PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE A UNITED STATES RESIDENT, THESE TERMS ARE SUBJECT TO MANDATORY ARBITRATION AND A CLASS ACTION WAIVER DESCRIBED IN SECTION 12. THIS REQUIRES YOU TO SUBMIT CLAIMS TO BINDING INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION UNLESS YOU OPT OUT AS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 12.8.
Certain Services may be subject to additional or separate terms and conditions. If there is a conflict between these Terms and such other terms and conditions, such other terms and conditions shall control.
2. Intellectual property
4. Account registration
5. User content and feedback
6. Acceptable use
8. Warranties, disclaimers, and limitation of liability
10. Modification and termination
11. Notice of intellectual property infringement
12. Mandatory arbitration and class action waiver for residents of the United States
13. Controlling law
14. General terms
15. Contact us
You must be over the age of majority in your jurisdiction to use the Services, unless your parent or legal guardian agrees to these Terms on your behalf and grants you permission to use the Services. If you’re agreeing to these Terms on behalf of an organization or entity, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to do so. You cannot access or use the Services if you are barred from receiving the Services under applicable law or have previously been suspended or removed from the Services.
“Content” means all websites, software, designs, text, art, audio, video, graphics, images, music, user interfaces, works of authorship of any kind, names, logos, trademarks, service marks, and information or other materials that are posted, generated, provided or otherwise made available through the Services. The Services and Content are protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other laws of the United States and foreign jurisdictions. Except as expressly provided in these Terms, Bose and its licensors exclusively own all right, title and interest in and to the Services and Content, including all associated intellectual property rights.
You will not remove, alter or obscure any copyright, trademark, service mark, or other proprietary rights or notices incorporated in or accompanying the Services or Content. Any unauthorized use of any material contained on or through the Services may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and communications regulations and statutes.
For a full listing of trademarks and trademark attributions of Bose and our partners, please see our Trademarks list.
We grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, revocable license to access, view, and use the Services and Content, and access and use any software embedded into our products or devices, whether such software is provided by us or third parties. This license is provided solely for your personal, noncommercial use and enjoyment of the Services as permitted in these Terms.
You will not use, sublicense, copy, adapt, modify, translate, disclose, prepare derivative works based upon, distribute, license, sell, rent, lease, assign, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, broadcast, or otherwise exploit the Content, Services, or any portion thereof (including any third-party software), except as expressly permitted in these Terms. No licenses or rights are granted to you by implication or otherwise under any intellectual property rights owned or controlled by us or our licensors, except for the licenses and rights expressly granted in these Terms.
Bose may revoke this license at any time, in its sole discretion. Upon any such revocation, you must promptly destroy all materials downloaded or otherwise obtained from the Services, as well as all copies of such materials, whether made in accordance with these Terms or otherwise.
5.1 User Content. You maintain sole responsibility for any Content that you submit, display, post, or otherwise make available through the Services (“User Content”), including any necessary third-party rights in the User Content. When you submit User Content, you grant Bose a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, and sub-licensable license to use, copy, cache, distribute, reproduce, modify, edit, adapt, publicly perform, publicly display, translate, create derivative works from, sell, lease, transmit, communicate to the public, disassemble, and publish such User Content, in whole or in part, in any format or medium now known or hereafter devised, without compensation to you, for any purpose including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Services (and derivative works thereof).
We may, in our sole discretion, pre-screen User Content before its appearance on the Services, and may forbid or prevent you from posting, uploading, storing, sharing, sending, or displaying User Content to and via the Services at any time. We may, in our sole discretion, reject, move, edit, or remove any User Content that is submitted to the Services for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation, User Content that violates these Terms. For further information, see the Acceptable use section below.
5.2 Feedback. We will not consider any unsolicited submission of ideas and ask that you refrain from sending them to us. If, however, you choose to still submit your ideas in any form, whether in User Content or otherwise (“Feedback”), the following terms will apply:
(a) Feedback shall be Bose’s sole and exclusive property, with no compensation to you. You hereby irrevocably assign to Bose and agree to irrevocably assign to Bose all right, title, and interest in and to all Feedback, including any intellectual property rights therein.
(b) Bose shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to Feedback and shall be free, without any compensation or credit to you of any kind, to reproduce, use, disclose, and distribute Feedback, including any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained therein, on an unrestricted basis for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to developing, manufacturing, and marketing products and services incorporating the Feedback.
In order to promote a safe and positive experience, the following conduct is strictly prohibited in connection with your access to and use of the Services. Without limitation, you will not:
- abuse, defame, threaten, intimidate, stalk, harass, or harm another individual;
- advertise to, or solicit, any user to buy or sell any products or services, or use any information obtained from the Services to contact, advertise to, solicit, or sell to any user without their prior explicit consent;
- alter or tamper with any materials on or associated with the Services;
- attempt to circumvent any technological measure implemented by us or any of our providers or any other third party (including another user) to protect or restrict access to the Services;
- attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any of the software or other underlying code used to provide the Services;
- disrupt, overwhelm, attack, modify or interfere with the Services or its associated software, hardware, or servers in any way;
- engage in spidering or harvesting, or participate in the use of software, including spyware, designed to collect data from the Services;
- impede or interfere with others’ use of the Services;
- impersonate any person or entity or perform any other similar fraudulent activity, such as phishing;
- post or share anything that is illegal, abusive, harassing, pornographic, indecent, profane, obscene, hateful, racist, or otherwise objectionable;
- post or transmit, or cause to be posted or transmitted, any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain passwords, account data, or any other personal or private information from any user;
- submit any content linking to multilevel marketing schemes, pyramid schemes, or off-topic content;
- submit, send, post, upload, or otherwise make available unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or commercial communications, such as spam, advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, chain letters, or any other form of solicitation;
- take any action that imposes, or may impose in our sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
- transmit any viruses, malicious code, or other computer instructions or technological means whose purpose is to disrupt, damage, or interfere with the use of computers or related systems;
- use any means to scrape or crawl any web pages contained in the Services;
- use any robots, spiders, scrapers, or any other automated means to access the Services for any purpose;
- violate, infringe, or misappropriate other people’s intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or other legal rights;
- violate any law or regulation; or
- advocate, encourage, or assist any third party in doing any of the foregoing.
In addition to the restrictions on use provided above, the materials on or through the Services are provided with “RESTRICTED RIGHTS.” Use, duplication, or disclosure by any federal, state, or local government or authority is subject to further restrictions as set forth in applicable laws and regulations. Use of the materials by such government or authority constitutes acknowledgment of Bose’s proprietary rights in them.
OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN WRITING BY BOSE IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR PURCHASE OF A BOSE PRODUCT OR SERVICE, THE SERVICES AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, BOSE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, CONDITION, OR GUARANTEE OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY OF QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SPECIFICALLY, BUT WITHOUT LIMITATION, BOSE DOES NOT WARRANT THAT: (i) THE SERVICES OR CONTENT ARE FREE OF ERRORS; (ii) THE FUNCTIONS OR FEATURES OF THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR FREE OF ERRORS; (iii) DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR (iv) THE SERVICES AND CONTENT ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. BOSE MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT BOSE WILL UPDATE OR CONTINUE TO OFFER OR MAKE AVAILABLE THE SERVICES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY PARTICULAR SOFTWARE, APPLICATION OR PRODUCT FOR ANY PARTICULAR LENGTH OF TIME, AND BOSE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, UPDATE AND DISCONTINUE THE SERVICES WITHOUT NOTICE TO YOU. THE FOREGOING DISCLAIMERS SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, AND SHALL SURVIVE ANY TERMINATION OR EXPIRATION OF THESE TERMS OR YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICES AND CONTENT REMAINS WITH YOU. TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL BOSE OR ITS AFFILIATES, OR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING THE SERVICES OR CONTENT, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OR REPRESENTATIVES BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY DAMAGES, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHERWISE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, DAMAGE TO ANY COMPUTER OR DEVICE, LOSS OF USE, OR COSTS OF OBTAINING SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES), ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES OR ANY CONTENT, OR ANY LINK OR CONNECTION PROVIDED BY THE SERVICES, WHETHER OR NOT BOSE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND WHETHER BASED UPON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), CIVIL LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY, VIOLATION OF STATUTE, OR OTHERWISE.
IN ANY EVENT, BOSE’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OR FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES WILL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID FOR THE SPECIFIC PRODUCT OR SERVICE TO WHICH THE CLAIM RELATES OR, IF THE CLAIM DOES NOT RELATE TO A PAID PRODUCT OR SERVICE, $100.
BOSE DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE SERVICES OR ANY WEBSITE FEATURED OR LINKED TO THROUGH THE SERVICES, AND BOSE WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. BOSE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY. YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME THE RISK OF HARM OR DAMAGE FROM THE FOREGOING.
THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS ARE FUNDAMENTAL AND MATERIAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN BOSE AND YOU AND WILL APPLY EVEN IF A REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for damages. Accordingly, some of these limitations may not apply to you. If you are located in New Jersey, United States, the limitations in this Section do apply to you.
To the full extent permitted by law, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold Bose and its respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, and representatives (and all successors and assigns of any of the foregoing), harmless from and against any claim or demand, including without limitation, reasonable lawyers’ fees and disbursements, in connection with or arising out of your use of the Services or Content, your connection to the Services, your exposure to Content or User Content, your violation of the Terms, your violation of an applicable law, your submission, posting, or transmission of User Content to the Services, and/or your violation of any rights of another. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of such disputes, and in any event you will cooperate with us in asserting any available defenses.
10.1 Modification of Services. Except where not permitted by applicable local legal requirements, Bose reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any part thereof), with or without notice. Bose shall not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the Services.
10.2 Termination. We may, in our sole and absolute discretion, terminate, suspend, or otherwise deny your access to all or part of the Services at any time for any or no reason at all, with or without notice to you. If we terminate your right to access the Services, these Terms will terminate and all rights you have to access the Services will immediately terminate; however, certain provisions of these Terms will still apply post termination, including without limitation, and as applicable, the Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Waiver provisions. Termination of your use or access to the Services may also include, at Bose’s sole discretion, the deletion of your account and/or User Content, and you will not be able to retrieve any information related to your account except as required by applicable law.
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable law, it is the policy of Bose, in appropriate circumstances, to terminate the registration account of a user who is deemed to infringe third-party intellectual property rights and/or to remove user content that is deemed to be infringing. Please see Bose’s Copyright Policy for further information.
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY. IT AFFECTS YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING YOUR RIGHT TO FILE A LAWSUIT IN COURT.
12.1 Application. You and Bose agree that these Terms affect interstate commerce and that the U.S. Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of these arbitration provisions. This Section 12 is intended to be interpreted broadly and governs any and all disputes between us including but not limited to claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between us, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory; claims that arose before these Terms or any prior agreement (including, but not limited to, claims related to advertising); and claims that may arise after the termination of these Terms. The only disputes excluded from this broad prohibition are the litigation of certain intellectual property and small court claims, as provided below.
12.2 Initial Dispute Resolution. Most disputes can be resolved without resorting to arbitration. Before taking any formal action, you will contact us at Bose Corporation, 100 Mountain Road, Framingham, MA 01701, Attn: Office of the General Counsel, and provide a brief, written description of the dispute and your contact information (including your username, if your dispute relates to an account). Except for intellectual property and small claims court claims, the parties agree to use their best efforts to settle any dispute, claim, question, or disagreement directly through consultation with Bose, and good faith negotiations shall be a condition to either party initiating a lawsuit or arbitration.
12.3 Binding arbitration. If the parties do not reach an agreed-upon solution within a period of sixty (60) days from the time informal dispute resolution is initiated under the Initial Dispute Resolution provision above, then either party may initiate binding arbitration as the sole means to resolve claims (except as provided in section 12.7) subject to the terms set forth below. Specifically, all claims arising out of or relating to these Terms (including the Terms’ formation, performance, and breach) shall be finally settled by binding arbitration administered by JAMS in accordance with the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Procedure Rules for claims that do not exceed $250,000 and the JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures for claims exceeding $250,000 in effect at the time the arbitration is initiated, excluding any rules or procedures governing or permitting class actions.
12.4 Arbitrator’s powers. The arbitrator, and not any federal, state, or local court or agency, shall have exclusive authority to resolve all disputes arising out of or relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, or formation of these Terms including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of these Terms is void or voidable, whether a claim is subject to arbitration, or the question of waiver by litigation conduct. The arbitrator shall be empowered to grant whatever relief would be available in a court under law or in equity. The arbitrator’s award shall be written and shall be binding on the parties and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction.
12.5 Filing a Demand. To start an arbitration, you must do the following: (a) Write a Demand for Arbitration that includes a description of the claim and the amount of damages you seek to recover (you may find a copy of a Demand for Arbitration at www.jamsadr.com); (b) contact JAMS and follow the appropriate procedures with JAMS to commence the arbitration (c) Send one copy of the Demand for Arbitration to us at: Bose Corporation, 100 Mountain Road, Framingham, MA 01701, Attn: Office of the General Counsel.
Payment of all filing, administration, and arbitrator fees will be governed by JAMS’ applicable consumer rules. The parties shall be responsible for their own attorneys’ fees and costs in arbitration, unless they are authorized by law or the arbitrator determines that a claim was frivolous or brought for an improper purpose or in bad faith.
The parties understand that, absent this mandatory arbitration provision, they would have the right to sue in court and have a jury trial. They further understand that, in some instances, the costs of arbitration could exceed the costs of litigation and the right to discovery may be more limited in arbitration than in court. If you are a resident of the United States, arbitration may take place in the county where you reside at the time of filing, unless you and we both agree to another location or telephonic arbitration. For individuals residing outside the United States, arbitration shall be initiated in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, and you and Bose agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of any federal or state court in Middlesex County, Massachusetts in order to compel arbitration, stay proceedings pending arbitration, or to confirm, modify, vacate, or enter judgment on the award entered by the arbitrator.
12.6 Class action waiver. The parties further agree that the arbitration shall be conducted in the party’s respective individual capacities only and not as a class action or other representative action, and the parties expressly waive their right to file a class action or seek relief on a class basis. YOU AND BOSE AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. If any court or arbitrator determines that the class action waiver set forth in this paragraph is void or unenforceable for any reason or that an arbitration can proceed on a class basis, then the arbitration provisions set forth above shall be deemed null and void in their entirety and the parties shall be deemed to have not agreed to arbitrate disputes.
12.7 Exception: Litigation of intellectual property and small claims court claims. Notwithstanding the parties’ decision to resolve all disputes through arbitration, either party may bring enforcement actions, validity determinations, or claims arising from or relating to theft, piracy, or unauthorized use of intellectual property in state or federal court with jurisdiction or in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to protect its intellectual property rights (“intellectual property rights” means patents, copyrights, moral rights, trademarks, and trade secrets, but not privacy or publicity rights). Either party may also seek relief in a small claims court for disputes or claims within the scope of that court’s jurisdiction.
12.8 30-day right to opt out. You have the right to opt out and not be bound by the arbitration and class action waiver provisions set forth above by sending written notice of your decision to opt out to Bose Corporation, 100 Mountain Road, Framingham, MA 01701, Attn: Office of the General Counsel with the subject line, “ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER OPT OUT.” The notice must be sent within thirty (30) days of (a) the effective date of these Terms; or (b) your first date that you used the Services that contained any versions of the Terms that included this version of the mandatory arbitration and class action waiver, whichever is later. Otherwise, you shall be bound to arbitrate disputes in accordance with the terms of these paragraphs. If you opt out of these arbitration provisions, Bose also will not be bound by them.
12.9 Changes to this Section. If we make any changes to this section, you may reject any such change by sending us written notice within 30 days of the change to the address set forth in Section 12.8. It is not necessary to send us a rejection of a future change to the Arbitration and Class Action Waiver section of these Terms if you had properly opted out of this Section within the first 30 days after you first accepted these Terms. If you have not properly opted out of this Section after such first 30 days, by rejecting a future change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any dispute between us in accordance with the language of this arbitration provision, as modified by any changes you did not reject. This notification affects these Terms only; if you previously entered into other arbitration agreements with us or enter into other such agreements in the future, your notification that you are opting out of the arbitration provision in these Terms shall not affect the other arbitration agreements between you and us.
These Terms and their subject matter, and any actions relating thereto, shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without regard to its conflicts of law principles. Except as provided in the mandatory arbitration Section 12 above, any dispute arising out of these Terms or the use of the Services shall be initiated and conducted in the state or federal courts of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and you and Bose consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts.
14.1 Force majeure. Under no circumstances will Bose be liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from an event beyond its reasonable control.
14.2 No waiver. If we fail to insist that you perform any obligations under these Terms, or if we do not enforce our rights against you, or if we delay in doing so, that will not mean that we have waived such rights and will not mean that you do not have to comply with your obligations. If we do waive a failure or breach by you, we will only do so in writing and that will not mean that we automatically waive any future failure of breach by you.
14.3 Severability. Each of the provisions of these Terms operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful or unenforceable, the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect.
14.4 Third-party beneficiaries. Except as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms, there shall be no third-party beneficiaries to these Terms.
14.5 Entire agreement. These Terms (and all terms and conditions incorporated herein) constitute the entire agreement between you and Bose, and supersede any prior and contemporaneous agreements between you and Bose on the subject matter, except as expressly provided herein.
14.6 Assignment. These Terms, and any rights or licenses granted hereunder, may not be assigned or delegated by you. These Terms, and any rights or licenses granted hereunder, may be assigned or delegated by Bose without restriction. These Terms bind and inure to the benefit of each party and the party’s successors and permitted assigns.
14.7 Modification. These Terms may only be modified by agreement between you and an authorized signatory of Bose, specifically referencing and specifically modifying these Terms.
14.8 No agency. No agency, partnership, joint venture or employee-employer relationship is intended or created by these Terms, and you shall have no right or authority to assume or create any obligations or to make any representations on behalf of Bose, or to bind Bose in any respect.
14.9 Electronic processing. You agree that any agreements made by and between you and us in electronic form are as legally binding as if made in physical written form.
14.10 Headings. Headings and subheadings in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.
14.11 Survival. Any provision of these Terms that by its nature is reasonably intended to survive beyond termination of these Terms shall survive.
14.12 Notices. We may deliver notice to you by email, posting a notice on the Services, or any other method we choose and such notice will be effective on dispatch. If you give notice to us, it will be effective when received by mail at 100 Mountain Road, Framingham, Massachusetts, 01701, United States of America.
If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us. To contact us, please see our Contact us page.