Chapter 1. General Terms
1.1 The following terms and conditions (“T&C”) shall always apply to the provision of services in the field of advertising by SADH Internet GmbH, Rosenstrasse 17, 10178 Berlin, Germany (“SharePop”) to its publishing partners, i.e. a party owning or controlling advertising space or otherwise being entitled to display advertisements in online and mobile media as for example on any social platform(s), blog(s), or website(s) (each hereinafter a “Partner”). Such advertising space shall be referred to as “Partner Sites”.
1.2 The T&C, the Partner Guidelines (as defined below) and any other agreements between the parties shall be collectively referred to as the “Agreement”. Terms and conditions of Partner do not become part of the Agreement, unless and to the extent that SharePop has explicitly accepted them in written form. “Partner Guidelines” means any specifications, instructions and other guidance SharePop may release to Partner with regard to the use of the Advertising Platform (as defined below).
1.3 “Advertisement” or “Ads” shall mean advertising materials that may contain texts, graphics, images, sounds, videos, any other content or links to the aforementioned. Partner shall publish the Advertisements provided by an advertiser seeking to promote its mobile app(s) (the “Advertiser”). Advertiser will upload its Ads to, and SharePop will make the Ads available through, SharePop’s dedicated online platform (the “Advertising Platform”) or, as the case may be, SharePop and Partner may individually agree upon the publishing of Advertisements through Partner’s account (the “Partner Account”).
1.4 By operating the Advertising Platform and rendering the services according to the Agreement, SharePop acts a technical service provider between Advertisers and Partner. Partner acknowledges and agrees that SharePop has no obligation to make available Advertisements in a specific quantity or quality.
1.5 SharePop shall reward Partner as further described in Chapter 6.
1.6 SharePop is entitled to use sub-contractors.
Chapter 2. Registration
2.1 Parties interested in becoming a Partner can do so by registering an account with SharePop on SharePop’s website(s). This requires a “Registration Form” to be filled in, especially with an email address. All fields of the Registration Form which are marked as being “required” must be filled in. Alternatively, users can register using their facebook or Google accounts. SharePop reserves the right to make changes to the registration process as it deems reasonable. Any statements and information submitted during the registration process must be complete and correct and kept up to date by Partner.
2.2 By completing the registration process, the potential Partner submits a binding offer to enter into a contract with SharePop which shall be governed exclusively by the provisions of this Agreement and particularly these T&C (the “Partner Offer”).
2.3 The Agreement between the Partner and SharePop is concluded when SharePop explicitly accepts the Partner Offer, or when SharePop commences to perform the Agreement, whichever is earlier.
2.4 Regularly, SharePop will promptly confirm receipt of the Partner Offer by sending an e-mail to the e-mail address submitted as part of the registration process. This confirmation is not a binding acceptance of the Partner Offer. The confirmation can however be sent together with such declaration of acceptance.
2.5 Partner must not pass on its login data to any third party. Partner is fully responsible and liable for all activities under its Partner Account. As a natural person registering on behalf of its employer or any other entity you warrant and represent to have full legal authority to do so and to oblige its employer or such other entity to this Agreement. Partners that are natural persons must be at least 18 years of age.
Chapter 3. Publication of Advertisements; Warranties
3.1 The Partner must publish all Advertisements in accordance with the Agreement.
3.2 Partner warrants and represents (a) that it will publish the Advertisements in compliance with any and all applicable laws, also including any laws regarding data protection & unfair competition; (b) that it will not interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Advertising Platform and particularly the tracking means applied by SharePop; (c) that it will not place the Advertisements in any illegal context or any other context which might be detrimental to SharePop, the Advertisers or respectively their reputation; (d) that it has the right to publish the Advertisements on the Partner Sites (e) that it will not alter or modify the Advertisements without SharePop’s prior written consent it being understood that Partners shall be free to integrate the Advertisements as they deem fit provided such integration is in accordance with this Agreement and (f) that it will not generate or allow others to generate Fraudulent Actions (as defined below).
3.3 SharePop will take reasonable measures to prevent Fraudulent Actions. The Partner will support SharePop in preventing Fraudulent Actions (as defined below). The following are considered “Fraudulent Actions”:
- Any activities that are performed by a bot, script, automated program or similar device aiming to create the impression that a real Conversions was delivered. The term further includes all actions generally considered fraudulent or abusive according to generally accepted principles of online marketing, such as those prohibited by the leading programs for affiliate marketing and keyword advertising such as for example generating queries, completing surveys, or completing referrals through any automated means or with any false information or tolerate such behavior of third parties.
- Incentivized installs: It is not allowed to provide incentives (e.g. a reward or benefit) to his or her users for performing any actions resulting in a successful conversion event. This explicitly also includes the practice of asking users to install an app in order to support the partner. Installs achieved through providing incentives will therefore be treated as invalid and received coins for this installs will be deducted.
- Excessive self-installing: Installing apps in an excessive manner on your own device(s) with the sole purpose of receiving coins and no intention of promoting the app to an outside audience is not allowed. Such behavior will lead to an exclusion from SharePop and received coins can be deducted.
3.4 SharePop reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to review Partner’s display of Advertisements and its use of the Advertising Platform in general.
Chapter 4. Suspensions
4.1 SharePop reserves the right to partly or fully suspend its services and/ or Partner’s access to the Advertising Platform at any time, particularly, without limitation, if:
- Partner is in breach of any of the warranties according to Chapter 3 or otherwise in material breach of this Agreement; or
- An Advertiser requests that its campaigns shall not be served by a certain Partner; or
- A legal authority requests so; or
- There are technical problems to be resolved to ensure the proper working of the Advertising Platform or the tracking.
4.2 SharePop will reasonably inform Partner about any suspensions but does not guarantee that Partner will always be informed in advance.
Chapter 5. Malicious Code
SharePop takes reasonable measures to protect its systems including the Advertising Platform against viruses, spyware and other malicious code (together “Malicious Code”). However, Partner acknowledges and agrees that the intrusion of Malicious Code can never be completely prevented. Therefore, it is the Partner’s responsibility to protect all data stored in its systems against unauthorized access and data loss. Partner shall make its users waive, as far as legally permissible, all potential claims against SharePop based on Malicious Code, and inform its users as to appropriate measures to protect their systems.
Chapter 6. Partner Rewards
6.1 In consideration of Partner’s efforts under this Agreement, SharePop rewards Partners with SharePop coins (hereinafter the “Coins”) in accordance with the commercial terms agreed within the Advertising Platform, SharePop’s applicable Partner Guidelines and as further described in section 6.6 of this Agreement below.
6.2 The number of Coins that is rewarded to Partner is based on the number of “Conversions” delivered by Partner. “Conversion” means a predefined event such as for example that a user installs a promoted mobile application on its device within a certain period of time (“CPI”).”Conversion(s)” may be defined differently for each campaign. The definition will be made available to Partner together with the applicable reward per Conversion and possibly other campaign specifications such as for example daily caps and targeting criteria in the Advertising Platform (together the “Campaign Terms”). By starting to publish Advertisements, Partner agrees to the Campaign Terms. Partner is not entitled to any rewards for conversions which are not in compliance with the Campaign Terms.
6.3 The number of valid Conversions is determined by SharePop based on SharePop’s tracking. SharePop will use its own tracking tools or tracking tools of third parties as for example HasOffers at its discretion. Based on the tracking results, SharePop will create a final report and make it available to Partner. Reports will be made available upon the completion of a campaign but at least on a monthly basis.
6.4 SharePop’s reports are deemed accepted by Partner if Partner does not object them within ten days following the making available of a report. Furthermore, Partners have access to online statistics within the Advertising Platform. Partner acknowledges and agrees that such statistics are preliminary and that only the final reports made available by SharePop shall serve as basis for the determination of Partner’s reward.
6.5 If there is a discrepancy of greater than ten per cent (10%) between SharePop’s reports and the data of Partner, the parties will work together in good faith in order to verify the relevant data and agree on a final report. However, where the reasons for the discrepancy cannot be clarified within 14 days, Partner will be paid based on SharePop’s report except to the extent that Partner proves SharePop’s data to be wrong.
6.6 Coins. Coins are the virtual currency of SharePop’s reward program. Partners can collect Coins and once a certain number of Coins is collected, Partners are entitled to request payout.
- SharePop operates several regional programs each one of which under a different domain such as for example sharepop.com or sharepop.co.kr (hereinafter “Local Stores”).
- Coins are converted to US Dollars at a fixed rate determined by SharePop and published by SharePop in the Advertising Platform, as part of SharePop guidelines or otherwise on the SharePop website. The US Dollar value of the Coins depends on the Local Store where Partner is registered.
- Partners can only register in one Local Store.
- The actual payout currency depends on the Local Store where Partners are registered. For example, payouts in the USA will be in US Dollars. Payouts in the Republic of Korea will be in South Korean Won.
- The conversion rate from the US Dollar equivalent of Coins to the local payout currency is determined by SharePop at its sole, reasonable discretion (the “Local Exchange Rate(s)” or “LER”). SharePop may amend the Local Exchange Rate from time to time gearing to official exchange rates. In doing so, however, SharePop does not exactly mirror official exchange rates published by central banks. SharePop will publish the LER which are currently applicable within the Payment section of the Advertising Platform.
- For payouts, the Local Exchange Rate applicable at the payment date will be applied to the whole Coin balance for which payout is requested.
- Payouts will only be made upon Partner’s request. For such payout request it is required that the US Dollar value of Partner’s coins is equal to or greater than 50 (fifty) US Dollars.
- Coins have an expiration date of eighteen months, i.e. Coins for which payout has not been requested by Partner within eighteen months from the date when they were rewarded expire without replacement.
6.7 SharePop will transfer payment within the first 15 days of the month following the payout request of Partner. The money transfer will be made to the Partner via PayPal or Direct Deposit according to the Partner’s user account settings, If not agreed otherwise.
6.8 The payment obligation towards Partner is subject to the condition precedent of SharePop’s actual receipt of the entire payment for the campaign by Advertiser. SharePop sends Partner a credit note together with the report mentioned in section 6.3 stating the payment due to Partner according to the applicable taxation laws. Partner agrees that credit notes may be issued by SharePop in electronic form.
6.9 The parties agree that two weeks is an adequate period to verify credit notes. If Partner does not raise any objections within two weeks upon receipt of the credit note, the credit note is deemed to be accepted.
6.10 Each party shall be responsible for and pay its own income taxes, sales and use taxes, value-added taxes, and any other taxes, license or registration fees, duties, and other similar assessments or charges levied or imposed by any jurisdiction as a result of the execution of this Agreement, the performance of any obligations under this Agreement or the transfer of any property, rights or any other grant under the terms of this Agreement. Where required by law, the invoicing party shall itemize applicable taxes on its invoices.
Chapter 7. Content of Advertisements
7.1 SharePop does not allow Advertisers to transmit any Advertisement through the Advertising Platform to the Partner that is unlawful, defamatory, libelous, harassing, abusive, fraudulent or obscene, or to link their Advertisements to such illegal content. However, Partner acknowledges and agrees that SharePop does not constantly control all Advertisements and the respective links. Therefore, SharePop’s obligation is limited to removing illegal Advertisements from the Advertising Platform at request.
7.2 To the extent permitted by law, Partner waives any claims it may have against SharePop under applicable law with regard to illegal Advertisements.
7.3 Potential claims that Partner may have against SharePop shall first be limited to an obligation of SharePop to assign SharePop’s claims against the Advertiser to Partner to the extent Partner is concerned. However, SharePop remains subsidiarily liable to the extent that cannot be excluded under applicable law.
Chapter 8. Technical and Commercial Limitations; Changes; Availability
8.1 SharePop will use commercially reasonable efforts to make and keep the Advertising Platform available, however, Partner acknowledges and agrees that SharePop provides the Advertising Platform on an “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” basis. Generally, the Advertising Platform has a yearly availability of 95%.
8.2 SharePop offers the Partner use of the Advertising Platform over the Internet subject to technical and commercial limitations as defined below.
8.3 SharePop may modify the Advertising Platform without prior notice. Therefore, the Partner is granted a right of use of the then current version only. If and to the extent that Partner does not agree with using the modified version of the Advertising Platform, Partner must adjust its use accordingly or discontinue its use.
8.4 SharePop reserves the right to cease operation of the Advertising Platform at any time, without giving reasons or prior notice. Any balance owed to the Partner will be paid out. Any other claims are excluded, unless otherwise provided for in the Agreement.
Chapter 9. Termination
9.1 The Agreement is entered into for an unlimited period of time unless otherwise agreed upon between the parties in writing.
9.2 Each party has the right to terminate the Agreement at any time with immediate effect unless otherwise agreed in writing. Each party’s right to terminate the Agreement extraordinarily for cause remains unaffected.
9.3 All claims accrued until the effective date of the termination remain unaffected. That means, for example, that Partner will, of course, receive any amounts outstanding at the time of the termination.
9.4 Where SharePop terminates the Agreement for cause, or where Partner otherwise is or is suspected to have breached the Agreement, SharePop shall be entitled to withhold payments to the extent this is necessary to cover any damages incurred.
9.5 SharePop may terminate the Agreement for cause in particular, but without limitation, if Partner is in material breach of this Agreement and, provided the breach is capable of being cured, does not cure such breach within a reasonable cure period.
9.6 If there is no option to terminate the Agreement within the Advertising Platform, the termination has to be declared in writing. A termination for cause shall always be declared in writing (E-mail sufficient).
9.7 As of the termination effective date, Partner shall cease its use of the Advertising Platform and any display or other use of the Advertisements. Partner will not be paid out for Conversions after the termination effective date.
9.8 SharePop reserves the right to exclude Partners perpetually from their use of the Advertising Platform if Partners have committed a material breach of this Agreement.
Chapter 10. Claims Based on Defects
10.1 SharePop grants the Partner access to the Advertising Platform. The Partner cannot claim that a given state or functional range is maintained or achieved. The Partner acknowledges that the Advertising Platform, as any other software, can never be completely free of bugs. Therefore, the Advertising Platform can only be considered to be defective if its usability is affected severely and for a significant period of time.
10.2 SharePop is not liable for defects caused by external influences, faulty handling, force majeure or changes or manipulations which are not carried out by SharePop.
10.3 SharePop does not assume any warranties except where agreed in writing by authorized representatives.
Chapter 11. Indemnification
11.1 Partner hereby agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless SharePop against any and all claims, actions, demands, liabilities, losses, damages, judgments, settlements, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) based on any breach of the warranties Partner has given in this Agreement.
11.2 SharePop’s rights under applicable law with regard to any breaches of Partner remain unaffected.
Chapter 12. Limitation of Liability
12.1 Except where SharePop has given a warranty, and for breaches of Cardinal Obligations (as defined below), SharePop is not responsible for damages unless they are caused intentionally or by gross negligence. “Cardinal Obligations” means all obligations (a) which are essential for achieving the purpose of the particular agreement and (b) on the fulfilment of which a contractual party is regularly able to rely.
12.2 Liability of SharePop for breaches of Cardinal Obligations is limited to the damages which under regular circumstances would have been foreseeable.
12.3 The parties agree that under regular circumstances foreseeable damages will not exceed an amount of USD 1,000.00 per case.
12.4 The aforementioned limitation of liability also applies to the personal liability of staff, employees, assistants, vicarious agents, contributors, representatives, organs, shareholders of SharePop and their members.
12.5 The aforementioned limitations of liability determined in Sect. 12.1 to 12.4 do not apply in cases of personal death or injury and to SharePop’s compulsory liability under German law, particularly the German product liability act and German telecommunications laws.
12.6 The foregoing limitation shall also apply to damages in form of useless expenses and lost profits.
12.7 Within the limits of applicable law, the parties are free to agree on further limitations of liability by way of individual agreement.
12.8 Damage claims are subject to a limitation period (German: “Verjährung”) of one year.
Chapter 13. Use of Data
13.2 Partner agrees that it will use any data (including any usage or statistical data and compilations thereof) and information provided by SharePop only for the contractual purposes and in accordance with this Agreement.
Chapter 14. Changes to these T&C
14.1 SharePop reserves the right to amend these T&C from time to time in order to cover changes to its services as for example the adding or removing of certain features or to adjust these T&C and its services to changes in applicable laws and regulations and to adjust the parties’ obligations accordingly. SharePop will inform Partner in writing (email sufficient) at least two weeks in advance of (a) such changes, (b) of Partner’s right to object such changes and (c) of the fact that unless Partner objects, such updated T&C will become effective upon expiry of the two weeks’ period. The foregoing only applies to changes that are not material to the Agreement i.e. that they do not affect the parties’ rights and obligations in a way that the original understanding between the parties is more than just insignificantly affected.
14.2 If Partner objects to a proposed change of these T&C, the then agreed version of the T&C will remain in effect. However, either party will be entitled to terminate the Agreement with two weeks’ notice.
Chapter 15. Communication
Unless otherwise provided in the Agreement, SharePop will usually communicate with the Partner via e-mail. Partner shall make sure that it receives all e-mails sent by SharePop to the address submitted as part of the registration process or as updated at a later date in accordance with this Agreement. Partner will in particular configure the spam filter accordingly and regularly check all incoming e-mail under its designated e-mail address. If Partner’s contact information is incorrect at the time of notification, SharePop will not be responsible for the problems caused from Partner’s inability of receiving notifications, and the notifications shall be deemed received. SharePop may choose any other appropriate means of communication e.g. to post notifications in the service notice board for the duration of 7 or more days.
Chapter 16. Limited License
16.1 SharePop grants Partner the limited, non-exclusive, revocable and non-transferable right to use the Advertising Platform solely for the purposes of this Agreement. All other rights are expressly reserved by SharePop.
16.2 Partner agrees not to modify, alter, create or copy derivative works of the Advertising Platform and the underlying software.
Chapter 17. Confidentiality
17.1 The parties shall keep confidential all “Confidential Information” received from the other party or otherwise received under the Agreement.
17.2 Confidential Information shall include the Advertisements prior to publication, any data (including any usage data and compilations thereof), information or software relating to the Advertising Platform; and/or any other information designated in writing, or identified orally at the time of disclosure, by the disclosing party, as “confidential”.
17.3 After and during the term of the Agreement, neither party will use for any purpose or disclose to any third party, any Confidential Information of the other party. Any exception to this must be obtained in advance.
17.4 The foregoing restriction does not apply to information that has been developed independently by the receiving party without access to the other party’s Confidential Information or has been rightfully received from a third party authorized to make such disclosure or has been approved for release in writing by the disclosing party or has become publicly known through no breach of this Chapter 17 by the receiving party or is required to be disclosed by a competent legal or governmental authority, provided that the receiving party gives the disclosing party prompt written notice of such requirement prior to disclosure and assists in obtaining an order to protect the information from public disclosure.
17.5 Partner acknowledges that by completing the registration process, it grants SharePop the right to name Partner as a reference for SharePop’s services in marketing materials, on SharePop’s websites and otherwise. Partner may revoke this right at any time, in writing, for any future use. In such case SharePop will cease such use within a reasonable period of time. Furthermore, for the term of the Agreement, SharePop shall be entitled to display Partner’s name and images of Partner’s websites within the Advertising Platform.
Chapter 18. Non-Circumvention
18.1 Partner covenants that during the term of this Agreement and for a period of one (1) year after its end, it will not solicit, attempt to solicit, induce or attempt to induce any of SharePop’s Advertisers, i.e. the parties for which SharePop has provided Advertisements to Partner in order to enter into agreements with such Advertisers about the performance of advertising services similar to Partner’s activities under this Agreement.
18.2 For each breach of section 18.1 above, SharePop shall be entitled to liquidate damages from Partner. The amount of liquidated damages will be determined by multiplying the monthly average receivable by Partner from the concerned Advertiser by 12. In order to determine the monthly average, the month in which SharePop first objected Partner’s action plus the eleven months preceding this month will be taken into account. If the breach has been going on for a shorter period, the monthly average will be calculated based on such shorter period. If Partner can prove that SharePop’s actual damages were lower than the liquidated damages amount, then Partner shall only be obliged to pay to SharePop such lower amount instead of the liquidated damages. If SharePop can prove that its actual damages are higher than the liquidated damages amount, then Partner shall be obliged to pay such higher amount instead of the liquidated damages amount.
18.3 Sections 18.1 and 18.2 shall not apply where Partner can show that Partner has been working with the concerned Advertisers prior to the beginning of the relationship between Partner and SharePop.
Chapter 19. Partner Guidelines
19.1 SharePop holds the right to apply its Partner Guidelines in order to maintain its service and protect its members. Partners must be and remain aware of SharePop’s Partner Guidelines and comply accordingly.
19.2 SharePop reserves the right to make changes to the Partner Guidelines in accordance with this Agreement. If Partner does not agree with updated Partner Guidelines, Partner must cease usage of the Advertising Platform.
Chapter 20. Miscellaneous
20.1 SharePop’s omission to act with respect to a breach by Partner does not waive SharePop’s right to act with respect to such breach or subsequent or similar breaches. No consent or waiver by SharePop under the Agreement shall be deemed effective unless delivered in writing and signed by a duly appointed representative of SharePop.
20.2 Neither party shall be entitled to assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement without prior written approval by the other party except that SharePop may assign the rights and obligations under this Agreement upon notice to Partner.
20.3 Partner shall not be entitled to offset its payment claims against the payment claims of SharePop unless such claims of Partner are uncontested or have been legally established in a final court decision or otherwise.
20.4 Chapter headings used in the T&C are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of the T&C.
20.5 The rights and obligations of the Agreement cannot be transferred or entrusted to third party, or be used as security.
20.6 If any provision of the T&C shall be held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then in such jurisdiction that provision shall be deemed severable from the T&C and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.
20.7 Except as otherwise agreed under this Agreement, any changes or amendments to the Agreement (partly or entirely) require an agreement between the parties in writing (letter, fax or e-mail).
20.8 Partner shall not be entitled to offset its payment claims against the payment claims of SharePop unless such claims of Partner are uncontested or have been legally established in a final court decision or otherwise.
20.9 This Agreement shall be governed and construed by and under German law except for that body of laws relating to conflicts of laws. For merchants (German: Kaufmann), place of jurisdiction shall be Berlin.
20.10 The English version of these T&C is decisive.
Berlin, Germany, 25 June 2015 Version 1.0