Economist Online Terms & Conditions
Please read through these Terms carefully. By accessing The Economist Online website, www.economist.com
("the Site") or by otherwise accessing any content found on this web site or by using any digital application edition of The Economist
newspaper or other digital application published by The Economist (each a "Digital Application"), you are deemed to have entered into an agreement with The Economist Newspaper Limited ("The Economist") and to have agreed to be bound by the terms set out below. The Site is owned and operated by The Economist.
The Economist and The Economist Online are trading names of:
The Economist Newspaper Limited
Registered in England and Wales. No.236383
VAT no: GB 340 436 876
Registered office: 25 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1HG
These terms were last updated on 07 July 2004.
1. Intellectual Property Protection
The contents and design of the Site, any Digital Application and any material e-mailed to you or otherwise supplied to you in conjunction with the Site and/or a Digital Application (such contents, design and materials being collectively referred to as the "Economist Content"), are copyright of The Economist and its licensors. You may not use or reproduce or allow anyone to use or reproduce any trade marks (such as "The Economist" name and logo or other trade names appearing on the Site) for any reason without written permission from The Economist. The software which operates the Site and all Digital Applications are proprietary software and you may not use it except as expressly allowed under these Terms. You may not copy, reverse engineer, modify or otherwise deal with the software.
2. Use of Economist Content
You may retrieve and display Economist Content from Site on a computer screen or mobile telephone, print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them) and store such pages in electronic form on your mobile telephone for your personal, non-commercial use. You may use Digital Applications only on devices for which they were intended and for your personal, non-commercial use. Except as expressly set out above, you may not reproduce, modify or in any way commercially exploit any of the Economist Content. In particular, but without limiting the general application of the restrictions contained in the preceding sentence, you may not do any of the following without prior written permission from The Economist:
- reproduce or store in or transmit to any other web site, newsgroup, mailing list, electronic bulletin board, server or other storage device connected to a network or regularly or systematically store in electronic or print form, all or any part of the Economist Content, or
- modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit all or any part of the Economist Content (including use as part of any library, archive or similar service) without the prior written consent of The Economist,
- remove the copyright or trade mark notice from any copies of the Economist Content made under these Terms.
Any use of the Economist Content not specifically permitted above is expressly prohibited. Requests for permission for other uses may be sent to the Rights and Syndication department, 26 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4HQ, or submitted using the Customer Services contact form
, and may be subject to a fee.
3. Licence Fee, Payment, and Transactions
Access to certain Economist Content may be subject to a fee. All payments (including applicable taxes) must be made in advance in US Dollars or other currency specified by The Economist. You are responsible for the payment of all charges associated with the use of the Site and/or a Digital Application using your ID.
If your use of the Site is terminated by The Economist, you will be entitled to receive a refund of any credits or pre-payments which remain unused at the time of termination unless such use is terminated because you are in breach of these Terms. You will continue to be responsible for any fees or other charges incurred by you prior to such termination.
You may be able to use the Site to purchase products or services from The Economist's third party partners. In that event, your contract for such products will be with the third party partner and not with The Economist.
Refunds for annual web subscriptions to Economist Online are given on a pro-rata basis on the remaining term after one full month has elapsed. The first full month will be charged at the full monthly rate of $24.95 with subsequent months charged at the remaining monthly rate of $5.82.
Refunds can only be made to the credit/debit/charge card that was used for the original purchase. All refunds are at the discretion of The Economist.
4. Term and Termination
The Economist may, in its discretion, terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Site and/or a Digital Application (including any right to access and use the Economist Content) with or without cause by delivering notice to you.
The rights of termination are in addition to all other rights or remedies of The Economist provided in these Terms or by law.
5. Changes to the Site
The Economist reserves the right, in its discretion, to suspend, change, modify, add or remove portions of the Economist Content available on the Site and/or on a Digital Application at any time and to restrict the use and accessibility of the Site.
6. Registration, Passwords and Responsibilities
Certain areas or features of the Site and/or Digital Applications may only be open to you if you register. You are solely responsible for the confidentiality and use of and access to the Economist Content and the Site and/or Digital Applications using your user name, sign-on password, and/or I.D. You agree to immediately notify The Economist if you become aware of any loss or theft of any sign-on password or I.D. or any unauthorised use of a sign-on password, I.D., user name, or of the Economist Content, the Site and/or a Digital Application. You will provide The Economist with accurate, complete registration information (including in particular your e-mail address) and inform The Economist of any changes to such information. For the purpose of confirming your compliance with the terms of these Terms, The Economist reserves the right to monitor and record activity on the Site and Digital Applications, including access to the Economist Content.
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 subscription. The Economist does not permit access through a single name and password being made available to multiple users on a network. The Economist may cancel or suspend your access to the Site and/or a Digital Application if you do this without further obligation to you.
8. User-Generated Content
The Site and Digital Applications may include comments capability, bulletin boards, discussion groups and other public areas or features that allow feedback to The Economist and interaction between users and The Economist representatives ("Forums"). While The Economist 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.
You are solely responsible for the content of your Messages. You must comply with any rules posted by The Economist on a Forum. You may not:
- Post, link to or otherwise publish any Messages that are abusive, threatening or make any form of personal attack on another user or an employee of The Economist;
- Post, link to or otherwise publish any Messages containing material that is obscene, racist, homophobic or sexist or that contains any form of hate speech;
- Post, link to or otherwise publish any Messages that infringe copyright;
- Post, link to or otherwise publish any Messages that are illegal, libellous, defamatory or may prejudice ongoing legal proceedings or breach a court injunction or other order;
- Post Messages in any language other than English;
- Post the same Message, or a very similar Message, repeatedly;
- Post or otherwise publish any Messages unrelated to the Forum or the Forum's topic;
- Post, link to or otherwise publish any Messages containing any form of advertising or promotion for goods and services or any chain Messages or "spam";
- Post, link to or otherwise publish any Messages with recommendations to buy or refrain from buying a particular security or which contain confidential information of another party or which otherwise have the purpose of affecting the price or value of any security;
- Post or otherwise publish any Messages that contain a virus or other harmful component;
- Disguise the origin of any Messages;
- Impersonate any person or entity (including The Economist employees or Forum guests or hosts) or misrepresent any affiliation with any person or entity;
- Post or transmit any Messages that contain software viruses, files or code designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of the Site or any computer software or equipment;
- Collect or store other users' personal data;
- Restrict or inhibit any other user from using the Forums.
By submitting Messages to any Forum you agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Economist from all claims, costs and expenses (including legal expenses) arising out of any Messages posted or published by you that are in breach of this section 8.
The Forums contain Messages submitted by users over whom The Economist has no control. The Economist cannot guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of any Messages. Some users may breach these terms and post Messages that are misleading, untrue or offensive. You must bear all risk associated with your use of the Forum and should not rely on Messages in making (or refraining from making) any specific investment or other decisions.
By submitting Message to a Forum you are granting The Economist a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty free non-exclusive licence to reproduce, modify, translate, make available, distribute and sub-license the Message in whole or in part and in any form. This may include personal information such as your user name and alias and your expressions of opinion. The Economist reserves the right to contact you by e-mail with regard to your use of the Forums. You waive any moral rights that you may have in regard to the Messages you submit.
It is not possible for The Economist to fully and effectively monitor Messages that are submitted for infringement of third-party rights. If you believe that a message infringes your legal rights, please notify The Economist immediately using the Customer Services contact form
or the “Report Abuse” function on reader comments. Repeated misuse of the “Report Abuse” function will result in your access to the Forums being terminated.
9. No Warranty, Disclaimer of Liability and Indemnity
Whilst efforts have been made to ensure the high quality and accuracy of the Site and Digital Applications, The Economist makes no warranty, express or implied concerning the Economist Content, any Digital Application, the Site, software or products or services available through the Site (the "Services"), which are provided "as is". The Economist expressly disclaims all warranties, including but not limited to warranties of fitness for a particular purpose and warranties of merchantability. In no event will The Economist, its affiliates or other suppliers be liable for direct, special, incidental, or consequential damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information or other pecuniary loss) arising directly or indirectly from the use of (or failure to use) or reliance on the Services, even if The Economist has been advised of the possibility that such damages may arise. The Economist does not guarantee the accuracy, content, or timeliness of the Site Services or that they are free from viruses or other contaminating or destructive properties.
In no event will any liability of The Economist, its affiliates, agents and licensors to you (and/or any third party) arising out of any kind of legal claim (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) in any way connected with the Services or breach of these Terms by The Economist exceed the amount, if any, paid by you to The Economist in respect of the particular Service to which the claim relates.
Upon The Economist's request, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Economist from any claims and expenses, including reasonable legal fees, related to any breach of these Terms by you or your use of any Services.
10. Force Majeure
The Economist, its affiliates and its information providers will not be liable or deemed to be in default for any delay or failure in performance or interruption of the delivery of the Economist Content resulting directly or indirectly from any cause or circumstance beyond its or their reasonable control, including but not limited to failure of electronic or mechanical equipment or communication lines, telephone or other interconnect problems, computer viruses, unauthorised access, theft, operator errors, severe weather, earthquakes or natural disasters, strikes or other labour problems, wars, or governmental restrictions.
Changes to these Terms. The Economist may, in its discretion, change these Terms (including those relating to your use of Site, Digital Applications and/or the Economist Content). When Terms are changed, The Economist will notify you by email or by publishing details of those changes by including them in these Terms. If you use the Site and/or a Digital Application after The Economist 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 or a Digital Application any further after they are published. Access to certain the Economist Content may be subject to additional terms and conditions.
Advertising, Third Party Content and other Web Sites. Parts of the Site and/or Digital Applications may contain advertising or other third party content. Advertisers and other content providers are responsible for ensuring that material submitted for inclusion on the Site complies with international and national law. The Economist is not responsible for any third party content or error, omission or inaccuracy in any advertising material. The Site and/or Digital Applications may contain links to other web sites. The Economist is not responsible for the availability of these web sites or their contents.
Assignment of Agreement. This agreement is personal to you and your rights and obligations under these Terms may not be assigned, sub-licensed or otherwise transferred. This agreement may be assigned to a third party by The Economist.
Non-Waiver. No delay or omission on the part of either party in requiring performance by the other party of its obligations will operate as a waiver of any right.
Notices. Notices to The Economist must be given in writing by letter and sent to The Economist's last known place of business in London (for the attention of the General Counsel).
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.
12. 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.
For the exclusive benefit of The Economist, The Economist shall retain the right to bring proceedings as to the substance of the matter in the courts of the country of your residence or, where these Terms are entered into in the course of your trade or profession, the country of your principal place of business.
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