLDEN GLOBES is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of third-party advertisers on the Websites.
- Copyright Agent.
We respect the intellectual property rights of others, and require that the people who use the Websites, or the services or features made available on or through the Websites, do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please forward the following information to GOLDEN GLOBES’s Copyright Agent, designated as such pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(2), named below:
- Your address, telephone number, and email address;
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
- A description of where the alleged infringing material is located;
- A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
- An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; and
- A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
100 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Attn: Golden Globes Copyright Agent
Note that the above-referenced contact information is for copyright notices only. No other inquiries will receive a response from the Golden Globes Copyright Agent.
- DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES.
THE WEBSITES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL SERVICES, CONTENT, FUNCTIONS AND MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITES, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY FOR INFORMATION, DATA, DATA PROCESSING SERVICES, UPTIME OR UNINTERRUPTED ACCESS, ANY WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY, PLAYABILITY, DISPLAYABILITY, ACCURACY, PRECISION, CORRECTNESS, THOROUGHNESS, COMPLETENESS OR USEFULNESS OF CONTENT OR INFORMATION, AND ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND WE HEREBY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, EXPRESS AND IMPLIED. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITES OR THE SERVICES, CONTENT, FUNCTIONS OR MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITES WILL BE TIMELY, SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE WEBSITES OR THE PROVIDED SERVICES WILL MEET USERS’ REQUIREMENTS. NO ADVICE, RESULTS OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH THE WEBSITES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN. GOLDEN GLOBES ALSO ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR EQUIPMENT ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING IN THE WEBSITES OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS, DATA, TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO CONTENT, OR AUDIO CONTENT FROM THE WEBSITES. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL GOLDEN GLOBES BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, RESULTING FROM USE OF THE WEBSITES, ANY CONTENT POSTED ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITES, OR CONDUCT OF ANY USERS OF THE WEBSITES, WHETHER ONLINE OR OFF. YOU USE THE WEBSITES AT YOUR OWN RISK. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE WEBSITES, YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE WEBSITES.
WE TRY TO ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION POSTED ON THE WEBSITES IS CORRECT AND UP-TO-DATE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR MAKE CORRECTIONS TO ANY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE WEBSITES AT ANY TIME AND WITHOUT ANY PRIOR WARNING. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EVALUATE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR USEFULNESS OF ANY INFORMATION, OPINION, ADVICE OR OTHER CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEBSITES.
- LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
- Applicable Laws.
- Dispute Resolution: Binding Arbitration Clause and Class Waiver.
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY. IT MAY SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS—INCLUDING YOUR RIGHT TO FILE A LAWSUIT IN COURT (BY REQUIRING YOUR DISPUTE TO BE SUBMITTED TO ARBITRATION) AND LIMITING YOUR RIGHTS TO RESOLVE YOUR DISPUTE AS PART OF A CLASS.
20.1 Informal Dispute Resolution.
For any and all disputes between you and GOLDEN GLOBES, the parties shall use their best efforts to settle informally the dispute, claim, question, or disagreement and to engage in good faith negotiations. Failure to engage in this process could result in the award of fees against you in arbitration.
To initiate informal dispute resolution, the initiating party must first send a written description of the dispute to the other party. For any dispute against GOLDEN GLOBES that you initiate, you agree to send to GOLDEN GLOBES (a) a written description of the dispute and (b) the email address(es) associated with your account through the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The written description must be on an individual basis and provide, at minimum, the following information: your name; a description of the nature or basis of the claim or dispute; and the specific relief sought. For any dispute that GOLDEN GLOBES initiates, we will send our written description of the dispute to the email address associated with your use of the Services.
If the parties’ dispute is not resolved within sixty (60) days after receipt of the written description of the dispute by a party, you and GOLDEN GLOBES agree to resolve any remaining dispute through the additional dispute resolution provisions set forth below.
A good faith engagement in informal dispute resolution shall be and is a prerequisite and condition precedent to either party initiating a lawsuit or arbitration. The parties agree that any applicable statute of limitations period and filing fees or other deadlines will be tolled while the parties engage in this informal dispute resolution process.
20.2 Binding Arbitration
After the parties have engaged in a good-faith effort to resolve their dispute(s) in accordance with the Informal Dispute Resolution process (Section 20.1), and only if those efforts fail, then either party may initiate arbitration as set forth in this Section.
If you determine to initiate arbitration, a copy of the arbitration demand must be emailed to email@example.com. If GOLDEN GLOBES is initiating arbitration, it will serve a copy of the demand to the email address associated with your use of the GOLDEN GLOBES Services.
(a) Mutual Arbitration Agreement
This Arbitration Agreement is intended to be interpreted broadly, and it applies to claims that arose, were asserted, or involve facts occurring before the existence of this Arbitration Agreement or any prior agreement as well as claims that may arise after the termination of this Arbitration Agreement, in accordance with the notice opt-out provisions set forth in Sections 20.4 and 20.5.
This Arbitration Agreement is governed by the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) in all respects and evidences a transaction involving interstate commerce. You and GOLDEN GLOBES expressly agree that the FAA shall exclusively govern the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement. If for whatever reason the rules and procedures of the FAA cannot apply, the state law governing arbitration agreements in the state in which you reside shall apply.
Except as set forth in Section 20.2(c) below, if any provision of this Arbitration Agreement is found by an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the arbitrator or court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions thereof remain in full force and effect.
(b) WAIVER OF RIGHTS INCLUDING JURY TRIAL
THE PARTIES UNDERSTAND THAT ARBITRATION MEANS THAT AN ARBITRATOR AND NOT A JUDGE OR JURY WILL DECIDE THE CLAIM, AND THAT RIGHTS TO DISCOVERY AND APPEALS MAY BE LIMITED IN ARBITRATION. THE PARTIES FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT THE COSTS OF ARBITRATION COULD EXCEED THE COST OF LITIGATION IN SOME INSTANCES.
YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT BY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS AND ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, YOU AND GOLDEN GLOBES ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
(c) CLASS ARBITRATION AND COLLECTIVE RELIEF WAIVER.
YOU AND GOLDEN GLOBES ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, AND EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE SET OUT IN THIS SECTION 20.2(c) AND SECTION 20.2(e)(vi) BELOW, ANY ARBITRATION SHALL BE CONDUCTED IN AN INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY ONLY AND NOT AS A CLASS OR OTHER CONSOLIDATED ACTION, AND THE ARBITRATOR MAY AWARD RELIEF ONLY IN FAVOR OF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTY SEEKING RELIEF AND ONLY TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO RESOLVE AN INDIVIDUAL PARTY’S CLAIM; NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND AGREEMENT, ANY ARBITRATION INVOLVING YOU MAY PROCEED ON A CONSOLIDATED BASIS IF AND ONLY IF GOLDEN GLOBES PROVIDES ITS CONSENT TO CONSOLIDATE IN WRITING.
If there is a final judicial determination that applicable law precludes enforcement of this Paragraph’s limitations as to a particular remedy, then that remedy (and only that remedy) must be severed from the arbitration and may be sought in court. The parties agree, however, that any adjudication of remedies not subject to arbitration shall be stayed pending the outcome of any arbitrable claims and remedies.
If there is a final judicial determination that either the Class Arbitration and Collective Relief Waiver in this Section, or that the provisions in this Section 20.2 are not enforceable as to a particular claim or request for relief, then the parties agree that that particular claim or request for relief may proceed in court as provided herein, but shall be severed and stayed pending arbitration of the remaining claims. This provision does not prevent you or GOLDEN GLOBES from participating in a class-wide settlement of claims.
(d) Arbitration Location.
If you are a resident of the United States, arbitration will take place in the county where you reside. For residents in Canada (and anywhere else outside the United States), arbitration shall be initiated in the County of New York, State of New York, United States of America, unless you and GOLDEN GLOBES otherwise agree or unless the designated arbitrator determines that such venue would be unreasonably burdensome to any party, in which case the arbitrator shall have the discretion to select another venue.
For any arbitration conducted in the County of New York, State of New York, United States of America, You and GOLDEN GLOBES agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of any federal or state court in New York County, New York, in order to compel arbitration, to stay proceedings pending arbitration, or to confirm, modify, vacate or enter judgment on the award entered by the arbitrator; and in connection with any such proceeding, further agree to accept service of process by U.S. or certified mail and hereby waive any and all jurisdictional and venue defenses otherwise available
(e) The Arbitration Rules.
(i) The Provider.
The arbitration will be administered by National Arbitration and Mediation (“NAM”) and resolved before a single arbitrator. If NAM is not available to arbitrate, the parties will select an alternative arbitration provider.
Except as modified by this “Dispute Resolution” provision, NAM will administer the arbitration in accordance with the NAM Comprehensive Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures, Fees For Disputes When One of the Parties is a Consumer and the Mass Filing Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures in effect at the time any demand for arbitration is filed with NAM, excluding any rules or procedures governing or permitting class or representative actions. The applicable NAM rules and procedures are available at http://www.namadr.com or by emailing National Arbitration and Mediation’s Commercial Dept at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are responsible for your own attorneys’ fees unless the arbitration rules and/or applicable law provide otherwise.
The parties agree that NAM has discretion to reduce the amount or modify the timing of any administrative or arbitration fees due under NAM’s Rules where it deems appropriate, provided that such modification does not increase the costs to you, and you further agree that you waive any objection to such fee modification. The parties also agree that a good-faith challenge by either party to the fees imposed by NAM does not constitute a default, waiver, or breach of this Section 20 while such challenge remains pending before NAM the arbitrator, and/or a court of competent jurisdiction, and that any and all due dates for those fees shall be tolled during the pendency of such challenge.
(ii) Arbitration Demand Must Contain Sufficient Information.
(iii) Arbitration Conducted on Papers in Some Circumstances.
If the amount in controversy does not exceed $10,000 and you do not seek injunctive or declaratory relief, then the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents that you and GOLDEN GLOBES submit to the arbitrator, unless the arbitrator determines that a hearing is necessary. If the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000 or seeks declaratory or injunctive relief, either party may request (or the arbitrator may determine) to hold a hearing, which shall be via videoconference or telephone conference unless the parties agree otherwise.
(iv) Dispositive Motions.
Subject to the applicable NAM rules and procedures, the parties agree that the arbitrator will have the discretion to allow the filing of dispositive motions if they are likely to efficiently resolve or narrow issues in dispute.
To increase the efficiency of administration and resolution of arbitrations, in the event 100 or more similar arbitration demands (those asserting the same or substantially similar facts or claims, and seeking the same or substantially similar relief) presented by or with the assistance or coordination of the same law firm(s) or organization(s) are submitted to NAM (or another arbitration provider selected in accordance with Section 20.2(e)(i) if NAM is unavailable) against GOLDEN GLOBES within reasonably close temporal proximity (“Mass Filing”), the parties agree (A) to administer the Mass Filing in batches of 100 demands per batch (to the extent there are fewer than 100 arbitration demands left over after the batching described above, a final batch will consist of the remaining demands) with only one batch filed, processed, and adjudicated at a time; (B) to designate one arbitrator for each batch; (C) to accept applicable fees, including any related fee reduction determined by NAM (or another arbitration provider selected in accordance with 20.2(e)(i) if NAM is unavailable) in its discretion; (D) that no other demands for arbitration that are part of the Mass Filing may be filed, processed, or adjudicated until the prior batch of 100 is filed, processed, and adjudicated; (E) that fees associated with a demand for arbitration included in a Mass Filing, including fees owed by GOLDEN GLOBES and the claimants, shall only be due after your demand for arbitration is included in a set of batch proceedings and that batch is properly designated for filing, processing, and adjudication; and (F) that the staged process of batched proceedings, with each set including 100 demands, shall continue until each demand (including your demand) is adjudicated or otherwise resolved. If your demand for arbitration is included in the Mass Filing, any statute of limitation applicable to your claims will remain tolled until your demand for arbitration is decided, withdrawn, or settled.
Arbitrator selection for each batch shall be conducted to the greatest extent possible in accordance with the applicable NAM rules and procedures for such selection, and the arbitrator will determine the location where the proceedings will be conducted.
You agree to cooperate in good faith with GOLDEN GLOBES and the arbitration provider to implement such a “batch approach” or other similar approach to provide for an efficient resolution of claims, including the payment of combined reduced fees, set by NAM in its discretion, for each batch of claims. The parties further agree to cooperate with each other and the arbitration provider or arbitrator to establish any other processes or procedures that the arbitration provider or arbitrator believe will provide for an efficient resolution of claims. Any disagreement between the parties as to whether this provision applies or as to the process or procedure for batching shall be resolved by a procedural arbitrator appointed by NAM.
This “Batch Arbitration” provision shall in no way be interpreted as increasing the number of claims necessary to trigger the applicability of NAM’s Mass Filing Supplemental Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures or authorizing class arbitration of any kind.
(vi) No Class or Consolidated Arbitration Absent Written Consent.
Unless GOLDEN GLOBES otherwise consents in writing, GOLDEN GLOBES does not agree or consent to class arbitration, private attorney general arbitration, or arbitration involving joint or consolidated claims under any circumstances, except as set forth in Section 20.2(c) and this Section 20.2(e)(vi).
(vii) Arbitration Award.
20.3 Exceptions to Arbitration.
Notwithstanding the parties’ agreement to resolve all disputes through binding arbitration as set forth in Section 20.2:
(a) IP Disputes.
Either party’s claims of infringement or misappropriation of the other party’s patent, copyright, trademark, or trade secret, shall be exclusively brought in the state and federal courts located in the City and County of New York, New York.
(b) Small Claims Court and Statutes of Limitation.
Either party may elect to have disputes or claims resolved in a small claims court regardless of what forum the filing party initially chose, provided the disputes or claims are within the scope of that court’s jurisdiction.
Either party may also seek a declaratory judgment or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction regarding whether a party’s claims are time-barred or may be in fact be brought in small claims court. Seeking such relief shall not waive a party’s right to arbitration under this agreement, and any filed arbitrations related to any action filed pursuant to this paragraph shall automatically be stayed (and any applicable statute of limitations tolled) pending the outcome of such action.
(c) Jurisdiction/Service of Process.
For any dispute not subject to arbitration under this Section 20, you and GOLDEN GLOBES agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of and venue in the federal and state courts located in New York, New York. You further agree to accept service of process by U.S. or certified mail, and hereby waive any and all jurisdictional and venue defenses otherwise available.
20.4 30-Day Right to Opt Out.
You have the right to opt-out and not be bound by the arbitration and class action waiver provisions set forth above by sending written notice, signed by you, of your decision to opt-out to the following address: email@example.com. The notice must be sent within 30 days of November 9, 2023, or your first use of the Services, whichever is later; otherwise, you shall be bound to arbitrate disputes in accordance with the terms of Section 20.2. If you opt-out of the arbitration provisions, GOLDEN GLOBES also will not be bound by them.
GOLDEN GLOBES will continue to honor any valid opt outs if you opted out of arbitration in a prior version of the Terms pursuant to the requirements set forth in that version. If you do not timely opt out of this Arbitration Agreement, such action shall constitute mutual acceptance of the terms of these “Dispute Resolution” provisions by you and GOLDEN GLOBES.
20.5 Changes to this Section.
GOLDEN GLOBES may make changes to this Section 20 or any aspect of this Section 20 by publicly posting a notification of such change on the Websites 30 days prior to such change becoming effective, but without individual notice to you.. Changes will become effective on the 30th day and apply to all claims not yet filed. If you continue to use the Services after the 30th day, you agree that any unfiled claims of which GOLDEN GLOBES does not have actual notice are subject to the revised clause.
If you reject any such changes by opting out of the Arbitration Agreement, you may exercise your right to a trial by jury or judge, as permitted by applicable law, but any prior existing agreement to arbitrate disputes under a prior version of the Arbitration Agreement will not apply to claims not yet filed. If GOLDEN GLOBES changes this “Dispute Resolution” section after the date you first accepted this Agreement (or accepted any subsequent changes to this Agreement), you agree that your continued use of the Services 30 days after such change will be deemed acceptance of those changes. If you do not agree to such change, you may opt out by providing notice as described in Section 20.4.