The following terms and conditions refer to Emiliano Vittoriosi ("The Agency") and its relationship with its clients and potential clients.
General Terms & Conditions of Business
1.1 Quotes & Prices
1.1.1. All quotes/estimates are valid for 30 days from the date of submission.
1.1.2. Quotes/estimates are based on the information provided by the Client, including but not limited to detail on quantities, structure, scope and functionality. Any quote/estimate may therefore be subject to change should the client’s requirements change at any time.
1.1.3. Unless otherwise stated, photography, stock images, delivery, copywriting and VAT will be charged extra.
1.1.4. If the contract or hourly price has not been fixed for the term of a contract, our hourly rate of €100 will apply.
1.1.5. The Agency reserves the right to alter the hourly rate at any time as business needs dictate.
1.1.6. Quotes/estimates are based on the Agency's current costs of production and unless otherwise agreed are subject to amendment on or at any time after acceptance to meet any rise or fall in such costs.
1.1.7. Any estimates given by The Agency as to the time of completion or performance of its services (whether completion of the whole or a part of those services) shall be estimates only and time shall not be of the essence.
1.1.8. Any stated timescale is reliant upon the client providing all required information/copy/images within the time set out at project initiation.
1.2.1. The Agency reserves the right to sub-contract the fulfilment of an order or any part thereof.
1.2.2. Any images supplied electronically will be incorporated into designs without charge provided that they are of suitable quality. All images need to be supplied as EPS illustrator vectors for logos and Photoshop tiffs (300dpi min) for pictures. Any logos that need to be re-drawn will be charged extra at our hourly rate. All supplied images requiring scanning or alterations to be charged at €20 per image. Images sourced from external image libraries may incur additional licence/royalty charges payable by the Client.
1.2.3. Should the Client supply text, artwork or images, the Agency is not obliged to edit, check or guarantee the correctness thereof in any way whatsoever, and the end product shall be made at the entire risk of the Client.
1.2.4. The Agency shall be indemnified by the Client in respect of any claims, costs and expenses arising out of any libellous matter or any infringement of copyright, patent design or any other proprietary or personal rights contained in any material supplied by the Client. The indemnity shall extend to any amounts paid on a lawyer's advice in settlement of any claim.
1.2.5. Origination and/or conceptual work and any copyright subsisting therein shall remain the property of the Agency unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Client.
1.2.6. The Client’s property and property supplied to the Agency on behalf of the Client, while it is in the possession of the Agency or in transit to or from the Client, will be deemed to be at Client’s risk unless otherwise agreed and the Client should insure accordingly.
1.2.7. The Agency may charge rent for storage of goods retained at Client’s request, or items left with the Agency before receipt of the order or after notification to the Client of completion of the work.
1.2.8. When required to expedite project delivery ahead of the time needed for proper production of a given deadline, the Agency shall not be liable for defects occasioned thereby. Should such delivery require payment of overtime wages, delivery charges or other additional costs, all such extras will be for the Client’s account.
1.2.9. The Agency shall not be required to use, print, upload or hold any matter which in its opinion is or may be of an illegal or libellous nature or an infringement of the proprietary or other rights of a third party.
1.3 Invoices & Payment
1.3.1. Payment must be made no more than 30 days after date of invoice unless otherwise agreed in writing in advance.
1.3.2. We understand and will exercise our statutory right to interest under the Late Payment Of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 amended by European Directive 2000/35/EC if we are not paid according to these terms.
1.3.3. All work remains copyrighted to the Agency until settlement of relevant fee account.
1.3.4. All invoices are subject to DE VAT at the current rate, unless a valid exemption certificate is provided.
1.3.5. All payments must be in EU euro.
1.3.6. All work completed after project inception will be billed as it is completed at the end of every calendar month as Work in Progress (WIP) until the conclusion of the project.
1.3.7. If the Agency incurs any costs as a result of the Client’s neglect or default, the Agency may charge those costs to the Client in addition to the contract price.
1.3.8. The Client shall pay for any preliminary work which is produced at his/her request, whether experimentally or otherwise. A 50% rejection fee is applicable on all designs executed by the Agency should the Client cancel their contract/order.
1.3.9. When payment is overdue, the Agency may suspend work, service and/or delivery without notice and without prejudice to any other legal remedy until due payment has been made. Furthermore, any work started but incomplete may be suspended and payment therefore becomes immediately due and payable, notwithstanding anything expressed herein, and any monies in respect of.
1.3.10. The Agency may require payment in advance, or a deposit of at least 50% of the quote/estimate total prior to instigating work on an order, particularly but not limited to the following situations: new clients; clients with a poor payment history; large, lengthy or complex projects. Where a deposit is required, the balance shall be due upon completion of the work, unless otherwise agreed in writing in advance.
1.3.11. If your payment is returned by the bank as unpaid for any reason, you will be liable for a charge of €50 for each occurrence.
1.4.1. Proofs, pull samples, specimens, sketches, photographs, links or any representation, whether partial or total, of the finished article in whatever form may be submitted to the Client for approval.
1.4.2. Any rehearsals will be charged ranging from €5 to €50 per hour.
1.4.3. After approval the Client shall have no claim against the Agency for errors in the exemplar as approved by them.
1.5.1. If the Client ceases to pay his debts in the ordinary course of business or cannot pay his debts as they become due or is deemed to be unable to pay its debts or have a winding-up petition issued against it or being a person who commits an act of bankruptcy or has a bankruptcy petition issued against him, the Agency without prejudice to other remedies shall:
188.8.131.52. Have the right not to proceed further with the contract or any other work for the Client and be entitled to charge for work already carried out (whether completed or not) and materials purchased for the Client. Such charge to be an immediate debt due to him.
184.108.40.206. In respect of all unpaid debts due from the Client have a general lieu on all goods and property in its possession (whether worked on or not) and shall be entitled on the expiration of 14 days' notice to dispose of such goods or property in such manner and at such price as it thinks fit and to apply the proceeds towards such debts.
1.6 Force Majeure
1.6.1. The Agency shall be under no liability if it shall be unable to carry out any provision of the contract for any reason beyond its control including (without limiting the foregoing) Act of God, legislation, war, fire, flood, drought, failure of power supply, lock-out, strike or other action taken by employees in contemplation or furtherance of a dispute or owing to any inability to procure materials required for the performance of the contract. During the continuance of such a contingency the Client may by written notice to the Agency elect 'to terminate the contract and pay for work done and materials used', but subject thereto shall otherwise accept delivery when available.
1.7 Information Provided by You
1.7.1. You warrant that the name, address and payment information provided when you place your order with the Agency will be correct and you agree to notify the Agency of any changes in the name, address and/or payment details.
1.7.2. You agree that the Agency may disclose your name and address where any enquiries are made.
1.7.3. You warrant that you possess the legal right and ability to enter into this Agreement and to use the Agency's services in accordance with this Agreement.
1.8.1. You shall indemnify us and keep us indemnified and hold us harmless from all liabilities, actions, claims, proceedings, losses, expenses (including reasonable legal costs and expenses), costs and damages, howsoever suffered or incurred by us in consequences of your breach or non-observance of this Agreement, or arising out of claims based upon or relating to our work for you or any claim brought against us by a third party resulting from the provision of any Services to you and your use of them.
1.8.2. The Agency will notify you promptly of any claim for which the Agency seeks specific indemnification at the currently supplied address. The Agency will afford you the opportunity to participate in the defence of such claim, provided that your participation will not be conducted in a manner prejudicial to the Agency's interests, as reasonably determined by the Agency and/or its legal representatives.
1.9 Limitation of Liability
1.9.1. All conditions, terms, representations and warranties relating to the Services supplied under this Agreement, whether imposed by statute or operation of law or otherwise, that are not expressly stated in these terms and conditions including, without limitation, the implied warranty of satisfactory quality and fitness for a particular purpose are hereby excluded, are subject always to sub clause 1.9.2.
1.9.2. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall exclude our liability for death or personal injury resulting from our negligence.
1.9.3. In any event, no claim against the Agency shall be brought unless you have notified the Agency of the claim within one year of the issue arising.
1.9.4. In no event shall the Agency be liable to you by reason of any representation (unless fraudulent), or any implied warranty, condition or other term, or any duty at common law, for any loss of business, contracts, anticipated savings or profits or any indirect, special or consequential loss, damage, costs, expenses or other claims (whether caused by the Agency's negligence or the negligence of its servants or agents or otherwise) which arise out of or in connection with the provision of any goods or services by the Agency.
1.9.5. The Agency warrants that its services will be provided using reasonable care and skill. Where the Agency supplies any goods supplied by a third party, the Agency does not give any warranty, guarantee or other term as to their quality, fitness for purpose or otherwise, but shall, where possible, assign the benefit of any warranty, guarantee or indemnity given by the supplier of the goods to the Agency.
1.10 General Terms
1.10.1. These conditions and all other express terms of the contract shall be governed and constructed in accordance with the laws of Germany and you hereby submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the German courts.
1.10.2. The Agency shall not be liable or deemed to be in breach of contract by reason of any delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of its obligations if the delay or failure was due to any cause beyond its reasonable control.
1.10.3. All quotes/estimates, briefs and other Client/Agency documents are commercially confidential and may not be disclosed to third parties without prior written agreement.
1.10.4. These terms and conditions, together with any documents expressly referred to in them, contain the entire Agreement between the Agency and the Client relating to the subject matter covered and supersede any previous agreements, arrangements, undertakings, proposals or contemporaneous communications, written or oral: between the Agency and the Client in relation to such matters. No oral explanation or oral information given by any party shall alter the interpretation of these terms and conditions. In agreeing to these terms and conditions, you confirm that you have not relied on any representation other than those expressly stated in these terms and conditions and you agree that you shall have no remedy in respect of any misrepresentation which has not been expressly made in this Agreement.
1.10.5. Any notice to be given by either party to the other may be sent by either email or post to the address of the other party as appearing in this Agreement or ancillary application forms or such other address as such party may from time to time have communicated to the other in writing, and if sent by email shall unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to be received on the day it was sent, or if sent by post shall be deemed to be served two days following the date of posting.
1.10.6. Headings, numbering and summaries are included in this Agreement for convenience only and shall not affect the construction or interpretation of this Agreement.
1.10.7. You acknowledge that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and the Agency as a result of your use of these services. You agree not to hold yourself out as a representative, agent or employee of the Agency. You agree that the Agency will not be liable by reason of any representation, act or omission to act by you.
1.10.8. The Agency reserves the right to revise, alter, modify or amend these terms and conditions, and any of our other policies and agreements at any time and in any manner without prior notification. Notice of any revision, amendment, or modification will be posted in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
1.10.9. If any of the provisions of this Agreement are judged to be illegal or unenforceable, the remainder shall continue in full force and the effect of the remainder of them will be not be deemed to be prejudiced.
1.10.10. This Agreement takes effect on the date on which you order our services. Acceptance of these terms is an absolute condition of the Client requesting work. An order constitutes acceptance of all our Terms and Conditions.
1.10.11. You shall not assign this Agreement or any benefits or interests arising under this Agreement without the Agency’s prior written permission.
1.10.12 Once the Client has made a booking for a specific time and date and this date/time has been Confirmed by The Agency, The Agency will not accept any other work from other clients for those times and dates.
1.11 Service Level Agreements
1.11.1. The hours provided in Service Level Agreements (SLA) can be used in any way, other than for fixed costs and essential services – such as web hosting or advertising placement – or towards payment of debts or existing/quoted jobs.
1.11.2. Once an account handler at the Agency has been given a job brief as part of the SLA, should the work take longer than 30 minutes, we will endeavour to provide a total estimate of how long the job will take for approval by the Client before any work is commenced.
1.11.3. For each job requested by the Client as part of the SLA, a minimum of 15 minutes will be deducted from the remaining SLA time allowance.
1.11.4. All hours worked as part of an SLA are recorded and can be forwarded to the Client on request.
1.11.5. Once a Client approaches the final two hours of their SLA allowance, the Agency will endeavour to notify them automatically via email, providing the opportunity to purchase another SLA.
1.11.6. Any hours that have not been used within the initial 12 months after purchase will roll over to the following year, up to a maximum of 24 months. However, although the Agency reserves the right to increase the hourly rate as business needs dictate, the hours in an SLA will be honoured at the original rate at which they were purchased for one year, after which time, any roll-over hours will be applied to subsequent years at the new hourly rate.
Copyright and Ownership of Materials
2.1 Copyright & Permissions
2.1.1. The entire copyright, title, and intellectual property rights of any Images will remain that of The Photographer at all times throughout the world.
2.1.2. The Photographer asserts both his moral right to be identified as the author of his work and the right to a credit (where possible) is asserted in accordance with Sections 77 – 79 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 or any amendment or re-enactment thereof. Please credit ‘Emiliano Vittoriosi’.
2.1.3. Images are to be used as agreed at the time of booking and at the time of agreeing the fee. The licence to use is limited to the use and period of time specified on The Photographers booking form and no other use may be made of the Images without the Photographers express permission. An agreement must be reached with The Photographer before Images are used for any other purpose or after the licence to use has expired.
2.1.4. Manipulation of the Images or use of only a portion of Image may only take place with the permission of the Photographer.
2.1.5. When the license to use has expired an additional charge has to be agreed for extended usage with the Photographer.
2.1.6. The usage rights granted are personal to the Client and may not be assigned, nor may any image submitted to the Client be loaned or transferred to third parties (save for the purpose of the work by the Client of such reproduction/usage rights/PR).
2.1.7. The Photographer reserves the right to refuse to supply or grant a reproduction licence to a third party when requested to do so by the Client.
2.1.8. The Photographer retains the right in all cases to use the Images covered by this agreement at any time and in any part of the world for the purposes of advertising or otherwise promoting his work.
Digital Media Terms & Conditions
3.1.1. The Agency can only program sites to be as secure as reasonably possible at the time of delivery and can not offer indemnity against future threats/developments.
3.1.2. Once the Agency has deemed a project to be complete, any amendments will be charged at the Agency’s standard billing structure of €100/hour.
3.1.3. The Agency develops websites for compatibility with the current version of Microsoft Internet Explorer: not all previous versions or every browser. If further compatibility is required, the Agency must be advised at the outset.
3.2.1. The ownership of the web pages and copyright therein shall remain with the Agency until payment in full has been received for all sums owing. Once payment has been received, ownership and copyright shall pass to the Client for page text and graphics specific to the Client.
3.2.2. Ownership of all code used in processing web pages shall remain with the Agency and it is expressly agreed that the use of such code in processing the web pages does not confer any passing of title from the Agency to the Client.
3.3.1. The Client shall supply the copy for your web pages in clear and usable permanent or electronic form and shall be entirely responsible for the content of the web pages.
3.3.2. All images uploaded to websites by the Client (via CMS, FTP or other) should be optimised (compressed file size). The Agency can provide advice on the best image editing software packages, but accepts no responsibility for the performance or compatibility of third-party software, or the results they produce.
3.3.3. When a test link is provided, it is the responsibility of the Client to test the functionality, read and check all copy, as well as approve the design and images used before approval is given.
3.3.4. The Agency can provide legal disclaimers and privacy policies; but it is the responsibility of the Client to confirm with their own legal advisers that these meet their individual requirements, as The Agency accepts no responsibility for their accuracy, relevance or currency.
4.1.1. All charges payable by you for the Services shall be in accordance with the scale of charges and rates published from time to time by us and shall be due and payable in advance of their service provision without any set-off or other deduction. We reserve the right to change pricing at any time, although all pricing is guaranteed for the current subscription period.
4.1.2. Payment is due each anniversary month, quarter or year following the date the Services were established until closure notice is given.
4.1.3. Downtime fee, this fee will be applied when appointments are reserved in the calendar and not cancelled or rescheduled with 24 hours notice, the minimum cost fee equivalent.
4.1..4 When a booking is Confirmed, if it is subsequently cancelled, a cancellation fee will be charged to the client according to the following schedule: (i) When a client cancels appointment within less than 7 days business of any confirmed date, a fee of 20% of the booked time rate will be charged. (ii) When a client cancels within less than 24 hours of any confirmed date/time, a fee of 50% of the booked time rate will be charged. (iii) When a client cancels photography on the day of the confirmed date, the full fee will be charged.
4.1.5 When a booking is confirmed, if it is subsequently postponed, the Agency will at his discretion charge a fee for postponement.
4.1.6. In addition, the client may be charged for any expenses incurred by The Agency as a result of cancellation or postponement.
4.1.7 The Agency will endeavour to put the Client in touch with another freelancer in the event The Agency is unable to attend on booked date due to any cause beyond their reasonable control e.g. sudden illness, injury, victim of crime, flooding etc. In the event of such cancellation by Agency, or in the very unlikely event of total photographic failure, liability shall be limited to a full refund of any fees paid to the Agency by the Client at that time.
4.2 Liability and Indemnity
4.2.1. It is the Client who must satisfy him/herself that all necessary rights, model releases or consents which may be required for reproduction, are obtained and it is acknowledged that The Photographer gives no warranty or undertaking that any such rights, model releases or consents have been or will be obtained whether in relation to the use of names, people, trade marks, registered or copyright designs or works of art depicted in any picture. In the event that the Image issued or reproduced by or with the authority of the Client does not have the necessary rights, releases or consents, then the Client shall indemnify The Photographer against all expenses, damages, claims, or legal costs arising out of any such failure.
4.3. Archiving of Images/Files
4.3.1 All files will be stored and archived by The Agency for 6 month. If archived files are required after that time or additional storage time is required an admin. fee may be charged. If The Agency loses images stored in archive or they are stolen, The Agency is not liable beyond 6 months of storage. Within 6 months, The Agency is liable to the cost of the originals (a return of the original fee).