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Means to Meaning Ltd
5 St John's Lane
London
EC1M 4BH
United Kingdom

Email: info@meansto.com
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7250 4762
United Kingdom VAT number: 773 7793 72

Indicative summary

This Indicative Summary in its entirety and the section headings within the Terms and conditions do not themselves form part of the terms and conditions.

1 Definitions:
This section gives the meaning of 'we', 'you', 'the Site', 'visitor', 'customer', 'user', 'posting', 'adult' and the use of the singular, plural, masculine and feminine.

2 General provisions:
Use of the Site constitutes acceptance of the Terms and Conditions. These may change without prior notice. Use of the Site is at the user's risk.

3 Status:
This section gives our registration details and service marks.

4 Property and permissions:
The Site is our physical and intellectual property and may not be copied except for customer postings which are placed on the Site in order to be copied.

5 User undertakings:
- The Site is governed by English law and users agree to abide by it.
- You use the Site at your own risk.
- You warrant that you are legally empowered to make any agreements you enter into as a result of using the Site.
- You undertake to make contact with other users only for the purposes they indicate on the Site.
- You undertake not to hack the Site and not to hold us liable for any consequence of using the Site.
- You undertake to tell the truth, to be honest in your postings and in your dealings with us and other users.
- You undertake to refrain from using the Site to cause offence to others.

6 Customer Undertakings:
- You agree to keep postings accurate and up to date.
- You agree to make your postings and use of the Site truthful and responsible.
- You agree not to use the Site in a manner that is likely to reduce its speed or effectiveness.

7 Control of content:
We make random checks of content and may remove anything that we judge to go against the spirit of the Site.

Where we suspect an illegal or unlawful intent, we may pass copies of postings to appropriate individuals or public authorities without informing the person posting them.

We convey customers' materials but do not edit, publish or endorse them.

8 We are not a party to arrangements between users:
Arrangements between users of the Site are entirely up to them. Be careful in this respect. If you arrange a meeting, make the first one in bona fide business premises or in a frequented public place. If you arrange to sell work or services, limit your financial risk by negotiating deposits and stepped payments.

9 Continuity of service, back-up and non-compensation:
We do our best but we don't make any guarantees of service. No-one has control of the internet and the parts we do control are all subject to the usual technical problems. This means it's possible for us to lose all the material you have posted on the Site. So always keep back-ups. We do not compensate. If you maintain good practices there should be little, if anything, to compensate for.

10 Means to Meaning Limited is not an agency:
We do not represent you or employ you in any way. You use the Site to make your own representations to visitors.

11 Veracity:
Tell the truth and remember that others might not.

12 Payment
You undertake to reimburse us if we are charged for erroneous transactions or refused payments due to your action.

We operate uniform pricing but, depending on where you live and how you pay, different parts of that price may go to pay various taxes, duties, transaction fees and the like. If we adjusted prices to individual circumstances throughout the world you would have to pay more in order to cover the administrative costs involved.

Refunds may be given at the discretion of the company management.

13 Pricing:
We aim to give good value for money. The customer information on view is free to visitors.

14 Confidentiality:
We respect your confidentiality and expect you to respect ours and that of other users.

15 Privacy policy:
We respect your privacy and expect you to respect the privacy of other users of the Site. In particular, we discourage any use of contact details on the Site for purposes other than those given in connection with those details.

We may contact you about additional goods and services which we may offer from time to time. We may also ask you for additional information in connection with the development of our business, but you decide whether or not to respond, and response is not a condition of existing agreements between us.

If you tick the box to allow us to provide your details to third parties, we may do this but we will not transmit your details to organizations we consider to be of no interest to people in the media. We do not engage in spamming or give your details to those whom we consider likely to do this.

Our cookies identify your computer but not you.

We operate within European Union data protection legislation which can be viewed at www.dpr.gov.uk.

End of Indicative Summary. Terms and Conditions follow.

Terms and conditions

Section headings within the Terms and Conditions are for the convenience of readers and do not themselves form part of the Terms and Conditions.

1 Definitions RETURN TO TOP OF PAGE

'We' 'us' 'our' 'ours' 'ourselves' refer to Means to Meaning Limited, its employees, contractors, sub-contractors, associates, collaborators, executors, administrators and assigns as the case may be.

'You' 'your' 'yours' 'yourself' 'yourselves' refer to users of the Site whether visitors or customers, and their employees, associates, collaborators, executors, administrators and assigns as the case may be.

'The Site' means the Means to Meaning web Site operating under the meansto.com uniform resource locator (url) and those additional sites owned by Means to Meaning Limited which direct visitors to the meansto.com Site.

'Visitor' means anyone using the Site whether as a viewer, a seeker of information or as a customer.

'Customer' means anyone using the Site for services normally requiring payment to Means to Meaning Limited whether or not payment has been made, completed, waived or offered.

'User' means a visitor, a customer or a person who is both a visitor and a customer.

'Posting' means material placed on the Site by customers for viewing by visitors and customers whether intended for visitors or customers indiscriminately or intended for restricted groups of visitors or customers.

'Adult' means concerning subjects or approaches normally considered appropriate to those who have reached their legal majority. It is not used as a synonym for 'pornographic' nor to imply the presence or absence of erotic or sexual content. The bulk of material in subject domains such as gardening, cookery and sexual relations is likely to be adult in nature.

The singular includes the plural and the masculine includes the feminine and vice versa as the case may be.

2 General provisions

Use of the Site constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions. We may amend terms and conditions at any time and your continued use of the Site or the continued presence of your postings on the Site constitutes acceptance of these amendments.

These terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and Means to Meaning Limited and supersedes all previous agreements. Invalidation of a part of this agreement does not invalidate the whole or any of the remaining parts.

This Site is in active development and we may change or withdraw any or all of its nature, features, appearance or presence without prior warning.

In its sole and entire discretion Means to Meaning Limited may remove material from the Site and terminate its service to any customer or group of customers at any time without financial or other compensation.

Users may terminate this agreement and cease to use the Site at any time but in this event all terms and conditions will continue to apply to transactions made during the currency of the agreement.

Use of the Site is at the user's own risk and no liability shall accrue to us as a result of any direct or indirect loss or detriment whatsoever suffered by the user of the Site as a result of that use.

Customers have a limited non-transferable licence to use the Site.

3 Status

This Site is based in the United Kingdom and operates under English law.

Means to Meaning is a registered trademark number 2180748 licensed to Means to Meaning Limited, a private limited company registered in England no 4154219 at Acre House, 11 William Road, London, NW1 3ER. [Please note this is a registration address only and should not be used for business correspondence. See the Indicative Summary above for correspondence address.] United Kingdom VAT (value added tax) registration number 773 7793 72.

The following are service marks of Means to Meaning Limited:

meansto.co.uk
meansto.com
meansto.net
meansto.org
meansto.biz
meanstomeaning.co.uk
meanstomeaning.com
meanstomeaning.net
meanstomeaning.org
meanstomeaning.biz
means-to-meaning.co.uk
means-to-meaning.com
means-to-meaning.net
means-to-meaning.org
means-to-meaning.biz
meanstomeaning.info
means-to-meaning.info

4 Property and permissions

This Site is the property of Means to Meaning Limited.

No part of this Site, its appearance, functioning, programming or underlying structure may be copied, reproduced, framed in another Web site or electronic communication, or used for any purpose whatsoever without our permission. In this regard, we give permission to all users of the Site to print or copy materials such as customer summaries, curricula vitae and other materials placed on the Site for the overt purpose of copying and printing by users.

Nothing in this agreement shall be interpreted as a licence or permission to use the Means to Meaning trade mark or other intellectual property of Means to Meaning Limited.

In the absence of any specific agreements to the contrary, we renounce any claim to copyright and intellectual property rights in original materials posted on the Site by users. Intellectual rights in materials posted by customers remain the sole property of the customer in question or of the original owner.

Customers are responsible for obtaining any permissions needed to use any material which they place on the Site. Customers also undertake to indemnify us against any costs consequent upon the breach of this condition whether or not any such breach was intentional.

We acknowledge the trade marks of customers and third parties appearing on the Site and undertake to remove such trade marks at the request of their owners.

5 User undertakings

By using the Site, users undertake to abide by current English law and to indemnify Means to Meaning Limited against any infringements on the user's part. Your attention is particularly drawn to the prohibitions existing in English law against pornography, defamation and the infringement of intellectual property rights.

Users undertake to resolve all legal disputes with us in England under English law and in the English language.

Customers operating outside the jurisdiction of English law also agree to abide by the laws applicable to them in their place of operation and to indemnify Means to Meaning Limited against any liabilities or penalties incurred under those laws.

Where local law invalidates part or parts of these terms and conditions, users agree to be bound by the remaining part or parts. Users undertake not to assign or delegate their obligations under this agreement.

Users undertake to indemnify us for any loss or damage whatsoever to them arising from the use of the Site, the actions or inaction of any other users of the Site and the action or inaction of any third parties mentioned or appearing on the Site or introduced to them by means of the Site or its users.

Users undertake not to hold us liable for damage or disruption to their computers or other electrical or electronic systems or equipment caused by or purported to be caused by their use of the Site whether as a direct result of connection to the Site or as a result of the use or interpretation of materials or information appearing on the Site.

Users undertake not to hold us liable for consequential liability for any loss or damage directly or indirectly caused by the use of the Site.

Users undertake not to display third-party materials or materials associated with third parties such as logos, symbols, designs, devices, slogans or catch-phrases on the Site whether or not those items are the formal marks or property of third parties.

Users warrant that they are legally empowered to enter into any arrangement which they make with us or with other users of the Site or as a result of their use of the Site. In particular, minors are not normally empowered to enter into contracts involving payment for work or services. Users further warrant that where they enter into any arrangement on behalf of or as a representative of any person or organization that they are properly authorized to do so by the person or organization in question.

Users undertake not to defraud us or other users of the Site in any way.

Users undertake not to contact other users of the Site for purposes other than those indicated in the posting of the user in question.

Users undertake to protect the integrity of the Site by:

observing all applicable laws, regulations and codes of practice.
refraining from impersonating or misrepresenting others or the nature and extent of their association with others.
refraining from posting misleading information.
refraining from infringing the privacy and intellectual property rights of others.
refraining from gaining access or attempting to gain access to parts of the Site not intended for public or customer access, and refraining from amending any of our programming, software or hardware configurations or in any way interfering with the proper working of the Site.
refraining from amending, influencing or attempting to amend or influence the material posted on the Site by customers or other authorized parties.
refraining from contacting customers or using information provided by customers for purposes other than those intended by the customer.
refraining from overloading or inhibiting the Site with any quantity or kind of data that might reasonably be expected to limit its performance.

Users undertake that any content which they introduce on to the Site is in accordance with these terms and conditions and the policies and principles which they espouse.

Users undertake to refrain from using the Site to post, publish or transmit materials which are in any way unlawful, illegal, defamatory, hurtful, abusive, threatening, untruthful, unfair, misleading or liable to offend and in this regard we shall be the sole judge of what constitutes material liable to offend.

Users undertake not to make fictitious postings or entries on the Site nor to solicit work for third parties without their permission.

Users warrant that any information provided to us and to customers for whatever purpose is true and accurate.

Users undertake not to copy, reproduce, use or compromise the Means to Meaning name or any of its service marks without permission.

Users warrant that they follow links at their own risk.

6 Customer Undertakings

Customers warrant that the information given on registration pages is accurate and up to date. Customers further undertake to update their registration details with any material changes within 7 days of those changes occurring.

Customers undertake to keep their password information confidential and agree to us acting on the assumption that any person using the customer's password does so with the customer's permission.

Customers warrant that their postings are:

not fraudulent.
not offering for sale real or intellectual items that are not their own property nor services which they cannot reasonably provide.
not infringing any third party rights.
not in any way unlawful, illegal, defamatory, hurtful, abusive, threatening, untruthful, unfair, misleading or liable to offend.
free of viruses or other items of computer code liable to adversely impinge on the Site or on third party machines or software.
free of links other than to your own personal web site.

Customers authorize us to have full access to all their postings, registration details and any other materials entered on the Site.

Customers undertake to keep their user names and passwords confidential.

Customers give their permission for their summaries, CVs and any other documents designed to be viewed by users of the Site to be transmitted or accessed throughout the internet.

Customers are reminded of the user warrantee that they are legally empowered to enter into any arrangement which they make with us or with other users of the Site or as a result of their use of the Site. In particular, minors are not normally empowered to enter into contracts involving payment for work or services. Customers are further reminded of the user warrantee that where they enter into any arrangement on behalf of or as a representative of any person or organization that they are properly authorized to do so by the person or organization in question.

7 Control of content

To comply with the law and our own terms and conditions, we will make random checks of materials on the Site from time to time. If we suspect that a customer may be using the Site in breach of these terms and conditions we may remove offending materials from the Site without notice. Where we suspect a criminal, defamatory or unlawful intent we may present suspect materials or copies of suspect materials in confidence to appropriate individuals or public authorities without informing the user.

We reserve absolutely to ourselves the right to refuse entry to, or remove from, the Site any material whatsoever, without providing a reason or compensation to its originator or the person or organization posting or attempting to post the material.

We are the conveyors but not the authors, editors or publishers of materials posted on the Site by customers, and as conveyors we take no part in the composition, clarity, fitness for purpose or any other properties of materials posted by customers.

8 We are not a party to arrangements between users

We are a disinterested transmitter of materials posted on the Site. We take no part in the commercial or other arrangements entered into between users of the Site. We accept no liability for the nature, quality, timeliness or any other feature of the goods, services or payments exchanged or contracted for as a result of using the Site.

Users of the Site should exercise their normal caution and prudent business practice with regard to arrangements made with other users. In particular, we recommend that where meetings between users are arranged that these take place initially on bona fide business premises or, where this is not appropriate, in a frequented public place. For their own financial protection, users are advised to minimize risk by negotiating arrangements such as deposits and stepped payments where appropriate.

Users agree to release us from any involvement, financial or otherwise, in any disputes between users and between users and linked organizations or other third party organizations.

9 Continuity of service, back-up and non-compensation

We make no warrantees for the provision of services of any kind and may amend, reduce, add to, withdraw or replace services or aspects of the Site at any time without financial or other compensation and without prior notice.

We do not warrant that the Site will be uninterrupted, nor that it will meet any given speed or availability criterion nor any criterion of accuracy or reliability.

All materials included on the Site by customers will be assumed by us to be copies of materials whose originals are stored elsewhere. This applies to materials being created in real time as well as to materials stored in the Site's servers.

Users undertake not to hold us liable to restitute or compensate for any loss of data from the Site regardless of the cause of the data loss.

10 Means to Meaning Limited is not an agency

Nothing in these terms and conditions nor in the services offered by the Site shall be interpreted to state or imply that we are in any way representing, endorsing, recommending or acting for any customer or user of the Site. Similarly, we do not represent, endorse or recommend information or material presented on the Site by users, businesses or linked or cited organizations.

This agreement does not create any agency, partnership, employer-employee relationship, franchise or similar commercial arrangement with us.

11 Veracity

We make no warrantees of any kind with regard to the truthfulness of statements posted by customers on the Site.

Particularly where curricula vitae (CVs) are concerned, customers are advised in their own interests to be truthful. Users and others viewing CVs should exercise their normal caution with regard to the information displayed.

Information on the Site concerning third-party suppliers of goods and services is given in good faith but we give no undertaking to vet or verify such suppliers and their goods or services and urge visitors to exercise their normal caution when dealing with such suppliers.

We cannot and do not vouch for the veracity of the purported identities of users.

12 Payment

Payment to us is made by means of WorldPay secure internet payment system.

We reserve the right to seek reimbursement from any customer in respect of erroneous transactions, or in respect of any charge-back from a customer's credit card issuer. We may effect any such reimbursement by making charges to the customer's credit card account, surcharging future payments made to us, or by any other lawful means.

We reserve the right to add interest to late payment at 5% per annum above Bank of England base rate accruing daily and compounding monthly.

Transactions are deemed to take place in the UK unless specified otherwise by WorldPay.
Value added tax (VAT) applies to all purchases by residents of the European union and will be shown in receipts and invoices from us. Customers should be aware that part of their payment may be retained by us or by WorldPay in respect of service and banking charges that may not be liable to VAT or may be taxed differently from other elements of the charge. In all cases, VAT and other charges are included within the total prices quoted on the Site.

On receipt of your payment, confirmation will be sent to you automatically by email and a receipted VAT invoice will be despatched to your email address within seven days.

Customers requiring paper billing will be charged for this service.

Refunds may be given at the discretion of the company management.

13 Pricing

We try to keep prices low, within the budget of the private individual and the private project group. In so far as commercial organizations, other than ourselves use the Site, they do so on the same basis as individuals.

Visiting the Site in order to view the information its customers want to make public, is free.

14 Confidentiality

We use whatever technological means we can to prevent third parties from accessing customer information without authorization. Customers can assist us in this by changing passwords and entry codes at regular intervals and by taking all possible precautions to prevent third parties from obtaining such entry codes.

We use our best endeavours to keep your personal and financial information secure. Users of the Site should be aware that although security of encrypted parts of the Site is very high there is no absolute guarantee of security for data transmission over the internet. By the same token, users should also be aware that financial institutions generally regard encrypted internet data transfer as more secure than telephone, fax or postal transmission.

Users agree to respect our confidentiality and the confidentiality of other users.

15 Privacy policy

Users are reminded of the undertaking not to contact other users of the Site for purposes other than those indicated in the posting of the user in question.

This Site operates within the jurisdiction of European Union data protection legislation as embodied in the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and its subsequent amendments. For further information on this legislation see www.dpr.gov.uk.

We hold personal information such as names, addresses, email addresses and credit-card details entered on the Site by customers in order to enable them to use the Site's services and in order for us to provide those services. Data relating to payment is also held by WorldPay and in that regard is subject to the privacy policy of WorldPay.

Personal data are held on secure servers located in the UK.

By using the Site, customers give us permission to contact them from time to time with regard to offers and services which we provide in addition to the normal communications required to operate their accounts.

By using the Site, customers also give us permission to ask for further information about them as part of our own on-line surveys, competitions or other promotional features. This information will be used to enable us to improve our Web Site or on-line service.

With your permission, we may provide your email or physical address to third parties who may wish to contact you with regard to goods, services or information related to the content of this Site or related to the interests of people working in the media generally. Without your permission, indicated by your ticking the appropriate box or boxes on the Site, or by other communication from you, we will not release this information. We do not release information to organizations which we consider likely to engage in spamming.

In common with most Web sites, we may use cookies (small text files sent to your computer) to identify your computer to the Site and thereby simplify your use of the Site, monitor your pattern of use and adapt our Site to make your visits more effective. Our cookies relate to your computer and do not relate to your personal information.

We do not routinely control or vet the information which customers put into their summaries and CVs. Customers should understand that documents posted on the Site for users to view are available to internet users everywhere and as such they have effectively self-published this material world wide.

We may employ other companies or organizations to perform functions on our behalf, including the fulfilment of orders, sending emails and paper mail, and analysing data. We endeavour to ensure that these suppliers have procedures in place to handle your data securely.

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