Terms of Use

Terms of Use

Cheese Traveller (collectively, “Cheese Traveller,” or “we” or “us”) has developed this Terms of Use Agreement (“Agreement”) to describe the terms that govern your access and use of the Cheese Traveller Services (defined below). This Agreement applies to the  Cheese Traveller websites (“CT Sites”), mobile sites, applications (“apps”), widgets, CT Site Products (as defined below) and other content and services that are linked to this Agreement (collectively, the “CT Services”). Cheese Traveller is based in Greece.

Your access to and use of certain CT Services may require you to accept additional terms and conditions applicable to such CT Services, including any future modifications (collectively, “Additional Terms”) in addition to this Agreement, and may require you to download software or Content (as defined below). The Additional Terms are made a part of this Agreement by this reference. In the event of a conflict, between any such Additional Terms and this Agreement, such Additional Terms will prevail over this Agreement with respect to your use of that specific CT Service.

All content, products and Services are limited to users aged 13 years and above.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE “ARBITRATION AGREEMENT” SECTION BELOW CONTAINS PROVISIONS THAT REQUIRE (i) WITH LIMITED EXCEPTIONS, ALL DISPUTES ARISING BETWEEN YOU AND CHEESE TRAVELLER UNDER THIS AGREEMENT TO BE RESOLVED IN BINDING ARBITRATION, AND NOT IN COURT, AND (ii) YOU AND  CHEESE TRAVELLER WAIVE THE RIGHT TO BRING OR PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH DISPUTES. PLEASE CONTACT US TO REVIEW THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT. BY USING THE CT SITES AND ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

Cheese Traveller furnishes the CT Services(as defined below) for your personal enjoyment and entertainment. By using any CT Service (whether or not you have an account or subscription) or by clicking a box that states that you accept and agree to this Agreement, you signify your agreement to be bound by this Agreement, including any future modifications, and any Additional Terms and to abide by all applicable laws, rules and regulations (“Applicable Law”). Please read through this Agreement carefully. If you do not agree to be bound by this Agreement and to abide by all Applicable Law, you may not use the CT Services and must discontinue use of the CT Services immediately. Cheese Traveller may modify this Agreement at any time, and each such modification will be effective upon posting on or to the CT Service. All material modifications will apply prospectively only. Your continued use of the CT Services following any modification constitutes your acceptance of and agreement to be bound by this Agreement as so modified. It is therefore important that you review this Agreement regularly. CT may also use third-party service providers, such as vendors, contractors, agents or sponsors, to operate, develop or help CT manage and provide the CT Services.

Cheese Traveller Account Registration and Security

Some CT Services require you to create an account (including setting up a Cheese Traveller credential and password) to participate in or to secure additional CT Services, such as viewing and commenting on CT Content (defined below), purchasing CT Site Products, creating an CT Site profile and signing up for specific Cheese Traveller newsletters. To create an account and interact with participating CT Services click on the Sign In/Join link on the CT Service webpage and create a profile.

All registration information you submit directly to us or through a Third-Party Service (defined below) to create an account must be accurate. Your failure to do so will constitute a breach of the Agreement, which may result in immediate termination of your account. You may not (i) select or use as a username a name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; or (ii) use as a username a name subject to any rights of another person without appropriate authorization. Cheese Traveller reserves the right to refuse registration of, or cancel, a username, in its sole discretion. It is your responsibility to notify us of any changes in such information, including, but not limited to your contact information. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all your passwords and are responsible for all use of your account. It is therefore critical that you do not share your account information with anyone. You may be held liable for losses incurred by National Geographic, CT Affiliates (defined below) or any other Cheese Traveller user or visitor in the event someone else uses your account as a result of your failure to keep your account information secure and confidential and you agree to indemnify Cheese Traveller and all CT Affiliates from any third-party claims arising from such actions. You agree not to use the account, username, email address or password of another member or subscriber at any time and not to allow any other person to use your account. You agree to notify Cheese Traveller immediately if you suspect any unauthorized use of, or access to, your account or password. Cheese Traveller shall retain the right to change your username, but no obligation, for any reason, including, without limitation, if the username you have selected violates this Agreement. If Cheese Traveller makes available a manner by which you are able to upload a picture to your profile, Cheese Traveller shall also retain the right, but no obligation, to review any profile pictures provided by you.

Access

The CT Site is intended solely for your personal and non-commercial use. Cheese Traveller may change, suspend or discontinue the CT Site(or any feature thereof) at any time. Cheese Traveller may also impose limits on certain features and services offered on the CT Site or restrict your access to parts or all of the CT Site without notice or liability. You acknowledge that from time to time the CT Site may be inaccessible or inoperable for any reason, including, without limitation: (i) equipment malfunctions; (ii) periodic maintenance procedures or repairs which Cheese Traveller may undertake from time to time; or (iii) causes beyond the control of Cheese Traveller or which are not reasonably foreseeable by National Geographic.

Termination

Unless terminated by Cheese Traveller in its sole discretion, this Agreement remains in full force and effect while you use the CT Services. You may terminate your account at any time, for any reason at optout@cheesetraveller.com.

Cheese Traveller may terminate your account, any subscription (both free and paid) and/or access to all (or any portion of) the CT Services at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice or any explanation, and shall have no liability to you for such termination. Furthermore, even after your account subscription and/or access to the CT Services is terminated by you or National Geographic, this Agreement will remain in full force and effect with respect to your past and future use of the CT Services. If we terminate your user account, subscription and/or access to the CT Services(or any portion of the CT Services) you may not create a new account, purchase a new subscription or try to access the CT Services without Cheese Traveller’s prior written approval. You agree that your account is non-transferable. Any rights to your account and/or CT Services terminate upon your death.

Fees

You acknowledge that Cheese Traveller reserves the right to charge a fee for any portion of the CT Services. Cheese Traveller will provide you with advance notice of any such fees, including any change in the amount of such fees, and a way to cancel your account and/or subscription in the event you do not wish to pay the modified fee. If you continue to use the CT Services after the applicable fee has been imposed or increased, you are expressly agreeing to the subs cription fee or increase thereto and you will be responsible for paying such fee for the balance of your subscription service. You will not be entitled to a refund of any unused portion of such fees or other payments if Cheese Traveller suspends or terminates your account, and/or access to an CT Site(or any portion of the CT Site), due to your breach of this Agreement or violation of Applicable Law, as determined by National Geographic, in its sole discretion.

Purchasing CT Site Products

In connection with a purchase of any CT Services feature, subscription (including any premium subscription) or product, through any NG Service (“CT SiteProduct”) you may be required to provide personal information, including credit card and billing information (“Personal Financial Information”), to an independent third-party selected by, but not affiliated with, Cheese Traveller(the “Processor”). Where the Processor is responsible for collecting, transmitting and/or processing your Personal Financial Information and, in some instances, for fulfilling your order, the collection, use and transmission of your Personal Financial Information and any payment obligations for CT SiteProducts shall be governed by the terms of use/service and privacy policy(ies) of the Processor. If you make a purchase of an CT SiteProduct, you are warranting that you are authorized to make the purchase using the Personal Financial Information that you provide to the Processor. You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase an CT SiteProduct.

If you purchase certain subscription based CT SiteProducts, your subscription will be automatically renewed and the credit or debit card you provided to the Processor for such CT SiteProduct will be charged per the billing cycle of your subscription (e.g., monthly, 3-month, 6-month, annual), unless you cancel the subscription prior to the automatic renewal date of the subscription. The renewal charge for your subscription shall be the same as the original purchase price, unless you are otherwise notified in advance. You acknowledge and agree that the authorization to charge your credit card for the subscription shall automatically transfer to any successors or assigns of Cheese Travelleror the Processor, for a substantially similar subscription. Some subscription options include a free trial period. You are allowed only one free trial period. Subsequent subscriptions or upgrades do not qualify for additional free trials.

Cheese Travellermakes no warranty, and to the fullest extent provided by law, accepts no liability for any loss or damages whatsoever, relating to, or in connection with, your placement of an order for an CT SiteProduct with the Processor. Cheese Travellerprovides no refunds for, makes no warranty for, and to the fullest extent provided by law, accepts no liability, regarding purchases you make on or through any CT Service. You are solely responsible for any and all transactions utilizing your Personal Financial Information, including, but not limited to, any and all charges. You acknowledge and agree that in the event the Processor experiences a data breach that affects any of your information, Cheese Traveller will in no way be responsible or liable to you for any such data breach.

If you have any questions regarding your purchases or transactions or believe that there is an error or unauthorized transaction or activity associated with transactions utilizing your information, you must contact the Processor.

Limited Content License

The CT Services contain information, text, files, images, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, materials, applications, software, product names, company names, trade names, logos, designs, and any other materials or content (collectively, “Content”) of Cheese Travellerand CT Affiliates and their licensors and assignors (“CT Content”), as well as materials and Content provided by users (“User Content”) or other third-parties. CT Content contained in the CT Services is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other laws and, as between you and Cheese Traveller , Cheese Traveller, its licensors, or its assignors, own and retain all rights in the CT Content and CT Services. Cheese Travellerhereby grants you a limited, revocable, nonsublicensable, nontransferable license, to access and display or perform the CT Content (excluding any software code) solely for your personal, non-commercial use, in connection with using the CT Services. The CT Services may also contain User Content. Except as provided in this Agreement or as explicitly allowed in the Additional Terms on the applicable CT Service, you may not copy, download, stream capture, reproduce, duplicate, archive, upload, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, retransmit, distribute, perform, display, sell, frame or deep-link, make available or otherwise use any Content contained in or through the CT Services.

Except as explicitly and expressly permitted by Cheese Travelleror by the limited license set forth above, you are strictly prohibited from creating works or materials (including but not limited to fonts, icons, link buttons, wallpaper, desktop themes, on-line postcards, montages, mash-ups and similar videos, greeting cards and unlicensed merchandise) that derive from or are based on the CT Content. This prohibition applies regardless of whether such derivative works or materials are sold, bartered or given away. Also, you may not, either directly or through the use of any device, software, internet site, web-based service or other means, remove, alter, bypass, avoid, interfere with, or circumvent any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notice marked on the CT Content contained in the CT Services or any digital rights management mechanism, device, or other content protection, copy control, or access control measure associated with the CT Content, including geo-filtering mechanisms. Except as necessary in order to make reference to Cheese Traveller or CT Services in a purely descriptive capacity, you are expressly prohibited from using any CT Content in any manner.

You may not, without the Cheese Travellers’s written permission, “mirror” any CT Contents contained on the CT Site or any other server. You may not use the CT Sitefor any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by the Agreement. You may not use the CT Sitein any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the CT Site, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the CT Site. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the CT Site through hacking, password mining or any other means. Cheese Traveller reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the CT Site, or any portion thereof, at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all, without prior notice or any notice.

Restrictions on Use of the CT Services

Cheese Travellerreserves the right to remove any and all Content in its sole discretion. You understand that you are responsible for all User Content that you post, upload, transmit, email or otherwise make available on, through or in connection with the CT Services. Additionally, you acknowledge that you have no expectation of privacy in or confidentiality with respect to your User Content. Accordingly, please choose carefully the information that you post on, through or in connection with the CT Services. You understand that Cheese Travellerdoes not control the User Content posted by users via the CT Services and, as such, you understand you may be exposed to offensive, inaccurate or otherwise objectionable User Content. Cheese Travellerassumes no responsibility or liability for any User Content. If you become aware of any misuse of the CT Services, please report this immediately to optout@cheesetraveller.com.

Cheese Travellerassumes no responsibility for monitoring the CT Services for inappropriate Content or conduct. If at any time, Cheese Travellerchooses in its sole discretion to monitor the CT Services, Cheese Travellernonetheless assumes no responsibility for Content other than CT Content, assumes no obligation to modify or remove any inappropriate Content, and no responsibility for the conduct of any user or visitor.

You agree not to use the CT Services to:

  • Post, upload or otherwise transmit or link to content that is: unlawful; threatening; abusive; obscene; vulgar; sexually explicit; pornographic or inclusive of nudity; offensive; excessively violent; invasive of another’s privacy, publicity, contract or other rights; tortious; false or misleading; defamatory; libelous; hateful; or discriminatory;
  • Violate the rights of others including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, privacy, publicity or other proprietary rights;
  • Harass or harm another person;
  • Exploit or endanger a minor;
  • Impersonate or attempt to impersonate any person or entity;
  • Introduce or engage in activity that involves the use of viruses, bots, worms, or any other computer code, files or programs that interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment, or otherwise permit the unauthorized use of or access to a computer or a computer network;
  • Attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising the CT Services;
  • Interfere with, damage, disable, disrupt, impair, create an undue burden on, or gain unauthorized access to the CT Services, including Cheese Traveller’s servers, networks or accounts;
  • Cover, remove, disable, block or obscure advertisements or other portions of the CT Services;
  • Delete or revise any information provided by or pertaining to any other user of the CT Services;
  • Use technology or any automated system such as scripts, spiders, offline readers, or bots in order to collect or disseminate usernames, passwords, email addresses or other data from the CT Services, or to circumvent or modify any security technology or software that is part of the CT Services;
  • Send or cause to send (directly or indirectly) unsolicited bulk messages or other unsolicited bulk communications of any kind through the CT Services. If you do so, you acknowledge you will have caused substantial harm to Cheese Traveller , but that the amount of harm would be extremely difficult to measure. As a reasonable estimation of such harm, and by way of liquidated damages and not as a penalty, you agree to pay Cheese Traveller$50 for each actual or intended recipient of such communication;
  • Solicit, collect or request any personal information for commercial or unlawful purposes;
  • Post, upload or otherwise transmit an image or video of another person without that person’s consent;
  • Engage in commercial activity (including, but not limited to, advertisements or solicitations of, business; sales; contests; sweepstakes; creating, recreating, distributing or advertising an index of any significant portion of the CT Content; or building a business using the CT Content) without Cheese Travellers’sprior written consent; using technology or other means to access, index, frame, or link to the CT Services (including the Content) that is not authorized by Cheese Traveller(including, without limitation, by removing disabling, bypassing, or circumventing any content protection or access control mechanisms intended to prevent the unauthorized download, stream capture, linking, framing, reproduction, access to, or distribution of CT Content);
  • Accessing CT Services (including the Content) through any automated means, including “robots,” “spiders,” or “offline readers” (other than by individually performed searches on publicly accessible search engines for the sole purpose of, and solely to the extent necessary for, creating publicly available search indices – but not caches or archives – of CT Services and excluding those search engines or indices that host, promote, or link primarily to infringing or unauthorized content;
  • Use the CT Services to advertise or promote competitive CT Services;
  • Use the CT Services in a manner inconsistent with any and all Applicable Law;
  • Attempt, facilitate or encourage others to do any of the foregoing.

Cheese Travellerreserves the right, but disclaims any obligation or responsibility, to remove User Content that violates this Agreement, as determined by Cheese Traveller, or for any other reason in Cheese Traveller’s sole discretion and without notice to you. You acknowledge that Cheese Travellerreserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in Cheese Traveller’s sole discretion, violates this Agreement, including but not limited to, terminating their account and/or subscription and/or reporting such User Content, conduct, or activity to law enforcement authorities.

You acknowledge, consent and agree that Cheese Travellermay access, preserve or disclose information you provide to or through the CT Services or that we have collected about you, including registration information and User Content, when Cheese Travellerhas a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is necessary in order to: (i) protect, enforce, or defend the legal rights, privacy, safety, or property of Cheese Traveller, our parents, subsidiaries or affiliates (“CTAffiliates”), or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of this Agreement or our other agreements); (ii) protect the safety, privacy, and security of users of the CT Services or members of the public, including in urgent circumstances; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; (iv) comply with Applicable Law or legal process; or (v) respond to requests from public and government authorities. If Cheese Travellersells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of its assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or transfer of all or a material part of its business, Cheese Travellermay transfer your information to the party or parties involved in the transaction as part of that transaction.

Cheese Travellerreserves the right to limit the storage capacity of User Content. You assume full responsibility for maintaining backup copies of your User Content, and Cheese Travellerassumes no responsibility for any loss of your User Content due to it being removed by Cheese Travelleror for any other reason.

User Content on Message Boards and Forums

Cheese Travellermay offer users the ability to post messages on message boards, stories, photos and/or forums (collectively, “Forums”), which may be open to the public generally, to all members of CT Services or to a select group of CT Service members. You acknowledge that all User Content posted by you on Forums is User Content, and by posting on Forums you agree to comply with the rules and restrictions on User Content set forth above and any other rules specifically applicable to such Forums. Cheese Travellerreserves the right, but disclaims any obligation or responsibility, to prevent you from posting User Content to any Forum and to restrict or remove your User Content from a Forum or refuse to include your User Content in a Forum for any reason at any time, in Cheese Travellers’s sole discretion and without notice to you. We ask you not to disclose any sensitive information (e.g., social security numbers, health or criminal background) on or through the CT Services, including the Forums or otherwise.

Your Proprietary Rights in and License to Your User Content

Cheese Travellerdoes not claim any ownership rights (including copyright) in the User Content that you post, upload, email, transmit, or otherwise make available (collectively, “Transmit”) on, through or in connection with the CT Services, except with respect to your unsolicited submissions, as described under “Unsolicited Submissions” below; provided, however, that User Content shall not include any CT Content or content owned by an  CT Affiliate. By posting or transmitting any User Content on, through or in connection with the CT Services, you hereby grant to Cheese Travellerand our CTAffiliates, licensees, assignees, and authorized users, a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, freely sublicensable and transferable (in whole or in part) right (including any moral rights) and license to use, modify, excerpt, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works and compilations based upon, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, sublicense, broadcast and distribute such User Content, including your name, voice, likeness and other personally identifiable information to the extent that such is contained in User Content, anywhere, in any form and on and through all media formats now known or hereafter devised, for any and all purposes including, but not limited to, promotional, marketing, trade or any non-commercial or commercial purposes. Additionally, Cheese Traveller is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained within such User Content for any purpose including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing, marketing and providing commercial products and services, including CT Services. Cheese Travellers’s use of such User Content shall not require any further notice or attribution to you and such use shall be without the requirement of any permission from or any payment to you or any other person or entity. You hereby appoint Cheese Traveller as your agent with full authority to execute any document or take any action, Cheese Traveller may consider appropriate in order to confirm the rights granted by you to Cheese Traveller in this Agreement.

You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the User Content Transmitted by you on, through or in connection with the CT Services and/or Third-Party Services, or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this section, and (ii) the Transmission of User Content by you on, through or in connection with the CT Services and/or Third-Party Services does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person or entity. You agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person or entity by reason of the use of any User Content Transmitted by you on or through the CT Services or Third-Party Services. If you delete your User Content from any CT Service, Cheese Travellers’s license to such User Content will end after a reasonable period of time necessary for the deletion to take full effect. However, the User Content may be retained in Cheese Travellers’s back-up copies of the applicable CT Service, which are not publicly available. Furthermore, to the extent that Cheese Travellermade use of your User Content before you deleted it, Cheese Traveller will retain the right to make such pre-existing uses even after your User Content is deleted. You acknowledge that (i) deletion of your User Content from CT Services will not result in, and Cheese Travellerassumes no responsibility for, the deletion of such User Content by any third-parties who were provided with or had access to such User Content prior to your deleting it from CT Services, and (ii) termination of your account or your use of the CT Services will not result in the immediate or automatic deletion of your User Content consistent with this Agreement.

Removal of Material that Infringes Copyrights

Cheese Travellerrespects the intellectual property of others and requires that our users do the same. Cheese Travellerhas a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of users and account holders of CT Services who are repeat infringers. Cheese Travelleralso reserves the right to remove or disable access to any transmission of Content that infringes the copyright of any person under the laws of the United States upon receipt of a notice that substantially complies with the requirements of 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3) as set forth above.

If you believe materials on the CT Services infringes your copyright.

If you believe that any materials residing on or linked to from CT Services infringes your copyright, you must send a written notification of claimed infringement that contains substantially all of the following information to the NG Copyright Agent: (a) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works; (b) identification of the claimed infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit Cheese Travellerto locate the material on the CT Services (such as the URL(s) of the claimed infringing material); (c) information reasonably sufficient to permit Cheese Travellerto contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and an email address; (d) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or Applicable Law; (e) a statement by you that the above information in your notification is accurate and a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed or are authorized to act on the owner’s behalf; and (f) your physical or electronic signature. Cheese Traveller’s Copyright Agent for notification of a claimed infringement can be reached as follows: Copyright Agent, Cheese Traveller. Please be sure to send the notification to the attention of the CT Site on which your claimed infringement occurred. If you wish to notify the Cheese Traveller Copyright Agent electronically, please submit an email to optout@cheesetraveller.com

If you posted materials to an CT Service that was removed due to notice by a copyright owner.

If you posted materials to the CT Services that Cheese Travellerremoved due to a notice of a claimed infringement from a copyright owner, Cheese Travellerwill take reasonable steps promptly to notify you that the material has been removed or disabled. This notice may be by means of a general notice on CT Services or by written or electronic communication to such address(es) you have provided to Cheese Traveller , if any. You may provide counter-notification in response to such notice in a written communication that includes substantially all of the following: (i) identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled; (ii) a statement by you, under penalty of perjury, that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled; (iii) your name, address, telephone number, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which Cheese Travelleris located, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification requesting the removal or disabling of access to the material or such person’s agent; and (iv) your physical or electronic signature.

Please note that, under 17 U.S.C. §512(f), any person who knowingly makes material misrepresentations in a notification of claimed infringement or any counter-notification may be liable for damages.

Third-Party Links and Services

The CT Services may provide, or third-parties may provide, links to other websites, apps, resources or other services created by third parties (collectively, “Third-Party Services”). When you engage with a Third-Party Service, you are interacting with the third-party, not with National Geographic. If you choose to use a Third-Party Service and share information with it, the Third-Party Services may use and share your information in accordance with the Third-Party Service’s privacy policy and your privacy settings on such Third-Party Service. In addition, the third-party providing the Third-Party Service may use other parties to provide portions of the apps or service to you, such as technology, development or payment services. Cheese Travelleris not responsible for and makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the Third-Party Services or the providers of such Third-Party Services (including, but not limited to, the accuracy or completeness of the information provided by such Third-Party Service or the privacy practices thereof). Inclusion of any Third-Party Service or a link thereto on the CT Services does not imply approval or endorsement of the Third-Party Service. Cheese Travelleris not responsible for the content or practices of any websites other than the CT Services that link to this Agreement, even if the website links to the NG Service and even if it is operated by a NG Affiliate or a company otherwise connected with National Geographic. By using the CT Services, you acknowledge and agree that Cheese Travelleris not responsible or liable to you for any content or other materials hosted and served from any website, mobile site or app other than CT Services. When you access Third-Party Services, you do so at your own risk. Cheese Travellerencourages you not to provide any personally identifiable information to or through any Third-Party Service unless you know and are comfortable with the party with whom you are interacting. If you are interested in creating hypertext links to any CT Site, you must contact and obtain consent from the applicable CT Siteby sending an email to optout@cheesetraveller.com In establishing hypertext links, you must not represent in any way, expressly or by implication, that you have received the endorsement, sponsorship or support of Cheese Travveller, including its respective employees, agents, directors, officers or shareholders.

Sweepstakes and/or Contests

Sweepstakes, contests, games and other promotions run on the CT Services by Cheese Travellermay require you to provide some information such as full name, zip code, e-mail address, and phone number, in order to participate. Cheese Travellermay use a reputable third-party, selected by, but not affiliated with Cheese Traveller, to manage and administer some or all of its sweepstakes, contests, games and other promotions. This third-party may have access to some or all of the information that you provided in order to participate in the sweepstakes, contests, games or other promotion. Our sweepstakes and/or contests are targeted to individuals 18 years of age and older, and individuals under 18 years of age are not eligible to participate unless specifically permitted by the official rules of the related sweepstakes or contest. Cheese Traveller requires proof of age in order for an individual to collect any prizes awarded.

Member Disputes

You are solely responsible for your interactions with other Cheese Travellerusers and visitors, providers of Third-Party Services, Processors or any other parties with whom you interact on, through or in connection with the CT Services. Cheese Travellerreserves the right, but has no obligation, to become involved in any way with these disputes.

Privacy

Use of the CT Services is also governed by our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into this Agreement by this reference.

Disclaimers

THE CT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS-IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” AND CHEESE TRAVELLERDOES NOT GUARANTEE OR PROMISE ANY SPECIFIC RESULTS FROM USE OF OR CONTINUOUS AVAILABILITY OF THE CT SERVICES. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, CHEESE TRAVELLEREXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND WARRANTIES IMPLIED FOR A COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR COURSE OF DEALING. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, CHEESE TRAVELLERMAKES NO WARRANTY THAT YOUR USE OF THE CT SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS TO THE CT SERVICES WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT THE CT SERVICES OR THE SERVERS ON WHICH THEY ARE AVAILABLE WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY YOU ON, THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CT SERVICES OR THIRD-PARTY SERVICES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THROUGH USER CONTENT OR THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISEMENTS) WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, TIMELY OR COMPLETE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL CHEESE TRAVELLEROR OUR CHEESE TRAVELLERAFFILIATES BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF DATA, PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH) RESULTING FROM USE OF THE CT SERVICES, PROBLEMS OR TECHNICAL MALFUNCTION IN CONNECTION WITH USE OF THE CT SERVICES, ATTENDANCE AT AN CHEESE TRAVELLEREVENT, ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CT SERVICES, ANY USER CONTENT, ANY THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISEMENT OR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE TRANSMITTED ON, THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CT SERVICES, OR THE CONDUCT OF ANY USERS OF THE CT SERVICES, WHETHER ONLINE OR OFFLINE. YOUR USE OF USER CONTENT, THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISEMENTS, THIRD-PARTY SERVICES AND THE GOODS OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY ANY THIRD-PARTIES IS SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AND AT YOUR OWN RISK.

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE CT SERVICES, AND ANY INFORMATION TRANSMITTED OR RECEIVED IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, MAY NOT BE SECURE AND MAY BE INTERCEPTED BY UNAUTHORIZED PARTIES. YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ENTIRE COST OF ANY MAINTENANCE, REPAIR OR CORRECTION TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR OTHER PROPERTY OR RECOVERY OR RECONSTRUCTION OF LOST DATA NECESSITATED BY YOUR USE OF THE CT SERVICES.

User Content, third-party advertisements and Third-Party Services do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cheese Travelleror of our  CT Affiliates.

Limitation on Liability

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, CHEESE TRAVELLERNOR OUR NG AFFILIATES WILL BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD-PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOST PROFIT DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE CT SERVICES, EVEN IF CHEESE TRAVELLERHAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, CHEESE TRAVELLERAND OUR NG AFFILIATES’ LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, FOR THE CT SERVICES DURING THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS PRIOR TO THE CLAIM.

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY DAMAGES YOU INCUR ARISING OUT OF CHEESE TRAVELLERS’SACTS OR OMISSIONS OR YOUR USE OF CT SERVICES ARE NOT IRREPARABLE AND ARE INSUFFICIENT TO ENTITLE YOU TO AN INJUNCTION OR OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF RESTRICTING THE AVAILABILITY OF OR ANY PERSON’S ABILITY TO ACCESS ANY PORTION OF THE CT SERVICES.

THE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION APPLY WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF CHEESE TRAVELLERHAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH DAMAGES.

United States Jurisdiction

Cheese Travellerprovides the CT Services in the United States of America. Cheese Travellerdoes not represent that the CT Content, CT Services are appropriate (or, in some cases, available) for use in other locations. If you use the CT Services from a jurisdiction other than the United States, you agree that you do so of your own initiative, and you are responsible for complying with local laws as applicable to your use of the CT Services.

Not all of the CT Services are available worldwide or nationwide, and Cheese Travellermakes no representation that you will be able to obtain any CT Services in any particular jurisdiction, either within or outside of the United States.

U.S. Export Controls

Software available in connection with the CT Services (the “Software”) is further subject to United States export controls. No Software may be downloaded from the CT Services or otherwise exported or re-exported in violation of U.S. export laws. Downloading or using the Software is at your sole risk.

Arbitration Agreement

(1) National Geographic, including our CTAffiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns, and you agree that any Dispute (as defined herein) between you and National Geographic, regarding any aspect of your relationship withCheese Traveller, will be resolved in a binding, confidential, individual and fair arbitration process, and not in court. Each of you and Cheese Travelleragrees to give up the right to sue in court. The term “Dispute” is to be given the broadest possible meaning that will be enforced, and shall include any dispute, claim, demand, count, cause of action, or controversy between you and National Geographic, whether based in contract, statute, regulation, ordinance, tort (including, but not limited to, fraud, misrepresentation, fraudulent inducement, negligence, or any other intentional tort), or any other legal or equitable theory. The term “Dispute” specifically includes, but is not limited to, any and all claims between you and Cheese Travellerin any way related to or concerning this Arbitration Agreement, any other aspect of these Terms of Use (including their applicability and their conformance to applicable law), any products or services provided by National Geographic, any billing disputes, and any disputes relating to telephonic, text message, or any other communications either of us received from the other. The only exceptions to this Arbitration Agreement are that (i) each of you and Cheese Travellerretains the right to sue in small claims court and (ii) each of you and Cheese Travellermay bring suit in court against the other to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights. Disputes over whether these exceptions apply shall be resolved by the court in which such action has been brought; all other disputes over arbitrability shall be resolved by the arbitrator. Each of you and Cheese Travelleralso agrees to give up the ability to seek to represent, in a class action or otherwise, anyone but each of you and Cheese Traveller(see paragraph 9 of this Arbitration Agreement below). There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. An arbitrator must follow this Arbitration Agreement. The arbitrator, however, can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court (including injunctive and declaratory relief, or statutory damages).

(2) This Agreement evidences a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1-16, governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement. This Arbitration Agreement shall survive termination of this Agreement.

(3) Any arbitration between you and Cheese Travellerwill be conducted by the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”), pursuant to the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules & Procedures effective July 1, 2014 (the “JAMS Rules”), as modified by this agreement to arbitrate. The arbitration shall be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator, and if you and Cheese Travellercannot agree on who that single arbitrator will be, the arbitrator will be appointed pursuant to the JAMS Rules, with the participation and involvement of Cheese Travellerand you pursuant to JAMS Rule 12. The JAMS Rules are available on its website at http://www.jamsadr.com/rules-streamlined-arbitration/. The Consumer Arbitration Minimum Standards are available at http://www.jamsadr.com/consumer-minimum-standards/. The arbitrator is bound by the terms of this Arbitration Agreement.

(4) If either you or Cheese Travellerwants to arbitrate a Dispute, you or Cheese Travellermust first send by mail to the other a written Notice of Dispute (“Notice”) that sets forth the name, address, and contact information of the party giving notice, the specific facts giving rise to the Dispute, the  CT Service to which the Notice relates, and the relief requested. Your Notice to the Cheese Travellermust be sent by mail to Arbitration Notice of Dispute, c/o Business and Legal Affairs, Litigation VP, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. The Cheese Travellerwill send any Notice to you at the contact information we have for you or that you provide. It is the sender’s responsibility to ensure that the recipient receives the Notice. During the first 45 days after you or we send a Notice to the other, you and we may try to reach a settlement of the Dispute.

If you and we do not resolve the Dispute within those first 45 days, either you or we may initiate arbitration in accordance with the JAMS Rules. Further instructions on submitting a Demand for Arbitration may be found at http://www.jamsadr.com/files/Uploads/Documents/JAMS_Arbitration_Demand.pdf. In addition to filing this Demand for Arbitration with JAMS in accordance with its rules and procedures, you must send a copy of this completed Demand for Arbitration to the Cheese Travellerat the address listed above to which you sent your Notice of Dispute.

(5) You and the Cheese Travelleracknowledge and agree to abide by the following rules for arbitration: (a) YOU AND CHEESE TRAVELLERMAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS, REPRESENTATIVE OR MULTI-CLAIMANT PROCEEDING, AND THE ARBITRATOR SHALL HAVE NO POWER TO AWARD CLASS-WIDE RELIEF; (b) the Cheese Travellerwill pay arbitration costs as required by the JAMS Consumer Arbitration Minimum Standards and consistent with paragraph 6 below; (c) the arbitrator may award any individual relief or individual remedies that are permitted by applicable law; and (d) each side pays his, her or its own attorneys’ fees, except as otherwise provided in paragraph 8 below.

(6) JAMS charges filing and other fees to conduct arbitrations. Ordinarily, the claimant has to pay the filing fee to initiate arbitration, but if you wish to commence an arbitration against National Geographic, you and the Cheese Travelleracknowledge and agree to abide by the following:

  • If you are seeking to recover less than $10,000 (inclusive of attorneys’ fees), Cheese Travellerwill pay the filing fee on your behalf or reimburse your payment of it.
  • If you are seeking to recover $10,000 or more, you will have to pay the filing fee charged by JAMS, but Cheese Travellerwill reimburse the filing fee if you prevail on all claims decided upon by the arbitrator.
  • Cheese Travellerand you agree that, if the claims to be arbitrated total less than $10,000 (inclusive of attorneys’ fees), the claim ordinarily should be decided on written submissions only, without a telephonic or in-person hearing. Cheese Travellerwill not request a hearing for any claims totaling less than $10,000. This provision shall not be construed by the arbitrator to deprive you of any rights you may have to a telephonic or in-person hearing in your hometown area pursuant to the JAMS Rules.
  • Cheese Travellerand you agree that, if the claims to be arbitrated total $10,000 or more, the arbitration will occur in a manner and place consistent with the JAMS Rules.

(7) Regardless of how the arbitration proceeds, each of you and Cheese Travellershall cooperate in good faith in the exchange of non-privileged documents and information as necessary in accordance with the JAMS Rules, and the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain his or her findings and conclusions.

(8) Each of you and Cheese Travellermay incur attorneys’ fees during the arbitration. Each side agrees to pay his, her or its own attorneys’ fees unless the claim(s) at issue permit the prevailing party to be paid its attorneys’ fees, and in such instance, the fees awarded shall be determined by the applicable law(s). In addition to whatever rights you may have to recover your attorneys’ fees under applicable law, if you prevail in the arbitration, and if Cheese Travellerfailed to make a settlement offer to you before the arbitration or the amount you win is at least 25% greater than Cheese Travellers’shighest settlement offer, then Cheese Travellerwill pay your reasonable attorneys’ fees in addition to the amount the arbitrator awarded. If Cheese Travellerwins the arbitration, you will be responsible for your own attorneys’ fees. In addition, if the arbitrator, at the request of the winning party, finds that the losing party brought a claim or asserted a defense frivolously or for an improper purpose, then regardless of the amount in dispute, the arbitrator must order the losing party to pay both sides’ arbitration fees and may order the losing party to pay the winning party’s reasonable attorneys’ fees, unless such an award of fees is prohibited by applicable law.

(9) The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party’s individual claim. The arbitrator may not order Cheese Travellerto pay any monies to or take any actions with respect to persons other than you, unless Cheese Travellerexplicitly consents in advance, after an arbitrator is selected, to permit the arbitrator to enter such an order. Further, unless Cheese Travellerexpressly agrees, the arbitrator may not consolidate other persons’ claims with yours, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative, multi-claimant or class proceeding.

(10) You and Cheese Travelleragree to maintain the confidential nature of the arbitration proceeding and shall not disclose the fact of the arbitration, any documents exchanged as part of any mediation, proceedings of the arbitration, the arbitrator’s decision and the existence or amount of any award, except as may be necessary to prepare for or conduct the arbitration (in which case anyone becoming privy to confidential information must undertake to preserve its confidentiality), or except as may be necessary in connection with a court application for a provisional remedy, a judicial challenge to an award or its enforcement, or unless otherwise required by law or court order.

(11) With the exception of subpart (a) in paragraph (5) (i.e., the waiver of the ability to proceed on behalf of multiple claimants or a purported class), if any part of this Arbitration Agreement is deemed invalid, unenforceable, or illegal, then the balance of this Arbitration Agreement shall remain in effect and be construed in accordance with its terms as if the invalid, unenforceable, or illegal provision were not contained. If, however, subpart (a) in paragraph (5) is found invalid, unenforceable or illegal, then the entirety of this Arbitration Agreement shall be null and void, but the rest of this Agreement, including the provisions governing where actions against Cheese Travellermust be pursued, the choice of governing law, and our mutual waiver of the right to a trial by jury, will remain in effect and apply to any claim that, for this or any other reason, proceeds in court rather than in arbitration.

Governing Law

This Agreement will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. Except with respect to Disputes to be resolved through an arbitration process in accordance with the Arbitration Agreement contained above, you and Cheese Travelleragree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in New York, New York to resolve any Dispute arising out of this Agreement or the CT Services. YOU HEREBY KNOWINGLY, VOLUNTARILY AND INTENTIONALLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT YOU MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY LITIGATION (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY CLAIMS, COUNTERCLAIMS, CROSS-CLAIMS, OR THIRD-PARTY CLAIMS) ARISING OUT OF, UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT.

YOU AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION YOU MAY HAVE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE CT SERVICES MUST BE COMMENCED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. AFTER SUCH PERIOD, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION SHALL BE PERMANENTLY BARRED.

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and holdCheese Traveller , its  CTAffiliates, subcontractors and other partners, and their respective officers, agents, partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third-party due to or arising out of or in connection with your use of the CT Services, your breach of this Agreement, your violation of any rights of another or any User Content that you post or otherwise submit on, through or in connection with the CT Services.

Unsolicited Submissions

Cheese Travellerdoes not knowingly accept, via the CT Services or otherwise, unsolicited submissions including, without limitation, submissions by you of blog ideas, articles, scripts, story lines, fan fiction, characters, drawings, information, suggestions, proposals, ideas or concepts. Cheese Traveller requests that you do not make any unsolicited submissions. Any similarity between an unsolicited submission and any elements in any Cheese Travelleror CTAffiliate creative work, including without limitation, a film, series, story, title or concept would be purely coincidental. If you do send any submissions to Cheese Travellervia the CT Services that are unsolicited (including but not limited to any Forum), however, you agree that (i) your unsolicited submissions are not being made in confidence or trust and that by making such submissions, no contractual or fiduciary relationship is created between you and Cheese Traveller; (ii) any such unsolicited submissions and copyright becomes the property of and will be owned by Cheese Traveller(and are not User Content licensed by you to Cheese Travellerunder “Your Proprietary Rights in and License to Your User Content”) and may be used, copied, sublicensed, adapted, transmitted, distributed, publicly performed, published, displayed or deleted as Cheese Travellersees fit; (iii) you are not entitled to any compensation, credit or notice whatsoever in connection with such unsolicited submissions; and (iv) by sending an unsolicited submission, you waive the right to make any claim against Cheese Travelleror CT Affiliates relating to any unsolicited submissions by you, including, without limitation, unfair competition, breach of implied contract or breach of confidentiality.

Employment Opportunities

Cheese Travellermay, from time to time, post Cheese Travelleremployment opportunities on the CT Services and/or invite users to submit resumes to it. If you choose to submit your name, contact information, resume and/or other personal information to Cheese Travellerin response to employment listings, you are authorizing Cheese Travellerto utilize this information for all lawful and legitimate hiring and employment purposes. Cheese Travelleralso reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to forward the information you submit, to its CT Affiliates for legitimate business purposes. Nothing in this Agreement or contained in the CT Services will constitute a promise by Cheese Travellerto contact, interview, hire or employ any individual who submits information to it, nor will anything in this Agreement or contained in the CT Services constitute a promise that Cheese Travellerwill review any or all of the information submitted to it by users of the CT Services.

Other

The failure of Cheese Travellerto exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement will not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The Section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. This Agreement operates to the fullest extent permissible by law. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, if any provision of this Agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable from this Agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

You agree that any notices the Cheese Travellermay be required by Applicable Law to send to you will be effective upon Cheese Traveller’s sending an e-mail message to the e-mail address you have on file with Cheese Travelleror publishing such notices on the informational page(s) of CT Services.

You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and Cheese Travelleras a result of this Agreement or your use of the CT Services. A printed version of this Agreement and of any notice related to it shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.

Nothing contained in this Agreement limits Cheese Travellers’sright to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the CT Services or information provided to or gathered by us in connection with such use.

If you would like to contact any CT Sitewith any questions regarding this Agreement, please contact us at optout@cheesetraveller.com

I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED ABOVE.