By logging on to MeisterTask, users accept the following General Terms and Conditions (hereinafter the "GTC") for using MeisterTask.
MeisterTask operates MeisterTask services under various top-level domains (MeisterTask.com, MeisterTask.de etc.), as well as various sub-domains and aliases of these domains. All Web sites on which MeisterTask provides MeisterTask services are hereinafter referred to as "MeisterTask Web sites."
These GTC shall govern the contract relationship between the User and MeisterTask, irrespective of which MeisterTask site the User is registered with or logged on to.
The User enters into this agreement on the use of MeisterTask services with MeisterLabs GmbH, Valentin-Linhof-Strasse 8, 81829, Munich, Germany. Additional contact information, commercial registry data, as well as the name of the authorized representative of MeisterLabs GmbH can be found under "Imprint".
The User can call up, print out, download and or save these General Terms and Conditions at any time, even after the agreement has been closed, under the "Terms & Conditions" link that appears on all MeisterTask Web sites.
2. Subject Matter
The MeisterTask Web sites offer registered users two options: a) a free membership (with a limited feature set hereinafter referred to as "Free Membership") and b) several paid memberships for organisations (with more advanced feature set hereinafter referred to as "Paid Memberships").
Details about the applicable fees for the Paid Membership Editions are set forth on the MeisterTask Web sites under "http://www.mindmeister.com/pricing". The fees listed are binding. Payments for the Paid Membership Editions shall be due immediately upon invoicing. Payment can be made using the various debiting procedures available, especially with the accepted credit cards, or the available online payment systems. If MeisterTask is unable to collect any fees from an account designated by the User due to lack of funds, the User shall bear all costs arising there from, including bank charges related to any debit entries or similar charges, insofar as the User is responsible for the event that triggers these costs. MeisterTask may deliver invoices to the User for Paid Memberships by email.
Any use of the services and contents offered on the MeisterTask Web sites beyond the scope of options provided by MeisterTask requires the prior written consent of MeisterTask.
MeisterTask shall only make data and/or information provided by the User available for other uses provided that this data and/or information does not violate any laws or these GTC. MeisterTask is entitled to remove any illegal or prohibited data and/or information from MeisterTask Web sites without prior notice to the User.
The User acknowledges and agrees that it is technically impossible to achieve 100% availability of the MeisterTask Web sites. MeisterTask shall nonetheless endeavor to keep MeisterTask Web sites available without interruption. Events related to maintenance, security or capacity requirements, and/or events beyond MeisterTask's control (e.g. disruptions in public communication networks, power failures etc.), may result in brief malfunctions or temporary interruptions of the services provided on MeisterTask Web sites.
3. Registration, and Representations and Warranties upon Registration
Users must register prior to using any of the services on the MeisterTask Web sites.
The User warrants and represents that all of the data provided by the User for registration is accurate and complete. The User shall report any changes in the registration data to MeisterTask without undue delay.
The User shall not use pseudonyms or pen names.
The User shall choose a password upon registration. The User is obliged to keep this password secret. MeisterTask shall not disclose the password to any third party and MeisterTask shall not ask for the User's password at any time.
By completing the registration process, the User consents to enter the agreement to use the services of the MeisterTask Web sites. MeisterTask accepts this offer by activating the membership for the use of services on MeisterTask Web sites. The agreement takes effect with the aforementioned acceptance by MeisterTask.
Each User is entitled to register with MeisterTask only once.
If a company uploads a logo for branding purposes, MeisterTask is allowed to use this logo for marketing purposes on the Website.
4. Right of cancellation for consumers
If a user is registered at MeisterTask for a purpose that is not related to either his or her commercial or freelance activity, the following provisions apply to him or her as a consumer under the law (§13 German Civil Code):
Right of cancellation
The User may cancel registration for the Free and Paid Memberships in writing (e.g. by letter, fax or email) within two (2) weeks without stating a reason. The two-week period begins when membership is activated by MeisterTask.
Furthermore, the User may cancel registration for the Paid Membership in writing (e.g. by post, fax or email) within two (2) weeks without stating a reason, after changing from Free Membership to a Paid Membership. The two-week period begins when Paid Membership is activated by MeisterTask.
For meeting the cancellation deadline in each of the aforementioned cases, the date of dispatch of the cancellation notice is decisive. In each of the aforementioned cases, the cancellation notice should be sent by post to MeisterLabs GmbH, Valentin-Linhof-Strasse 8, 81829, Munich, Germany. The User may deliver notice of termination using the contact form available at all MeisterTask Web sites, or by sending a fax or email to MeisterLabs. The fax number and email address of MeisterLabs can be found at http://www.meistertask.com/imprint.
The User's right of termination under section "Termination of Membership, Reimbursement of Advance Payments" shall not be affected by the User's cancellation right under this section.
Premature lapse of the right of cancellation
In accordance with §312d Par. 3 BGB (German Civil Code), the User's right of cancellation lapses before the end of the right of cancellation period cited in the previous section, in the following cases.
If MeisterTask has begun performing the MeisterTask services for which the User is registered with the express consent of the User, or
If the User has initiated the MeisterTask services for which the User is registered (e.g. in which the User has accessed the MeisterTask services that MeisterTask has made available to the User in accordance with the type of Membership chosen by the User at registration).
Consequences of cancellation
In the event of a valid cancellation of a Paid Membership, both parties shall be obliged to restore any benefits already received in accordance with legal provisions, and issue any gains (e.g. interest). If the User is unable or partially unable to restore the benefits, or only able to restore them in poor condition, to MeisterTask, then the User must reimburse MeisterTask for the corresponding value. The User must fulfill obligations for reimbursement within 30 days after dispatch of the cancellation notice.
5. Obligations of the User
The User is obliged to refrain from using any pseudonyms or pen names.
To comply with all applicable legislation, and respect all third-party rights. In Particular, the User shall not:
Use any insulting or defamatory contents, regardless of whether said contents are directed at another user or MeisterTask personnel or other companies
Use any pornographic materials or any contents that violate any applicable legislation for the protection of minors; or advertise or promote, offer or distribute any pornographic product or products which do not comply with any applicable legislation for the protection of minors
Unreasonably annoy (particularly with spam) any other user (cf. §7 of the German Unfair Competition Act)
Use without authorization any contents protected by law (e.g. by copyright, trademark, patent, utility patent, or design patent laws), or advertise, promote, offer or distribute any goods or services protected by law.
Use or promote any commercial practices considered unfair competition, including progressive customer acquisition practices (such as chain distribution systems, multilevel selling or pyramid sales).
The User is prohibited from the following:
Employing any mechanisms, software or scripts when using MeisterTask Web sites. However, the User may use the interfaces or software provided by MeisterTask within the scope of the services available on the MeisterTask Web sites.
Blocking, overwriting, modifying and copying of any contents of the MeisterTask Web sites, unless said actions are necessary for the proper use of the services on the MeisterTask Web sites. For example, the use of the "Robot/Crawler" search engine technology is not required for proper use of the services, and is therefore prohibited.
Distributing or publicly disclosing the contents of any of the Web sites of MeisterTask or any other user
Performing any actions which may impair the operability of MeisterTask's infrastructure, particularly actions which may overload said infrastructure.
Using more than 1 GB of file attachments on tasks for Personal Edition.
Using more than 5 GB of file attachments on tasks for Pro Edition.
Using more than 20 GB of file attachments on tasks for Business Edition.
6. Changes to the Services on MeisterTask Web sites
MeisterTask reserves the right to modify the services offered on the MeisterTask Web sites and/or to offer services different from those offered at the time of the User's registration at any time, unless this is unreasonable for the User.
7. Termination of Membership, Reimbursement of Advance Payments
The User may terminate the Free Membership at any time without cause. The User may deliver notice of termination using the contact form available on all MeisterTask Web sites at any time. The termination notice shall include the User's registered name and an email address of the User registered on one of the MeisterTask Web sites.
The User may terminate without cause the Paid Membership to the end of the minimum runtime chosen by the User in the course of the registration process, or to the end of any renewal period after said minimum runtime expires, by giving notice of fourteen (14) business days. The user may deliver notice of termination using the contact form available on all MeisterTask Web sites, or by sending a fax or letter to MeisterTask. The termination notice shall include the registered name of the User and an email address of the User registered on the MeisterTask Web sites. If the User has terminated the Paid Membership, the User is entitled to retain a Free Membership until such termination takes effect. The provisions of this section shall not affect the right of both parties to terminate the agreement for good cause.
A good cause is defined as an event which makes it unacceptable for MeisterTask to continue the agreement to the end of the termination period, taking into account all circumstances of the individual case and weighing the interests of MeisterTask against the User's. A good cause includes any the following events:
If the User fails to comply with any applicable legal provisions
If the User breaches a contractual obligation, in particular an obligation set forth in sections 3 and 5 of these GTC
If the reputation of the services offered on the MeisterTask Web sites is substantially impaired by the online-presence of the User (if, for example, it is discovered after registration that the User has been convicted of a criminal offence, and if said conviction is known to other users);
If the User promotes any communities or associations (or any of their methods or activities) which are under surveillance by authorities responsible for public safety or the protection of minors, or;
If the User causes harm to any other user(s)
If the User is a member of a religious sect or a denomination that is controversial in Germany.
In the event of a good cause in accordance with this section and notwithstanding MeisterTask's right to terminate the contract in accordance with this section, MeisterTask is entitled to:
Delete the contents posted by the User
Issue a warning, or
Block the User's access to the services on the MeisterTask Web sites.
In the following cases, the User shall not be entitled to claim reimbursement of any advance payments:
If MeisterTask has terminated the contract for good cause pursuant to section 7,
If MeisterTask has blocked the User's access in accordance with section 5, or
If the User has terminated the agreement. However, the User's right to claim reimbursement of any advance payments shall not be excluded in this case if the User has terminated the agreement for a good cause attributable to MeisterTask.
8. Responsibility for the User's Content, Data or other Information
MeisterTask does not make any warranties or representations regarding any data and/or information provided or made available by any user on any of the MeisterTask Web sites or on any external websites linked to them. In particular, MeisterTask does not warrant or represent that said data and/or information is true or accurate, or that it fulfils or serves any particular purpose.
The User may report any activities of any other user which violate applicable laws adn/or any of the terms and conditions of these GTC (including the use of pseudonyms or false identities) using the contact form available at all MeisterTask Web sites.
9. Customer Service/Support
Queries regarding agreement with MeisterTask or regarding MeisterTask services can be sent by the customer to MeisterTask using the contact form available at all times on all MeisterTask Web sites, or by sending a fax or letter.
10. Liability of MeisterTask
Whatever the legal grounds, liability for damage claims based only on ordinary negligence against MeisterTask (including its vicarious agents) shall exist only if MeisterTask breaches a basic/cardinal obligation under this agreement. In this event, the amount of claims are limited to typical and foreseeable damages.
Limits shall not apply to the extent damages are covered by MeisterTask's business liability insurance, provided the insurance company has effected payment to MeisterTask. MeisterTask undertakes to maintain the insurance coverage existing at the time this agreement is concluded.
This shall not affect personal injury and property damage claims based on the German Product Liability Act.
The User shall indemnify and exempt MeisterTask from all actions, including damage claims, asserted by other users or third parties against MeisterTask resulting from an infringement of their rights by the contents posted by the User on MeisterTask Web sites. Furthermore, the User shall indemnify and exempt MeisterTask from all actions, including damage claims, asserted by other users or third parties against MeisterTask resulting from an infringement of their rights regarding the use of the services on MeisterTask Web sites by the User. The User assumes all reasonable costs MeisterTask incurs due to an infringement of third party rights, including all reasonable legal-defense costs. All other rights, including damage claims by MeisterTask, are hereby unaffected.
The aforementioned obligations shall not apply to the extent the User is not responsible for the infringement.
In the event the contents posted by the User infringes any rights of any third party, the User shall, at its own expense and at MeisterTask's discretion, either obtain the right to use said contents or render said contents free of any infringement. In the event the User infringes third-party rights when using the services of MeisterTask Web sites, the User shall discontinue such use that violates these General Terms and Conditions and the law, if so requested by MeisterTask.
12. Data Protection
MeisterTask recognizes that any data provided by the User to MeisterTask is extremely important to the User, and MeisterTask shall therefore be particularly sensitive in handling such data. MeisterTask shall comply with all applicable legal provisions regarding data protection (German Data Protection Laws, European Data Protection Directives and any other applicable data protection legislation). In particular, MeisterTask shall not provide or otherwise disclose any personal data of the User to any third party without authorization. Details on MeisterTask's treatment of the User's data are set forth in the Privacy Statement of MeisterTask accessible from each of the MeisterTask Web sites.
13. Right to Contents
When the User posts his or her contribution to a forum, the User grants MeisterTask an unlimited, irrevocable and assignable right of use for the respective contribution, which MeisterTask is entitled to utilize for any purpose. In particular, MeisterTask is entitled to keep said contribution on the forum, and on its Web sites and the Web sites of its partners, or use it for marketing the forum in any other way.
Consequently, MeisterTask has a right of use over all contributions to discussion forums it operates. Duplication or the use of these contributions or their contents in other electronic or printed publications is prohibited without the express written consent of MeisterTask. Copying, downloading, dissemination, distribution and storing of the contents of MeisterTask and/or third parties, with the exception of the cache memory when searching for forum pages, is prohibited without its express consent.
Any other content (especially projects and tasks) belong to the user and MeisterTask fully recognizes this rights.
14. Final Provisions
These GTC and any amendments thereto must be in writing to be valid. No secondary agreements exist.
MeisterTask reserves the right to amend these GTC at any time, without giving reasons, unless an amendment is unreasonable to the User. MeisterTask shall give due notice of any amendments of these GTC to the User. If the User does not object to the applicability of the revised GTC within two (2) weeks after receipt of said notice, the amended GTC shall be deemed to be accepted by the User. MeisterTask shall inform the User about the User's right to object and of the relevance of the objection deadline in said notice.
Unless otherwise stated in these GTC, the User may submit all notices to MeisterTask using the contact form provided on each of the MeisterTask Web sites, or by letter or fax. MeisterTask may send notices to the User by email, fax or post to the addresses given in the User's current contact data in his or her user account.
If any provision of these GTC is, for any reason, invalid and/or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law. The parties agree to replace an invalid and/or unenforceable provision with a valid and/or enforceable provision which most closely approximates the intent and economic effect of the invalid and/or unenforceable provision. This also applies to contractual loopholes.
The place of performance under these GTC shall be MeisterTask's main place of business.
Place of jurisdiction, insofar as legally admissible, shall be the main place of business of MeisterTask.
These GTC and the contractual relationship shall be governed by German Law, excluding international private law and the provisions of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods that have been adopted by German Law.