Terms & Conditions

1. Introduction

THESE TERMS OF USE (“TERMS”) BIND YOU, THE COMPANY YOU REPRESENT, AND THE COMPANY THAT REGISTERED YOU (COLLECTIVELY “YOU”) TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH HEREIN IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF ROWLAND INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCEMENT LIMITED (“ROWLAND INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCEMENT”, “OUR”, “WE”, “US”, OR “RIA”) SOFTWARE, WEBSITE, MOBILE APPLICATIONS OR CONNECTED APPLICATIONS SUCH AS SKYPE, ZOOM, WIX, SERVICES OR OTHER OFFERINGS ON OUR WEBSITE (COLLECTIVELY, OUR “SERVICES”). BY USING ANY OF THE RIA SERVICES OR CLICKING ON THE “SIGNUP” BUTTON, YOU AGREE TO BECOME BOUND BY THE TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL THESE TERMS, DO NOT USE THE RIA SERVICES. RIA ACCEPTANCE IS EXPRESSLY CONDITIONED UPON YOUR ASSENT TO ALL THESE TERMS, TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL OTHER TERMS. IF THESE TERMS ARE CONSIDERED AN OFFER BY RIA, ACCEPTANCE IS EXPRESSLY LIMITED TO THESE TERMS.

 

Pre-arbitration clause:
IMPORTANT: BY AGREEING TO THESE TERMS YOU AGREE TO RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH RIA THROUGH BINDING ARBITRATION (AND WITH VERY LIMITED EXCEPTIONS, NOT IN COURT), AND YOU WAIVE CERTAIN RIGHTS TO PARTICIPATE IN CLASS ACTIONS, AS DETAILED IN SECTION 18.

All capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined herein shall have the meaning ascribed to them in RIA Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”), and Coach Terms & Conditions (“Coach Terms”).

Any version of these Terms of Use in a language other than English is provided for convenience and you understand and agree that the English language will control if there is any conflict.

2. Additional Agreements

Any personal information submitted in connection with Your use of the Services is subject to Our Privacy Policy, which is hereby incorporated by reference into these Terms.

Additionally, if You are a Coach (as defined below), You are also subject to the Coach Terms, which are hereby incorporated by reference into these Terms. If You are an Coach, and there is a conflict between these Terms and the Coach Terms, the Coach Terms will govern.

 

 

3. General

Our Services enable members (“Members”) to connect with independent contractor Coaches (the “Coaches”, collectively with Members, the “Users”) who provide live and recorded instruction, coaching, tutoring, and learning services (the “Courses”) via Our Services. The Services include, without limitation, facilitating and hosting of Courses and supporting materials, and taking feedback from Users.

From time to time, We may update these Terms to clarify our practices or to reflect new or different practices, such as when We add new features, and RIA reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify and/or make changes to these Terms at any time. If We make any material change to these Terms, We will notify You using prominent means such as by email notice sent to the email address specified in Your Account or by posting a notice through Our Services. Modifications will become effective on the day they are posted unless stated otherwise.

Your continued use of Our Services after changes become effective shall mean that You accept those changes. You should visit the Services regularly to ensure You are aware of the latest version of the Terms, as any revised Terms shall supersede all previous Terms.

RIA may modify the Services or discontinue their availability at any time.

You are solely responsible for all service, telephony, data charges and/or other fees and costs associated with Your access to and use of the Services, as well as for obtaining and maintaining all telephone, computer hardware, and other equipment required for such access and use.

If You elect to access or use Our Services that involve payment of a fee, then You agree to pay, and will be responsible for payment of, that fee and all taxes associated with such access or use. If You provide credit card information to pay for such fees then You hereby represent and warrant that You are authorized to supply such information and hereby authorize RIA to charge Your credit card on a regular basis to pay the fees as they are due.

If Your payment method fails or Your Account is past due, then We may collect fees owed using other collection mechanisms. This may include charging other payment methods on file with Us and/or retaining collection agencies and legal counsel. We may also block Your access to any Services pending resolution of any amounts due by You to RIA.

All of Your use, access and other activities relating to the Services must be in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including, without limitations, laws relating to copyright and other intellectual property use, and to privacy and personal identity. Further, access to Our Services from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access or use the Services from locations outside of Hong Kong, China SAR (HONG KONG) do so at their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with all local rules including, without limitation, rules about the internet, data, e-mail, or privacy. You further agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from HONG KONG or the country in which You reside. If You use the Services or Third Party Platforms (as defined in the next section) from countries outside of HONG KONG You must agree to abide by all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable content.

4. General Disclaimer

 

The Services are only a marketplace for Coaches and Members. Our Coaches are independent contractors and We are not responsible or liable for any interactions involved between the Coaches and the Members who purchase a Coach’s Training via the Services. We are not responsible for disputes, claims, losses, injuries, or damage of any kind that might arise out of or relate to conduct of Coaches or Members, including, but not limited to, any Member’s reliance upon any information provided by a Coach.

We do not control Submitted Content (as defined below) posted on the Services and, as such, do not guarantee in any manner the reliability, validity, accuracy or truthfulness of such Submitted Content. You also understand that by using the Services, RIA may expose You to Submitted Content that You consider offensive, indecent, or objectionable. RIA has no responsibility to keep such content from You and no liability for Your access or use of any Submitted Content, to the extent permissible under applicable law.

The Services may give You access to links to third party platforms (“Third Party Platforms”), either directly or through Courses or Coaches. RIA does not endorse any of these Third Party Platforms and does not control them in any manner. Accordingly, RIA does not assume any liability associated with Third Party Platforms. You need to take appropriate steps to determine whether accessing a Third Party Platform is appropriate, and to protect Your personal information and privacy on such Third Party Platforms.

5. Conduct

You may only access the Services for lawful purposes. You are solely responsible for the knowledge of and adherence to any and all laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to Your use of the Services. You agree not to use the Services or the Company Content (as defined below) to recruit, solicit, or contact in any form, Coaches or potential users for employment or contracting for a business not affiliated with Us without Our advance written permission, which may be withheld at our sole discretion. You assume any and all risks from any meetings or contact between You and any Coaches or other Users of the Services.

6. Specific Obligations of Members

As a Member, You represent, warrant and covenant that:

  1. You have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the pricing information (see the Pricing section below) before using the Services or registering for a Course.

  2. You are over the age of 18, or, if not, You will only use the Services with the involvement, supervision, and approval of a parent or legal guardian. Children under the age of 13 may not register for an Account or register or purchase Courses.

  3. You will not upload, post or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes or any other form of solicitation (commercial or otherwise) through the Services.

  4. You will not post or provide any inappropriate, offensive, racist, hateful, sexist, pornographic, false, misleading, incorrect, infringing, defamatory or libelous content or information.

  5. You will not copy, modify, reverse engineer, reproduce, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, communicate to the public, create derivative works from, deface, tarnish, mutilate, hack, interfere with, or otherwise use and exploit any Company Content, the Services or Courses or Submitted Content except as permitted by these Terms or the relevant Coach as applicable.

  6. You will not frame or embed the Services to circumvent the Services.

  7. You will not impersonate another person or gain unauthorized access to another person’s Account.

  8. You will not introduce any virus, worm, spyware or any other computer code, file or program that may or is intended to damage or hijack the operation of any hardware, software or telecommunications equipment, or any other aspect of the Services or operation thereof; scrape, spider, use a robot or other automated means of any kind to access the Services.

  9. You will not disclose any unnecessary personal information to a Coach, and otherwise will assume responsibility for controlling how Your personal information is disclosed or used, including, without limitation, taking appropriate steps to protect such information.

  10. You will not solicit personal information from any Coach or other Member.
     

Members understand and agree that Coaches from whom Members are taking coaching may choose to terminate their Accounts with RIA and become inactive. RIA does not guarantee Coach’s availability to Members and shall not be held liable for any issues relating to Coach availability.

7. Registration

To use certain Services, You will need to register and obtain an account and password. When You register, the information You provide to Us during the registration process will help Us in offering content, customer service, network management and other services. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of Your account, Username, and password (collectively, Your “Account”) and for all activities associated with or occurring under Your Account. You represent and warrant that Your Account information will be accurate at all times. You must notify Us (a) immediately of any unauthorized use of Your Account and any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that You exit from Your Account at the end of each use of the Services. To the extent permissible under applicable law, we cannot and will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from Your failure to comply with the foregoing requirements or as a result of use of Your Account, either with or without Your knowledge, prior to Your notifying Us of unauthorized access to Your Account.

You may not transfer Your Account to any other person and You may not use anyone else’s Account at any time without the permission of the Account holder. In cases where You have authorized or registered another individual, including a minor, to use Your Account, You are fully responsible for (i) the online conduct of such Student; (ii) controlling that Student’s access to and use of the Services; and (iii) the consequences of any misuse.

8. Content, Licenses & Permissions

All software, technology, designs, materials, information, communications, text, graphics, links, electronic art, animations, illustrations, artwork, audio clips, video clips, photos, images, reviews, ideas, and other data or copyrightable materials or content, including the selection and arrangements thereof is “Content.” Where RIA provides Content to You in connection with the Services, including, without limitation, the software, the products and the site, it is “Company Content”. Content uploaded, transmitted or posted to the Services by a User is “Submitted Content”. Content remains the proprietary property of the person or entity supplying it (or their affiliated and/or third party providers and suppliers) and is protected, without limitation, pursuant to HONG KONG and foreign copyright and other intellectual property laws. You hereby represent and warrant that You have all licenses, rights, consents, and permissions necessary to grant the rights set forth in these Terms to RIA with respect to Your Submitted Content and that RIA shall not need to obtain any licenses, rights, consents, or permissions from, or make any payments to, any third party for any use or exploitation of Your Submitted Content as authorized in these Terms or have any liability to You or any other party as a result of any use or exploitation of Your Submitted Content as authorized in these Terms.

RIA hereby grants You (as a User) a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to access and use Submitted Content and Company Content, for which You have paid all required fees, solely for Your personal, non- commercial, educational purposes through the Services, in accordance with these Terms and any conditions or restrictions associated with particular Courses or Services. All other uses are expressly prohibited absent Our express written consent. You may not reproduce, redistribute, transmit, assign, sell, broadcast, rent, share, lend, modify, adapt, edit, create derivative works of, license, or otherwise transfer or use any Submitted Content or Company Content unless We give You explicit permission to do so. Submitted Content and Company Content is licensed, and not sold, to You. Coaches may not grant You license rights to Submitted Content You access or acquire through the Services and any such direct license shall be null and void and a violation of these Terms.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, We reserve the right to revoke this license to access and use Submitted Content and Company Content granted to You as described above, as further detailed in section 15 below.

RIA RESPECTS ALL COPYRIGHT, PRIVACY, DEFAMATION AND OTHER LAWS RELATING TO CONTENT AND INFORMATION AND WILL NOT TOLERATE VIOLATION OF SUCH LAWS. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, RIA DOES NOT SCREEN THE SUBMITTED CONTENT AND ALL USE OF THE SUBMITTED CONTENT BY YOU IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AND RIA SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR SUCH USE. IN PARTICULAR, NO REVIEW OR POSTING OR APPEARANCE OF THE SUBMITTED CONTENT ON THE SERVICES OR THROUGH THE SERVICES IS INTENDED TO ACT AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR REPRESENTATION THAT ANY SUBMITTED CONTENT IS FREE OF VIOLATION OF ANY COPYRIGHT, PRIVACY OR OTHER LAWS OR WILL SUIT A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR BE ACCURATE OR USEFUL. If You believe that Submitted Content of Yours violates any law or regulation or is inaccurate or poses any risk whatsoever to a third party it is Your responsibility to take such steps You deem necessary to correct the situation. If You believe that Submitted Content of a third party or any Company Content violates any laws or regulations, including, without limitation, any copyright laws, You should report it to RIA in accordance with the procedures that We maintain under Our Intellectual Property Policy.

All rights not expressly granted in these Terms are retained by the Content owners and these Terms do not grant any implied licenses.

You may decide to send us unsolicited ideas, including ideas for new promotions, products, services, applications, technologies or processes or other ideas (collectively, “User Ideas”). You must not transmit any User Ideas to or through the Services or Third Party Platforms, or to Us through e-mail, that You consider to be confidential or proprietary. You agree that We shall not be required to treat any User Ideas as being confidential or proprietary. You are responsible and liable for any User Ideas You submit. You agree that by submitting User Ideas to Us, including any concepts, know-how or ideas, You hereby grant Us a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty- free, sublicensable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, sell, exploit, prepare derivative works of and display the User Ideas in connection with the Services, and for RIA (and its successor’s) business, including without limitation, for promoting and redistributing part or all of the User Ideas (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels whether now known or hereafter developed, without payment or accounting to You or others. We are under no obligation to evaluate, review, or use any User Idea.

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