Terms and Conditions
Application Developer and API License Agreement
Dated Mar 25, 2019
This Application Developer and API License Agreement (“Agreement”) sets forth the terms and conditions that apply to parties joining or applying to the Ecwid App Market (as defined below) and/or using the Ecwid API (as defined below). Please read this Agreement thoroughly before deciding whether or not to join the App Market, submit an App or use the Ecwid API.
This Agreement is made by and between Ecwid, Inc., a Delaware corporation and the operator of www.Ecwid.com (the Ecwid Website) and a third party developer applying to or joining the App Market or otherwise submitting an app to Ecwid for use in connection with the App Market or any user of the Ecwid API (whether entity or person) (“Developer”).
BY SUBMITTING AN APP, TENDERING THE APPLICATION FORM, REGISTERING AS A DEVELOPER, OR USING THE ECWID API YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING ANY FUTURE MODIFICATIONS THERETO IF, AT ANY TIME, YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ANY OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT AS IN FORCE AT SUCH TIME YOU MUST NOTIFY ECWID IN WRITING, AND SUCH NOTIFICATION SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE NINETY (90) DAYS FOLLOWING ECWID’S CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT OF SUCH NOTICE. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, ECWID SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO TERMINATE YOUR ACCOUNT AS A DEVELOPER AT ANY TIME FOLLOWING SUCH NOTICE.
1. Introduction. The Ecwid App Market enables Developers to offer Ecwid users Users or Ecwid Users different applications and/or software services (“App” or Apps) utilizing Ecwid’s application programming interface (“API”) and any accompanying or related documentation, source code, executable applications and other materials (collectively, the Ecwid API). The Apps shall be offered to the Users as part of the offering of Ecwid, as provided in the Ecwid Application Market located at: http://www.Ecwid.com/apps (the App Market), and as part of the various services offered by Ecwid on the Ecwid website.
2. Ecwid API License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, including the restrictions set forth in Section 3 of this Agreement, Ecwid grants Developer a nonexclusive, nontransferable, nonsublicensable, worldwide, revocable right and license to: (a) use the Ecwid API to develop, implement and distribute Apps; and (b) use, reproduce, distribute, transmit, display and perform the content obtained from the Ecwid API (“Content”), and modify (i.e., alter in any manner) the Content only to the extent necessary to format and display it through the Apps or as otherwise expressly permitted by Ecwid in writing.
3. Restrictions on Ecwid API License. The licenses granted in Section 2 are explicitly conditioned on your adherence to the following restrictions.
3.2. Obtaining and Maintaining an API Key. In order to use the Ecwid API, you must obtain appropriate API credentials (an API Key) via registration with Ecwid. You will not share your API Key, will keep your API Key secure, and will use it as your sole means of accessing the Ecwid API.
3.3. No Substantial Replication. You will not substantially replicate products or services offered by Ecwid, but are explicitly permitted to create specialized versions or extensions of such products or services.
3.4. No Marketplaces or Other Aggregators or Repositories of Code or Applications. You aren’t permitted to create any sort of marketplace or other aggregator or public repository of code or applications that predominantly uses or collects the Ecwid API or Apps created therewith.
3.5 No Compromising Ecwid Security. You aren’t permitted to use the Ecwid API in any manner that does or could potentially undermine the security of the Ecwid services or the Ecwid API. In addition, you won’t, and won’t attempt to, (i) interfere with, modify or disable any features, functionality or security controls of the Ecwid services or Ecwid API, (ii) defeat, avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate or otherwise circumvent any protection mechanisms for the Ecwid API, or (iii) reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or derive source code, underlying ideas, algorithms, structure or organizational form from the Ecwid services or Ecwid API.
3.6 Reporting Security Flaws and Unauthorized Access. You will immediately report to Ecwid any security flaws you discover in any of the Ecwid services or the Ecwid API. Ecwid reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine what constitutes a security flaw. You will also immediately report any actual or suspected unauthorized access to the Ecwid API using your credentials. Failure to report such flaws or unauthorized accesses, particularly prior to public disclosure, shall be considered a material breach of this Agreement.
3.7. No Content Modifications. Unless you are legally permitted to do so, you won’t use the Ecwid API to make any modifications to any Content, other than to modify the formatting of such Content in order to display it in a manner appropriate for the pertinent Apps.
3.8. No Circumvention or Reverse Engineering; Maintenance of Proprietary Notices. You won’t, and won’t attempt to: (i) interfere with, modify or disable any features or functionality of the Ecwid services or Ecwid API including, without limitation, any mechanisms used to restrict or control the Ecwid services or Ecwid API such as
3.9. Use of Ecwid Marks. You won’t, under any circumstances: (i) include in or use the Ecwid Marks, or any marks that are confusingly similar to or derivative of the Ecwid Marks, as part of your trade name (registered or otherwise), logos, or other identifiers; (ii) include in or use the Ecwid Marks as part of any names, domain names, logos, or other identifiers of the Apps; or (iii) use the Ecwid Marks in a manner that creates or may create a sense of endorsement, sponsorship, or association with Ecwid, unless expressly permitted by Ecwid, in writing, to do so. All use of the Ecwid Marks, and any goodwill arising out of such use, shall inure to the benefit of Ecwid. You may freely state and disclose that you are using the Ecwid services or Ecwid API, as long as you adhere to all restrictions on the use of the Ecwid Marks stated in this Agreement, including those stated in the Ecwid Trademark Guidelines.
3.10. No Misleading Users. You may not, under any circumstances, whether within an App or in materials discussing or concerning an App, mislead, confuse or cause misapprehension or confusion among users as to the features, functionality, origin, capabilities, or other aspects of that App, Ecwid, the Ecwid services, or the Ecwid API.
3.11. Monitoring. Ecwid reserves the right to monitor your use of the Ecwid API for any reason or no reason, including to ensure your compliance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
3.12. Reporting and Statistics. You will ensure that all Apps properly and accurately use all reporting functionality that is made available through aspects of the Ecwid API that are used by such Apps.
5. Developer Account. To submit Apps to the App Market, you must open a Developer account through the Registration Page located at http://developers.ecwid.com/register. Ecwid may verify information you submit when you set up your Developer account. Your Developer account is only for your use, and you are responsible for all activity that takes place with your Developer account. If you fail to keep your account in good standing (for example, by giving Ecwid incorrect or outdated information or by violating this Agreement) Ecwid may revoke your Developer account, remove your Apps from the App Market, delete any App ratings and reviews, retain associated account fees payable to you, and pursue any other remedies available to Ecwid under law.
6. The App Market.
6.1. General. The App Market is a
6.2. Right to Use. By submitting an App to Ecwid, the Developer grants Ecwid a worldwide right, for no consideration, for as long as the App is offered to or used by Users on the App Market, to host, install, use, reproduce, copy, save, format and make the App available to Users all for purposes of exercising Ecwid’s rights and responsibilities under this Agreement.
6.3. Right to Use Developer’s Marks. By submitting an App to Ecwid, the Developer grants Ecwid, for no consideration, the right to use, reproduce, display, publicly perform and publish the Developer’s and/or the App’s name and trademarks, in connection with the distribution and marketing of the App through the App Market and in any marketing campaigns, presentations and advertisements that Ecwid may elect to engage in.
6.4. Right to Use Ecwid’s Marks. Only upon Ecwid’s prior and written consent, Developer may display Ecwid’s marks, trade names on its website. Such consent may be subject to the execution of Ecwid standard license agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Developer will create a link or other reference in its website to Ecwid App Market.
7. Submission, Approval and Offering of Apps.
7.1. Submission. You must submit to Ecwid, for its prior approval, each and every App that you wish to offer to Users through the App Market, including any updates to such Apps. Any updates to Apps shall be subject to all of the provisions of this agreement.
7.5. Approval of App. Prior to uploading any App to the App Market, Ecwid will review, test and evaluate each App (including any updates) submitted. Ecwid shall decide, at its sole discretion and with no obligation to provide any explanation, whether or not to approve the submitted App to be included in the App Market. Ecwid will not make any App available in the App Market until the App is officially approved by Ecwid. Ecwid may evaluate the Apps periodically after they become available in the App Market, to verify that they continue to comply with this Agreement and any other instruction of Ecwid as provided to Developers from
7.6 Offering of Apps. After an App is approved by Ecwid, it shall be uploaded to the App Market. The location, the form in which the App is displayed and the manner of its promotion shall be determined by Ecwid at its sole discretion. It is made clear that Ecwid shall not have any obligation to upload and/or include any App in the App Market, even if such App has been approved by Ecwid.
7.7. Removal of Apps. Ecwid may remove or suspend the availability of any App from the App Market for any reason or for no reason, at its sole discretion and with no obligation to provide any explanation. Ecwid may also discontinue the use of the App by the Ecwid Users if Ecwid believes that the use of the App infringes rights of any third party or may cause Ecwid damage. Unless the App is removed or disabled due to breach of this Agreement or as a result of an infringement allegation, Ecwid will pay the Developer the amounts owed, if any, in connection with the use of the App by Users prior to the removal or disablement of the App. Developers shall have no claims and/or demands to Ecwid in the event of a removal or disablement of an App.
7.8. Withdrawal of Apps. The Developer may request, by providing a notice to Ecwid, the removal of an App from the App Market (a Removal Notice). Such Removal Notice shall become effective after the elapse of at least ninety (90) days from the date in which Ecwid received such Removal Notice. Until the removal notice becomes effective, the Developer shall be obligated to continue to maintain the App and provide all support services to the Users. Ecwid may, at its sole and exclusive discretion, cease distribution of the App which is the subject of such Removal Notice, prior to the elapse of ninety (90) days, and remove it from the App Market.
7.9. Collection and Sharing of Information with Ecwid. The Developer shall be obligated, subject to Data Privacy Laws, to share with Ecwid at any time, within no later than thirty (30) days from the request of Ecwid, any and all information saved or collected by the Developer regarding the Ecwid Users who have installed or used the Apps and any and all information of an Ecwid User’s website visitors, as well as any other data that was collected and/or retained by the Developer (“User Data”). Such sharing of User Data shall be done via an API tool to be provided to the Developers by Ecwid. Without derogating from the foregoing, Developer agrees that Ecwid, upon its sole discretion, may retrieve, save, and make use of the User Data. Ecwid may also share the information, via an API, with third parties, in order to allow Ecwid users to share, extract, import and export and use information and data between different apps used by them.
7.10. Collection and Sharing of Information with Ecwid third party Developers. The Developer will be obligated to share information including User Data saved or collected by the Developer in connection with a single, specific Ecwid Users’ website (“App Data”) with other applications which are installed at the same Ecwid User website. Sharing of such App Data with other third party applications shall be done via an API tool to be provided to the Developers by Ecwid. For the avoidance of doubt, Developer is prohibited from sharing App Data with any third party other than (a) another App which is installed at the same Ecwid User website to operate or provide services to that same Ecwid User website, or (b) a third party that has been specifically engaged by Developer to provide support for the provision or implementation of Developer’s own App. Further, Developer is prohibited from making use of any App Data not in compliance with the applicable Data Privacy Laws, or from combining App Data saved or collected from one Ecwid User website with App Data saved or collected from any other Ecwid User website. Without derogating from the foregoing, Ecwid may decide, upon its sole discretion, (a) whether to retrieve, save, share and make any use of App Data; or (b) which of the third party applications will also be available to receive and use such App Data.
7.11. Modifying of Data Collection and Data Aggregation Tools. The Developer shall be obligated, subject to Data Privacy Laws, within no later than thirty (30) days from the request of Ecwid, to modify the App in a manner that will allow the Ecwid API or other Ecwid software tools or web applications to replace or modify (i) the billing processing systems used for the App; (ii) the data collection tools; (iii) the data aggregation systems; (iv) any tools/systems used for the storage of Ecwid Users information, and information of the visitors to the Ecwid Users’ websites; and (v) login tools. To remove any doubt, such modifications or changes shall not affect or change the commercial terms of this Agreement in any manner including in relation to the payment and revenue sharing as set forth in Section 10 below.
7.12. Restrictions on App Usage. Developer is obligated to block or otherwise fully restrict any and all usage relating to its respective App from certain Users and/or countries (including but not limited to, individuals and entities identified on the US Treasury Department’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Parties (the SDN List), Iran, Sudan, Syria, Cuba, and North Korea, and any other country listed in connection with Section 15.1 Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, below). Ecwid shall have the right to remove a Developer from the App Market in event in which such Developer does not fully comply with the obligations under this Section 7.12.
8. Responsibility for App.
8.1. Content and Services. The Developer submitting the App shall have the sole responsibility for any and all content of such App (including use of any commercial marks, logos and icons), and for the proper operation of the App and the provision of services to the Users. Ecwid shall not be responsible, in any manner, for any content, functionality or services of the App. Developer acknowledges and agrees that he has the sole responsibility for, and that Ecwid has no responsibility or liability of any kind for, the development, operation and maintenance of the App and for all materials that appear on or within Developer’s App.
9. Specific Commercial Terms. Ecwid may agree to provide specific commercial terms to a Developer and/or in relation to an App. In such event, upon the Developer joining the App Market or upon the submission of the relevant App to Ecwid, Ecwid and the Developer shall execute an addendum to this Agreement in which the parties shall stipulate any specific commercial terms agreed between them. Any addendum executed between Ecwid and a Developer shall be deemed as an integral part of this Agreement for any and all purposes. In the event of any contradiction or discrepancy between the terms of this Agreement and the addendum, the provisions of the addendum shall prevail.
10.1. Pricing. Upon submission of each App to Ecwid, the Developer shall state to Ecwid its price offering of such App. Any change to the offering/pricing of any App shall require a 30 days prior written notice to Ecwid, in such time Ecwid will have the option (on its sole discretion) to remove the App from the App Market.
10.2. Collection of Revenues; Refunds. Other than in relation to Developer Billed Apps (as defined above), Ecwid shall be responsible for all Billing Actions including processing the billing of its Users for the use of any App, for the collection of the payments and for processing cancellations and refunds. Ecwid shall have the right, at its sole and exclusive discretion, according to procedures and policies as may be determined by Ecwid from
10.3. Revenue Sharing. Developer shall receive eighty percent (80%) and Ecwid shall receive twenty percent (20%) of the amounts paid to Ecwid or to a Developer, as the case may be, by Users in consideration for the use, installation or upgrade of an App submitted by Developer to the Ecwid App Market. In addition, Ecwid shall receive twenty percent (20%) of all other revenue received by Developer from referred Users. Where Ecwid refers User to a third party service and Developer’s App is integrated into, offered (including offered for free) or sold through said referred third party service, Ecwid shall receive twenty percent (20%) of all fees paid to Developer by the third party service related to the offer or sale the App, excepting, variable and/or
10.4. Payment of Revenue Share. The Revenue Share will be payable to the other party within fifteen (15) days following the end of each calendar quarter, by the party that collected the relevant revenue or gross income. In no event will Ecwid pay to a Developer hereunder an amount lower than two hundred US Dollars (US$200) (the Minimal Payment Amount). Accordingly, in the event a Developer’s balance at the end of a calendar quarter is lower than the Minimal Payment Amount, such balance shall be carried over and added to the next quarter’s Revenue Share amount until the total amount payable to such Developer reaches the Minimal Payment Amount.
10.5. Form of Payment. All payments of the Revenue Share will be due and payable in United States Dollars only. Payment will be made through PayPal, wire transfer or any other method chosen by Ecwid, in its sole discretion. All payments hereunder shall be made against a lawful tax invoice to be issued by the party receiving the respective payment.
10.6. Taxes; Exchange Rate. The Developer shall be responsible for the payment of all taxes applicable to the conduct of Developer’s business. The payments made by Ecwid to the Developer shall be subject to any applicable withholding tax obligations (if any). For the avoidance of doubt, Ecwid does not take and will not bear any risk in any change of exchange rate if the App is presented in other currency other than US Dollar. Ecwid will have the sole discretion to determine the exchange rate applicable to the App (in case the App priced in other currency other than US Dollar) and to set off any exchange rate costs occurred to Ecwid as result of payment in other currency other than US Dollar.
10.7. Reporting, Records and Inspection. The Developer will be obligated to provide Ecwid a monthly report, within no later than 15 days from the end of each calendar month (the Operational Report). Each Operational Report will include full and comprehensive information regarding purchases by Users, billing and collection (if made by the Developer), full details regarding income from any advertising through the App and any other information which the Developer deems, on a reasonable basis, as relevant to the relationship with Ecwid under this Agreement. Each Developer shall be obligated to keep accurate books of account and records covering all transactions with Users. Ecwid shall have the right to examine said books of account and records and all other documents and materials in the possession or under the control of the Developer, and to verify the accuracy of the calculation of the amounts paid by such Developer to Ecwid. Any such inspection shall be at Ecwid’s expense unless such inspection reveals a discrepancy of five percent (5%) or more, in which event Developer shall bear Ecwid examination expenses, including, without limitation, all accounting, auditing and legal fees and costs, in addition to paying Ecwid all additional amounts owed. Developer shall, within 15 days of a written request by Ecwid, confirm and verify in writing the accuracy of any reports, records or data provided to or supplied by Ecwid.
10.8. Right to Change. Ecwid reserves the right to cancel or modify the Developer compensation program and/or the revenue sharing method as set forth above upon a ninety (90) day prior notice to the Developers and Developer may choose to terminate this Agreement after such term has elapsed without affecting Ecwid’s rights under this Agreement during such term.
11. Developer Warranties. By submitting an application to be approved as a Developer, Developer (severally or jointly with its employees) represents, warrants and undertakes to Ecwid that:
11.1. Developer has the power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to fully perform all obligations under this agreement;
11.2. The App submitted to Ecwid, together with all advertising or other materials accessible from or that provide access to such App, complies with and will continue to comply with all the requirements of this Agreement and the law;
11.3. Developer is a properly formed and organized entity in good standing or, if an individual, is at least 18 years of age (or the age of full legal capacity Developer’s location) on the date the App is submitted by Developer to Ecwid;
11.4. Inclusion and offering of the App in the App Market does not and will not violate any agreements to which Developer is a party or of which Developer is otherwise aware, and does not and will not misappropriate or infringe the intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party;
11.5. Ecwid’s exercise of the rights Developer grants Ecwid under this Agreement will not obligate Ecwid or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries to pay any third party any amounts; and
11.6. The information he provided to Ecwid under or in connection with this Agreement and as part of the registration to the App Market is true, accurate, current, and complete.
11.7. Developer is not included in the SDN List and is not a national of or located in, or ordinarily residing in a country that is subject to comprehensive economic sanctions by the US government (and that are defined in Section 13.1 below as a Sanction Country).
12.1. Ecwid (or any party acting on its behalf) may disclose to the Developer certain information as a result of Developer’s participation in the App Market, which information is considered to be confidential (herein referred to as Confidential Information). For purposes of this Agreement, the term Confidential Information shall include, but not be limited to, all information in any and all mediums disclosed by Ecwid to Developer including, without limitation, data, technology,
12.2. Developer shall at all times, both during and after the Term, keep and hold such Confidential Information in the strictest confidence, and shall not use such Confidential Information for any purpose other than as may be reasonably necessary for the performance of its duties pursuant to this Agreement.
12.3. In any case in which Developer and Ecwid engaged in
13. Disclaimer, Limitation of Liability, and Defense of Claims.
13.1. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY. ECWID PROVIDES THE APP MARKET
13.2. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. DEVELOPER MAY RECOVER FROM ECWID AND ITS AFFILIATES ONLY DIRECT DAMAGES. DEVELOPER AGREES NOT TO SEEK AND WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO RECOVER ANY OTHER LOSSES OR DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION CONSEQUENTIAL, LOST PROFITS, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES. THESE LIMITS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY EVEN IF ECWID AND/OR DEVELOPER KNEW OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF THE DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL ECWID’S LIABILITY TO DEVELOPER EXCEED FIFTY DOLLARS ($50.00 USD). THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS WILL SURVIVE AND APPLY EVEN IF ANY LIMITED REMEDY SPECIFIED IN THIS AGREEMENT IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
13.3. Defense of Claims. Developer will defend, indemnify and hold harmless Ecwid and its agent from and against (including by paying associated any costs, losses, damages or expenses and attorneys’ fees) any and all third party claims, including any initiated by a government agency or official: (i) that any App infringes, violates, or misappropriates any proprietary or personal right of a third party, including without limitation infringement of third parties privacy rights; (ii) alleging Developer’s breach of any term of this Agreement; (iii) relating to the use of or inability to use the App, including any product liability claims; or (iv) arising from or related to Developer’s use of the Ecwid API. Ecwid will notify the Developer promptly in writing of the claim and, at Developer’s reasonable request, provide reasonable assistance in defending the claim. Developer will reimburse Ecwid for any reasonable
14. Term and Termination.
14.1. Term and Termination. The term of Developer’s participation in the App Market shall commence upon Ecwid’s acceptance of the Developer Application and shall end upon providence of a termination notice by either party in accordance with the provisions of this Section 14 (the Term). Ecwid may terminate the Term at any time, with or without cause, by giving the Developer a thirty (30) days prior written notice of termination. A Developer may terminate the Term at any time, with or without cause, by giving Ecwid a ninety (90) days prior written notice of termination. Ecwid may terminate Developer’s rights to use the Ecwid API at any time, with or without cause.
14.2 Effect of Termination. Termination of this Agreement by a party will result in the deactivation or deletion of the Developer’s account with Ecwid, the removal of all Apps submitted by such Developer from the App Market. Upon termination, Ecwid shall pay the Developer any and all Developer Revenue Share that are payable to Developer on the date of such termination of agreement. In addition, all rights to use the Ecwid API shall immediately terminate.
15.1. Export Controls and Economic Sanctions. Developer acknowledges that any use of its App and any related products and services (“App Usage”) is subject to U.S. export,
15.2. Notices. All notices provided by a Developer to Ecwid under this Agreement must be sent to Ecwid to the following email address: bizdev@Ecwid.com.
15.3. Assignment. Ecwid may assign this Agreement (or any rights or duties under it) at any time. Developer may not assign this Agreement or any rights or duties under it without the prior written consent of Ecwid. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Developer may assign this Agreement and its respective rights and obligations hereunder, in connection with any merger, consolidation, reorganization or restructuring, or the sale of substantially all of its assets and shares so long as the ultimate parent entity and the successor entity in such transaction assumes all of the Developer’s obligations under this Agreement and provided that a written notice of such assignment is given to Ecwid. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in such event Ecwid shall have the right to terminate this agreement with immediate effect.
15.4. Modifications. Ecwid may modify any of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement and/or the terms of engagement with a specific Developer at any time, and in its sole discretion. Notice of any change by
15.5. Choice of Law and Venue. This Agreement will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California without regard to the conflicts of laws or principles thereof. Exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any disputes, claims or litigation arising from or related in any way to this Agreement or its subject matter will lie exclusively in the state and federal courts located in San Diego County, California, USA. Each party expressly agrees to submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts. If any litigation is necessary to enforce the terms of this Agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.
15.6. No Waiver. A party’s failure to enforce any rights under this Agreement will not be deemed a waiver of the same right on another occasion, or of the right to enforce any other right under this agreement. Ecwid’s decision to make an App available on the App Market will not be deemed a waiver of any rights Ecwid may have under this Agreement.
15.7. No Third Party Beneficiary. This Agreement is not intended to confer a benefit on, or to be enforceable by, any person who is not a party to this Agreement.
15.8. Status as Independent Contractor. Each party is an independent contractor and neither party’s employees will be considered employees of the other party for any purpose. This Agreement does not create a joint venture or partnership, and neither party has the authority to bind the other to any third party.
15.9. Partial Invalidity. If any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable under any statute or rule of law, the provision is to the extent to be deemed omitted, and the remaining provisions will not be affected in any way.
15.10. Force Majeure. Neither party will be responsible for any delay or failure in performance resulting from acts beyond such party’s control (“Force Majeure”). Force Majeure will include but not be limited to: acts of God, government or war; riots or strikes; epidemics, fires, floods, or disasters.
15.11. DEVELOPER HAS READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY AND UNDERSTANDS IT, HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSULT WITH COUNSEL AND ACCEPT THE OBLIGATIONS, WHICH IT IMPOSES UPON DEVELOPER WITHOUT RESERVATION. DEVELOPER HAS ALSO TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND WARRANTY DISCLAIMER PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT PRIOR TO ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT.