SECTION 1: Purpose
This Agreement consists of:
- The terms and conditions below (these “Terms and Conditions”); and
- Exhibit A –Channel Code of Conduct,
and sets out the terms and conditions of the Program, under which Reseller may be eligible to receive discounts on the sale of eligible Microsoft software products under the Microsoft Open, Open Value and Open Value Subscription License programs to Small & Medium Business (‘SMB’) customers in the Territory during the Program Period if Reseller has registered the sale opportunity before the transaction, details of which are set out below.
SECTION 2: Definitions
a. “Affiliate” means, in relation to Microsoft, any legal entity that Microsoft owns, that owns Microsoft, or that is under its common ownership. “Ownership” means, for purposes of this definition, more than 50% direct or indirect shareholding, and “control” means direct or indirect control of the management of the board of directors.
b. “Agreement” means these Terms and Conditions as accepted by Reseller’s participation in the Program.
c. “Discount” means the discount(s) to which Reseller may be eligible under this Agreement, as described in Section 5(b) below.
d. “Distributor” means a distributor in the Territory that is authorized by Microsoft to sell Microsoft products under a Microsoft Channel Agreement signed with Microsoft. The list of Distributors is published at the Program Web Site.
e. “Eligible License Type” means any of the following:
i. Open License (‘Open L’)
ii. Open License and Software Assurance (‘Open L&SA’)
iii. Open Value (‘OV’)
iv. Open Value Subscription (‘OVS’)
and includes, for the avoidance of doubt, the Get Genuine Windows Supplemental Agreement, but excludes Charity versions of Open, Open Value and Open Value Subscription.
f. “Eligible Order” means an ordered placed by Reseller on behalf of an SMB Customer through a Distributor during the Program Period that is in compliance with Section 4 below.
g. “Eligible Products” means licenses in respect of any of the following Microsoft software products:
ii. Windows Server + Client Access Licenses (‘CALs’)
iii. SQL Server + CALs
iv. Exchange Server + CALs
v. System Center Server Managed Licenses + Client Managed Licenses
h. “Eligible Transaction” means a sale of Eligible Products:
i. to an SMB Customer;
ii. under an Eligible License Type;
iii. with a minimum value of AUD$10,000 and a maximum value of AUD$100,000, or its equivalent in local currency.
i. “Microsoft” means the Microsoft contracting entity determined by the country where Reseller and the SMB Customer are located as follows:
For Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam - Microsoft Regional Sales Corporation
- For the Republic of Korea - Microsoft Korea, Inc.
j. “Opportunity” means a potential Eligible Transaction that has not previously been identified by Microsoft or any of its Affiliates and entered into Microsoft’s Global Sales internal customer relationship management application used to manage sales activities (GSX).
l. “Program Period” means 1st August 2012 to 30th September 2012 (both dates inclusive).
m. “Qualifying Order” means an order in respect of a Registered Opportunity that is in compliance with Section 5(a) below.
n. “Registered Opportunity” means an Opportunity that Reseller has registered according to Section 4 below. For the avoidance of doubt, Opportunities that were registered before the Program Period under the Velocity Deal Registration Ca$hback but that expire within the Program Period (i.e. the expiry of the 45-day validity period falls during the Program Period) are deemed Registered Opportunities under this Agreement
o. “SMB Customer” means a customer that is not on Microsoft’s internal list of Corporate Accounts or Major Accounts in the Territory. To check if a customer is considered by Microsoft to be an SMB Customer, please check with email@example.com.
p. “Territory” means Australia.
SECTION 3: Reseller Eligibility.
In order for Reseller to be eligible to participate in the Program, Reseller must be a registered member of the Microsoft Partner Network for the duration of the Program Period.
SECTION 4: Opportunity Registration
a. Registration. In order for Reseller to be entitled to the Discount, Reseller must first register the Opportunity using the Opportunity registration tool at the Program Web Site. Each registration shall be valid for 45 days, after which it will automatically expire.
b. Validation. Microsoft or its agent will validate and verify the Opportunity using the information in its internal sales tools and, if validated, will send Reseller an email confirming the registration of the Opportunity (the “Confirmation Email”) together with a validation code.
1. Microsoft will accept an Opportunity for registration only if it is new, i.e. if it has not been previously registered under the Program or, if it has been previously registered, (1) the Opportunity is submitted for registration according to subsection (2) below, or (2) that registration has expired.
2. Subject to Microsoft’s rights under Section 4(b) above and Section 4(c)(5) below, if more than one reseller submits the same Opportunity for registration, the following shall apply:
i. The reseller who submitted the Opportunity first will, if the Opportunity is validated for registration, be registered in respect of that Opportunity;
ii. Any other reseller who submits the same Opportunity for registration within seven (7) days of the first registration will also be registered in respect of that Opportunity.
3. Reseller may register different Opportunities with the same SMB Customer as long as the Opportunities are different, i.e. they relate to different Eligible License Types and/or different Eligible Products.
4. Reseller may not have more than an aggregate of 75 Registered Opportunities at any point in time. Once an Eligible Order is submitted in respect of a Registered Opportunity, that Registered Opportunity will no longer be counted towards the maximum number of Registered Opportunities Reseller is allowed to have under this section.
5. Microsoft reserves the right, in its discretion, to reject an Opportunity for registration. Microsoft shall have no liability for any delay in validating any Opportunity submitted for registration or for rejecting an Opportunity for registration.
SECTION 5: Discount Entitlement and Claim Procedure
a. In order to receive the Discount:
1. Reseller’s order in respect of the Registered Opportunity must be submitted to its Distributor together with a copy of the Confirmation Email and the validation code; and
2. Reseller’s Distributor must submit that order to Microsoft by the earlier of (i) the date falling 45 days after the date of registration of that Opportunity as indicated in the Confirmation Email, and (ii) the last day of the Program Period.
b. The Discounts available to Reseller from its Distributor on Qualifying Orders are as follow:
Eligible License Type
For OV and OVS, the Discount applies to license fees payable for the first year only, i.e. second and third year anniversary payments are not eligible for the Discount.
SECTION 6: Taxes
It is solely Reseller’s responsibility to report and pay all applicable taxes or duties that may be required under any appropriate laws related to the Discount it receives. Reseller must consult its own tax advisor with any question or concern about the taxes that apply to it in relation to this Agreement. Microsoft and its Affiliates will not be liable for any taxes, including income taxes, withholdings and GST (if applicable) or their equivalent, in connection with any Discounts Reseller receives pursuant to this Agreement.
SECTION 7: Conflicts of interest
Reseller will not be entitled to receive a Discount under this Agreement (1) related to an SMB Customer that is a national, state, provincial or local government account (“Governments”, which include governmental entities and agencies. In many situations, educational institutions and hospitals are owned and operated by Governments), and/or (2) to an SMB Customer to which it owes an agency or fiduciary duty, be it contractual or legal in nature, and/or (3) with which Reseller could find itself in a conflict of interest, unless in any instance the Discount is not prohibited by applicable law and Reseller informs the applicable SMB Customer in writing before Reseller provides any advice and the SMB Customer provides its written consent indicating that it does in the form of a certification by the SMB Customer’s procurement officer that it does not object to Reseller receiving the Discount. In such circumstance, in order to qualify for the Discount, Reseller must first provide Microsoft a copy of such SMB Customer notice and written consent document, and must certify in writing that it has complied with the obligations identified in this Section 7. If Reseller does not comply, Reseller materially breaches this Agreement and Reseller must refund to its Distributor any Discount already received by it as of the date of the material breach. Microsoft also retains all other legal and equitable remedies.
SECTION 8: Other terms
a. Compliance. In order to be eligible for a Discount under the Program, Reseller must at all times comply with all of its obligations under the Agreement, including the Channel Code of Conduct in Exhibit A.
b. No returns. Eligible Product licenses sold in relation to the Program are not returnable or exchangeable.
c. Pricing. Reseller is at all times free to set and determine the price at which it sells Microsoft products.
d. Other promotions. Qualifying Orders in respect of which a Discount is provided under the Program are not eligible for any other discounts or rebates. Likewise, any product purchased under any other Microsoft discount program shall not be eligible for any Discount under the Program.
e. Sales to end customers only. Reseller will resell Microsoft product licenses to end users and not to resellers of any kind and only in the Territory.
f. No direct purchase rights. This Agreement does not grant any right to Reseller to purchase any products directly from Microsoft.
g. Voluntary participation. Participation in the Program is entirely voluntary.
h. Non-exclusivity. This Agreement is non-exclusive, and Reseller is free to license, use, recommend or support non-Microsoft software, hardware or services.
i. No use of unlicensed software. Reseller declares and warrants to Microsoft that, in participating in the Program, Reseller shall not use any unauthorized or unlicensed software. If Reseller is found doing so, it shall be disqualified from the Program.
j. Microsoft’s IP rights not affected. Nothing in the Program shall affect any intellectual property rights in any product or service which may be the subject matter of the program.
k. Program disputes. In the event of any dispute arising from in relation to the Program (e.g. whether or not a customer is an SMB customer, the validity of an Opportunity for registration, etc.) or this Agreement, the decision of Microsoft shall be final and binding on all parties. No correspondence will be entertained.
SECTION 9: Audit
Reseller must keep proper records and books pertaining to its activities under this Agreement. Microsoft or its designated agent may, during the term of this Agreement and for a period of one year after its expiry, carry out random audits of such records and books to verify Reseller’s compliance with this Agreement.
SECTION 10: Term and termination
This Agreement is effective as of 1st July 2012 and, unless terminated, will expire on 31st December 2012. Microsoft may terminate this Agreement without cause by giving Reseller at least 30 days’ written notice. Microsoft will be entitled to terminate this Agreement immediately if Reseller breaches its obligations under this Agreement. Microsoft will not be liable for any costs or damages resulting from the termination of this Agreement as provided above. Sections 2 (Definitions), Section 8 (Audit), this Section 9 (Term and termination), Section 10 (Confidentiality), Section 11 (Exclusion of Liability), Section 12 (Indemnity) and Section 13 (Miscellaneous) will survive expiration or termination of this Agreement.
SECTION 11: Confidentiality
Reseller shall keep all information relating to this Agreement confidential for a period of 3 years.
SECTION 12: Exclusion of liability
To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall Microsoft or any of its Affiliates be liable for any damages or losses whatsoever (including, but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, for business interruption, for loss of privacy, for failure to meet any duty including of good faith or of reasonable care, for negligence and for any other pecuniary or other loss whatsoever) arising out of or in any way related to Reseller’s participation in the Program, even if Microsoft has been advised of such damages, and even in the event of fault, tort (including negligence) or strict or product liability or misrepresentation.
SECTION 13: Indemnity
To the maximum extent permitted by law, Reseller undertakes to indemnify and keep Microsoft and its Affiliates, related corporations, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees and agents harmless and indemnified against any loss, damage, claims, costs and expenses which may be incurred or suffered by any or each of them due to Reseller’s breach of this Agreement and/or arising from its participation in the Program.
SECTION 14: Miscellaneous
a. Relationship. The parties are independent contractors. This Agreement does not create an employer-employee relationship, partnership, joint venture, or agency relationship and does not create a franchise. Neither Reseller nor any of its representatives may make any representation, warranty or promise on Microsoft’s behalf.
b. Notices. Notices may be given either by electronic or physical mail or, in the case of changes to the Program or these Terms and Conditions by Microsoft, by publishing them at the Program Web Site.
c. Applicable law and jurisdiction/dispute resolution.
1. If Reseller’s principal place of business is in Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, this Agreement is construed and controlled by the laws of Singapore.
i. If Reseller’s principal place of business is in Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, New Zealand or Singapore, Reseller consents to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Singapore courts.
ii. If Reseller’s principal place of business is in Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand or Vietnam, any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, including any question regarding its existence, validity or termination, will be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration in Singapore under the Arbitration Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”), which rules are deemed to be incorporated by reference into this section. The arbitral tribunal will consist of one arbitrator to be appointed by the Chairman of SIAC. The language of the arbitration will be English. The decision of the arbitrator will be final, binding and incontestable and may be used as a basis for judgment on it in Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand or Vietnam (as appropriate), or elsewhere.
2. If Reseller’s principal place of business is in the Republic of Korea, this Agreement is construed and controlled by the laws of Republic of Korea. Reseller consents to the exclusive original jurisdiction and venue in the Seoul Central District Court.
d. Attorneys’ fees. If either Microsoft or Reseller employs attorneys to enforce any rights arising out of or relating to this Agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover its reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and other expenses, including the costs and fees incurred on appeal or in a bankruptcy or similar action.
e. Compliance with laws. Reseller will comply with all applicable laws including local anti-corruption laws and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“Anti-Corruption Laws”). Microsoft can hire a third-party auditor if it has a good faith reason to believe Reseller or its representatives are in breach of the Anti-Corruption Laws. The third-party auditor will (1) investigate the suspected breaches (“Anti-Corruption Audit”), and (2) report its Anti-Corruption Audit findings solely to Microsoft. Reseller will fully participate and assist in any Anti-Corruption Audit. Reseller will make all books, records and employees promptly available to assist the third-party auditor. Microsoft may terminate this Agreement if Reseller fails to comply with this provision. Microsoft will not be liable for damages resulting from that termination.
f. Errors. Microsoft is not responsible for printing or typographical errors in any Program-related materials or for registrations that are incomplete, lost or misdirected, fail to enter into the processing system, or are processed, reported, or transmitted late or incorrectly or are lost for any reason including electronic, computer, telephone, paper transfer, mail system, human or other error; including inability to access the Program Web Site or any other web site associated with the Program. Reseller’s proof of online registration shall not constitute proof of receipt by Microsoft or its agents. If any information provided by or on behalf of Reseller is found to be misleading or inaccurate, that registration shall be deemed invalid.
h. Assignment. This Agreement is binding on Reseller in the Territory. Reseller is not entitled to assign this Agreement. Microsoft may assign this Agreement to an Affiliate. If Microsoft assigns this Agreement, it will notify Reseller in writing.
i. Waiver. A party’s delay or failure to exercise any right or remedy will not result in a waiver of that or any other right or remedy.
j. Severability. If any court of competent jurisdiction determines that any provision of this Agreement is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect.
k. Integration and modification.
1. Entire Agreement. This Agreement (including the exhibit) forms the entire agreement between the parties regarding the Program. It replaces all prior agreements, communications and representations between the parties regarding the Program.
2. Amendment. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Microsoft may change, extend or discontinue the Program or any portion of the Program or modify these Terms and Conditions at any time by notice posted at the Program Web Site, without liability towards Reseller or anyone. A change to a Program includes, but is not limited to, any change to the amount of the Discount. In addition to these Terms and Conditions, other specific terms may be imposed by Microsoft at any time to deal with any unforeseen situation. Reseller is advised to check the Program Web Site regularly for any changes. In the case of changes to the Program, acceptance by Reseller of any Discount or compliance with the Program requirements will constitute acceptance of the relevant changed Program requirements.
l. Third party beneficiaries. Certain sections of this Agreement are for the benefit of Microsoft’s Affiliates. As a result, Microsoft and Microsoft’s Affiliates are entitled to enforce this Agreement. Except for Microsoft’s Affiliates, this Agreement does not create any enforceable rights by anyone other than Reseller and Microsoft. Any representation or agreement made by Microsoft’s Affiliates that would change the terms of this Agreement must be in writing and signed by Microsoft’s authorized representative.
Exhibit A: Channel Code of Conduct
Reseller affirms that unauthorized copying of copyrighted computer software violates the law and is contrary to both its standards of conduct and industry standards. Reseller disapproves of such unlawful copying as contrary to the collective interests of software developers, manufacturers, and sellers.
Accordingly, Reseller will apply these principles to its business:
It will not commit or tolerate the making or using of unauthorized software copies under any circumstances.
- It will provide legally acquired software to meet all legitimate software needs in a timely fashion and in sufficient quantities for all its computers.
- It will comply with all license or purchase terms regulating the use of any software it acquires or uses.
- It will enforce strong internal controls to prevent making or using of unauthorized software copies. This includes taking effective measures to verify compliance with these standards and appropriate disciplinary actions.
- It will neither commit nor tolerate the manufacture, use or distribution of unlicensed software under any circumstances.
- It will only supply original, licensed software to its customers.
- It will comply with all terms regulating the supply of software.
- It will endeavour to ensure that its customers only use the original, licensed software.