1. General, Purpose
1.1. SOCONORD S.A. operates and maintains this internet site (the "Site") for informational and communication purposes only.
1.2. Among other things, this Site provides news and general information, including, but not limited to tubes, oil and gas industry.
3. Changes in Terms; Termination
3.1. SOCONORD shall have the right at any time and without prior notice to revise the terms and provisions of these Terms or to impose new terms and conditions with respect to access to, or use of, this Site. Such revisions and additions shall be effective immediately upon notice thereof, which notice may be given by any means including, but not limited to, posting the revised or additional terms and conditions on the Site. Any access or use of this Site by you after notice of revisions or additions to these Terms shall constitute and be deemed to be your agreement to such revisions or additions.
3.2. SOCONORD also shall have the right to terminate this Site or any products or services described in the Site, or any individual's right to access or use any portion of or product or service offered through the Site, at any time and without prior notice to the Users.
4. Site Content
The information and materials posted on this Site may contain errors, omissions, or typographical errors or may be out of date. SOCONORD may change, delete or update any posted information or materials at any time and without prior notice to the Users. The information and materials posted on this Site are provided for informational purposes only and are not binding on SOCONORD in any way. Moreover, the information posted by any person in the Site does not necessarily reflect the opinion of SOCONORD. In no event shall SOCONORD be responsible for news, information and for data posted in the Site by third parties.
5. Refusal of Access Rights
SOCONORD reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, refuse access to any User for any reason or for no reason whatsoever.
6. Technical Aspects
Each User is responsible for providing and operating properly all equipment necessary to access the Internet and the Site. Access to the Site requires use of (Microsoft Explorer 5.0 or higher or Netscape Navigator 4.7 or higher).
7. Obligation not to interfere, damage or tamper the Site
Users shall not tamper in any way with the software or functionality of the Site. Without limiting the foregoing, User shall not put any material into the Site which contains any computer programming routines (including but not limited to viruses, time bombs, trojan horses, worms, cancelbots) or other device that may damage, interfere with or intercept any system, data or information.
8. Intellectual property
8.1. Each User herein acknowledges that the software used in the Site, configurations, displays, screens, and all information, content appearing on or displayed in connection with or contained by SOCONORD on this Web Site -- SOCONORD domain name, the SOCONORD logo, and trade name SOCONORD (collectively "SOCONORD Proprietary Properties") - are covered by various intellectual property right protections and trade secrecy law. SOCONORD reserve all rights with regard to SOCONORD Proprietary Properties and intend to vigorously defend SOCONORD Proprietary Properties, including seeking injunctive relief, damages, and legal costs.
8.2. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, User agrees that it will not directly or indirectly copy or reproduce all or any part of the SOCONORD Proprietary Properties, whether electronically, mechanically, or otherwise, in any form including, but not limited to the copying of presentation style, content, or content organization, without the prior written permission from SOCONORD provided, however, that the User may make copies of Web pages in its internal computer system as part of accessing our Web site and for its own internal use, but not make copies or otherwise distribute, publish, reproduce or retransmit any information, or otherwise commercially exploit any information, in transactions with third parties.
In addition, other trademarks and/or intellectual property rights appearing through the use of the Site and information specifically related to certain companies may also be subject to the rights of other parties. User agrees to respect and not in any way to violate such third party rights.
8.3. Provision of Data. If an User provides any data to SOCONORD, whether by using this Site or otherwise, then User warrants that such data is accurate and current, that he or she is authorized to provide such data to SOCONORD and authorize the use thereof and that the data does not infringe any third parties intellectual property rights.
9. Linked Third Party Sites
Links to other Internet sites operated by third parties, including members of SOCONORD's authorized dealer network, do not constitute sponsorship, endorsement, or approval by SOCONORD as the case may be, of the content, policies or practices of such linked sites. Linked sites are not operated, controlled or maintained by SOCONORD, and SOCONORD is not responsible for the availability, content, policies, or practices of linked sites. Links to other sites are provided for your convenience only, and you access them at your own risk.
10. Disclaimer of Warranty
SOCONORD make no warranties or representations whatsoever concerning this Site or any linked site or its content, including the quality of the products and services described in the Site, the availability of any site or the information and materials on it or the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of that information and materials. SOCONORD makes no warranties or representations concerning any commercial or financial information related to products or services described or mentioned on this Site. SOCONORD will therefore accept no liability for the use of such information by the User or by any other third parties. SOCONORD also do not warrant or represent that your access to or use of any Site will be uninterrupted or free or errors or omissions, that defects will be corrected, or that the Site is free of computer viruses or other harmful components. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on this site is provided to you "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title or non-infringement. The representations and warranties relating to the products sold by SOCONORD shall be governed by the terms of the agreements entered into by SOCONORD with their customers.
11. Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances will SOCONORD be liable to you or any other person for any direct, indirect, consequential, incidental, special, or punitive damages whether in contract or in tort, including negligence, arising in any way out of access to or use of or inability to access or use the site or any linked site or its contents or termination of this site or denial of access to the site, including but not limited to lost profits, business interruption, or loss of programs or other data on computer systems or otherwise, even if SOCONORD are expressly advised of the possibility of such damages.
Any communications or material you transmit to this Site by electronic mail or otherwise, including any questions, comments, suggestions, or the like, is and will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary and may be used by SOCONORD, their affiliates and business partners for any purpose, including but not limited to reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast, and posting. Furthermore, such persons are free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to this Site for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products or services using information contained in such communication.
13. Governing Law
The Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Belgium.