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Terms and Conditions for access to the Corporate Critic database at the Premium Rate 2013


1. Ethical Consumer Research Association Ltd will hereinafter be referred to as 'ECRA', and the ECRA' Corporate Critic Database available at www.corporatecritic.org will hereinafter be referred to as 'Corporate Critic'.

2. ECRA offers web access to Corporate Critic via computer server facilities located in Manchester, UK. ECRA reserves the right to make modifications and improvements to the said services and notice of substantial changes will be supplied to the subscriber.

3. Corporate Critic may be searched 24 hours a day and seven days a week. However, due to the inherent hazards of electronic distribution and the internet, there may be delays, omissions, or inaccuracies in accessing Corporate Critic. If Corporate Critic becomes unavailable for any reason, subscribers should contact ECRA at the phone number given on the ECRA website.

4. Corporate Critic automatically restricts the number of abstracts that individual subscribers can view in a 24 hour period.
Premium rate subscribers may view up to 2000 abstracts in a 24 hour period.

5. The account owner is responsible for the confidentiality and use of the user name and password and all activity and use under the user name and password.
Premium Rate Access to Corporate Critic is restricted to 5 PC terminals only.
It should be noted that only one Customised Score may be saved at any one time for all users. If multiple Customised Scores are required, new accounts need to be set up.

6. Premium account holders wishing to receive email updates are responsible for maintaining a correct current email address for their organisation via the 'my account' secure area of the website. Company ratings are recalculated every night, and notice of rating changes for selected companies will be emailed to the address given. However, due to the inherent hazards of electronic distribution and the internet, there may be delays or omissions to this service.


6. The information contained in Corporate Critic is the property of ECRA and is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws.
ECRA grants to the subscriber a non-exclusive, non-transferable licence to use the information in Corporate Critic for the subscribers personal purposes or for the internal purposes of the subscribers' organisation. This might include:
i) screening companies as potential sponsors, suppliers or partners
ii) screening investments for the subscribers' own internal funds
iii) researching aspects of corporate behaviour for academic, campaign or strategic decision-making
iv) screening products for purchasing decisions
The subscriber may therefore:
i) display information retrieved from Corporate Critic on the screen of a terminal
ii) print a copy of information retrieved from Corporate Critic. Any printouts using or referencing content from Corporate Critic shall contain the following copyright notice: "Copyright © ECRA Ltd 2004", and you may not delete of alter the copyright notice included on any file.

7. Subscribers agree not to reproduce, retransmit, photocopy, distribute, disseminate, sell publish, broadcast or circulate information taken from Corporate Critic to any one else without the express prior written consent of ECRA.
Specifically, subscribers may not publish in any form:
a) abstracts or stories taken from the database
b) ratings, summaries, tables or analyses of database ratings
without the express prior written permission of ECRA.
Subscribers are also expressly prohibited from using or permitting the use of the information to prepare an original database or a comparison to other databases that are sold, rented, published in many manner to a third party.

8. ECRA reserves the right to monitor your use of the service to ensure compliance with this Agreement. If such monitoring indicates that you may not be in compliance with this Agreement then ECRA reserves the right to take such action as it deems necessary, including but not limited to, suspension or termination of the account. Systematic access or extraction of content from Corporate Critic, including the use of 'bots' or 'spiders', is prohibited.


9. While ECRA makes reasonable efforts to ensure that there are no substantial inaccuracies or defects in the information comprised within the services or in the software used to make the services available, it makes no representations or warranties expressed or implied including but not limited as to the accuracy, completeness, currentness, non infringement, merchantability, or fitness of the services for any purpose whatsoever.

10. Neither ECRA nor its agents shall be liable to the subscriber or anyone else for any loss or injury caused in whole or in part by its negligence or contingencies beyond its control in procuring, compiling, interpreting, reporting or delivering the information in Corporate Critic. In no event will ECRA or its agents be liable to the subscriber or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by the subscriber or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by the subscriber in reliance on such information, or for direct, consequential, special or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. The subscriber agrees that the liability of ECRA and its agents, if any, arising out of any kind of legal claim in any way connected with the information contained within Corporate Critic, shall not exceed the amount the subscriber paid to ECRA for access to the service.


11. Premium Rate access expires the same day (e.g. 15th) on the following year.
This licence agreement shall remain in force for the period of access from its commencement date until its expiry.
Premium Rate subscribers will receive renewal reminders but it is the responsibility of the user to ensure uninterrupted access. Where no renewal payment is made, access may automatically expire at the end of the access period.

12. Should the subscriber be in breach of any of the conditions contained herein, and having been notified of such breach failed to remedy same ECRA may summarily terminate this agreement without compensation.
Premium Rate Annual subscribers may terminate the Contract by notice to ECRA at any time, however the subscriber will not be entitled to a refund of any subscription charges.
Cancellations by subscribers must be made in writing and sent to corporatecritic@ethicalconsumer.org


13. ECRA reserves the right to refuse to provide any organisation or individual with
i) any access contract
ii) an access contract at the not-for-profit rate.
ECRA may suspend access while it seeks further information from an organisation before any final decision on access is made.

14. Access to the service for a public, academic or commercial library via the standard rate is intended for in-library use only. The subscriber agrees to make reasonable efforts to inform authorised users that they may not systematically reproduce, photocopy, distribute or disseminate information taken from Corporate Critic for any commercial purpose.

15. Registration data and other information about you is subject to ECRA's Privacy Policy.

16. The subscriber may not assign rights hereunder to a third party without the consent in writing of ECRA.

16. The rights and duties of the parties shall be governed by the laws of England.

17. Notices for the purpose of this Contract may be given by post or email in both cases to the last address notified to the notifying party. The address for notice to ECRA is Ethical Consumer Research Association, Unit 21, 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5RF, UK. By email to corporatecritic@ethicalconsumer.org