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BitNami Cloud Hosting End-User Agreement
[Last modified March 11, 2012]
THIS BITNAMI CLOUD HOSTING END-USER (“AGREEMENT”), AS IT MAY BE MODIFIED FROM TIME TO TIME, GOVERNS YOUR PURCHASE AND ONGOING USE OF THOSE PURCHASED SERVICES AND ANY FREE SERVICES PROVIDED. BY ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT AND EXECUTING AN ORDER FORM THAT REFERENCES THIS AGREEMENT, YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU ARE ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF A COMPANY OR OTHER LEGAL ENTITY, YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO BIND SUCH ENTITY, ITS AFFILIATES AND ALL USERS WHO ACCESS OUR SERVICES THROUGH YOUR ACCOUNT TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, IN WHICH CASE THE TERMS "YOU" OR "YOUR" SHALL REFER TO SUCH ENTITY, ITS AFFILIATES AND USERS ASSOCIATED WITH IT. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SUCH AUTHORITY, OR IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU MUST NOT ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT AND MAY NOT USE THE SERVICES. You may not access the Services if You are Our direct competitor, except with Our prior written consent. In addition, You may not access the Services for purposes of monitoring their availability, performance or functionality, or for any other benchmarking or competitive purposes without prior written consent from Us. This Agreement was last updated on March 11, 2012. It is effective between You and Us as of the date of You accepting this Agreement.
" Affiliate" means any entity which directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the subject entity. "Control," for purposes of this definition, means direct or indirect ownership or control of more than 50% of the voting interests of the subject entity.
“Cloud Provider” means a provider of cloud computing services.
" Malicious Code" means viruses, worms, time bombs, Trojan horses and other harmful or malicious code, files, scripts, agents or programs.
" Order Form" means the ordering documents for purchases hereunder, including addenda thereto, that are signed or electronically accepted by You and Us from time to time. Order Forms shall be deemed incorporated herein by reference.
" Purchased Services" means Services that You or Your Affiliates purchase under an Order Form, including any free tier of service provided.
" Services" means the online applications and platform provided by Us via http://app.bitnamihosting.com and/or other designated websites, that are ordered by You on an Order Form, including associated offline components but excluding Third Party Applications.
" Third-Party Applications" means online applications and offline software products that are provided by third parties, interoperate with the Services, and are identified as third-party applications, including but not limited to those listed on Our Web Site.
" Users" means individuals who are authorized by You to use the Services, for whom subscriptions to a Service have been purchased, and who have been supplied user identifications and passwords by You (or by Us at Your request). Users may include but are not limited to Your employees, consultants, vendors, contractors and agents; or third parties with which You transact business.
" We," " Us" or " Our" means BitRock, Inc., a California corporation described in Section 13 (Who You Are Contracting With, Notices, Governing Law and Jurisdiction).
" You" or " Your" means you, personally, if you are an individual purchasing Services on your own behalf and for your own benefit, or the company or other legal entity for which you are accepting this Agreement, and Affiliates of that company or entity, if you are an employee.
" Your Data" means all electronic data or information submitted by You to the Services, including but not limited to any access keys required to access Cloud Provider services.
2.1. Provision of Services. Provision of Services. We shall make the Services available to You pursuant to this Agreement and the relevant Order Forms during a subscription term. You agree that Your purchases hereunder are neither contingent on the delivery of any future functionality or features nor dependent on any oral or written public comments made by Us or any other third party regarding future functionality or features.
2.2 You agree that we may modify this Agreement or any policy or other terms referenced in this Agreement (collectively, “Additional Policies”) at any time by posting a revised version of the Agreement or such Additional Policy on Our Website accessible at: http://bitnami.com/cloud . By continuing to use or receive the Services after the effective date of any revisions to this Agreement or any Additional Policies, You agree to be bound by the revised Agreement or any revised Additional Policies. It is Your responsibility to check Our Website regularly for changes to this Agreement or the Additional Policies, as applicable. We last modified this Agreement on the date set forth at the top of this Agreement.
3. USE OF THE SERVICES
3.1 Our Responsibilities. We shall: (i) provide to You basic support for the Services at no additional charge, and/or upgraded support if purchased separately, (ii) use commercially reasonable efforts to make the Services generally available except for: (a) planned downtime (of which We shall give at least 12 hours notice via the Services), or (b) any unavailability caused by circumstances beyond Our reasonable control, including without limitation, acts of God, acts of government, flood, fire, earthquakes, civil unrest, acts of terror, strikes or other labor problems or Internet service provider failures or delays, and (iii) provide the Services only in accordance with applicable laws and government regulations.
3.2. Your Responsibilities. You shall (i) be responsible for Users’ compliance with this Agreement, (ii) be solely responsible for the accuracy, quality, integrity and legality of Your Data and any software code You enter or use through the Service and of the means by which You acquired Your Data or software code, (iii) use commercially reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized access to or use of the Services, and notify Us promptly of any such unauthorized access or use, and (iv) use the Services only in accordance with the any applicable laws and government regulations. You shall not (a) make the Services available to any third party other than Users, (b) sell, resell, rent or lease the Services, (c) use the Services to store or transmit infringing, libelous, or otherwise unlawful or tortious material, or to store or transmit material in violation of third-party privacy rights, (d) use the Services to store or transmit Malicious Code, (e) interfere with or disrupt the integrity or performance of the Services or third-party data contained therein, or (f) attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Services or their related systems or networks.
3.3. Usage Limitations. Services may be subject to other limitations, such as, for example, limits on disk storage space, on the number of calls You are permitted to make against Our application programming interface, and, for Services that enable You to provide public websites, on the number of page views by visitors to those websites. Any such limitations are specified on Our website. In addition, You acknowledge and agree that, from time to time, We may monitor Your use of the Services and collect data regarding such use for, among other purposes, maintaining and improving the Service, assuring Your compliance with Our usage limitations and guidelines, and for ensuring that the Service is not being used for illegal purposes. To the extent that We discover or become aware that You or Your Users are using the Services in contravention of this Agreement, or in any manner proscribed by applicable law, We reserve the right to deny You continued access to the Service and to terminate your account.
4. Cloud Service Providers
4.1 Cloud Provider Accounts. Our Services enable you to run and manage applications on third party cloud computing platforms provided by one or more Cloud Providers. Our Services are offered separate from, and irrespective of, the Cloud Provider(s) accounts which you establish (“Cloud Provider Accounts”). You are responsible for selecting and paying for any fees charged by Cloud Providers for Your Cloud Provider Accounts. The specific Services offered by Us pursuant to this Agreement are not offered unless and until You have established Your own Cloud Provider Account with one or more Cloud Providers.
4. THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS
4.1. Acquisition of Third-Party Products and Services. We may offer Third-Party Applications for sale, or under certain circumstances, free of charge, under Order Forms or as part of the Services. Any other acquisition by You of third-party products or services, including but not limited to Third-Party Applications and implementation, customization and other consulting services, and any exchange of data between You and any third-party provider, is solely between You and the applicable third-party provider. We do not warrant or support third-party products or services, whether or not they are designated by Us as “certified” or otherwise, except as specified in an Order Form.
4.2. Third-Party Applications and Your Data. If You install or enable Third-Party Applications for use with Services, You acknowledge that We may allow providers of those Third-Party Applications to access Your Data as required for the interoperation of such Third-Party Applications with the Services. We shall not be responsible for any disclosure, modification or deletion of Your Data resulting from any such access by Third-Party Application providers.
5. FEES AND PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
5.1. Fees. You shall pay all fees specified in all Order Forms hereunder. Except as otherwise specified herein or in an Order Form, (i) fees are quoted and payable in United States dollars (ii) fees are based on services purchased and not actual usage, and (iii) payment obligations are non-cancelable and fees paid are non-refundable. Subscription fees are based on monthly periods that begin on the first day of every month. Fees for subscriptions added in the middle of a monthly period will be charged a pro-rated amount for that monthly period. If You change plans Your subscription from one plan to another mid-month, the subscription fees will be pro-rated accordingly.
5.2. Invoicing and Payment. You will provide Us with valid and updated credit card information, or with a valid purchase order or alternative document reasonably acceptable to Us. If You provide credit card information to Us, You authorize Us to charge such credit for all Services listed in the Order Form for the initial subscription term and any renewal subscription term(s) as set forth in Section 12.2 (Term of Purchased User Subscriptions). Such charges shall be made in advance, either monthly or in accordance with any different billing frequency stated in the applicable Order Form. If the Order Form specifies that payment will be by a method other than a credit card, We will invoice You in advance and otherwise in accordance with the relevant Order Form. Unless otherwise stated in the Order Form, invoiced charges are due net 30 days from the invoice date. You are responsible for maintaining complete and accurate billing and contact information in the Services. In addition to the charges We charge You for Services We render to You, You are responsible for timely payment of any and all charges or fees that might be charged to You separately from third party vendors, such as cloud computing resource providers, among others, in accordance with the terms such vendors and You have agreed upon.
5.3. Credits. If You downgrade Your plan, a credit for the difference between your actual usage and the amount you were charged in the last billing cycle will be applied to Your account. This credit will expire after one year.
5.4. Overdue Charges. If any payments for amounts due are not received from You by the due date (except charges then under reasonable and good faith dispute), then at Our discretion, (a) such amounts due may accrue late interest at the rate of 1.5% of the outstanding balance per month, or the maximum rate permitted by law, whichever is lower, from the date such payment was due until the date paid, and/or (b) We may condition future subscription renewals and Order Forms on payment terms shorter than those specified in Section 6.2 (Invoicing and Payment).
5.5. Charges 30 or More Days Overdue. If any amounts due by You under this or any other agreement for Services is 30 or more days overdue (except charges then under reasonable and good faith dispute), We may, without limiting Our other rights and remedies, accelerate Your unpaid fee obligations under such agreements so that all such obligations become immediately due and payable, and suspend Services until such amounts are paid in full.
5.6. Taxes. Unless otherwise stated, Our fees do not include any taxes, levies, duties or similar governmental assessments of any nature, including but not limited to value-added, sales, use or withholding taxes, assessable by any local, state, provincial, federal or foreign jurisdiction (collectively, " Taxes"). You are responsible for paying all Taxes associated with Your purchases hereunder. If We have the legal obligation to pay or collect Taxes for which You are responsible under this paragraph, the appropriate amount shall be invoiced to and paid by You, unless You provide Us with a valid tax exemption certificate authorized by the appropriate taxing authority. For clarity, We are solely responsible for taxes assessable against it based on Our income, property and employees.
6. PROPRIETARY RIGHTS
6.1. Reservation of Rights. Subject to the limited rights expressly granted hereunder, We reserve all rights, title and interest in and to the Services, including all related intellectual property rights. No rights are granted to You hereunder other than as expressly set forth herein.
6.2. Restrictions. You shall not (i) permit any third party to access the Services except as permitted herein or in an Order Form, (ii) create derivative works based on the Services, (iii) copy, frame or mirror any part or content of the Services (iv) reverse engineer the Services, or (v) access the Services in order to (a) build a competitive product or service, or (b) copy any features, functions or graphics of the Services.
6.3. Ownership of Your Data. As between Us and You, You exclusively own all rights, title and interest in and to all of Your Data and any all software code that You enter into Our systems using the Service.
6.4. Suggestions. We shall have a royalty-free, worldwide, transferable, sublicenseable, irrevocable, perpetual license to use or incorporate into the Services any suggestions, enhancement requests, recommendations or other feedback provided by You, including Users, relating to the operation of the Services.
6.5. Federal Government End Use Provisions. We provide the Services, including related software and technology, for ultimate federal government end use solely in accordance with the following: Government technical data and software rights related to the Services include only those rights customarily provided to the public as defined in this Agreement. This customary commercial license is provided in accordance with FAR 12.211 (Technical Data) and FAR 12.212 (Software) and, for Department of Defense transactions, DFAR 252.227-7015 (Technical Data – Commercial Items) and DFAR 227.7202-3 (Rights in Commercial Computer Software or Computer Software Documentation). If a government agency has a need for rights not conveyed under these terms, it must negotiate with Us to determine if there are acceptable terms for transferring such rights, and a mutually acceptable written addendum specifically conveying such rights must be included in any applicable contract or agreement.
7.1. Definition of Confidential Information. As used herein, " Confidential Information" means all confidential information disclosed by a party (" Disclosing Party") to the other party (" Receiving Party"), whether orally or in writing, that is designated as confidential or that reasonably should be understood to be confidential given the nature of the information and the circumstances of disclosure. Your Confidential Information shall include Your Data; Our Confidential Information shall include the Services; and Confidential Information of each party shall include the terms and conditions of this Agreement and all Order Forms, as well as business and marketing plans, technology and technical information, product plans and designs, and business processes disclosed by such party. However, Confidential Information (other than Your Data) shall not include any information that (i) is or becomes generally known to the public without breach of any obligation owed to the Disclosing Party, (ii) was known to the Receiving Party prior to its disclosure by the Disclosing Party without breach of any obligation owed to the Disclosing Party, (iii) is received from a third party without breach of any obligation owed to the Disclosing Party, or (iv) was independently developed by the Receiving Party.
7.2. Protection of Confidential Information. Except as otherwise permitted in writing by the Disclosing Party, (i) the Receiving Party shall use the same degree of care that it uses to protect the confidentiality of its own confidential information of like kind (but in no event less than reasonable care) not to disclose or use any Confidential Information of the Disclosing Party for any purpose outside the scope of this Agreement, and (ii) the Receiving Party shall limit access to Confidential Information of the Disclosing Party to those of its employees, contractors and agents who need such access for purposes consistent with this Agreement and who have signed confidentiality agreements with the Receiving Party containing protections no less stringent than those herein.
7.3. Protection of Your Data. Without limiting the above, We shall maintain appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards for protection of the security, confidentiality and integrity of Your Data. We shall not (a) modify Your Data, (b) disclose Your Data except as compelled by law in accordance with Section 7.5 (Compelled Disclosure) or as expressly permitted in writing by You, or (c) access Your Data except to provide the Services or prevent or address service or technical problems, or at Your request in connection with customer support matters.
7.4. Compelled Disclosure. The Receiving Party may disclose Confidential Information of the Disclosing Party if it is compelled by law to do so, provided the Receiving Party gives the Disclosing Party prior notice of such compelled disclosure (to the extent legally permitted) and reasonable assistance, at the Disclosing Party's cost, if the Disclosing Party wishes to contest the disclosure. If the Receiving Party is compelled by law to disclose the Disclosing Party’s Confidential Information as part of a civil proceeding to which the Disclosing Party is a party, and the Disclosing Party is not contesting the disclosure, the Disclosing Party will reimburse the Receiving Party for its reasonable cost of compiling and providing secure access to such Confidential Information.
8. WARRANTIES AND DISCLAIMERS
8.1. Mutual Warranties. Each party represents and warrants that it has the legal power to enter into this Agreement.
8.2. Disclaimer. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED HEREIN, WE MAKE NO OTHER WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, AND WE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
9.1. Indemnification by You. You shall defend Us against any Claim made or brought against Us by a third party alleging that Your Data, software code or Your use of the Services in violation of this Agreement, infringes or misappropriates the intellectual property rights of a third party or violates applicable law, and shall indemnify Us for any damages finally awarded against, and for reasonable attorney’s fees incurred by, Us in connection with any such Claim; provided, that We (a) promptly give You written notice of the Claim; (b) give You sole control of the defense and settlement of the Claim (provided that You may not settle any Claim unless the settlement unconditionally release Us of all liability); and (c) provide to You all reasonable assistance, at Your expense.
10. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
10.1. Limitation of Liability. EXCEPT FOR YOUR INDEMNITY OBLIGATIONS TO US, IN NO EVENT SHALL EITHER PARTY'S AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR UNDER ANY OTHER THEORY OF LIABILITY, EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID BY YOU TO US FOR THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY US UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT IN THE SIX (6) MONTHS PRECEDING THE OCCURRENCE OF THE EVENT (OR OMISSION OF THE ACT). THE FOREGOING SHALL NOT LIMIT YOUR PAYMENT OBLIGATIONS UNDER SECTION 6 (FEES AND PAYMENT FOR SERVICES).
10.2. Exclusion of Consequential and Related Damages. EXCEPT FOR YOUR INDEMNITY OBLIGATIONS TO US, IN NO EVENT SHALL EITHER PARTY HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO THE OTHER PARTY FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR REVENUES OR FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, COVER OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES HOWEVER CAUSED, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR UNDER ANY OTHER THEORY OF LIABILITY, AND WHETHER OR NOT THE PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING DISCLAIMER SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
11. TERM AND TERMINATION
11.1. Term of Agreement. This Agreement commences on the date You accept it by executing the Order Form, and continues until all User subscriptions granted in accordance with this Agreement have expired or been terminated.
11.2. Term of Purchased User Subscriptions. User subscriptions purchased by You commence on the start date specified in the applicable Order Form and continue for the subscription term specified therein. Except as otherwise specified in the applicable Order Form, all User subscriptions shall automatically renew for additional periods equal to the expiring subscription term or one year (whichever is shorter), unless either party gives the other notice of non-renewal at least 1 day before the end of the relevant subscription term. The per-unit pricing during any such renewal term shall be the same as that during the prior term unless We have given You written notice of a pricing increase, in which case the pricing increase shall be effective upon renewal and thereafter.
11.3. Termination for Cause. A party may terminate this Agreement for cause: (i) immediately upon written notice to the other party of a material breach, or (ii) if the other party becomes the subject of a petition in bankruptcy or any other proceeding relating to insolvency, receivership, liquidation or assignment for the benefit of creditors.
11.4. Refund or Payment upon Termination. Upon any termination for cause by You, We shall refund You any prepaid fees covering the remainder of the term of all subscriptions after the effective date of termination. Upon any termination for cause by Us, You shall pay any unpaid fees covering the remainder of the term of all Order Forms after the effective date of termination. In no event shall any termination relieve You of the obligation to pay any fees payable to Us for the period prior to the effective date of termination.
11.5. Surviving Provisions. Section 5 (Fees and Payment for Services), 6 (Proprietary Rights), 7 (Confidentiality), 8.3 (Disclaimer), 9 (Mutual Indemnification), 10 (Limitation of Liability), 11.4 (Refund or Payment upon Termination), 11.5 (Return of Your Data), 12 (Who You Are Contracting With, Notices, Governing Law and Jurisdiction) and 13 (General Provisions) shall survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement.
12. WHO YOU ARE CONTRACTING WITH, NOTICES, GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
12.1 General. You are contracting with BitRock, Inc., a California corporation. All notices required or permitted under this Agreement which are to be delivered to Us should be addressed to the address indicated on Our website at the time of delivery of the notice. Our current address is:
1151 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 101
Alameda, California 94501
12.2. Manner of Giving Notice. Except as otherwise specified in this Agreement, all notices, permissions and approvals hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been given upon: (i) personal delivery, (ii) the second business day after mailing, (iii) the second business day after sending by confirmed facsimile, or (iv) the first business day after sending by email. Notices to You shall be addressed to the system administrator designated by You for Your relevant Services account, and in the case of billing-related notices, to the relevant billing contact designated by You. In addition to giving notice via the foregoing methods, both parties agree that either party may give notice to the other by operation of the Services or the applications offered by Us through the Services. As an example, if Our application provides a user with an opportunity to cancel or terminate their account through operation of a “cancellation” or “termination” button or similar feature or functionality within the application or Service then clicking through such a button or similar feature or function shall constitute “notice’ as that term is intended in this Agreement.
12.3. Agreement to Governing Law and Jurisdiction. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, USA, excluding conflict of laws provisions, excluding the 1980 United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, and excluding any potentially applicable provisions of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, to the extent it is, or has been, adopted in a governing jurisdiction. Any disputes arising out of this Agreement shall be resolved in San Francisco County, California. in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association.
12.4. Waiver of Jury Trial. Each party hereby waives any right to jury trial in connection with any action or litigation in any way arising out of or related to this Agreement.
13. GENERAL PROVISIONS
13.1. Export Compliance. Each party shall comply with the export laws and regulations of the United States and other applicable jurisdictions in providing and using the Services. Without limiting the foregoing, (i) each party represents that it is not named on any U.S. government list of persons or entities prohibited from receiving exports, and (ii) You shall not permit Users to access or use Services in violation of any U.S. export embargo, prohibition or restriction.
13.2. Relationship of the Parties. The parties are independent contractors. This Agreement does not create a partnership, franchise, joint venture, agency, fiduciary or employment relationship between the parties.
13.3. No Third-Party Beneficiaries. There are no third-party beneficiaries to this Agreement.
13.4. Waiver and Cumulative Remedies. No failure or delay by either party in exercising any right under this Agreement shall constitute a waiver of that right. Other than as expressly stated herein, the remedies provided herein are in addition to, and not exclusive of, any other remedies of a party at law or in equity.
13.5. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, the provision shall be modified by the court and interpreted so as best to accomplish the objectives of the original provision to the fullest extent permitted by law, and the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall remain in effect.
13.6. Attorney Fees. You shall pay on demand all of Our reasonable attorney fees and other costs incurred by Us to collect any fees or charges due Us under this Agreement following Your breach of Section 6.2 (Invoicing and Payment)
13.7. Assignment. Neither party may assign any of its rights or obligations hereunder, whether by operation of law or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the other party (not to be unreasonably withheld). Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may assign this Agreement in its entirety (including all Order Forms), without consent of the other party, to its Affiliate or in connection with a merger, acquisition, corporate reorganization, or sale of all or substantially all of its assets not involving a direct competitor of the other party. A party’s sole remedy for any purported assignment by the other party in breach of this paragraph shall be, at the non-assigning party’s election, termination of this Agreement upon written notice to the assigning party. In the event of such a termination, We shall refund to You any prepaid fees covering the remainder of the term of all subscriptions after the effective date of termination. Subject to the foregoing, this Agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the parties, their respective successors and permitted assigns.
13.8. Entire Agreement. This Agreement, including all exhibits and addenda hereto and all Order Forms and registration data, constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements, proposals or representations, written or oral, concerning its subject matter. No modification, amendment, or waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing and either signed or accepted electronically by the party against whom the modification, amendment or waiver is to be asserted. However, to the extent of any conflict or inconsistency between the provisions in the body of this Agreement and any exhibit or addendum hereto or any Order Form, the terms of such exhibit, addendum or Order Form shall prevail. Notwithstanding any language to the contrary therein, no terms or conditions stated in Your purchase order or other order documentation (excluding Order Forms) shall be incorporated into or form any part of this Agreement, and all such terms or conditions shall be null and void.