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Terms and Conditions of Service

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Privacy Protection and Opt-In Policy: We do not contact customers or viewers unless requested to do so by those individuals requiring or requesting further information from us. For many services, both paid and free, Weiss Ratings requires registration. Information is required for account set-up and to enable us to provide the maximum quality of service. Member contact information is used to send information about our company and promotional materials sent from Weiss Ratings. And the only people who will receive offers from organizations outside of Weiss Ratings are those who specifically "opt-in" to receive that information. Note that they can choose to "opt-out" of the list at any time.

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Our policy with respect to the collection and use of Your personal information is set forth in our Privacy Policy.

As a member, You also have certain other obligations relating to Your account:

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Important Disclaimer Regarding the Information We Provide

  • Weiss Ratings, LLC is a publisher. You understand that no content published as part of the Services constitutes a recommendation that any particular investment, security, portfolio of securities, transaction or investment strategy is suitable for any specific person. You further understand that none of the creators of our Services or their affiliates, outside contributors, independent contractors will advise You personally concerning the nature, potential, value or suitability of any particular investment, security, portfolio of securities, transaction, investment strategy or other matter. To the extent any of the content published as part of the Services may be deemed to be investment advice, such information is impersonal and not tailored to the investment needs of any specific person.

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  • Harvest or collect information about users of the Services without their express consent.

You also agree that at all times You will:

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Restrictions on Use: You may not copy, reproduce, recompile, decompile, reverse engineer, distribute, publish, display, modify, transmit, or in any way exploit any part of the service, except that you may download or make one print copy of this service for your own personal, non-commercial use, provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices are retained. The analysis and data included in Weissratings.com may not be recirculated, redistributed or published without prior written consent from Weiss Ratings. Modification of the service's content is a violation of Weiss Ratings copyright. No part of this service may be offered for sale or distributed.

Links to Other Websites: Your use of certain services made available to You by Weiss Ratings, Inc. may be governed by additional rules, which are available on our websites or by hyperlink from other websites, in connection with the Services. By using any service You are acknowledging that You have reviewed all corresponding rules and agree to be bound by them. Some of the services may have been provided by third parties for Your use. In the event that any service or tool is provided by a third party, such service or tool may become unavailable in the event that the agreement between us and the third party is terminated. You expressly acknowledge and agree that Your use of all services and tools is solely at Your own risk.

Content available through the Services may contain links to other Internet websites or resources. We neither control nor endorse such other websites, nor have we reviewed or approved any content that appears on such other websites. You acknowledge and agree that we shall not be held responsible for the legality, accuracy, or inappropriate nature of any content, advertising, products, services, or information located on or through any other websites, nor for any loss or damages caused or alleged to have been caused by the use of or reliance on any such content.

License: You acquire absolutely no rights or licenses in or to the Service and materials contained therein other than the limited right to utilize the Service in accordance with the terms. Should you choose to download content from the Service, you must do so in accordance with the terms. Such download is licensed to you by Weiss Ratings only for your own personal, noncommercial use in accordance with the terms and does not transfer any other rights to you.

Rights Reserved: All present and future rights in and to trade secrets, patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, know-how and other proprietary rights of any type under the laws of any governmental authority, domestic or foreign, including rights in and to all applications and registrations relating to the Service (the "Intellectual Property Rights") shall, as between you and Weiss Ratings, at all times be and remain the sole and exclusive property of Weiss Ratings. All present and future rights in and title to the Service (including the right to exploit the Service and any portions of the Service over any present or future technology) are reserved to Weiss Ratings for its exclusive use. Except as specifically permitted by the terms, you may not copy or make any use of the Service or any portion thereof. Except as specifically permitted herein, you shall not use the trademarks, trade names, service marks, trade dress, logos or titles of Weiss Ratings or the Service, or the names of any individual participant in, or contributor to, the Service, or any variations or derivatives thereof, for any purpose, without Weiss Ratings prior written approval.

Copyright/Trademarks: The entire contents of the Sites (including the Materials) are copyrighted under the United States copyright laws and/or similar laws of other jurisdictions. Without limitation, Weiss Ratings owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of the Materials on the Sites. Third-party content providers own the copyright in content that is original to them. Trademarks and service marks on the Sites are the service and trademarks of Weiss Ratings or affiliated companies. Without Weiss Ratings prior written permission, you shall not display, reproduce, or use, in any manner any such marks; nevertheless, all goodwill associated with any use by you thereof will inure exclusively to Weiss Ratings or their respective owners. The Materials may not be copied, reproduced, or distributed in any way, in whole or in part, without the express prior written permission of Weiss Ratings, unless and except as is expressly provided in these Terms. Any unauthorized use of the Materials is prohibited. You agree to abide by any and all additional trademark and copyright notices, information or restrictions contained in any part of the Sites.

PERSONAL USE LICENSE:

“Personal Use” shall mean Use of the Material for your customary personal purposes. "Personal Use" shall not mean any distribution for commercial purposes whatsoever of the Material or any component or Derivative Work thereof. “Personal Use” shall not include any Use of the Materials Products by persons that are not members of your immediate household. All such household members shall be notified by you as to the terms and conditions of the Agreement and shall agree to be bound by it before they can have Use of the Digital Downloadable Products.

Weiss Ratings grants you a limited, personal, non-exclusive, non-commercial, revocable, non-assignable and non-transferable license to download, display, view, use and/or play a single copy of the Materials (excluding source and object code in raw form or otherwise, other than as made available to access and use via standard web browsers to enable display on your device) on any device you use to access the Sites for your personal, non-commercial use only; provided that: (a) you keep intact all trademark, copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Materials or any authorized copy you may make of the Materials; (b) you do not use the Materials in a manner that suggests an association with any of our products, services or brands; (c) you make no modifications to the Materials; (d) you do not allow or aid or abet any third party (whether or not for your benefit) to: (i) copy or adapt the source or object code of either Sites' software, HTML, JavaScript or other programming code; or (ii) reverse engineer, decompile, reverse assemble, modify or attempt to discover any source code that the Sites create to generate their web pages or any software or other products or processes accessible through the Sites; and (e) you do not insert any code or product to manipulate the Materials in any way that affects any user's experience of the Sites.

This License is subject Weiss Ratings Terms of Service. There is no warranty, express or implied, with the purchase of the Materials, including with respect to fitness for a particular purpose. Weiss Ratings will not be liable for any claims, or incidental, consequential or other damages arising out of this license, the delivery or your use of the Materials.

WEISS RATINGS PRO LIMITED COMMERCIAL USE LICENSE:

By purchasing a “Weiss Ratings Pro License”, Weiss grants you an exclusive, non-transferable, worldwide license to use the Material for Permitted Commercial Purposes for the agreed upon term of your membership. “Permitted Commercial Purposes” means limited business related use as identified below. 

REDISTRIBUTION PERMITTED:

Redistribution of the Documentation, in part or in whole, to any person as part of your normal course of business is permitted, you may; a) redistribute and share our ratings and reports with your potential and current clients, with your employees, and your board of directors/advisors; b) redistribute and share our ratings and reports with members of your staff, board of directors/advisors, employers; c) you may conduct comparisons and analysis and communicate that information to your potential and current clients, your employees and, your board of directors/advisors; provided however that All existing copyright and trademark notices are retained in all copies of the Documentation.

You may not however sell or receive any compensation, consideration or anything of value for our ratings, reports, comparisons, analysis or other proprietary information by any third party. Unless otherwise written permission has been obtained from Weiss Ratings, you may not use our ratings, reports, comparisons, analysis or other proprietary information in any commercial advertising or any marketing efforts without prior written consent provided by us.  Weiss Ratings Pro License does not transfer any other rights to you.

This License is subject Weiss Ratings Terms of Service. There is no warranty, express or implied, with the purchase of the Materials, including with respect to fitness for a particular purpose. Weiss Ratings will not be liable for any claims, or incidental, consequential or other damages arising out of this license, the delivery or your use of the Materials.

WEISS RATINGS PRO PLUS LIMITED COMMERCIAL USE LICENSE:

By purchasing a “Weiss Ratings Pro Plus License”, Weiss grants you an, exclusive, non-transferable, worldwide license to use the Material for Permitted Commercial Purposes, for the agreed upon term of license as outlined in your signed Pro Plus agreement. “Permitted Commercial Purposes” means any business related use, such as (by way of example) advertising, promotion, creating web pages, integration into product, software or other business related tools etc., and strictly excludes any illegal, immoral or defamatory purpose.  

You may not however sell or receive any compensation, consideration or anything of value for our ratings, reports, comparisons, analysis or other proprietary information by any third party.

This License is subject Weiss Ratings Terms of Service. There is no warranty, express or implied, with the purchase of the Materials, including with respect to fitness for a particular purpose. Weiss Ratings will not be liable for any claims, or incidental, consequential or other damages arising out of this license, the delivery or your use of the Materials.

User Submissions: You may submit editorial requests, creative suggestions, ideas, notes, concepts, information, feedback, testimonials or other materials (collectively, “User Submissions”) to Weiss Ratings through a variety of media, including without limitation through e-mail or online submissions. You grant us, including any of our assignees, a worldwide, non-exclusive, sub-licensable (through multiple tiers), assignable, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable right to use, reproduce, distribute (through multiple tiers), create derivative works of, publicly perform, publicly display, digitally perform, make, have made, sell, offer for sale and import User Submissions in any media now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to the provider of the User Submissions. By providing a User Submission, you also acknowledge that the User Submission may be posted online or otherwise reproduced by Weiss Ratings, and waive any privacy or publicity rights you may have relating to the User Submission or use of your name or identity in conjunction therewith.

Weiss Ratings may, at its sole discretion, remove or prevent access to, in whole or in part, any online User Submission, for any reason or no reason, including any material it deems in violation of its standards. The disclaimers applicable to Outside Content (see Third-party Content Paragraph below) apply to User Submissions.

If Weiss Ratings decides to publish your comment or testimonial, Weiss may also publish your first name, the first initial of your last name, your city, and your state next to your comment.  Other information that you provide to Weiss Ratings (such as your full name) will not be published.  For more information concerning how we protect and share your personally identifiable information see our Privacy Policy.

By submitting your name, you allow Weiss Ratings to publish your comment/testimonial and you also state that:

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  • The information that you include in your comment is accurate and complete.
  • You have no material connection to Weiss Group LLC (i.e., you are not a current or former employee of Weiss Group LLC, or related to a current or former employee of Weiss Group LLC, and have not been offered, or provided, any compensation or item of value in exchange for providing a favorable comment.

Prohibited Activities.

For the purpose of this Agreement, "derivative work" shall mean any change to the Documentation or any new document that contains any portion of the Documentation. Licensee Organization shall not alter or make any changes or additions to any material obtained from Weiss Ratings. 

Provide third parties with direct access to Weiss Rating Products or materials so that the third parties may use the Product directly.

You shall not co-brand or alter any trademarks or copyrights. 

You also agree that you will not: (a) use any robot, spider, rover, scraper, or any other data mining technology or automatic or manual process to monitor, cache, frame, mask, extract data from, copy or distribute the Materials (except as may be a result of standard Internet browser or search engine); (b) fail to follow the instructions provided on the Sites in a “robots.txt” file or similar mechanism (to the extent that you provide standard search engine services to the public); nor will you (c) modify, frame, reproduce, archive, sell, lease, rent, exchange, create derivative works from, publish by hard copy or electronic means, publicly perform, display, disseminate, distribute, broadcast, retransmit, circulate to any third party or on any third-party web site, or otherwise use the Materials in any way for any public or commercial purpose except as specifically permitted by these Terms or Weiss Ratings without the prior written consent of Weiss Ratings.

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The content of other Web sites, services, resources, goods or advertisements (including those for which Weiss Ratings may receive compensation) that may be linked to the Service is not maintained or controlled by Weiss Ratings. Weiss Ratings is therefore not responsible for the availability, content or accuracy of other Web sites, services, resources or goods that may be linked to, or advertised on, the Service. Weiss Ratings does not make any warranty, express or implied, with respect to the use of the links provided on the Service, guarantee the accuracy, completeness, usefulness or adequacy of any other Web sites, services, resources, goods or advertisements that may be linked to the Service or make any endorsement, express or implied, of any other Web sites, services, resources, goods or advertisements that may be linked to the Service. Weiss Ratings is also not responsible for the reliability or continued availability of the telephone lines and equipment you use to access the Service. You understand that Weiss Ratings and/or third-party contributors to the Service may choose at any time to inhibit or prohibit their content from being accessed under the terms. You acknowledge that the service is provided for information purposes only and is not intended for trading purposes. Weiss Ratings does not guarantee the sequence, accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the service and the provision of certain parts of the service is subject to the terms and conditions of other agreements to which Weiss Ratings is a party. Accordingly, anything to the contrary herein set forth notwithstanding, Weiss Ratings, its officers and employees, general partner, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors and assigns, Suppliers and its third-party agents shall not, directly or indirectly, be liable, in any way, to you or any other person for any inaccuracies or errors in or omissions from the Service including, but not limited to, quotes and financial data, abstracts, delays, errors or interruptions in the transmission or delivery of the Service or any loss or damage arising therefrom or occasioned thereby, or by any reason of nonperformance.

Limitation of Liability: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE, SHALL WEISS RATINGS, ITS SUPPLIERS AND ITS THIRD PARTY AGENTS BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES EVEN IF A WEISS RATINGS AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED SPECIFICALLY OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, ARISING FROM USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE OR ANY PROVISION OF THE TERMS, SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF REVENUE OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR LOST BUSINESS. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages. In no event shall Weiss Ratings total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes and action (whether in contract or tort, including but not limited to negligence) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing this site.

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Termination of Terms: Either you or Weiss Ratings may terminate the terms at will, at any time and effective immediately. You may terminate the terms by discontinuing use of the Service and destroying all materials obtained from the Service. These terms will terminate immediately without notice from Weiss Ratings if you, in Weiss Ratings sole discretion, fail to comply with any provision of these terms. Upon termination by you or upon notice of termination by Weiss Ratings, you must destroy promptly all materials obtained from the Service and any copies thereof.

Governing Law: This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States and the State of Florida, without giving effect to conflicts of law principles thereof. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Palm beach County in the State of Florida with respect to any legal proceedings that may arise in connection with the Service or from a dispute as to the interpretation or breach of the terms of service.

Accessing Weiss Ratings.com Outside the United States: Weiss Ratings does not represent that materials in the Service are appropriate or available for use in countries outside the United States. If you choose to access the Service from outside the United States, you are responsible for compliance with foreign and local laws. Software is further subject to United States export controls and may not be downloaded, exported, or reexported into (or to a national or resident of) Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran, or Syria, Sudan, or any other country to which the U.S. has embargoed goods or to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department's Table of Deny Orders. By using the Service, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, controlled by, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.

Miscellaneous: The Services are directed solely to individuals residing in the United States. We make no representation that materials provided through the Services are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who choose to access the site from other locations do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent applicable. We reserve the right to limit the availability of the Services to any person, geographic area, or jurisdiction we so desire, at any time and in our sole discretion, and to limit the quantities of any such service that we provide. You accept that Weiss Ratings has the right to change the content or functionality of any aspect of the Service at any time at Weiss Ratings sole discretion. You further accept that such changes may result in your being unable to access some or all services.

Severability of terms: If any provision of the terms is found invalid or unenforceable, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent, and the other provisions of this Agreement will remain in force.

Changes to the Terms of Condition and Use of Our Services: We reserve the right at any time to:

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  • Change all or any portion of the Service, eliminating or discontinuing any content or feature of the Services (including but not limited to adding or removing particular Outside Contributors, ceasing to provide access to a Service, and/or providing an alternative Service to You as a replacement); or
  • Change the fees, charges or other conditions for Use Of The Services (with reasonable notice, in our sole discretion).

Any changes we make to the use of our Service will be effective immediately after we post the modified Use of Service on Weissratings.com. In the event that You have the Use Of Service cached on your browser, the Use Of Service that applies to You is the most recent version of the Use of Service that appears on a non-cached browser. In addition, if a Service is added or removed, or the terms of their engagement has changed, the Use of Service may be modified with respect to such Service. You should check our Use Of Our Service frequently.

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