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1. Intellectual Property Protection
2. Use of Economist Corporate Network Content
3. Term and Termination
4. Changes to the Site
5. Registration, Passwords and Responsibilities
6. Privacy Policy
7. User-Generated Content
8. No Warranty, Disclaimer of Liability and Indemnity
9. Force Majeure
10. Miscellaneous
11. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms were last updated on 12th January 2010.

1. Intellectual Property Protection

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2. Use of Economist Corporate Network Content

You may retrieve and display Economist Corporate Network Content on a computer screen or mobile telephone, print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them) and store such pages in electronic form for your personal, non-commercial use.
If you register as an Economist Corporate Network Member you may on an occasional and irregular basis, include insubstantial portions of the research materials created by The Economist Group on the Site in memoranda, reports and presentations only in the course of your ordinary business purposes provided that (i) such materials are not altered, misleading nor given a meaning that is different from that in the original work; and (ii) you display the appropriate copyright and disclaimer notices:

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3. Term and Termination

Economist Corporate Network may, in its discretion, terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Site (including any right to access and use Economist Corporate Network Content) with or without cause by delivering notice to you.
The rights of termination are in addition to all other rights or remedies of Economist Corporate Network provided in these Terms or by law.

4. Changes to the Site

Economist Corporate Network reserves the right, in its discretion, to suspend, change, modify, add or remove portions of Economist Corporate Network Content available on the Site at any time and to restrict the use and accessibility of the Site.

5. Registration, Passwords and Responsibilities

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Each registration is for a single user only. You may not share your user name and password with any other person, nor may you share or transfer your Membership. Economist Corporate Network does not permit access through a single name and password being made available to multiple users on a network. Economist Corporate Network may cancel or suspend your access to the Site if you do this without further obligation to you.

6. Privacy Policy

The information that you provide about yourself to Economist Corporate Network will only be used in accordance with Economist Corporate Network's Privacy Policy Statement. If you indicate your acceptance to this, the information you provide in your Membership Profile will be made available to all other members of Economist Corporate Network in the Members Directory.

7. User-Generated Content

The Site may include bulletin boards, discussion groups and other public areas that allow feedback to Economist Corporate Network and interaction between users and Economist Corporate Network representatives ("Forums"). While Economist Corporate Network does not control the information/materials posted to Forums by users (the "Messages"), it reserves the right (which it may exercise at its sole discretion without notice) to delete, move or edit the Messages and to terminate your access to and use of the Forums.
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8. No Warranty, Disclaimer of Liability and Indemnity

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9. Force Majeure

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10. Miscellaneous

Changes to these Terms. Economist Corporate Network may, in its discretion, change these Terms (including those relating to your use of Site and/or Economist Corporate Network Content). When Terms are changed, Economist Corporate Network will notify you by email or by publishing details of those changes by including them in these Terms. If you use the Site after Economist Corporate Network has published or notified you of the changes, you are agreeing now to be bound by those changes. If you do not agree to be bound by those changes, you should not use the Site any further after they are published. Access to certain Economist Corporate Network Content may be subject to additional terms and conditions.

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Severability/Survival/Statute of Limitations. If any provision of these Terms is invalid or unenforceable, such will not render all the Terms unenforceable or invalid but rather the Terms will be read and construed as if the invalid or unenforceable provision(s) are not contained therein. Any cause of action of yours with respect to these Terms must be filed in a court of competent jurisdiction in London, England, within one year after the cause of action has arisen, or such cause will be barred, invalid, and void.

Whole Agreement. Save as expressly referred to herein, any representation, warranty, term or condition not expressly set out in these Terms shall not apply.

Headings. Headings in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal meaning or effect.

11. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, English law. The parties irrevocably agree that the courts of England shall (subject to the paragraph below) have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute which may arise out of, under, or in connection with these Terms or the legal relationship established by them, and for those purposes irrevocably submit all disputes to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
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