Terms and Conditions of Service
Any individual or corporate body (hereinafter referred to as “the Client”) who submits text for translation, localization, revision, editing or any other professional language service enters into a binding contract with Sparkling Lengua scs (hereinafter referred to as “SL”).
In the absence of express written agreement to the contrary, SL contracts only upon the terms and conditions set out in the following, and any contract to which SL is a party is subject to and incorporates these terms and conditions.
Any translation or other service delivered by SL to the Client shall be deemed to have been made subject to these terms and conditions irrespective of anything to the contrary in the Client’s own terms and conditions, unless the Client specifically draws the attention of SL to the Client’s own terms and conditions at the time of placing an order with SL or unless SL has signed a copy of the Client’s terms and conditions, in which case they shall prevail.
1. Specification of Requirement
1.1. When ordering a language service, the Client shall always provide exhaustive and detailed instructions about all relevant aspects of the assignment. In the case of a translation assignment, the Client shall clearly indicate the target group and intended use of the translation, e.g. whether required for:
- information only
- publication and advertising
- legal purposes or patent proceedings
- any other purpose, where the particular rendering of the text by the translator employed is liable to be of consequence.
1.2. Where the purpose of a translation is not disclosed to SL, SL will execute the translation to the best of its judgment in accordance with one of the purposes specified in the above itemization as if its purpose had been disclosed.
1.3. Should the Client wish to use a translation for a purpose other than that for which it was originally supplied, the Client shall obtain confirmation from SL or another competent authority that the translation is suitable for the new purpose.
1.4. SL reserves the right to amend and adapt such a translation previously supplied (if necessary) for the new purpose and make a further charge for such work.
1.5. The Client shall provide SL with the necessary documents for the assignment and, if possible or required, other auxiliary materials such as previous translations, term lists, publications, illustrative references, other basic information and expert help. In addition, the Client shall provide answers to SL’s queries about the text (e.g. about any obscurities or defects in the text submitted for translation).
1.6. SL shall be under no obligation to indicate or correct any errors of whatever nature in any material supplied to SL for translation by the Client and shall not be held liable for any consequential loss or damage.
2. Pricing, Quoting and Time of Delivery
2.1. The cost of the translation or other language service shall be determined in accordance with the appropriate scale of charges of SL applicable to the particular type of service required, or in accordance with the pricing list that SL has sent to the Client.
2.2. All quoted costs are exclusive of VAT.
2.3. In the event that the Client cancels an assignment placed with SL, SL shall be entitled to make a cancellation charge not exceeding the value of the full assignment, had it been completed.
2.4. Binding quotations shall not be given against documents not seen by SL. Quotations for material not seen shall be subject to confirmation of price on receipt of the documents for translation.
2.5. The Client shall give a clear indication of the delivery requirements when submitting texts for translation, and SL will make every reasonable effort to meet the Client’s requirements. However, late delivery shall not entitle the Client to withhold payment for work carried out.
2.6. SL will take every care in the selection of its carriers and means of transmission but cannot be held liable for loss of any document dispatched or consequential loss or damage thereof, nor shall SL be liable for errors that may occur during electronic transmission of data using modems, e-mail, FTP or any other method.
2.7. SL reserves the right to sub-contract all or part of the assignment to a contractor of its choice in order to meet the Client’s requirements.
2.8. SL preserves the right to implement a yearly price indexation or increase. The client will be notified of this two months prior to each year ending.
3. Corrections and Alterations, Checking and Approval
3.1. The Client shall inform SL if it considers the delivery to be defective in any way. SL reserves the right to correct the discovered defects and mistakes within an agreed period of time.
3.2. If the Client wishes to make any alterations to the translation which are not directly attributable to any defects noted, the Client should make these alterations in cooperation with SL, otherwise SL shall not be responsible for any alterations made after delivery to the Client.
3.3. If the Client (or the Client’s client) wishes to have changes made to a translation delivered by SL and requests that SL implement such changes, SL reserves the right to make a separate charge for such alteration/amendment work except when required as a result of objective defects in the translation delivered by SL.
3.4. When a translation is delivered to the Client for checking and approval before final delivery, the Client shall give SL its feedback within a reasonable period of time in order to enable SL to finalize the assignment.
4.1. SL shall not be liable for the consequences of any defect, error or omission in any text submitted by the Client for translation, whether such defect, error or omission relates to words, grammar, punctuation, accentuation, or any other aspect. Furthermore, SL shall be under no liability to the Client whatsoever in respect of any errors in transmission by telephone, telex, facsimile, or other means of communication. It is the Client’s obligation to supply SL with material to be translated in a legible form. In the event that material supplied by the Client is not clearly legible, SL may at its discretion decline to undertake or complete the assignment in which case SL shall not be liable for the non-completion of the assignment or for any resulting loss or damage.
4.2. SL shall not be liable for any errors in its translation of non-standard abbreviations or for errors resulting from illegibility of any material supplied by the Client or for any consequential loss or damage. SL’s liability for damages shall be limited to the agreed or invoiced fee for the assignment. SL shall not be responsible for any indirect or consequential damages attributable to the translation.
5.1. Title to the copyright embodied in any translation produced by SL shall pass to the Client when all monies owed by the Client to SL in respect of that translation including any interest payable in respect of late settlement of account, are paid in full.
5.2. Nothing within these terms and conditions shall be construed as giving the Client any intellectual property rights to any material, including computer software and systems, whether developed by SL or by third parties, that SL may use in the execution of translations or transmission of data to the Client.
5.3. Translation memories being built for one very same client and resulting from translation assignments carried out by SL, are the client’s own property and can be sent upon request.
5.4. Unless otherwise agreed in writing for any particular assignment or in any agreement for repeat work, SL reserves the right to reuse for other assignments, for this very same client, any translation memory content created during the execution of a translation assignment from a Client.
6. Mutual Confidentiality
6.1. SL is fully aware of the highly sensitive nature of some of the work we undertake and information we acquire in the course of our relationships with our clients. We therefore undertake to maintain strict confidentiality in all aspects of our work carried out for our clients.
6.2. SL undertakes not to disclose to any person nor to copy or use for any purpose whatsoever any confidential information relating to the business affairs of our clients, including but not limited to information about our clients and their clients, employees and subcontractors, prices or any other matter or information about our clients and their business or the business of our client’s clients. This undertaking of confidentiality applies to all matters and information not freely available to the public.
6.3. If in the course of an assignment SL makes available to the Client any know-how or information including the identity of its subcontractors, the Client shall treat such know-how or information as confidential and shall not use such know-how or information or disclose it to any third party.
6.4. If the identity of one of SL’s subcontractors becomes known to the Client in connection with an assignment from the Client which the subcontractor in question is working on, the Client shall be prohibited from contacting the subcontractor in question for any future translation assignments.
7. Force Majeure
7.1. In the event of a Force Majeure, SL shall notify the Client without delay, indicating the circumstances. Force Majeure shall entitle both SL and the Client to withdraw from the assignment, but in any event, the Client undertakes to pay SL for work already completed. SL will assist the Client to the best of its ability to place the assignment elsewhere.
7.2. Force Majeure shall be civil commotion, natural disaster, acts of war, computer virus or a computer crash for another reason than for old age or lack of maintenance of an ICT-system, measures by a public authority, non-performance by a supplier, electricity outages, disturbances in the telecom network, labour disputes and strikes, war, threat of war, invasion, armed conflict or revolution and any other situation which can be shown to have materially affected SL’s ability to complete the assignment as agreed. Payment obligations can never be affected by Force Majeure;
8.1. Unless otherwise agreed for any particular assignment or in any agreement for repeat work, SL’s terms of payment are net 30 days from date of invoice. Failure to adhere to the terms of payment agreed between the Client and SL shall entitle SL to abandon any assignment in hand, without prejudice to any rights of SL whatsoever. SL reserves the right to charge interest on overdue amounts.
8.2. Should any work be suspended at the Client’s instigation for a period of more than 30 days during the course of any assignment, all costs incurred at that point will be invoiced and any materials ordered in connection with the project will be invoiced in full.
8.3. SL reserves the right to charge payment for work in progress where the production time is in excess of 60 days. SL also reserves the right to request payment, in part or in full, in advance or on receipt of goods for work undertaken.
9. Disputes and Applicable Law
9.1. As part of SL’s commitments, we operate a quality management system to help avoid complaints in the first place, and to help us address the issues involved if any complaint is made. In the event of a complaint from one of SL’s clients about the quality of our services in general or about the quality of a specific assignment, SL will address the complaint and enter into correspondence with the Client about the issue with a view to resolving it to our mutual satisfaction. SL will, for its own part, use all reasonable endeavours to settle any dispute amicably, and would expect its clients to act in a similar manner. Any dispute that cannot be settled by the parties themselves shall be exclusively settled by the courts of the legal district of Brussels. The decision of the arbitration tribunal shall be final and binding on all parties involved.
9.2. These general Terms and Conditions of Service shall be interpreted in accordance with Belgian law.
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