Terms & Conditions
Understand your participation on this website.
Understand your participation on this website.
The Common Pool, LLC (d/b/a Carrot), hereafter “Carrot,” provides an online platform for skill-based competitions through various websites, including but not limited to this website, which are subject to the following terms and conditions. Carrot has contracted with National Institutes of Health, hereafter “Competition Sponsor,” to host a Competition, as described below, on this online platform. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE. THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT THE TERMS OF A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND CARROT FOR YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND THE RELATED SERVICES. BY RECOGNIZING YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS, EITHER BY REGISTERING A USER ACCOUNT AND/OR BY ACCESSING AND USING THIS WEBSITE, AS APPLICABLE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE, YOU MUST CEASE USING THIS WEBSITE AND THE RELATED SERVICES.
In this document, the following capitalized terms have the following meanings, unless otherwise expressly indicated:
1.1 “Affiliated Persons” means:
1.2 "Agreement" means:
1.3 "Award" means any form of benefit or other forms of recognition to declared or selected Winners, as set out in the Competition Terms and Conditions. In this case, an award of up to $100,000 (USD) each will be awarded for up to ten (10) Winners. Up to five of the ten awards will be set aside for consideration for limited-resourced institutions (LRIs).
1.4 "Carrot" means Carrot, an organization, with a place of business at 11205 Lebanon Road, Suite 515, Mount Juliet, TN 37122-5545.
1.5 "Carrot Affiliate" means an entity affiliated with Carrot by ownership or common ownership or any subsidiary of Carrot, such as RAMPIT, LLC.
1.6 “Competition" means the NIH Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize Competition (NIH DEIA Prize Competition) as posted on this Website, however expressed.
1.7 "Competition Information" means all Content provided in relation to a particular Competition, including the Competition Terms and Conditions.
1.8 "Competition Sponsor" means in relation to any Competition posted on this Website, the entity responsible for sponsoring the Competition and procuring Carrot and/or its owners or affiliates to post and administer the Competition. For this Competition, the Competition Sponsor is National Institutes of Health.
1.9 "Competition Terms and Conditions" has the meaning given to that term in Clause 2.3.
1.10 "Competitor" means in relation to any Competition posted on this Website, a person, a team of persons, or an organization that meets the eligibility requirements of this Competition and that submits or proposes to submit an Entry to the Competition. See the RULES for the eligibility requirements.
1.11 "Content" means any information, files, text, code, material, images, data, sounds, graphics, software, photos, designs, software downloads, goods, services documents, layouts, applet, CGI interfaces, descriptions, illustrations, catalogues, advertisements, audio and video material or specifications contained in or referred to in this Website, obtained through or via this Website or available to be viewed by accessing any part of this Website (which may be out of date or superseded), whether it be obtained directly or indirectly, in any machine or human readable format. Without limiting the foregoing, “Content” includes any Entry submitted through or via this Website.
1.12 "Entity" means an entity duly organized and validly existing under state or federal law in the United States of America, or duly organized and validly existing under the laws of another nation, and that is represented on the Website by a person at least 18 years of age who is the duly authorized representative of such Entity.
1.13 "Entry" means an entry by any Competitor in response to the Competition.
1.14 "Entry Content" means all Content used, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in describing, drafting, developing, devising, calibrating, testing, evaluating, analyzing or generating an Entry, or which itself constitutes the whole or part of an Entry.
1.15 “Honorable Mention” means an additional entry that is recognized with non-monetary awards.
1.16 "Intellectual Property Rights" means all intellectual property rights of any type whatsoever throughout the world including all rights which subsist in copyright, patent rights, or trademark rights, whether or not such rights are registered or capable of being registered.
1.17 “Judge” means any individual, organization or other entity represented on this website as responsible for the subjective assessment of Entry Content, either for the purposes of determining or informing the determination of any Award(s) or designation(s) of the Winners in the Competition.
1.18 “Lead Organization” means any agency in the proposed execution of any project contained in any Entry. The Lead Organization will assume responsibility for the receipt and management of any Awards from the Competition Sponsor and will maintain those fiduciary duties throughout the implementation of activities associated with this award. The purpose of including a Lead Organization is to ensure that there is sufficient leadership, accountability, and administrative support and management for the use of any Awards, whether or not the Lead Organization may represent any other partners, and the Lead Organization will assume responsibility for the use of any Award Funds, whether or not the Lead Organization represents other partners.
1.19 "Loss" means any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential liabilities, damages, claims, losses, costs, expenses, actions, demands or suits, whether in contract, tort (including liability due to infringement of intellectual property rights or due to negligence), statute or otherwise and whether pecuniary or non-pecuniary. This includes, but is not limited to, loss of profits, legal costs and defense or settlement costs.
1.20 "Posting(s)" means any addition, insertion or uploading of content to this Website, as well as any submission or communication made through or via this Website. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes (in the case of a Competitor) all Entries and Entry Content posted by that Competitor.
1.22 “Rules” means any set of provisions that establish specific conditions, under which participants are bound, that are posted on this website, either as a notice of an extension of these Competition Terms and Conditions or in addition to these Competition Terms and Conditions.
1.23 "Services" means the services provided by Carrot on or via this Website and includes all Competitions.
1.24 "Third Party Sites" means sites and resources located on servers maintained by others over whom Carrot has no control.
1.25 "User" means any person who has registered a user account on this Website. The term "User" includes all Competitors.
1.26 "User Account" means Your online account with Carrot which enables You to use this Website and includes (but is not limited to) Your username, password, rating score and feedback.
1.27 "Website" means any web pages contained within this domain and any sub-domains and all underlying software and infrastructure which permits the holding of Competitions. Where the context permits, ‘Website’ or 'website' includes the Services provided on the Website.
1.28 "Winner" means, in relation to any Competition posted on this Website, those Competitors whose Entries are selected by the Competition Sponsor to receive an Award in accordance with the Competition Rules.
1.29 "You" means the person using the Website, including a User, or an Entity duly organized and validly existing under state or federal law in the United States of America or another nation for which the person using the Website is the representative of the Entity.
1.30 "Your" means the possessive of the person or representative of any Entity using the Website, including a User.
2.1 Use of this Website is subject to this Agreement. You agree to be bound by this Agreement and any subsequent amendments to this Agreement, as set forth below.
2.2 Carrot reserves the right to amend or modify this Agreement at any time, provided that if such modifications materially limit Your rights and/or expand Your obligations hereunder, Carrot will notify You electronically, such as by email or through the Website. Such material modifications will take effect on the date You indicate Your assent (by clicking "Accept" or otherwise) or the date of notification by Carrot, whichever is earlier. No modification of the Agreement will apply to any dispute between You and Carrot that arose prior to the effective date of the modification. If at any time You disagree with the Agreement or any modifications thereof, You may terminate this Agreement and shall cease using this Website. Your continued use of the Website after the revised Agreement becomes effective (such as following notice as set forth above) indicates that You have read, understood, and agreed to the revised Agreement. Any new or different terms supplied by You are specifically rejected by Carrot unless Carrot agrees to them in a signed writing specifically including those new or different terms.
2.4 Carrot may alter this Website from time to time by adding or removing features. This Agreement will not be affected by any alterations to this Website.
2.5 Users may use this Website, including but not limited to those in the capacity of a Competitor. This Agreement will apply to Your use of the Website in that capacity, but Users may also include Competition Administrators or representatives of the Competition Sponsor, and any conditions placed on them as Users are identified in the Terms.
3.1 In order to participate in any Competition, You must register as a User. Participation on this Website is free.
3.2 Participation is available only to individuals that are able to form legally binding contracts under applicable law. If You do not accept this Agreement, You will not be permitted to participate in any Competition and are precluded from accessing or using this Website in any way.
3.3 By entering, You represent that you are not:
3.4 When registering as a User, You warrant to Carrot that:
3.5 No individual may register more than once (for example, by using a different username/email).
3.6 Acceptance of registration is at the sole discretion of Carrot. If Carrot believes that any registration has been made in contravention of clauses 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 or 3.5 above (or otherwise in breach of this Agreement), it may refuse to accept the registration.
3.7 You are responsible for all use of this Website made using Your User Account (and/or username/email or password), whether or not You are aware of that use or could reasonably have been aware of that use. You agree to notify Carrot immediately if You become aware of any unauthorized use of Your User Account.
3.8 Your User Account is personal to You and may not be sold, assigned, or transferred to a third party. If You attempt to sell, assign, or transfer Your User Account to a third party, Carrot may suspend or terminate Your participation at its sole discretion.
3.9 Carrot may communicate with You through the username/email that You provide at registration. You agree to notify Carrot within a reasonable time if there are any changes to Your details. If You fail to notify Carrot of any changes to Your details, You agree to waive any objection, claim, defense, or recourse You might have had as a consequence of Carrot failing to communicate with You. If You change Your email address and fail to notify Carrot of the change, Carrot will be deemed to have communicated with You on the date on which it communicated with the email address most recently provided by You.
3.10 You warrant that any Content provided or posted by You (through registration or otherwise):
Unlawful, plagiarized, third-party intellectual property infringing, unintelligible, illegible, obscene, indecent or incomplete entries will be disqualified in the Competition at Sponsor's or Carrot’s sole discretion. The Competition Sponsor and Carrot reserve the right to scrutinize all Entries for these requirements at any time during or after the Competition.
3.11 If Carrot believes that any Content contravenes Clause 3.10 (or any other provision of this Agreement), it may remove that Content and/or take any other steps as it deems necessary to protect itself or third parties against any Loss. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Carrot will not be liable for any Loss to any person arising from the removal of Content under this Section.
4.1 Subject to Clause 4.2, You may terminate Your participation at any time and without cause by notifying Carrot through this Website.
4.2 If You terminate Your participation, this Agreement and any other applicable terms and conditions will continue to apply to any Postings made by You prior to giving the notice described in Clause 4.1 above.
4.3 Carrot may, in its absolute discretion, terminate or suspend Your participation at any time and without notice if it believes that:
4.4 If Carrot terminates Your participation, Carrot may in its absolute discretion withdraw any Postings submitted or made by You. If Carrot terminates Your participation, Carrot may, at its sole discretion, immediately withdraw Your Entries, which will have no force and effect from the date on which Your participation was terminated.
4.5 Subject to Clause 4.4, if Carrot suspends Your participation, any Entries or other Postings submitted or made by You may be suspended for the period in which Your participation is suspended.
4.6 If Your participation is terminated, either by You or by Carrot:
5.1 You must not use the Website to facilitate or participate in any illegal activity or engage in any activity which Carrot, in its absolute discretion, considers inappropriate. Carrot reserves the right to terminate or restrict Your access to this Website immediately and indefinitely if it suspects that You are engaging in any such behavior or are in breach of any terms of this Agreement. You agree that You will only use Your User Account and this Website for the purposes of using the Services and for no other purpose. Without limiting the foregoing, in using Your User Account and accessing the Website, You agree not to:
6.1 If You are registered as a Competitor, You agree and acknowledge that:
6.2 Entries will be evaluated and reviewed in the manner described in the Agreement, including the Rules and other content contained on this Website.
6.3 Competitors permit Carrot, the Competition Sponsor, and/or any entity designated by the Competition Sponsor, to publish any Entry, Entry Content, or Content on this website at the direction of the Competition Sponsor. Portions of your applications may be published on this website and may be shared with the general public to promote your solution or to highlight results. Those portions may include, but are not limited to, Lead Organization, Solution Title, and Executive Summary. The remainder of any Entry, Entry Content, or Content may also be shared by the Competition Sponsor and Carrot (at the direction of the Competition Sponsor) as necessary. Your entire application will be shared with Judging Panel members and the NIH DEIA Prize Competition Team during the evaluation process.
6.4 By participating in this Competition, You hereby irrevocably grant to the Competition Sponsor a non-exclusive, royalty free, sub-licensable, worldwide, license and right to use the Entry to the extent necessary to administer the Competition, and to publicly perform and publicly display portions of the Entry, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Competition. If You are selected as a Winner of the Competition, as a condition to accepting their respective Awards, You hereby grant the Competition Sponsor a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty free, sub-licensable, worldwide, license and right to post on the Competition Sponsor’s website and social media platforms portions of your Entry.
7.1 Carrot is not involved in any way in the formation of any contract between any Competitor and the Competition Sponsor. Carrot at no time acts as an agent for any Competitor.
7.2 Carrot will not be liable to You in any respect if a Competition Sponsor or Competitor fails to perform its obligations under this Agreement or the Competition.
7.3 The Competition Sponsor will at all times be responsible for the bestowal of any Award(s) in accordance with the Agreement and the Competition Terms and Conditions. Carrot will have no liability whatsoever in respect to the failure of a Competition Sponsor to bestow any Award(s), and You acknowledge and agree that You will not take action of any kind against Carrot in respect to any claim for any Award(s) that You may or may not have or wish to make.
8.1 Winners agree that any Award is conditional upon receipt by the Competition Sponsor of any Entry Content used or consulted by that Winner in generating the awarded Entry and that any Award will not be made or binding until this condition has been satisfied and all other conditions of receiving an Award set forth in the Agreement (including the Rules) have been satisfied.
8.2 In coordination with any Winner the relevant Lead Organization will be required to execute an agreement as a condition of receiving an Award with the Competition Sponsor. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information regarding any agreement between any Winner and the Competition Sponsor. If in coordination between any Winner and the Competition Sponsor, those parties fail or refuse to sign and return all required documents within five days of the Competition Sponsor’s request (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), the Winner may be disqualified and an alternate Winner may be selected. Therefore, under the conditions of this section 8.2, any reference to the obligations of any Winner in these Terms and Conditions (and related stipulations) are binding to the Winner as both the User and the relevant Lead Organization.
8.3 By participating in the Competition, in addition to any other rights granted herein or which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between the Competition Sponsor and Carrot, on the one hand, and You, on the other hand, You, to the extent allowed by applicable law, hereby irrevocably (a) grant to each of the Competition Sponsor and Carrot the right to use Your name, likeness, image, and biographical information in any and all media for any purpose, including, without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Competition and (b) releases Competition Sponsor from any liability with respect thereto. For avoidance of doubt, You shall not use Competition Sponsor’s logo nor Carrot’s logo without express written consent in each instance.
8.4 Attempts to notify potential Winners will be made using the contact information provided on the Winner’s Entry. The Competition Sponsor and Carrot are not responsible for e-mail, technical difficulties, or other communication problems of any kind. If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential Winner does not respond within five days of the first notification attempt (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the Award or Award notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential Winner, such potential Winner will forfeit the Award and an alternate Winner may be selected. If any potential Winner is found to be ineligible or has not complied with these RULES or declines the applicable Award for any reason, such potential Winner will be disqualified, and an alternate Winner may be selected.
9.1 You will be responsible for any tax, levy, or other charge that may arise under any applicable law from the use of this website, including from receiving any Award(s). You acknowledge that You will not be entitled to demand any additional payment by reason of any Award(s) being subject to any tax, levy, or other charge in any jurisdiction.
10.1 THIS WEBSITE AND SERVICES, AND ALL CONTENT ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, Carrot AND COMPETITION SPONSOR AND THE OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS OF EACH EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. CARROT AND COMPETITION SPONSOR DO NOT WARRANT THIS WEBSITE AND RELATED SERVICES AND THE CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH IT, INCLUDING THE ENTRIES AND ASSOCIATED ENTRY CONTENT, TO BE AVAILABLE, ACCURATE, USEFUL, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, LOSS OF DATA, OR OTHER HARM THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE (INCLUDING THE SERVICES).
10.2 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL Carrot OR COMPETITION SPONSOR OR THE OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS OF EITHER BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OR RELATED TO THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, EVEN IF Carrot OR COMPETITION SPONSOR OR THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF EITHER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THESE LIMITATIONS WILL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, You agree that neither Carrot NOR THE COMPETITION SPONSOR are responsible for any Loss arising out of, or in any way connected with:
10.3 For the avoidance of doubt, You acknowledge that Carrot is a provider of an interactive computer service and that neither Carrot nor Competition Sponsor is a publisher under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, and therefore not responsible for any of the Users' Postings. If, notwithstanding the provisions of this Clause 10.3, a court of competent jurisdiction holds Carrot or COMPETITION SPONSOR liable in respect of any matters arising under or incidental to this Agreement, Carrot’s AND COMPETITION SPONSOR’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR RELATED SERVICES (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE) WILL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR USING THIS WEBSITE DURING THE 12 MONTHS PRECEDING YOUR CLAIM, OR, IF NO AMOUNT WAS PAID, SUCH LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO $100.
10.4 You agree that neither Carrot nor Competition Sponsor nor the third-party providers of either will be liable or responsible for any failure in, or delay to, the provision of the Services or in Carrot nor Competition Sponsor complying with its obligations under this Agreement where such failure or delay has arisen as a direct or indirect result of:
10.5 In the event insufficient eligible Entries are received or the Competition Sponsor is prevented from awarding an Award or continuing with the Competition as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including, without limitation, fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within the Competition Sponsor’s control (“Force Majeure”), the Competition Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Competition. If the Competition is terminated for Force Majeure before expiration of the Competition, the Competition Sponsor will (if reasonably possible) select Winners from all eligible, non-suspect Entries received as of the date of the event giving rise to the termination.
10.6 All obligations of the Competition Sponsor under or pursuant to this Agreement are subject to the availability of funds.
10.7 You agree that the Competition Sponsor and Carrot:
11.1 You agree to indemnify and hold each of the Competition Sponsor, Competition Sponsor’s affiliates and member companies, Carrot, and their owners, officers, employees, agents and suppliers, harmless from all claims and Losses (including legal fees) due to or arising out of or in connection with Your Postings, Competition, Competition Information and other Content (as applicable), Your use of this Website, or Your breach of this Agreement.
11.2 You, by submitting an Entry, agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless each of the Competition Sponsor, Competition Sponsor’s affiliates and member companies, and Carrot, and each of their respective directors, trustees, officers, employees, agents, consultants, and successors and assigns, from and against all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to or arising from Competitor’s entry or any breach or alleged breach of any of Your representations, warranties, and covenants in this Agreement.
12.1 Neither Carrot nor Competition Sponsor represents or warrants that the content on this Website complies with the laws of any country outside of the United States. If You access this Website from outside the United States, You do so at Your own risk.
13.1 You acknowledge that, as between You and Carrot, Carrot is the owner of all Intellectual Property Rights in and to this Website (excluding Postings). You acknowledge that You have no Intellectual Property Rights in or to this Website or to any Postings not made directly by you except for a limited license to use this Website as necessary to participate in a Competition or evaluate the possibility of such participation. For avoidance of doubt, Competition Sponsor shall be a third-party beneficiary of this Agreement.
13.2 You acknowledge that all text, graphics, user interfaces, photographs, trademarks, logos and artwork, including the design, structure, selection, coordination, expression, 'look and feel' and arrangement of such Content, provided by Carrot or its licensors on this Website is owned or licensed by or to Carrot and is protected by applicable copyright, patent and trademark laws and various other intellectual property rights and unfair competition laws. No such Content can be copied, publicly displayed, modified, sold, licensed or distributed in any way by You without Carrot's prior written consent. You shall not use the name “Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize Competition”, “NIH DEIA Prize Competition”, or any variation, adaptation, or abbreviation thereof, or the name of any of the Competition Sponsor’s Board members, officers, employees, or agents, or any trademark, Insignia or program identifier-owned by the Competition Sponsor, in any promotional material or other public announcement or disclosure, nor copied, publicly displayed, modified, sold, licensed or distributed in any way by You without the prior written consent of the Competition Sponsor, which consent Competition Sponsor may withhold in its sole discretion.
14.1 From time to time, Carrot may provide, or any Content may contain, links to Third Party Sites and resources. You acknowledge that:
14.2 You acknowledge and agree that neither Carrot nor Competition Sponsor will be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any Loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with Your use of or reliance on any Content or material available on or through any Third-Party Sites or resource.
15.1 In the interest of resolving disputes between You and Carrot in the most expedient and cost-effective manner, You and Carrot agree that any and all disputes arising in connection with this Agreement shall be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Our agreement to arbitrate disputes includes, but is not limited to all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of this Agreement, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether the claims arise during or after the termination of these Terms. You understand and agree that, by entering into these Terms, You and Carrot are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.
15.2 Any arbitration between You and Carrot or Competition Sponsor will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by these Terms, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879.
15.3 A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other, by certified mail or Federal Express (signature required), or in the event that we do not have a physical address on file for You, by electronic mail ("Notice"). Carrot's address for Notice is: Carrot, LLC, 11205 Lebanon Road, Suite 515, Mount Juliet, Tennessee 37122-5545 United States or by email. The Notice must: (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and, (b) set forth the specific relief sought. We agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if we do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 calendar days after the Notice is received, You may commence arbitration proceedings.
15.4 Any arbitration hearings will take place at a location to be agreed upon by the parties to the arbitration or, if a location cannot be agreed upon, then it will be agreed upon by the arbitrator(s), provided that if the claim is for $10,000 or less, You may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 calendar days of the arbitrator's ruling on the merits.
15.5 YOU AND CARROT AND COMPETITION SPONSOR 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. Further, unless both You and Carrot or Competition Sponsor agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
15.6 If only Clause 15.5 is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Section 15 shall be null and void and, in such case, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described in Section 17 shall govern any action arising out of or related to the Agreement.
16.1 If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing Carrot's copyright agent (the "Copyright Agent") with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):
16.2 Carrot's designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is Copyright Agent, Carrot, LLC, 11205 Lebanon Road, Suite 515, Mount Juliet, TN 37122-5545, or email@example.com. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section 16, your DMCA notice may not be valid.
16.3 If you believe that your Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the material in your Content, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent:
16.4 If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, Carrot may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed Content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the Content provider, member or user, the removed Content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at Carrot's sole discretion.
17.1 As defined in Clause 1.2, this Agreement is the entire agreement between You and Carrot relating to the subject matter herein, and supersedes all previous communications, representations, understandings and agreements, either oral or written, between You and Carrot with respect to said subject matter. This Agreement shall not be modified except in a writing signed by both parties, or by a change made as provided in Clause 2.2. If any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect the remainder of this Agreement, which is severable from said provision and will remain in full force and effect.
17.2 If You breach any provision of this Agreement and Carrot has knowledge (either actual or constructive) of that breach, a failure to pursue legal action or to enforce any remedy against You will not constitute a waiver of its legal rights. Any waiver of rights under this Agreement must be in writing and signed by Carrot.
17.3 All matters relating to this Website and this Agreement are governed by and are to be construed according to the laws applicable in the state of Tennessee, United States (without regard to any rules governing choice of law). If one or more of the exceptions from arbitration expressly set forth in Section 16 above apply, You agree unconditionally to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Davidson County, Tennessee, in relation to all matters arising out of or in any way connected with this Agreement or this Website.
17.4 Carrot and Competition Sponsor may assign its rights and novate or transfer obligations which arise under this Agreement. You must not assign, novate or otherwise transfer Your rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of Carrot and Competition Sponsor. Any assignment attempted in violation of this Clause 17.4 shall be void.
17.5 The parties agree that no rule of construction applies to the disadvantage of a party because that party was responsible for the preparation of this Agreement or part of it.
17.6 Unless otherwise requested in writing by You, Carrot may refer to You and Your identity as part of promoting this Website and Carrot in the marketplace.
17.7 Carrot accepts content uploaded from Users in good faith and on the basis of warranties provided by Users. It is Your responsibility at all times to investigate and become satisfied as to the accuracy of the information provided by any other party (including all Users) on this Website. Carrot at no time makes any representations as to the accuracy of any information provided on this Website.
17.8 You acknowledge and agree that to the extent that this Agreement relates to a Competition, a prospective Competition or any Posting, this Agreement is intended also to be for the benefit of the Competition Sponsor, the Competitors and other Users, who are entitled to enforce the provisions of this Agreement against You.
17.9 All notices, requests, demands, consents, approvals, offers, agreements or other communications given by You to Carrot must be emailed to Carrot.
17.10 In the interpretation of this Agreement, unless the contrary intention appears:
17.11 This Competition is a skills-based challenge to resolve bona fide requirements and not, for clarity, any game(s) of chance.