Effective Date: 01 June 2015
1.1 This website is owned and operated by Slatengine Ltd. Slatengine Ltd are registered in the UK (Scotland) under number SC415034. Our registered office is at
196, Rose Street,
Our other contact details are specified on our website.
1.2 Please read these terms and conditions carefully. They are a contract between you and Slatengine Ltd regarding the use of the Service. They cancel and replace any previous versions. Please print or save these terms for future use as Slatengine Ltd will not keep a file copy specifically for the transaction with you and Slatengine Ltd cannot guarantee that they will remain accessible on the Service in future.
1.3 These terms and conditions apply to all Users except insofar as otherwise stated. The Addendum (at the end of these terms and conditions) contains additional terms which apply only to Suppliers. In the event of any conflict, the Addendum takes priority.
2.1 Capitalised terms have the following meanings in these terms and conditions:
a) “Chargeback” means any payment that is for any reason cancelled, refunded, reversed, charged back, withdrawn, disputed or otherwise called into question together with any fees, penalties or other charges that are or may be payable in connection therewith.
b) “Consumer” means a natural person acting outside his or her trade, business or profession.
c) “Content” means all information of whatever kind which is uploaded, published, stored or sent on or in connection with the Service including blog posts, Reviews and Works.
d) “Contract” means a contract whereby Works are licensed to a Customer via the Service.
e) “Customer” means a User who uses the Service with a view to licensing a Work from a Supplier.
f) “Review” - any feedback or comment in relation to a Work.
g) “Service” means the website, the services Slatengine Ltd offer by means of its website and any related software and services.
h) “Supplier” means a User who uses the Service with a view to licensing a Work to Customers.
i) “Synopsis” means a brief summary of the Work prepared by the Supplier.
j) “User” means any user of the Service including Customers and Suppliers.
k) “Work” means the information contained in any thesis, research or other material uploaded to the Service as well as the relevant Synopsis.
l) “You” / “you” means Suppliers or Customers or both.
3. Very Important:
3.1 The Service which Slatengine provides constitutes a neutral platform whereby Suppliers can make Works available for licensing to Customers in accordance with this agreement. While Slatengine Ltd provide services to facilitate Contracts, the Contract itself is between the Supplier and the Customer, notwithstanding that obligations may be owed to Slatengine Ltd by either party related to the Contract. Slatengine Ltd are not a party to the Contract. You acknowledge that any legal recourse arising from the Contract is against the other party and not against Slatengine Ltd notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this agreement or on our website.
4. Changes to the terms and conditions
4.1 Slatengine Ltd may change these terms and conditions by posting the revised version on our website. Please check our website from time to time. You will be bound by the revised agreement if you continue to use the Service following the effective date shown.
5. Use of the Service
5.1 Slatengine Ltd grant Users a limited personal right to use the Service subject to these terms and conditions.
5.2 Where you communicate with Slatengine Ltd on behalf of a company / organisation, you promise that you have authority to act on behalf of that entity.
5.3 You agree that you will not in connection with the Service:
a) breach any applicable law, regulation or code of conduct or infringe any intellectual property or other rights of others;
b) upload, publish, store or send any Content (including links or references to other content), or otherwise behave in a manner, which is threatening, harassing, invasive of privacy, defamatory, offensive, vulgar, racist, hateful, discriminatory, obscene, pornographic, sexually suggestive, abusive or deceptive or which involves phishing or scamming or which Slatengine Ltd otherwise consider to be inappropriate;
c) sell access to the Service;
d) sell advertising, sponsorship or promotions on or in connection with Content except where explicitly authorised by Slatengine Ltd ;
e) use the Service for junk mail, spam, pyramid or similar or fraudulent schemes;
f) do anything which may have the effect of disrupting the Service including worms, viruses, software bombs or mass mailings;
g) do anything which may negatively affect other Users’ enjoyment of the Service;
h) gain unauthorised access to any part of the Service or equipment used to provide the Service;
i) use any automated means to interact with our systems excluding public search engines; or
j) attempt, encourage or assist any of the above.
5.4 You must comply with any guidelines or requirements on our website.
5.5 You must promptly comply with any reasonable request or instruction by Slatengine Ltd in connection with the Service.
5.6 Slatengine Ltd are entitled to impose and/or change limitations on usage of the Service, for example in relation to bandwidth.
5.7 You promise and must ensure that any contact details supplied to Slatengine Ltd are accurate and are kept up to date.
6. Your Content
6.1 You are responsible for your Content (including Works).
6.2 You promise to Slatengine Ltd that you have (and will retain) all rights and permissions needed to enable Slatengine Ltd to use your Content as contemplated by the Service and these terms and conditions.
6.3 Slatengine Ltd reserve the right without notice or refund to suspend, alter, remove or delete Content or to disclose to the relevant authorities any Content or behaviour if it is the subject of complaint or where Slatengine Ltd have reason to believe that it breaches our terms and conditions, or that such steps are necessary to protect Slatengine Ltd or others, or that a criminal act has been committed, or if Slatengine Ltd are required to do so by law or appropriate authority. If so, you must not attempt to re-publish or re-send the relevant Content.
6.4 Slatengine Ltd do not accept responsibility if your Content is misused by other Users as this is outside our reasonable control.
6.5 It is your responsibility to make your own backup of any Content stored within the Service to protect you in case of loss or damage to such material. Slatengine Ltd are not responsible for such losses.
6.6 Slatengine Ltd reserve the right to place advertisements adjacent to your Content. Slatengine Ltd retain all revenue from such advertisements.
6.7 If you post a Review, you promise that you have no personal or business relationship with the Supplier whose Work is being reviewed, that you have not been offered any incentive on to write the Review and that the Review is your independent, honest, genuine opinion.
7. The Works
7.1 The Supplier promises the Customer, and Slatengine Ltd , that Works:
a) are accurately summarised in the relevant Synopsis;
b) have been prepared in accordance with high academic standard;
c) are entirely the original work of the Supplier; and
d) comply with all applicable laws and regulations and do not infringe any third party intellectual property or other rights.
7.2 Customers acknowledge that Works cannot be returned, refunded or exchanged.
7.3 Customers are entitled to downloaded Work, on no more than three occasions assuming that the Work remains available on the Service. Slatengine Ltd cannot guarantee that the Work will remain available for download for any particular period after the initial download.
7.4 Customers acknowledge that it is not feasible for Slatengine Ltd to vet Suppliers or check their Works. Just so you are clear: Slatengine Ltd do not endorse or recommend any Works. Slatengine Ltd do not guarantee that they in fact comply with requirements imposed on Suppliers in this agreement or that they are suitable for your purpose. You use Works at your own risk. Slatengine Ltd accept no legal responsibility for the accuracy of, or otherwise in relation to, the Works.
7.5 Within seven days of download, the Customer must fully check the Work and notify Slatengine Ltd by email (email@example.com) if they have any cause for complaint in relation to a Work. Slatengine Ltd are under no obligation to enter into dialogue on the receipt of a complaint, nor are Slatengine Ltd obliged to act on every complaint received or to advise you of any action Slatengine Ltd do decide to take. If you do not notify Slatengine Ltd of a complaint within seven days, you are deemed to accept the Work and to waive any claim against any party in relation to the nature or quality of the Work.
8. Guidance on our site
8.1 Any guidance or similar information which Slatengine Ltd itself makes available on the Service is intended as very general guidance information but Slatengine Ltd cannot guarantee that it is accurate or up to date and Slatengine Ltd do not accept legal responsibility for it.
9.1 Your account on the Service is for your personal use only and is non-transferable. You must not authorise or permit any other person to use your account. You must take reasonable care to protect and keep confidential your password and other account or identity information. You must notify Slatengine Ltd immediately of any apparent breach of security such as loss, theft, misuse or unauthorised disclosure or use of a password. You are responsible for third parties who use your account or identity (unless and to the extent that Slatengine Ltd are at fault).
10. Payment by Customers
Slatengine may introduce services for which a user may have to pay. Such services will be known as "Paid Services". In the event that such services are introduced, the following Terms and Conditions are operative.
10.1 The prices shown on our website do NOT include VAT and other applicable sales tax or other country specific taxes that might be applicable unless Slatengine Ltd. say otherwise. Taxes will be charged in addition to any fees for access to the Works if appropriate. Such taxes will be in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the downloader or uploader resides at the time of purchase.
10.2 You are legally committed to pay once Slatengine Ltd confirm your order.
10.3 You must contact Slatengine Ltd immediately with full details if you dispute any payment.
10.4 If any amount due from you is unpaid or unjustifiably charged back, Slatengine Ltd may charge you: (1) a reasonable additional administration fee; (2) the amount of any third party charges imposed on Slatengine Ltd ; and/or (3) interest (both before and after judgment) on the amount unpaid at the rate for the time being that would be applicable if the debt were a qualifying debt under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998
10.5 If you are an EU Consumer, you may cancel your order by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the other methods specified in the Distance Selling Regulations. Within 30 days of your notice Slatengine Ltd will refund your payment. However, this right of cancellation no longer applies from the point when you download the Work - in which case you agree to performance of the contract starting before the usual cancellation period has expired.
11. Functioning of the Service
11.1 Slatengine Ltd do not guarantee that the Service will be uninterrupted or error-free.
11.2 Slatengine Ltd are entitled, without notice and without liability, to suspend the Service for repair, maintenance, improvement or other technical reason.
12.1 Nothing in this agreement in any way limits or excludes our liability for negligence causing death or personal injury or for fraudulent misrepresentation or for anything which may not legally be excluded or limited.
12.2 You must give Slatengine Ltd a reasonable opportunity to remedy any matter for which Slatengine Ltd are potentially liable before you incur any costs remedying the matter yourself.
12.3 Very important: If you are a Consumer, Slatengine Ltd shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused by Slatengine Ltd or its employees or agents in circumstances where:
a) there is no breach of a legal duty of care owed to you by Slatengine Ltd or by any of its employees or agents;
b) such loss or damage was not reasonably foreseeable by both parties;
c) such loss or damage is caused by you, for example by not complying with this agreement; or
d) such loss or damage relates to a business.
12.4 Very important: If you are a Consumer, you will be liable for any reasonably foreseeable loss or damage Slatengine Ltd suffer arising from your breach of this agreement or misuse of the Service (subject of course to our obligation to mitigate any losses).
12.5 The following clauses apply only if you are not a Consumer:
a) To the extent allowed by law, you and Slatengine Ltd exclude all terms, whether imposed by statute or by law or otherwise, that are not expressly stated in this agreement. In this clause, any reference to Slatengine Ltd includes its employees and agents.
b) The liability of Slatengine Ltd of any kind (including its own negligence) with respect to the Service for any one event or series of related events is limited to the total fees payable by and to you in connection with the one event.
c) In no event (including its own negligence) will Slatengine Ltd be liable for any:
i) economic losses (including, without limit, loss of revenues, profits, contracts, business or anticipated savings);
ii) loss of goodwill or reputation;
iii) special, indirect or consequential losses; or
iv) damage to or loss of data
(even if Slatengine Ltd have been advised of the possibility of such losses).
d) You will indemnify Slatengine Ltd against all claims and liabilities directly or indirectly related to your use of the Service and/or breach of this agreement.
e) This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between all parties with respect to its subject matter and supercedes any previous communications or agreements between all parties. Both parties acknowledge that there have been no misrepresentations and that neither party has relied on any pre-contractual statements. Liability for misrepresentation (excluding fraudulent misrepresentation) relating to the terms of this agreement is excluded.
13. Intellectual property rights
13.1 The Supplier retains ownership of copyright and all other intellectual property rights in the Work.
13.2 The Supplier grants to the Customer a non- exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, personal, non-transferable licence to use the Work for private, non-commercial purposes only.
13.3 It is the responsibility of future researchers to ensure that when using thesis/dissertation downloaded from Slatengine for research, appropriate recognition/referencing is given to the author. This responsibility to award appropriate recognition to the author is accepted at the point of registration/download.
13.4 The Supplier grants to Slatengine Ltd a non- exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, transferable licence to:
a) store the Works and make them available to Customers as contemplated by this agreement and the Service; and
b) use the Synopses and/or extracts from the Works in any media formats, on our own Service, on our other channels including mobile, email communications, social media, PR, competitions and press releases and also on third party media for the purpose of redistribution or promotion of the Service.
13.5 All trademarks, logos, graphics, images, photographs, animation, videos, text and software used on the Service (excluding Works) are the intellectual property of Slatengine Ltd or that of our partners, as applicable. For the purposes of your personal use only, you may view such material on your screen and print a single copy. You may not otherwise use, sublicense, retrieve, display, modify, copy, print, sell, distribute, download, hire, reverse engineer (unless permitted by applicable law) or create extracts of, or derivative works from, such material without our specific prior written consent.
13.6 For the avoidance of doubt you may not collect, scrape or harvest any Content on the Service or deep-link to or frame Content on the Service without our specific prior written consent.
13.7 You must not circumvent or otherwise interfere with any security related features of the Service or features that limit or prevent copying of Content or which restrict use of Content.
Slatengine Ltd. may hold competition periodically. In the event that a competition is held by Slatengine Ltd, the following terms and conditions apply.
14.1 The promoter is Slatengine Ltd; company details as stated in Section 1.
14.2 Employees of Slatengine Ltd or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
14.3 There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. All entrants are required to have a PayPal account for the winner to receive their prize money.
14.4 A Competition Page will only be available during competition periods.
14.5 Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are on the competition page.
14.6 Closing date for entry will be stated on the competition page. After this date, no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
14.7 No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
14.8 The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
14.9 The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
14.10 No alternative to the prize will be presented, only the prize shown on the competition page will be offered. The prize is not transferable.
14.11 Winners will be chosen by Slatengine Ltd.
14.12 The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
14.13 All payments will be made through the winner’s PayPal account. There is no other option of payment except PayPal.
14.14 The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
14.15 The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
14.16 Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
15.1 You acknowledge and agree that Slatengine Ltd may process your personal data in accordance with the terms of our privacy and cookies policy which is subject to change from time to time.
16. Third party websites
16.1 Slatengine Ltd may link to third party websites which may be of interest to you. Slatengine Ltd do not recommend or endorse, nor are Slatengine Ltd legally responsible for, those sites or the goods or services which they offer. You use such third party sites at your own risk.
17. “Act of God”
17.1 Slatengine Ltd are not liable for failure to perform or delay in performing any obligation under this agreement if the failure or delay is caused by any circumstances beyond our reasonable control including third party telecommunication failures.
18.1 Slatengine Ltd may transfer all or part of its rights or duties under this agreement provided Slatengine Ltd take reasonable steps to ensure that your rights under this agreement are not prejudiced. As this agreement is personal to you, you may not transfer any of your rights or duties under it without our prior written consent.
19. English law
19.1 These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law and any disputes will be decided only by the courts of the United Kingdom.
20.1 Slatengine Ltd may send all notices under this agreement by email to the most recent email address you have supplied to Slatengine Ltd (unless otherwise stated in this agreement). Headings used in this agreement are for information and not binding. Any failure by either party to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this agreement does not mean this is a “waiver” (i.e. that it cannot be enforced later). If any part of this agreement is ineffective or unenforceable for any reason, then it will be replaced with a provision which as far as possible achieves the same thing and the rest of the agreement shall continue to apply. A person who is not a party to this agreement shall have no rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of this agreement except insofar as expressly stated otherwise. The parties are independent contractors and, except as otherwise specifically stated above, nothing in this agreement constitutes any party as agent, employee or representative of the other.
21.1 If you have any complaints, please contact Slatengine Ltd via the email contact details shown on our website or write to the address of our registered office shown at the start of these terms and conditions.
ADDENDUM APPLICABLE ONLY TO SUPPLIERS
22.1 You acknowledge that we permit Customers to post Reviews in relation to you and/or your Work and that these will be publicly available for viewing. We are not responsible for monitoring or editing Reviews. You acknowledge that such Reviews may be critical or defamatory of you. Notwithstanding that we may be aware or ought reasonably to be aware that such Reviews caused or contributed to publication of a defamatory statement about you, you release us from any liability in connection with such defamatory statements provided we offer you a reasonable right of reply.
Slatengine may introduce services for which a user may have to pay. Such services will be known as "Paid Services". In the event that such services are introduced, the following Terms and Conditions are operative.
23.1 Suppliers acknowledge that Slatengine Ltd shall make the Works available to Customers for the price specified on the Service when you register or at any alternative price that Slatengine Ltd may decide in our discretion.
23.2 Slatengine Ltd do not guarantee that your Work will generate any particular level of revenues or suitable enquiries.
23.3 If there is a complaint by a Customer or cancellation under the Distance Selling Regulations, Slatengine Ltd are entitled at our discretion to give credits or refunds to Customers in respect of the Customer’s payment for the Works.
23.4 Slatengine Ltd is entitled to charge a fee on the payments received from a Customer in respect of the licensing of Supplier’s Work (including VAT / sales tax and transaction charges comprised in such payments). Slatengine Ltd are also entitled to charge any applicable VAT / sales levy which arise on our fees.
23.5 Slatengine Ltd will pay the Suppliers of Work an agreed percentage of the fee charged for a download, less any taxes that may be applicable in the jurisdiction in which the person purchasing and downloading the Work resides.
23.6 Slatengine Ltd are entitled to change the amount of our commission fee at any time by giving you email notice.
23.7 Slatengine Ltd are entitled to deduct from any payments received from Customers:
(1) all fees due to Slatengine Ltd;
(2) the amount of any tax which Slatengine Ltd are legally required to withhold;
(3) any credits or refunds given by Slatengine Ltd to Customers in respect of your Works; and
(4) the amount of any Chargeback which has arisen or which Slatengine Ltd consider is likely to occur (irrespective of whether the Chargeback relates to the payment currently due).
23.8 Upon request by you by the means specified on the Service, and subject to the amount of payments received by Slatengine Ltd relating to your Works, (after the above deductions), exceeding the minimum level specified on our website at the time of your request, Slatengine Ltd shall use reasonable endeavours to pay the relevant balance due to you by whichever payment method Slatengine Ltd consider appropriate.
23.9 Slatengine Ltd are not liable to pay interest on any monies held by Slatengine Ltd
23.10 You agree to pay to Slatengine Ltd immediately on demand the amount of any Chargeback or Customer credit / refund relating to a payment which Slatengine Ltd have transmitted to you.
23.11 You are responsible for making up any shortfall arising from charges levied by your bank.
23.12 Prices include VAT or other sales tax unless otherwise stated.
23.13 If stated on our website when you, the Supplier, register, Slatengine Ltd are entitled to charge you an upload fee per Work.
23.14 If any amount due from you is unpaid or unjustifiably charged back, Slatengine Ltd may:
a) charge you:
(1) a reasonable additional administration fee;
(2) the amount of any third party charges imposed on Slatengine Ltd ; and/or (3) interest (both before and after judgment) on the amount unpaid at the rate for the time being that would be applicable if the debt were a qualifying debt under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998;
b) suspend the Service; and/or
c) cancel this agreement.
23.15 If you are an EU Consumer, you may cancel any upload fee within 7 working days of placing your order by email to email@example.com or any of the other methods specified in the Distance Selling Regulations. Within 30 days of your notice Slatengine Ltd will refund your payment. However, this right of cancellation does not apply once you have uploaded the Work - in which case you agree to performance of the contract starting before the usual cancellation period has expired.
24.1 You may at any time cancel your agreement with Slatengine Ltd by sending an email to the contact addresses for ‘Accounts’ on our website
24.2 Slatengine Ltd are entitled by email notice at any time to cancel this agreement if Slatengine Ltd terminate the Service as a whole.
24.3 Slatengine Ltd are entitled by email notice at any time to cancel this agreement in full or in relation to any particular Work(s) at our discretion or if Slatengine Ltd have reason to believe that you have breached our terms and conditions or it is necessary to protect Slatengine Ltd or others or if Slatengine Ltd are required to do so by law or appropriate authority.
24.4 Cancellation by you, the Supplier, or Slatengine Ltd does not give rise to any refund of upload fees and Slatengine Ltd are entitled to retain any payment received from licensing of your Works which has not been requested by you in accordance with this agreement by the cancellation date.
24.5 Following cancellation of this agreement: Your right to use the Service is terminated. Slatengine Ltd are entitled to irretrievably delete your Works. Accrued rights and liabilities are unaffected. All clauses in this agreement which are stated or intended to continue after cancellation will continue to apply.
24.6 Slatengine Ltd cannot be held legally responsible for loss or damage resulting from cancellation of this agreement provided Slatengine Ltd. act in accordance with this agreement.