Terms of use

1. SCOPE

By virtue of the fact that you access and peruse our website (hereinafter the ‘Website’), use our application (hereinafter the ‘Application’), read documents, download files and consult and/or use these in any other way, you explicitly agree to the following terms and conditions and undertake to abide by them. The present terms and conditions shall invariably prevail over any other terms and conditions.

2. SANOMA

2.1. The present Website / Application is operated by the N.V./S.A. Sanoma Media Belgium, whose registered office is located at Stationsstraat 55, 2800 Mechelen (Belgium), enterprise number 0404.802.477 (hereinafter ‘Sanoma’ for short).

2.2. Any rights and titles the present general terms and conditions provide for in favour of Sanoma shall equally apply to any third parties Sanoma may have called upon.

3. ACCESS

3.1. The present Website / Application may be consulted by means of modern computers equipped with standard software (browser, operating system, etc.). However, Sanoma does not in any way guarantee that its Website / Application is compatible with your device and shall on no account be held liable if you are unable to consult and/or use (any part of) the present Website / Application.

3.2. The present Website / Application is offered for informative purposes only. You are only entitled to consult the present Website / Application and its content for personal use. On no account shall the present Website / Application be used for commercial ends. ‘Commercial use/ends’ shall a. o. be deemed to mean the selling or leasing of the Website’s / Application’s various functionalities or of any subscriptions to or registrations on the Website / in the Application, or the use of the Website / Application and its components for the sole purpose of generating revenue from advertising or subscriptions, or in more general terms, the orchestration of acts of unfair competition or acts that contravene honest commercial practices at the expense of Sanoma and/or the Website / Application. This list is non-exhaustive.

3.3. It is strictly forbidden to, in any way or by whatever technical means, make an attempt to access sections that have not been openly published online. It is also strictly forbidden to amend, adjust, add and/or delete any part of the present Website / Application, in whatever way or by whatever technical means.

3.4. You hereby undertake not to engage in any activities, irrespective of the technical means used, which may in any way jeopardize the proper functioning of the present Website / Application.

3.5. It is forbidden to use any (automated) system, such as, though not limited to, ‘robots’, ‘spiders’, ‘offline readers’, etc. for the purpose of creating access to the Website / Application in such a way that the Website / Application ends up receiving more message than man could normally (manually) generate via a normal web browser. ‘Messages’ shall a. o. be deemed to mean enquiries and requests, answers to and participations in competitions, voting, any form of interaction with another user of the Website / Application etc., even if you were to respond to an invitation on the Website / in the Application (such as an invitation to take part in a competition for instance).
Sanoma does however allow public search engines to access the content of the Website / Application via ‘spiders’ etc. for the sole purpose of providing access to and offering the content of the Website / Application via their search engines on the understanding though that Sanoma does thereby not grant them the right to archive the content of the Website / Application. Sanoma hereby reserves the right to at any moment in time withdraw the permission in question as formulated in the present paragraph.

3.6. To access or use certain sections of this Website / Application, you need to register, create a pass and/or subscribe. When doing so, you are obliged to enter your correct details. On no account should you disclose your login or password to third parties. Pursuant to art. 5.1. hereafter, every member or registered user shall be personally responsible for his or registration or membership and for any abuse or damage that may ensue from same. On no account shall Sanoma be held liable for any illegitimate use of your registration or membership, your login and/or password.

4. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

4.1. You hereby recognise and accept that the concept, content, layout, structure, source codes, software, images, photographs, animations, audio-visual work, texts, data, music and any other components of the present Website / Application are and shall remain the exclusive property of Sanoma and that they are protected by various intellectual property rights (among which copyright, trademark law, sui generis rights of a database producer, etc.). On no account shall you be entitled to lay claim to any of these rights by virtue of the fact that you peruse our Website or use our Application.

4.2. It is strictly forbidden to, either in part or in full, reproduce, disseminate, sell, distribute, publish, amend and/or use this Website / Application and their content in any way or format whatsoever. You are not permitted to store any information and/or part of this Website / Application in an (electronic) database or otherwise, other than via the automatic caching of information by the browser.

4.3. By publishing certain data, texts, images and/or other files online, you automatically grant Sanoma, including any other companies associated with Sanoma, full and gratuitous permission to copy, forward and/or in any other way use the content of your mail on this Website / in this Application and on any other websites or in any other applications, such as in one or several magazines or any other products or carriers released or offered by Sanoma or any other associated company.

5. LIABILITY

5.1. In general
The consultation and use, of whatever nature and by whatever technical means, of the present Website / Application shall invariably be your own responsibility. On the whole, Sanoma shall on no account be held liable or assume liability vis-à-vis the user and/or third parties for any losses of whatever nature (direct, indirect consequential losses, etc.), loss of profits, loss of data, loss of opportunity or for any other type of damage the latter may sustain as a result of an omission, obscurity in the set-up, running and offering of this Website / Application, including that of its components.

5.2. Accessibility
Sanoma shall do its utmost to ensure that this Website / Application remains accessible to a normal number of users at all times. Sanoma does have the right however to fully or partially suspend or discontinue this Website / Application at any moment in time and without prior notice. Sanoma shall not be held liable for any losses and/or damage, whatever their/its nature, that may be sustained as a result of the suspension, interruptions, (technical) faults, delays, access problems, inaccessibility and/or the discontinuation of (part of) the present Website / Application.

5.3. Information
Sanoma shall do its utmost to ensure that the information and documents published on this Website / Application is/are complete, accurate and up to date. However, as mistakes, incompletenesses and outdated information can never be excluded, Sanoma is unable to furnish any guarantees in this respect. Sanoma shall therefore never be held liable for any losses and/or damage, whatever their/its nature, that may ensue from the use, consultation and/or downloading of any part of the present Website / Application. Likewise, Sanoma shall never be held liable for any losses, whatever their nature, that may ensue from decisions you may choose to make on the basis of the data and/or the information published on the present Website / in the present Application. Sanoma shall also be entitled to amend any of the information or data published on the Website / in the Application at any moment in time.

5.4. Links
The present Website / Application may a. o. contain links to other sites or applications. Sanoma herewith draws the user’s attention to the fact that Sanoma does not necessarily recommend or approve any link it does not exercise control over. Furthermore, Sanoma does not check whether the content of these sites or applications changes. It will therefore be up to you to determine whether or not you should visit them. Sanoma shall not be held liable for the content nor the proper functioning of any of the external sites or applications referred to nor for any detrimental consequences that may ensue from the consultation and/or use, in whatever fashion, of these sites or applications.

5.5. Viruses
Even though Sanoma does its utmost to ensure that the present Website / Application remains free from bugs, viruses, Trojan horses and spyware, no cast-iron guarantee can be furnished in that respect. On no account shall Sanoma be held liable for any damage and/or losses ensuing from same. Sanoma strongly advises you to install the necessary firewall, anti-virus and other protective software so as to avoid any possible damage to your computer. Should you find that the present Website / Application is affected by any of the aforementioned elements, we would kindly ask you to report this to the webmaster or developer so that the necessary measures can be taken.

5.6. Data traffic
Certain data, such as emails, personal data, credit card numbers, etc. shall invariably be transmitted at your own risk. Sanoma shall do its utmost to ensure that this information is transmitted securely, though cannot be held liable for any losses that may be sustained as a result of certain data getting lost and/or being intercepted by a third party. In this regard, Sanoma strongly advises you to install the necessary software and to always be cautious about using and forwarding your personal data.

5.7. Messages
This Website / Application has been designed to accommodate a whole range of messages (posts, tips, links, messages, wanted ads, comments, notices, discussions in forums, chat, etc.) from third parties. Sanoma reserves the right to immediately and without prior notice fully or partially suspend and/or terminate these services. Sanoma shall not be held liable for any losses that may ensue from same.
As these messages are posted by third parties, Sanoma shall on no account be held liable for any losses that may ensue from these messages or for any errors in their content. Full liability for all texts, data, photographs, videos, messages or other material published in these messages shall be borne by the person who published this information. You hereby undertake to exclusively use information (images, photographs…) that do not infringe the intellectual property rights of third parties (copyright, image rights), or contravene public policy or morality nor any other statutory provision if you decide to post a message, whatever its nature, or any other form of information, data and/or opinion on this Website / in this Application. As a result, you expressly safeguard Sanoma against any charge or claim from third parties arising from the content of what you published on this Website / in this Application.

6. PRIVACY & COOKIES

Please find more information about Sanoma’s privacy and cookies policy here.

7. MISCELLANEOUS

7.1. Advertisements
Any advertisements on this Website / in this Application that do not relate to Sanoma products have invariably been published by third parties. On no account shall Sanoma be held liable for the legality, accuracy, offer, content, the proper functioning and/or quality of the goods and/or services offered by third parties.

7.2. Forum
If the Website / Application features a forum, said forum shall, aside from by the present disclaimer, also be governed by the prevailing forum regulations. You hereby undertake to invariably and strictly abide by these regulations any time you consult and/or use the forum.

7.3. Hyperlinks
Hyperlinking and/or deep linking to the present Website / Application shall only be permitted once you have obtained Sanoma’s prior consent. Once you have received Sanoma’s consent, every link will in any case always have to refer to the home page of the present Website / Application.

7.4. Spam
Sanoma does not send any spam. Any e-mails or newsletters you receive from Sanoma are always sent in response to a query you contacted us about or at your request. In the unlikely event that you do receive unwanted e-mails from Sanoma, kindly contact us and we shall, as soon as possible, take the necessary steps to ensure that you do not receive any further e-mails from us.

7.5. Competitions
Every competition is, aside from by the present disclaimer, also governed by the general competition rules, which you are welcome to peruse here, save in the event specific competition rules apply which shall, in that case, invariably prevail over the general competition rules.

8. FINAL PROVISIONS

8.1. Invalidity
The present disclaimer is divisible. As a result, the nullity of one or several of its provisions shall not affect the validity of the other provisions in any way. Should any section of the present disclaimer be ruled to be overly broad, the provision in question shall, in spite of this fact, remain enforceable to the extent permissible by law. Should any part of the present disclaimer be deemed to be invalid, Sanoma shall replace that part with a provision that approximates the economic effect of the provision ruled to be invalid as closely as possible.

8.2. Competent judge
Every dispute, whatever its nature, which may ensue from the consultation and/or the use of the present Website / Application shall be exclusively adjudicated on by the Courts of the Judicial District of Brussels.

8.3. Applicable law
The present terms and conditions are solely governed by Belgian law.

8.4. Disclaimer
The present disclaimer may be amended without prior notice, a. o. in function of legislative developments. On that account, we urge you to regularly check whether and, as the occasion arises, to what extent the present disclaimer has been amended. Amendments shall come into effect as soon as they have been published on the Website / Application.

8.5. Questions
If you have any questions regarding the present disclaimer, kindly e-mail the webmaster or write to Sanoma Media Belgium N.V./S.A., Stationsstraat 55, 2800 Mechelen (Belgium).