Acceptable Use Policy
All products and services provided by Checkout Champ , Checkout Champ and (Checkout Champ ) may be used for lawful purposes only. Transmission or storage of any information, data or material in violation of any United States Federal, State or local laws is strictly prohibited. Customer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Checkout Champ from any claims resulting from Customer’s use of the service which damages Customer or any other parties, including attorney’s fees.
NOTICE: Load balancing activity is prohibited by the card schemes and banks and will lead to termination of your merchant facilities if discovered.
Checkout Champ will not be liable for any interruptions in service or other monetary loss related to enforcement of the Checkout Champ Terms of Service (TOS), including this Acceptable Use Policy.
- Services Provided
Checkout Champ provides Customer with Web-based sales and marketing automation software that includes e-mail, fax, voice broadcast, e-Commerce and affiliate functionality. All services provided must be used by Customer in compliance with the Checkout Champ Terms of Service.
- Customer Obligations
Customer agrees to use Checkout Champ ’s services in a manner that is legal, appropriate and in conformity with industry standards and to respect the privacy of consumers. More specifically, Customer agrees to abide by Checkout Champ ’s requirements governing the use of the various components of the services, as described below: E-Mail: Checkout Champ strictly prohibits any involvement in Unsolicited Commercial E-mail campaigns (UCE, more commonly called “Spam”).
Checkout Champ maintains a Zero-Tolerance policy against Spam, whether direct, indirect or through any affiliate or agent acting on the Customer’s behalf. As determined by Checkout Champ ’s sole discretion, Customer shall have proof that all individuals in the Customer’s database have opted in or otherwise agreed to receive communications from Customer. All lists used in conjunction with the services provided by Checkout Champ are required to be 100% solicited (opt-in) lists. This means that the individuals on the list have explicitly agreed to receive information from your business entity. The practice of bartering, purchasing or renting lists of names and sending e-mails to those people is strictly prohibited. Marketing lists containing email addresses within Checkout Champ cannot be shared/duplicated/transferred between individual applications. Furthermore, in accordance with CAN-SPAM legislation, all e-mail messages sent using Checkout Champ ’s services must use the Checkout Champ -provided opt-out link, must include a valid physical address of the sender and must contain a clear subject line that does not mislead the recipient as to the contents of the e-mail. Customers are advised to consult their own attorney to ensure compliance with all Federal, State and local laws. The opt-out link may not be excessively “padded” with line-breaks or similar means to deceive recipients. The complaint rate (“feedback rate”) may not exceed the accepted industry standard at the time of transmission. Failure to comply will result in penalties and restrictions as defined under Violations and Penalties, below. As of this writing, the industry standard for complaint rates is less than .1% (1/1000) on a per Email/Internet Service Provider basis. It is Customer’s sole responsibility to maintain under the then-current industry standard. Unsubscribe requests must be processed immediately.
Checkout Champ strictly prohibits the use of its facsimile (“Fax”) services for illegal or inappropriate purposes. Customer agrees that all faxing services provided by Checkout Champ will be used only for proper legal purposes and in a lawful manner. Customer must have permission from each recipient in order to send faxes to that recipient.
Checkout Champ strictly prohibits the use of its voice broadcasting services for illegal or unethical purposes. Customer agrees that all voice broadcast services will be used only for proper legal purposes and in a lawful manner. Customer may not send voice broadcasts to any individual listed on the National Do Not Call Registry unless Customer has express permission from the recipient to receive voice communications from Customer.
Checkout Champ provides e-Commerce services including Web Form(s), Sale Form(s), tracking links, redirected “Landing Pages,” etc. Customers may not send unsolicited communications whether through Checkout Champ ’s services or by means of third-parties which direct individuals to any Checkout Champ e-Commerce services that reference Checkout Champ.
Any and all of Customer’s affiliates are bound by the terms of the Checkout Champ Terms of Service. Customer is solely responsible for ensuring their affiliates are compliant to the Checkout Champ Terms of Service. Customer’s failure to ensure their affiliates’ compliance will be subject to the enforcement these policies.
- Violations and Penalties
Customers who fail to comply with the terms of the Checkout Champ Terms of Service will be subject to the following penalties, including, but not limited to, immediate termination of service.Complaints: A $250 investigation fee may be assessed to Customer’s account for each complaint of unauthorized communication that Checkout Champ receives involving a Customer’s account. This non-refundable fee goes toward confirming complaints either digitally or verbally between sources of complaints. “Complaints” may include, but is not limited to individual reports e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, third-party ISP complaint notifications, notification from anti-spam organizations such as “SpamCop” and internal heuristic research performed.
Notice and Communication of Complaints
Upon receiving a complaint, Checkout Champ will notify Customer of said complaint and investigate the validity of the complaint. If Customer does not take immediate remedial action to rectify the situation, Checkout Champ reserves the right to suspend Customer’s service until Customer has resolved the situation to Checkout Champ ’s satisfaction, at Checkout Champ ’s sole discretion. “Customer Notification” — Checkout Champ will make a reasonable effort to contact Customer in the form of e-mail, telephone and login notification within the Checkout Champ Application; sourced from information currently on file.
Confirmed Violations, Unsolicited E-Mail
A $250 non-refundable investigation fee will apply per complaint in the event Checkout Champ determines that Customer sent an unsolicited communication to a recipient who did not agree to receive communications from Customer. In the event of multiple complaints, Checkout Champ services may be suspended in order to maintain integrity of services provided. Services can only be reinstated by meeting the criteria as determined by Checkout Champ to minimize and address complaints.
Confirmed Violations, Complaint Rate, Reactivation Fee
In the event complaint rates exceed industry standards, Checkout Champ will immediately suspend e-mail services and notify Customer via e-mail and/or telephone. A $200 “Service Reactivation Fee” will be applied toward the Customer’s account for investigation resources spent toward identifying and addressing high complaint rates.
Excessive, Widespread and/or Repeated Violations
In accordance with Checkout Champ ’s Zero-Tolerance No-Spam Policy, Checkout Champ will immediately terminate the account of any Customer found to be involved in a non-compliant marketing campaign or other widespread or repeated violation of the Checkout Champ Terms of Service. All data contained in Customer’s account will be permanently removed. Customer will be held accountable for any monetary damages suffered by Checkout Champ , due to Customer’s actions or inactions. Such monetary damages may include, but are not limited to, loss of Web services, regulatory penalties (e.g., FTC) and punitive damages related to lost clients and revenues due to said violation. The determination of what constitutes an “excessive, widespread and/or repeated violation” of this policy will be determined by Checkout Champ .
- Reservation of Rights
Checkout Champ reserves the right to terminate Customer’s account for any violation of the Checkout Champ Terms of Service. Checkout Champ reserves the following rights:
Questionable Practices (“Inappropriate Use”)
Checkout Champ may terminate Customer’s account if Customer engages in any practice that is, in Checkout Champ ’s sole discretion, objectionable, unlawful, obscene, pornographic, threatening, abusive, libelous or hateful, or that encourages conduct which would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law. This includes, but is not limited to:
- content that in any way exploits minors under 18 years of age
- viruses, worms, phishing, malware, or any other potentially harmful software
- marketing to any lists of associations, memberships, voters or realtors, or any other lists whose recipients did not express explicit consent to receive such marketing material
- products, services, or content that are often associated with abusive business practices or spam, such as:
- pornography or illicitly pornographic sexual products, including but not limited to adult magazines, video and software, escort services, dating services, or adult “swinger” promotions
- illegal drugs, software, media, or other goods
- manufacture, importation, possession, use and/or distribution of marijuana or any other violation of the Controlled Substances Act
- instructions on how to assemble or otherwise make bombs, or other weaponry
- online and direct pharmaceutical sales
- debt collections, credit repair and debt relief offerings
- stock picks or promotions
- “get rich quick” and other similar offers
- promoting pyramid schemes or network marketing (i.e. MLM) businesses
- odds making and betting/gambling services, including but not limited online casino games, and sporting events
Change of Terms and Conditions
Checkout Champ reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of this Policy, as needed. Use of Checkout Champ ’s software and/or services by Customer after said changes constitutes Customer’s acceptance of the new Policy. Checkout Champ will inform Customer when significant changes are made to any policies under the Checkout Champ Terms of Service by means of the Customer’s e-mail, currently on file. ALL CUSTOMERS AND AFFILIATES ARE EXPECTED TO AGREE TO ALL TERMS CONTAINED HEREIN. DIGITAL ACCEPTANCE IS ACHIEVED WHEN CUSTOMERS OR AFFILIATES ACCESS OR IN ANY WAY USE Checkout Champ SERVICES. FAILURE TO AGREE AND COMPLY WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF SERVICES.
The User, whether it be system User or API User agrees that during the term of the Agreement and for two years thereafter, User will not develop, reengineer Checkout Champ technology, offer, sell or distribute a competing technology to the Checkout Champ Services. A competing service is defined as a service that seeks to acquire Users for the purpose of offering a customer relationship management (CRM) or campaign management software system. User understands that violation of this clause is grounds for immediate termination of the Agreement by Checkout Champ with no liability on the part of Checkout Champ and further User understands that Checkout Champ may seek equitable relief to stop the violation and competing activity as well as any other relief available under the law.