Always Be Learning, Inc. (“Abl”) is an education technology company that provides a proprietary cloud-based software (platform-as-a-service) that enables schools and school districts (“Client”) to create and manage master schedules, calendars, and related time-based activities for their schools (the “Platform”).
1 RIGHT TO USE PLATFORM
1.1 Platform. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Abl hereby grants Client the limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, non-sublicenseable right to access and use the Platform via the Internet during the Term solely for Client’s use, including use by Client’s students, staff and parents, where applicable (“Authorized Users”).
1.2 Limitations. The following limitations and restrictions will apply to the Platform:
Client will not provide access to the Platform to any person who is not an employee or contractor of Client or an Authorized User. Except as expressly permitted hereunder, Client will not and will not permit or authorize any third party to: (i) reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code, object code or underlying structure, ideas or algorithms of the Platform; (ii) modify, translate or create derivative works based on the Platform; (iii) copy, rent, lease, distribute, pledge, assign or otherwise transfer or allow any lien, security interest or other encumbrance on the Platform; (iv) use the Platform for timesharing or service bureau purposes or otherwise for the benefit of a third party; (v) interfere with or disrupt the integrity or performance of or otherwise attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Platform or its related systems, hardware or networks or any content or technology incorporated in any of the foregoing; (vi) disclose or publish, without Abl’s express prior written consent, performance or capacity statistics or the results of any benchmark test performed on the Platform; (vii) remove or obscure any proprietary notices or labels of Abl or its suppliers on the Platform or (viii) use the Platform, including the transmission of Client Data, in any manner that violates in any law, rule, regulation or any other legal or regulatory requirement imposed by any regulatory or government agency or political subdivision, whether federal, state, local, or foreign. Abl may filter or inspect data if Abl reasonably suspects or becomes aware of use of the Platform in contravention of the documentation. Abl reserves the right to block, without liability, any Client Data and Client account that violates the terms of this Section 1.
2 OWNERSHIP; RESERVATION OF RIGHTS
2.1 Client Ownership. Client owns (a) any data Client inputs or transmits into the Platform that identifies Client or its students, staff or parents (including Authorized Users) (“Data”), and (b) any other data and content provided by Client or Authorized Users to Abl or input into the Platform, (“Other Data”, and, together with the Data, “Client Data”). Client hereby grants to Abl a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid up, sublicenseable (through multiple tiers), transferable (i) right and license during the Term to copy, distribute, display and create derivative works of and use the Client Data to perform Abl’s obligations under this Agreement; (ii) perpetual, irrevocable right and license to copy, modify and use Client Data to create aggregated, non-personally identifiable data or information (“Aggregated Data”) and copy, distribute, display, create derivative works of and use the Aggregated Data for benchmarking, product development, research or development purposes, including published research, and (iii) perpetual, irrevocable right and license to copy, distribute, display and create derivative works of and use Other Data for any and all purposes, in any form, media or manner. Client reserves any and all right, title and interest in and to the Client Data other than the licenses therein expressly granted to Abl under this Agreement.
2.2 Abl Ownership. Abl retains all right, title and interest in and to the Platform, all copies or parts thereof (by whomever produced) and all intellectual property rights therein. Abl reserves any and all rights other than the rights expressly granted to Client under this Agreement with respect to the Platform.
2.3 Feedback. Client may from time to time provide suggestions, comments for enhancements or functionality or other feedback (“Feedback”) to Abl with respect to the Platform. Abl has full discretion to determine whether to proceed with development of the requested enhancements, features or functionality. Client hereby grants Abl a royalty-free, fully paid-up, worldwide, transferable, sublicenseable, irrevocable, perpetual license to (a) copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, and create derivative works of the Feedback in whole or in part; and (b) use the Feedback in whole or in part, including without limitation, the right to develop, manufacture, have manufactured, market, promote, sell, have sold, offer for sale, have offered for sale, import, have imported, rent, provide and lease products or services that practice or embody, or are configured for use in practicing, the Feedback in whole or in part.
2.4 Client Responsibilities. Client will (a) use commercially reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized access to, or use of, the Platform and notify Abl promptly of any such unauthorized access or use, and (b) use the Platform only in accordance with the documentation and applicable laws and regulations.
2.5 Data Security. Abl will implement and maintain reasonable administrative, physical and technical safeguards (“Safeguards”) designed to prevent any collection, use or disclosure of, or access to Client Data that this Agreement does not expressly authorize.
2.7 Right to Data Destruction. If requested by the Client in writing, during or after the term of this agreement, Abl will make reasonable efforts to destroy or otherwise render Client Data (but not Aggregated Data) inaccessible.
3 FEES; PAYMENT TERMS
3.1 Fees; Payment Terms. Unless otherwise agreed to by the parties, Client will pay all fees within thirty (30) days of the invoice date. If payment of any fee is not made when due and payable, a late fee will accrue at the rate of the lesser of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month or the highest legal rate permitted by law and Client will pay all reasonable expenses of collection. In addition, if any past due payment has not been received by Abl within thirty (30) days from the time such payment is due, Abl may suspend access to the Platform until such payment is made. Fees are non-refundable.
3.2 Net of Taxes. All amounts payable by Client to Abl hereunder are exclusive of any sales, use and other taxes or duties, however designated, including without limitation, withholding taxes, royalties, know‑how payments, customs, privilege, excise, sales, use, value‑added and property taxes (collectively “Taxes“). Client will be solely responsible for payment of any Taxes, except for those taxes based on the income of Abl. Client will not withhold any Taxes from any amounts due Abl.
4 TERM, TERMINATION
4.1 Term. The term of this Agreement will commence on the Effective Date and, unless earlier terminated in accordance with this Section 4, will continue through the date set forth on the Abl Order Form (the “Term”).
4.2 Termination; Effect of Termination. In addition to any other remedies it may have, either party may terminate this Agreement if the other party breaches any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement and fails to cure such breach within thirty (30) days’ notice (or ten (10) days in the case of nonpayment) after receiving notice thereof. Upon any termination of this Agreement for any reason, Abl may, but is not obligated to, in its sole discretion and without delivery of any notice to Client, delete any Client Data stored or otherwise archived on the Platform or on Abl’s network. Upon termination of this Agreement, all rights granted hereunder and all obligations of Abl to provide the Platform will immediately terminate and Client will (a) cease use of the Platform; and (b) return or destroy all other copies or other embodiments of Abl’s Confidential Information.
4.3 Survival. Upon expiration or termination of this Agreement, all obligations in this Agreement will terminate, provided that Sections 2 (Ownership; Reservation of Rights), 3 (Fees; Payment Terms), 4.2 (Termination; Effect of Termination), 4.3 (Survival), 5 (Confidentiality), 6.2 (Disclaimer), 7 (Limitations of Liability), and 9 (General) will survive.
6 REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES AND DISCLAIMER
6.1 Representations and Warranties. Each party represents and warrants to the other party that (a) such party has the required power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder, (b) the execution of this Agreement and performance of its obligations thereunder do not and will not violate any other agreement to which it is a party, and (c) this Agreement constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation when signed by both parties. Client represents and warrants that it has the right to provide the Client Identifying Data and Client Content for the purposes contemplated by this Agreement.
6.2 Disclaimer. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN, THE PLATFORM IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS-IS” BASIS AND ABL DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN THIS AGREEMENT, NEITHER PARTY MAKES ANY ADDITIONAL REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED (EITHER IN FACT OR BY OPERATION OF LAW), OR STATUTORY, AS TO ANY MATTER WHATSOEVER. ALL OTHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW. EACH PARTY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUALITY, ACCURACY, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. NEITHER PARTY WARRANTS AGAINST INTERFERENCE WITH THE ENJOYMENT OF THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY SUCH PARTY OR AGAINST INFRINGEMENT. NEITHER PARTY WARRANTS THAT THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY SUCH PARTY ARE ERROR-FREE OR THAT OPERATION OF SUCH PARTY’S PRODUCTS OR SERVICES WILL BE SECURE OR UNINTERRUPTED. NEITHER PARTY WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE OR PASS ON ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY ON BEHALF OF THE OTHER PARTY TO ANY THIRD PARTY.
7 LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
7.1 Disclaimer of Consequential Damages. THE PARTIES HERETO AGREE THAT, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION IN THIS AGREEMENT, EXCEPT FOR (A) CLIENT’S USE OF THE PLATFORM OTHER THAN EXPRESSLY PERMITTED BY SECTION 1 (RIGHT TO USE PLATFORM) ABOVE, (B) EITHER PARTY’S BREACH OF SECTION 5 (CONFIDENTIALITY) ABOVE, AND (C) LIABILITY ARISING FROM A PARTY’S INDEMNIFICATION OBLIGATIONS SET FORTH IN SECTION 8.1 AND 8.2 BELOW, IN NO EVENT WILL EITHER PARTY BE LIABLE TO THE OTHER FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, RELIANCE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, LOST OR DAMAGED DATA, LOST PROFITS OR LOST REVENUE, WHETHER ARISING IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF A PARTY HAS BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY THEREOF.
7.2 General Cap on Liability. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT, EXCEPT FOR (A) CLIENT’S USE OF THE PLATFORM OTHER THAN EXPRESSLY PERMITTED BY SECTION 1 (RIGHT TO USE PLATFORM) ABOVE, (B) EITHER PARTY’S BREACH OF SECTION 5 (CONFIDENTIALITY) ABOVE, AND (C) LIABILITY ARISING FROM A PARTY’S INDEMNIFICATION OBLIGATIONS SET FORTH IN SECTION 8.1 AND 8.2 BELOW, AS APPLICABLE, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL EITHER PARTY’S LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTY CLAIMS), REGARDLESS OF THE FORUM AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY ACTION OR CLAIM IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE AGGREGATE FEES PAID OR PAYABLE BY CLIENT TO ABL UNDER THIS AGREEMENT DURING THE TWELVE (12) MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE EVENT OR CIRCUMSTANCES GIVING RISE TO SUCH LIABILITY. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY IS CUMULATIVE AND NOT PER INCIDENT.
7.3 Independent Allocations of Risk. EACH PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT THAT PROVIDES FOR A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES, OR EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES IS TO ALLOCATE THE RISKS OF THIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES. EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS IS SEVERABLE AND INDEPENDENT OF ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, AND EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS WILL APPLY EVEN IF THEY HAVE FAILED OF THEIR ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
8.1 Indemnification by Abl. Except for liability for which Client is responsible under Section 8.2, Abl will indemnify, defend and hold Client and the officers, directors, agents, and employees of Client (“Client Indemnified Parties”) harmless from settlement amounts and third party damages, liabilities, penalties, costs and expenses (“Liabilities”) that are payable to any third party or incurred by the Client Indemnified Parties (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from any third party claim, demand or allegation that the use of the Platform in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement infringes such third party’s copyright or results in a misappropriation of such third party’s trade secrets. Abl will have no liability or obligation under this Section 8.1 if such Liability is caused in whole or in part by (a) modification of the Platform by any party other than Abl without Abl’s express consent; (b) the combination, operation, or use of the Platform with other product(s), data or services not provided by Abl where the Platform would not by itself be infringing; or (c) unauthorized or improper use of the Platform. If the use of the Platform by Client has become, or in Abl’s opinion is likely to become, the subject of any claim of infringement, Abl may at its option and expense (i) procure for Client the right to continue using the Platform as set forth hereunder; (ii) replace or modify the Platform to make it non-infringing so long as the Platform has at least equivalent functionality; (iii) substitute an equivalent for the Platform or (iv) if options (i)-(iii) are not available on commercially reasonable terms, terminate this Agreement. This Section 8.1 states Abl’s entire obligation and Client’s sole remedies in connection with any claim regarding the intellectual property rights of any third party.
8.2 Indemnification by Client. Client will indemnify, defend and hold Abl and the officers, directors, agents, and employees of Abl (“Abl Indemnified Parties”) harmless from Liabilities that are payable to any third party or incurred by the Abl Indemnified Parties (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from any third party claim, demand or allegation arising from or related to (a) any use by Client or Authorized Users of the Platform in violation of this Agreement or (b) the Client Data.
8.3 Indemnification Procedure. If a Client Indemnified Party or a Abl Indemnified Party (each, an “Indemnified Party”) becomes aware of any matter it believes it should be indemnified under Section 8.1 or Section 8.2, as applicable, involving any claim, action, suit, investigation, arbitration or other proceeding against the Indemnified Party by any third party (each an “Action”), the Indemnified Party will give the other party (the “Indemnifying Party”) prompt written notice of such Action. The Indemnified Party will cooperate, at the expense of the Indemnifying Party, with the Indemnifying Party and its counsel in the defense and the Indemnified Party will have the right to participate fully, at its own expense, in the defense of such Action. Any compromise or settlement of an Action will require the prior written consent of both parties hereunder, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed.
9.1 If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that this Agreement will otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.
9.2 Neither party may assign this Agreement by operation of law or otherwise or assign or delegate its rights or obligations under the Agreement without the other party’s prior written consent; provided however, that either party may assign this Agreement to an acquirer of or successor to all or substantially all of its business or assets to which this Agreement relates, whether by merger, sale of assets, sale of stock, reorganization or otherwise. Any assignment or attempted assignment by either party otherwise than in accordance with this Section 9 will be null and void.
9.3 No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment is created as a result of this Agreement and a party does not have any authority of any kind to bind the other party in any respect whatsoever.
9.4 Client may not remove or export from, or use from outside, the United States or allow the export or re-export of the Platform or anything related thereto, or any direct product thereof in violation of any restrictions, laws or regulations of the United States Department of Commerce, the United States Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control, or any other United States or foreign agency or authority.
9.5 In any action or proceeding to enforce rights under this Agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover costs and attorneys’ fees. Client acknowledges that any unauthorized use of the Platform will cause irreparable harm and injury to Abl for which there is no adequate remedy at law. In addition to all other remedies available under this Agreement, at law or in equity, Client further agrees that Abl will be entitled to injunctive relief in the event Client uses the Platform in violation of the limited license granted herein or uses the Platform in any way not expressly permitted by this Agreement.
9.6 All notices under this Agreement will be in writing and sent to the recipient’s address set forth in the Abl Service Order and will be deemed to have been duly given when received, if personally delivered; when receipt is electronically confirmed, if transmitted by facsimile or email; the day after it is sent, if sent for next day delivery by recognized overnight delivery service; and upon receipt, if sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested.
9.7 Each party agrees that it will not, without prior written consent of the other, issue a press release regarding their business relationship. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, Abl may identify Client and the relationship between Abl and Client in Abl’s marketing collateral, website, and other promotional and marketing materials.
9.8 Each party will be excused from performance for any period during which, and to the extent that, it is prevented from performing any obligation or service, in whole or in part, as a result of a cause beyond its reasonable control including, but not limited to, acts of God, acts of war, epidemics, fire, communication line failures, power failures, earthquakes, floods, blizzard, or other natural disasters (but excluding failure caused by a party’s financial condition or any internal labor problems (including strikes, lockouts, work stoppages or slowdowns, or the threat thereof)) (a “Force Majeure Event”). Delays in performing obligations due to a Force Majeure Event will automatically extend the deadline for performing such obligations for a period equal to the duration of such Force Majeure Event. Except as otherwise agreed upon by the parties in writing, in the event such non-performance continues for a period of thirty (30) days or more, either party may terminate this Agreement by giving written notice thereof to the other party. Upon the occurrence of any Force Majeure Event, the affected party will give the other party written notice thereof as soon as reasonably practicable of its failure of performance, describing the cause and effect of such failure, and the anticipated duration of its inability to perform.
9.9 This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. For all disputes relating to this Agreement, each party submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in City and County of San Francisco, California and waives any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such courts.
9.10 This Agreement is the complete and exclusive statement of the mutual understanding of the parties and supersedes and cancels all previous and contemporaneous written and oral agreements, communications and other understandings relating to the subject matter of this Agreement; all waivers and modifications must be in a writing signed by both parties, except as otherwise provided herein.