The General Terms & Conditions of Business of Picavi GmbH, Kaiserstrasse 100, 52134 Herzogenrath, Germany, consist of the general contract conditions in Part I and the software license terms in Part II.
I. General terms and conditions of the contract
1. General provisions – scope of application
1.1 These General Terms & Conditions apply to all deliveries of hardware and software as well as to all services that Picavi GmbH (hereinafter referred to as “Picavi”) provides in connection herewith, if and to the extent that the contracting parties do not contractually and expressly agree otherwise.
1.2 These General Terms & Conditions contain general rules that also apply to and supplement the software license terms (Part II). In the event of contradictions between these General Terms & Conditions and the software license terms, the latter shall take precedence.
1.3 These General Terms & Conditions shall apply exclusively; any conditions contrary to or deviating from these General Terms & Conditions and any conditions of the Customer will not be acknowledged by Picavi unless Picavi expressly agrees to their validity in writing. These General Terms & Conditions shall also apply even in the event that Picavi provides delivery or service to the Customer without stated reservations, notwithstanding knowledge of contrary or differing general business conditions of the customer.
1.4 These General Terms & Conditions apply only to contractors, legal persons under public law and special legal entities in the public sector.
1.5 These General Terms & Conditions also apply to all future deliveries and services to the Customer.
2. Offer, conclusion and the terms of the contract
2.1 The offers made by Picavi are subject to change and are not binding. A contract shall only be deemed concluded upon receipt of written, faxed or electronic confirmation of order by Picavi. A contract shall also be deemed concluded if Picavi undertakes delivery or performance upon placement of the order without a separate confirmation.
2.2 Picavi is entitled at any time to change deliveries or services with effect for the future; however, Picavi is not obligated to apply such changes to deliveries or services that have already taken place provided that the parties have not agreed otherwise, for example in a software maintenance con-tract.
2.3 Drawings, illustrations, dimensions, weights or other performance data shall only be binding if expressly agreed.
2.4 The legal relationship between Picavi and the Customer is governed solely by the written Con-tract including these General Terms & Conditions. This fully reflects all understandings between the contracting parties concerning the subject matter of the agreement. Oral representations made by Picavi prior to the conclusion of this Contract are not legally binding and shall be replaced, along with any other oral agreements between the parties, by the written agreement, unless the terms of the Contract expressly stipulate that such prevailing conditions shall continue to apply.
2.5 Picavi cannot be held responsible for any public statements made by manufacturers, their em-ployees or agents unless such statements are demonstrably proven to have been made at Picavi’s instigation and the customer’s decision to buy has actually been influenced by these statements.
2.6 Any consultation provided by Picavi to the Customer requires the express conclusion of an agreement to that effect.
2.7 The Customer bears the full responsibility for the completeness and accuracy of the specifications and information it supplies, as well as for all items it makes available.
2.8 Picavi is entitled to make use of deliveries and services of subcontractors.
3. Time of delivery and partial delivery
3.1 Delivery dates or delivery deadlines, which may be agreed upon as either binding or non-binding, must be specified in writing. The commencement of the delivery time as indicated by Picavi pre-supposes the clarification of all technical questions. Picavi’s compliance with the delivery obligation further requires the timely and proper fulfilment of the obligations of the Customer. The defence of non-performance of the Contract shall remain reserved.
3.2 If an agreed delivery date is exceeded due to circumstances for which Picavi is responsible, the Customer must provide Picavi a reasonable subsequent extension of the deadline in writing. This period shall be at least two weeks. If performance does not take place after expiration of the extension and the Customer seeks to withdraw from the Contract or to claim damages instead of performance for this reason, the Customer is obligated to provide Picavi prior notification in writing with an explicit request for performance that provides a further reasonable additional extension of the deadline. The Customer is obliged upon request by Picavi to declare within a reasonable period of time whether, due to performance delay, it intends to withdraw from the Contract, claim damages instead of performance, or intends to accept the performance.
3.3 In the event that an agreed delivery date is exceeded due to circumstances for which Picavi is not responsible, and Picavi, despite a reasonably maintained stock either does not deliver, or does not meet delivery requirements in a timely or correct manner, the deadline for performance shall be ex-tended for a reasonable period of time. If Picavi informs the Customer in a timely manner about the impediment to performance, and this impediment to performance is not merely temporary, Picavi is entitled to rescind the Contract either in full or in part with regard to that part of the Contract that has not yet been performed.
3.4 In the event that Picavi is responsible for a breach of obligation that is neither intentional nor grossly negligent, and is liable for damages, any claim to damages to which the Customer is entitled shall be limited to a maximum of 5% of the value of the partial or total delivery or performance to the extent that the delay or non-delivery precludes its timely or contractual use.
3.5 Any withdrawal from the Contract shall be effected by means of a written statement.
3.6 Partial deliveries are permissible within a reasonable extent for the Customer.
3.7 The provisions contained in sections 3.1 to 3.6 are valid for all services performed by Picavi.
3.8 In the event that Picavi (i) awaits cooperation or information from the Customer, or (ii) Picavi is impeded in its services either due to strikes or lockouts by third-party companies, or due to government intervention, legal prohibitions or other circumstances that are not its fault (“force majeure”), the delivery and performance periods shall be extended for the duration of the hindrance plus a reasonable time after the end of the hindrance (“downtime”), and any delay for the duration of the downtime shall not constitute a breach of duty. Picavi will inform the Customer about such impediments and their foreseeable duration without delay. In the event that force majeure lasts continuously for more than 3 months, both parties are released from their performance obligations.
4. Prices and payment terms
4.1 Unless the Contract provides otherwise, the prices of Picavi “EXW Herzogenrath” shall apply (Incoterms 2010). Unless otherwise expressly agreed in the Contract, packing and shipping costs as well as costs for installation, parameterization, instruction, training and other services shall be invoiced separately.
4.2 Picavi’s prices do not include statutory VAT. The VAT is stated in the invoice separately at the ap-plicable rate at the date of the invoice.
4.3 Payment is due, absent any other express agreement, immediately upon receipt of the invoice without deductions. Bills of exchange and cheque payments are subject to express consent by Picavi.
4.4 In the event that the Customer defaults on payment to Picavi including with regard to previous deliveries, or Picavi becomes aware of any circumstances that, according to its best commercial judgement, indicate a major deterioration of the financial situation of the Customer, Picavi shall be entitled, at its option, to demand immediate payment or collateral from the Customer.
4.5 The Customer shall only be entitled to offset if its claims if these have been legally established, are undisputed or are recognized by Picavi. The exercise of a right of retention by the Customer due to counter-claims based on other conditions of Contract is excluded.
5. Delivery and transfer of risk
5.1 Unless the Contract provides otherwise, delivery per “EXW Herzogenrath” (Incoterms 2010) is agreed. The shipment is carried out at the expense and risk of the Customer.
5.2 Picavi will deliver the software as per its own choice either by (1) providing the customer with a copy of the software program on machine-readable data carriers as well as the contractually agreed number of copies of the user manual or the user manual in electronic form, or (ii) making the soft-ware and/or user manual available in electronic form via a network and informing the Customer about access details. In the case of transfer of the user manual in electronic form, the Customer will receive the user manual on either the same data carrier as the copy of the software program or on a separate data carrier, or Picavi will provide the user manual via a network and inform the Customer about access details.
5.3 If the software and/or user manual are provided as a download via a network, Picavi will bear the costs for making these available within the network while the Customer will bear the costs for the download.
6. Retention of ownership title
6.1 Picavi shall retain ownership title to the delivered items until the complete settlement of all payment claims as well as any other existing claims arising from the ongoing business relationship with the Customer. Retention of title shall also include the acknowledged balance to the extent Picavi that enters the claims against the Customer in its current account.
6.2 The Customer is obliged to handle items delivered with care. In particular, the Customer is obliged to insure all items at its own cost against fire, water and theft damages to assure adequate replacement value.
6.3 In the case of seizure or other interventions by third parties, the Customer must notify Picavi immediately and in writing so that Picavi may file a claim pursuant to § 771 ZPO (German Code of Civil Procedure). To the extent that the third party is unable to reimburse Picavi for the judicial and extra-judicial costs of an action per § 771 ZPO, the Customer is liable for the cost of any losses incurred by Picavi.
6.4 In the event of a breach of duty by the Customer, in particular in the case of default or delayed payment, following the expiration of a reasonable deadline for performance granted to the Custom-er, Picavi is entitled to withdraw from the Contract and to recover any items the Customer acquired; this shall be without prejudice to the legal provisions stipulating that no deadline needs to be fixed.
6.5 Picavi hereby undertakes to release the collateral to which it is entitled upon request by the Customer, to the extent that the realizable value of its collateral exceeds the secured unpaid claims by more than 10%. The release is subject to Picavi’s discretion.
7. Customer cooperation and information obligations
7.1 The Customer shall provide Picavi free of charge with all information and documentation deemed necessary by Picavi for the implementation of contractual deliveries and services.
7.2 The Customer shall appoint a knowledgeable contact person for Picavi, who will be freely available for information and questions. This contact person shall be authorized to make any statements that are necessary as interim decisions for the furtherance of the Contract. The Customer shall en-sure that decisions, information or materials necessary for the fulfilment of the Contract by Picavi shall be provided or delivered promptly.
7.3 The Customer has been informed of the essential features of Picavi’s contractual deliveries and services, in particular the software, and bears the risk as to whether these correspond to the Customer’s wishes and needs; in case of doubt regarding the features of the contractual items, the Customer shall obtain further information from Picavi.
7.4. The establishment of a functional hardware and software environment of sufficient dimensions, in particular in view of the additional load caused by the contractual items, is the sole responsibility of the Customer.
7.5 The Customer shall thoroughly test the contractual items, the supplied software in particular, be-fore implementation to verify whether they are free of errors and usable under the existing hard-ware and software configuration. This also applies to software that the Customer receives within the framework of warranty and maintenance.
7.6 The Customer shall follow all instructions provided by Picavi for the installation and operation of the software; the customer shall regularly and on a reasonable basis keep abreast of the latest in-formation made available on the accessible webpages at the website www.picavi.com, taking this in-to account in all operations.
7.7 Should Picavi perform any activities on the premises of the Customer, the Customer shall within reasonable limits make timely and appropriate accommodations. In such case, the Customer shall provide Picavi with an appropriate and suitable working environment at the Customer’s own expense so that Picavi can freely carry out its contractual services.
7.8 The Customer shall provide Picavi with troubleshooting access to the contractual items, either via remote data transmission and/or directly, at Picavi’s discretion. Picavi is entitled to verify whether the contractual items are being used in accordance with the provisions of this Contract. For this pur-pose, the Customer shall provide information upon Picavi’s request, in particular on the time period and extent of use of the contractual items, as well as access to the books, documentation, and Customer hardware and software. Picavi shall be granted access and entry to the premises of the Customer during the usual business hours for this purpose.
7.9 The Customer undertakes as an essential contractual obligation the regular back-up of data and programs in an adequately usable form, at least once a day, in machine-readable format, thereby ensuring that the data and programs can be restored with reasonable effort.
7.10 Absent express notification in advance by the Customer, Picavi will assume that all Customer da-ta that Picavi can access has been backed up.
7.11 The Customer shall bear any additional costs or other disadvantages arising from a breach of its obligations under this Section 7.
8. Material and legal defects, maintenance
8.1 Picavi warrants the contractual quality of the contractual items per statutory regulations, and that the use of said items by the Customer as set out in the Contract will not violate any third-party rights. The warranty that usage of the contractual items will not violate third-party rights is only valid for the destination country in which the items are to be used, as agreed between the parties. Unless otherwise expressly agreed, the warranty applies for the country in which the Customer has established its business.
8.2 In the case of material defects, Picavi shall initially fulfil its warranty obligation through supplementary performance. For supplementary performance with regard to software, Picavi shall at its discretion provide the Customer with new, defect-free software or a remedy of the defect; remedy of defect is also constituted by Picavi showing the Customer reasonable and effective ways to avoid the effects of the defect.
8.3 In the case of defects of title, Picavi shall likewise initially fulfil its warranty obligation through supplementary performance. To this end, Picavi shall at its discretion provide the Customer with either a legally sound means for using the contractual items, or a replaced or modified equivalent of the contractual items.
8.4 Picavi is entitled to make supplementary performance contingent upon the Customer’s payment of at least a reasonable part of the remuneration due.
8.5 The Customer is obligated to install new software versions if the contractual scope of features is in accordance with the Contract and the change does not lead to significant disadvantages.
8.6 In the event that two separate attempts at supplementary performance fail, the Customer is entitled to set a reasonable deadline for the remedy of defects. The Customer must expressly indicate in writing that it reserves the right upon failure of another attempt at supplementary performance to either withdraw from the Contract and/or make a claim for damages.
If the rectification of defects during the grace period fails, the Customer may withdraw from the Con-tract or reduce payment, except in case of a minor defect. Picavi shall pay damages or reimburse fu-tile expenditures caused by defects within the framework of the limits laid down in Section 9. Upon expiration of the deadline as set forth in sentence 1, Picavi can demand that the Customer exercise its rights arising from expiration of the deadline within two weeks after submitting its demand. After expiration of the deadline, the right to choose transfers over to Picavi.
8.7 If Picavi provides services during the troubleshooting or rectification without being so obliged, Picavi may charge for such services at its usual rates. This applies in particular when a defect is not detectable or is not attributable to Picavi. Compensation is also due when expenditures are borne by Picavi and the Customer has not fulfilled its obligations in accordance with Section 7.
8.8 The Customer must notify Picavi immediately, in writing and in detail, of any third-party claims that prevent the Customer from exercising the rights granted under the Contract. The Customer hereby authorizes Picavi for all actions against third parties, both in court and extra-judicially. If the Customer is subject to legal action either in court or extra-judicially, the Customer agrees to liaise and coordinate with Picavi, undertaking any procedural measures, in particular admissions or settlements, only with Picavi’s prior consent. The Customer shall support Picavi in its in court or extra-judicial measures by providing the appropriate assistance and information.
Picavi is obliged to defend itself against claims at its own expense and to release the Customer from all related costs and damages, unless such are based on faults attributable to the Customer. Picavi is also entitled, at its discretion, to either settle third-party claims or to exchange for the relevant performance an equivalent performance in keeping with the contractual terms, taking into consideration the reasonable interests of the Customer.
8.9 The Customer may only assert claims arising from other breaches of duty by Picavi where such claims are notified to Picavi in writing and Picavi is granted a grace period to remedy such breaches. This shall not apply where the nature of the breach precludes remedial action. Damages or reimbursement of expenses shall be subject to the limits laid down in Section 9.
8.10 The period of limitation for any claims arising from defects (with the exception of claims for damages or reimbursement of expenses for which Section 9 applies) is two years. This does not apply to the delivery of hardware, which is subject to a limitation period of one year. For the delivery of used hardware, claims for defects are subject to a period of limitation of six months. The limitation periods begin with the date of delivery of the contractual items. Statutory limitation periods shall apply if Picavi has fraudulently concealed the defect.
8.11 The Parties may conclude a separate maintenance contract for the software.
9. Liability for damages and reimbursement of expenses
9.1 Picavi is liable in accordance with statutory provisions for damages that have been caused intentionally or by gross negligence, that are due to the absence of a guaranteed characteristic of the services, that are due to a culpable violation of essential contractual obligations (so-called cardinal obligations), that result from any injury to life, body or health that has been culpably caused, or for which provision is made under the Product Liability Act.
9.2 Cardinal obligations are such contractual obligations whose fulfilment is vital to the proper fulfilment of the Contract, and upon which the Customer may reasonably rely. The breach of such obligations would jeopardize fulfilment of the purpose of the Contract.
9.3 In the event of violation of a cardinal obligation, liability shall be limited – to the extent that the damage arises from ordinary or minor negligence and does not concern life, body or health – to such losses or damages that are typical or foreseeable for the type of contractual services provided here.
9.4 All other liability is excluded for both Picavi and its assistants and agents regardless of its legal basis.
9.5 Picavi shall be liable for Customer damages resulting from the loss of data or programs only to the extent that the damage would have been unavoidable despite a backup of all relevant data and programs by the Customer as described in Section 7.9.
9.6 Picavi’s rights to defence from claims of contributory negligence (such as set forth in Section 7) remain unaffected.
9.7 The limitation period shall apply in accordance with Section 8.10, with the proviso that for claims under Section 9.1, the statutory period of limitation shall apply. The period of limitation in accordance with sentence 1 begins with the specific point in time as set forth in § 199 para. 1 BGB (Civil Code). The period of limitation enters into force no later than the expiration of the deadlines set forth in § 199, para. 3 and 4 BGB.
10. Final provisions
10.1 The place of fulfilment for delivery, performance and payment is Picavi’s place of business.
10.2 If the Customer is a merchant, the place of jurisdiction shall be Picavi’s place of business. Picavi is additionally authorized to sue or further institute legal proceedings of any nature against the Customer at the Customer’s place of business.
10.3 Applicable law is the law of the Federal Republic of Germany. The terms of the UN Sales Con-vention shall not apply.
10.4 These terms and conditions and the Contract associated with them represent the entire agreement between the contracting parties. Any changes or additions must be made in writing in accordance with § 126 BGB. Waiver of this requirement of written form may also only be done via written agreement. Additionally, where this Contract requires written form, a text form per § 126 b BGB (for example fax or email) shall suffice.
10.5 If any provision of this Contract is or becomes invalid in part or in whole, or contains an impermissible deadline provision or omission, this shall not affect the legal validity of the remaining provisions. Insofar as the invalidity does not arise from a violation of §§ 305 ff. BGB (validity of standard business terms), any invalid provision is deemed replaced by a valid provision that most closely approximates the parties’ intentions. The same applies for the case of an omission. In the event of an impermissible deadline, the legally permissible deadline shall apply.
II. Software License Terms
11.1 The Customer acquires from Picavi the contractually specified software and the associated user manual (in printed or electronic form at Picavi’s discretion, if not agreed otherwise in the Contract) in the designated language (hereinafter referred to as the “Software”), under the following terms and conditions of use, if and to the extent that the contracting parties do not expressly agree otherwise in the Contract.
Picavi reserves the right to also deliver modules to the Customer that are not specified in the Con-tract. The delivery of such modules does not imply the right to use them, even if the Customer would be able to use the modules.
11.2 The source code of the Software is not part of Picavi’s deliveries and services.
11.3 The characteristics of the Software supplied by Picavi are definitively set out in the performance specifications valid at the time of shipping as described in the user manual. Picavi shall provide the Customer with the user manual upon request. Picavi is not required to provide any further level of quality for the Software exceeding the specifications.
11.4 Picavi cannot be held responsible for any public statements made by manufacturers, their employees or agents, or claims made in advertisements, unless such statements are demonstrably proven to have been instigated by Picavi and the Customer’s purchase decision has actually been influenced by them.
12. Type and number of licenses
12.1 Picavi awards main and user licenses.
12.1.1 Main licenses shall be issued for each operating facility or facilities named in the Contract. One main license shall be granted per facility. Any use of the Software by the Customer outside of the contractually designated operating facilities is not permitted. Unless otherwise expressly agreed, the right of use for the Software is granted exclusively for the operating facility where the Customer has its place of business. If the contract does not specify otherwise, the legal definition of operating facility as per § 12 Abgabenordnung (Tax Code: “permanent establishment”) shall apply.
12.1.2 User licenses shall be granted to the contractually stipulated number of individual users within the operating facility. The term “user licenses” is to be understood as “concurrent user licenses”.
12.2 The purchase price for the Software is set forth in the Contract for each main and user license.
12.3 In the event that the actual number of concurrent users exceeds the contractually agreed maximum number of concurrent users, this additional use of the Software is only authorized if the Customer is granted additional rights of use to the Software to the extent required. The Customer is ob-ligated to inform Picavi about the increased number of users without delay. Picavi shall present an offer to the Customer for additional usage rights per the standard conditions.
12.4 A reduction of the purchase price will not be granted in the event of a reduction in the number of main and/or user licenses.
13. Scope of use
13.1 Picavi grants the Customer a simple right to use the Software for an unlimited period.
13.2 The Customer is only authorized to use the Software in a manner that exceeds the rights set forth in this Contract upon prior written consent by Picavi. For additional use without authorization (in particular the concurrent use by a larger number of users than agreed) Picavi may invoice an amount payable for such excess use in accordance with the valid price list in effect at the time, unless the Customer is able to prove that Picavi has sustained significantly lower damages. Further non-contractual claims for damages remain unaffected.
13.3 The Customer may use the Software only in connection with its internal business transactions and those of affiliated companies in the sense of § 15 AktG (Stock Corporation Act: “affiliated enterprises”). Prior written consent by Picavi is required in particular for (i) a data centre operating for third parties, or (ii) the temporary provision of the Software, for example by way of Application Service Providing for companies that are not affiliates, or (iii) the use of the Software for the training of persons who are not employees of the Customer or its affiliates. Commercial rental is generally prohibited.
13.4 Copying the Software is permissible only in so far as this is necessary for contractual use. The Customer may make backup copies of the Software in accordance with the latest technology to the extent necessary. Backup copies on mobile data carriers must be labelled as such and must also dis-play the copyright of the original data carrier.
If the Customer has purchased the Software by way of online download, it is authorized to copy the Software onto a data carrier for distribution as per Section 15. Furthermore, Picavi’s rights to the online copy are limited in same way as if the Customer had received the Software on a data carrier.
13.5 All data processing equipment (e.g. servers, computers, hard drives) on which the Software will be copied in whole or in part either in the short or long term is located on the Customer’s premises and under its direct control. With Picavi’s written consent, the data processing equipment in accordance with sentence 1 may instead be located on the premises of an affiliated company and under its direct control. If the Customer wants to operate the Software or to have it operated for its own purposes on data processing equipment on the premises or under the direct control of a third party (outsourcing), this is only authorized on the basis of a written agreement with Picavi, which is pre-pared to conclude such agreement with the proviso that its legitimate interests are respected, in particular with regard to the contractual provisions on the use and passing on of the Software by the third party.
The Customer is only entitled to modifications, enhancements and any additional Software adaptations in the sense of § 69 c no. 2 UrhG (Copyright Act) to the extent that the law permits such things as essential. Before an error is corrected either by the Customer itself or by a third party, the Customer authorizes two attempts by Picavi at correction of the error. Any such modifications do not give rise to any additional usage or exploitation rights for the Customer in excess of those granted under this Contract. Picavi may, however, demand – for an adequate fee – the granting of an exclusive or non-exclusive usage right, unlimited with regard to territory and time, with the right to sub-licensing.
13.6 The Customer is authorized to decompile the Software only within the limits set forth in § 69 e UrhG, and this only if, upon the Customer’s written request, Picavi does not make the necessary data and/or information for interoperability with other hardware and software available within a reason-able deadline.
13.7 If Picavi replaces the previously licensed Software (“old Software”) with improvements or maintenance supplements, (e.g. patches, supplement to the user manual), or a new version of the Software (e.g. update, upgrade), all such replacements are subject to the provisions of this Contract.
If Picavi provides the Customer with a new version of the Software, as soon as the Customer uses the new Software productively, the prerogatives of the Customer with regard to the old Software per this contract are extinguished, even without an express request for return by Picavi. Picavi will however grant the Customer a three-month transitional phase during which both versions of the Software may be used concurrently.
13.8 Copying or revising the user manual is not permitted – subject to the provisions of Sections 13.4 and 13.5 (to the extent that the documentation is integrated into the Software).
14. Protection of the Software
14.1 Unless such rights are expressly granted to the Customer under this Contract, Picavi retains full and exclusive rights to the Picavi Software (including all copies made by the Customer), in particular any intellectual property rights including copyrights, the rights to or in inventions, as well as any technical industrial property rights. This also applies to any modifications of the Software by Picavi. Customer property rights with regard to the respective data carriers of such copies shall remain unaffected.
14.2 The Customer shall keep the licensed Software in a secure place in order to prevent misuse. The Customer shall only give third parties access to the Software (whether in its original or modified form) subsequent to Picavi’s prior written consent. Customer employees or such persons working with the Customer and using the Software per its contractually agreed use shall not be deemed third parties. Section 15 shall remain unaffected.
14.3 The Customer is not permitted to modify or remove any Picavi copyright notices, labels and/or control numbers or characters. In the event that the Customer changes or modifies the Software, all notices, labels or signs must appear in the amended version of the Software.
14.4 The Customer shall keep accounts of the data carriers on which the contractually permissible Software copies are stored and where they are stored, and shall provide Picavi with complete information and access upon request.
14.5 If the Customer gives access to data carriers, storage memory or other hardware on which Soft-ware (in whole or in part, unchanged or modified) is stored (i) to third parties absent the provisions for transfer as set forth in Section 15, or (ii) if the Customer relinquishes actual possession thereof, the Customer shall verify that the previously stored Software is completely and permanently deleted.
15. Transfer of the software
15.1 The Customer is only authorized to transfer the Software to third parties in a uniform manner and by completely and finally waiving its own use of the Software. The paid transfer of use to third parties, even if it is only temporary or only in part, is prohibited, regardless of whether the Software is in physical or intangible form. The same applies in the case of a gratuitous transfer.
15.2 Any transfer of the Software requires Picavi’s written consent. Picavi shall give such consent if (i) the Customer declares to Picavi in writing that it has transferred all the original copies of the Soft-ware to the stated third party and that all self-created copies have been permanently deleted, and (ii) the stated third party declares in writing its agreement to conform to Picavi’s herein agreed usage and distribution terms.
16. Confidentiality and data protection
16.1 The Contracting Parties undertake to treat confidentially and use solely for the purposes of the implementation of this Contract, both during and beyond the end of the Contract, all confidential in-formation and trade secrets disclosed to or acquired by them within the framework of the negotiation and performance of the Contract. Picavi’s trade secrets also include the Software and the services provided under this Contract.
16.2 The Customer shall provide access to the Software to employees and selected third parties only to the extent necessary pursuant to their granted rights of use. The Customer shall instruct any such persons to whom it grants access to the Software, for example in order to directly undertake changes to the Software settings, of Picavi’s rights to the Software and the obligation of confidentiality. Furthermore, such persons shall be required to sign a written confidentiality agreement regarding the use of any information so obtained, unless they are already obliged on another legal basis to maintain confidentiality to at least the above extent.
16.3 The above obligations shall not apply to trade secrets that (i) at the time of their communication by the contractual partner are already apparent or known to the other party; (ii) after their communication by the contractual partner became obvious through no fault of the other party; (iii) after their communication by the contractual partner to the other party are made accessible by a third party but not in an unlawful manner and without any restriction in respect to confidentiality or exploitation; (iv) are developed by one of the contracting parties on its own, without the use of the business secrets of the contractual partner; (v) must be published in accordance with the law or with regulatory or judicial decision – provided that the publishing party informs the contractual partner without delay and supports it in the defence of such injunctions or decisions; or (vi) are authorized for use or disclosure by the contractual partner on the basis of mandatory statutory provisions or on the basis of this Contract.
16.4 Picavi shall comply with data protection regulations, in particular if Picavi is granted access to the operations or to the hardware and software of the Customer. Picavi shall ensure that its agents also comply with these provisions; in particular, Picavi undertakes to bind them to data confidentiality before they commence their work. Picavi does not intend to process or use personal data on be-half of the Customer. A transfer of personal data will only occur in exceptional cases as a side-effect of Picavi’s contractual services. Picavi will treat personal data in accordance with the provisions of data protection law.
17. Termination of usage rights to the Software
For all cases regarding the termination of the Customer’s authorization to use the Software (e.g. through cancellation, replacement), the Customer shall surrender all deliveries of the Software without delay, deleting all copies, insofar as it is not legally obliged to longer retention thereof. Section 13.7 shall remain unaffected. The Customer shall provide Picavi with an assurance of such return and deletion in writing.
Last updated: 30 April 2016
The German version is the authoritative version, and this English translation is intended for reference purposes only. In the event of discrepancies between the English and German version of the respec-tive terms and conditions, the German version will prevail.