Terms of use


1. Introduction

www.ilca.africa (“ILCA”, “Website”, “We,” “Us,” or “Our”) is a platform built to engage and empower lawyers and law students on a wide spectrum of innovation and technology law issues, encourage professional collaboration and cooperation among technology law specialists, encourage interdisciplinary and scientific research that promotes innovation law in Africa, and support the creation of innovation law as a specialized field of study in African Faculties of Law. The content and information on Our Website/Application is subject to the following Terms of Use (“Terms”, or “Agreement”). This Agreement shall govern the services provided on this Website.

For the purpose of this Agreement, along with any amendments, “You”, “Your”, or “User” refer to the person visiting, accessing, browsing through and/or using Our Website/Application, at any point in time. 

Please read these Terms and Our Privacy Notice with respect to the access and use of Our Website carefully before using the Website. In the event of any discrepancy between these Terms and any other policy or notice with respect to the Website, the provisions of these Terms shall prevail.

Also note that the headings of each section in these Terms are only for the purpose of organising the various provisions under these Terms in an orderly manner. The headings shall not be used to interpret the provisions contained under them in any manner. Further, the headings have no legal or contractual value.

2. Duration and Change of Terms

This Agreement was last updated on 26 January 2020 and shall remain in force throughout the operation of this Website, unless modified or varied in accordance with Clause 20 or unless terminated by either Party in accordance with clause 15 of this Agreement.

3. Accent and Acceptance

By using this Website, You warrant that You have read and reviewed this Agreement and that You agree to be bound by its provisions. If You do not agree to be bound by this Agreement, please leave this Website immediately. ILCA only agrees to provide the use of this Website to You if You assent to this Agreement.

4. Contents, Licences, and Permissions

The content of Our Website/Application, including all information, computer programs, technology, data file, techniques, algorithms, methods, codes, logos, marks, trade secrets, designs, text, graphics, pictures, audio and video files, other data or copyrightable materials or content and their selection and arrangement, are together referred to as “Content.”

You may not decompile, reverse engineer, or disassemble the Content or modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information or software obtained from the Website/Application, or remove any copyright, trademark registration, or other proprietary notices from the contents of the Website/Application.

You may view, download for caching purposes, and print pages from the Website, but You must not: (a) republish material from the Website (including republication on another website), or reproduce or store material from the Website for public, commercial use; (b) reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell, visit, or otherwise exploit Our Website or material on our Website for a commercial purpose, without our express written consent; (c) edit or otherwise modify any material on the Website.

5. Intellectual Property and Feedback

You agree that the Website is the property of ILCA. All present and future rights in and to trade secrets, patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, know-how, and other proprietary rights of any type under the laws of any governmental authority, domestic or foreign, including rights in and to all applications and registrations relating to the contents or materials or services provided on the Website (the “Intellectual Property Rights”) shall, vest in ILCA, except where such contents, materials, or services already belong to another person or entity.

You agree to abide by all applicable copyright laws, as well as any additional copyright notices or restrictions contained on the Website. You acknowledge that the Website is developed, compiled, prepared, revised, selected, and arranged by ILCA and constitute ILCA’s intellectual property. You agree to protect the proprietary rights of ILCA and all others having rights in the Website during and after the term of these Terms.

Except as specifically permitted by these Terms, You may not copy or make any use of this Website or any portion of it, without prior written approval from ILCA.

In a bid to protect Your copyright as well as the copyright of other Users, You agree to notify ILCA in writing promptly upon becoming aware of any unauthorized access or use of the Website by any individual or entity.

6. User Obligations

To use the Website or access our content/materials/publications, You may be asked to create a member’s account.  To this end, we may collect Your details. You may also provide personal information, including but not limited to Your name and email address (“Log-in Credentials”). You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of this information. You must not share Your Log-in Credentials with any third party, and if You discover that Your Log-in Credentials have been compromised, You agree to notify Us immediately in writing and to this end, an e-mail notification will suffice. You are responsible for maintaining the safety of and security of Your Log-in Credentials. Providing false or inaccurate information or using the Website portal or Services to further fraud or any other unlawful activity constitutes grounds for immediate termination of Your access to Our Website.

7.Acceptable Use

You agree not to use Our Website for any unlawful purpose. You also agree not to:

  • Violate any applicable laws or regulations.
  • Unlawfully gather information about other Users.
  • Use any material or information, including images or photographs, which are made available through our Website in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or other proprietary rights of the owner. 
  • Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, image, material, or information.
  • Upload, or otherwise make available, files that contain images, photographs, software, or other materials protected by intellectual property laws, such as, copyright, patents, or trademark laws, (or by rights of privacy) unless the User own or control the rights in such files or have received all necessary consent to do so.
  • Impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent Your affiliation with a person or entity.
  • Falsify or delete any copyright management information, such as author attributions, legal or other proper notices indicating the moral and/or intellectual property right of another or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.
  • Use deep-links, page-scrape, robot, spider or other automatic device, program, algorithm, or methodology, or any similar or equivalent manual process, to increase traffic to the Website; to access, acquire, copy or monitor any portion of the Website; or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure of the Website, or the presentation of any content; to obtain or attempt to obtain any content, documents or information through any means not specifically made available through the Website.

8. Privacy Information

Through Your use of the Website portal and Services, You may provide Us with certain information.  By using the Website portal or the Services, You authorize Us to use Your information in Nigeria and any other country where We may operate, subject to the applicable data protection laws.

Information We may collect or receive: When You sign up on our website portal, You may be required to provide Us with certain personally identifiable information such as Your name, email address, billing information and telephone number (“Personal Data”). Additionally, We may collect non-personally identifiable information such as data collected from browsers: time zone, screen size, using cookies, web beacons and caches.

How We use information: We use the information gathered from You to ensure Your continued good experience on Our Website. We may contact You through email or telephone, but We will not spam or send You any messages which are targeted to annoy or harass You. We will not share Your personal information with third parties, unless we have obtained your express permission.

How You can protect Your information: If You would like to disable Our access to any non-personally identifiable information We receive from the use of various technologies, You may choose to disable cookies and other technologies from Your web browser. But note that when You disable the use of these technologies, You may not be able to fully enjoy the customizations We have developed to suit You.

Data Privacy:

The collection, processing and transfer of Your Personal Data is necessary for Our administration of the Website. You hereby acknowledge and consent (where required under applicable law) to the collection, use, processing and transfer of Personal Data as described in this Agreement. Please be assured that We will only process Your Personal Data for the purpose of implementing and managing the Website, administering and managing our membership across Africa, and for the purpose of organizing events, networking sessions, conferences, meetups, get-togethers, and such other similar gatherings.

You hereby authorize the processing and transfer of Your Personal Data in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

You understand that Personal Data will be held only as long as is necessary to implement, administer and manage Your membership of ILCA and Your use of the Website. You further understand that You may, at any time, view Personal Data, request additional information about the storage and processing of Personal Data, require any necessary amendments to Personal Data or refuse or withdraw consent herein, in any case without cost, by sending Us an email to that effect.

We will establish and maintain adequate safeguards against destruction, loss or alteration of Your data in our possession with measures that are no less rigorous than those in effect for Our own operations. We will also establish, maintain and implement an information security program, including appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards, that is designed to: ensure the security and confidentiality of Personal Data; protect Personal Data against any reasonably anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of the Personal Data; and protect against unauthorized access to or use of the Personal Data that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience to You.

9.Changed Terms

ILCA reserves the right to modify these Terms at any time. Such modifications will become part of this Agreement and will be effective once posted  on the Website. If a revision is material, we will notify You via electronic mail or via a pop-up or redirection when You log in on Our Website. Still, we recommend that You should review the Website and these Terms from time to time. (The most current version of the Terms can be reviewed by clicking on the “Terms of Use” hypertext link located at the bottom of Our Web pages.) Your continued use of Our Website means that You accept any new or modified Terms that we come up with.

10. Member Account, Password, and Security

We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of Your information as provided in Our Privacy Notice . When You sign up for Our services, We require that You create an account by providing Us with current, complete and accurate information as prompted by the applicable registration form.

We have measures in place designed to protect Your information against unauthorized access. But be aware that although we endeavor to provide reasonable security for information we collect and process, we recognize that no security system can prevent all potential security breaches; thus, we cannot guarantee the absolute safety of Your information. Please note that You are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under Your account and You shall promptly notify Us of any unauthorized use of Your account or any other breach of security.

11. Indemnification

You agree to defend and indemnify ILCA and hold Us harmless against any and all legal claims and demands, including reasonable attorney’s fees, which may arise from or relate to the breach of Your obligations under this Agreement or Your misuse of the Website, Your breach of this Agreement, or Your conduct or actions, negligence and willful misconduct.

User expressly agrees that the use of this Website is at the User’s sole risk. Neither ILCA nor any of Our respective employees, agents, third-party service providers or licensors warrant that this Website will be uninterrupted or error free.

12. Spam Policy

You are strictly prohibited from using the Website for illegal spam activities, including gathering email addresses and personal information from others or sending any mass commercial emails.

13. No Warranties

You agree that Your use of the Website is at Your sole risk and that any information or services provided by Us are on an “as-is” basis. ILCA hereby expressly disclaims any and all express or implied warranties of any kind, including, but not limited to the implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose and the implied warranty of merchantability. You agree that any damage that may occur to You, through Your computer system, or as a result of loss of Your data from Your use of the Website portal or Services is Your sole responsibility and that the Company is not liable for any such damage or loss.

ILCA reserves the right to remove, review, edit or delete any content at any time. Also, certain contents on Our Website may contain opinions and views. ILCA shall not be responsible for such opinions or any claims resulting from them. Further, ILCA makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the quality, content, completeness, or adequacy of such information and data.

Please note that ILCA may contact You through SMS, email and call, to give information about services, conferences, events, etc., as well as notifications on various important updates.

14. Third-Party Links

Third-Party links will take You out of this Website. The linked websites are not under the control of ILCA and We are not responsible for the contents of any linked website or any link contained in a linked website, or any changes or updates to such Websites.

15. Termination of Services

You may terminate or suspend Your account at any time through Your profile management page. Upon termination, We will deactivate Your account and delete all the materials uploaded or transmitted to Us in the course of Your use of Our Website. ILCA may terminate Your membership or use of Our Website if:

  • You are in breach of the terms of these Terms;
  • We are investigating suspected misconduct by You;
  • You have used the Services in a way that causes legal liability to Us or disrupts the use of Our Website by other users;
  • You use this Website for any of the prohibited purposes or upload any of the prohibited materials.

16. Assignment

This Agreement and the rights granted under it may not be assigned or otherwise transferred in whole or part by You without the prior written consent of ILCA.

17. No Waiver

In the event that We fail to enforce any provision of this Agreement, this shall not constitute a waiver of any future enforcement of that provision or of any provision. Waiver of any part or sub-part of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of any other part or sub-part.

18. No Agency, Partnership or Joint Venture

No agency, partnership or joint venture has been created between You and Us as a result of this Agreement. No Party has any authority to bind the other to third parties.

19. Force Majeure

ILCA is not liable for any failure to perform due to causes beyond its reasonable control including but not limited to acts of God, acts of civil authorities, natural disasters and other acts, which may be due to unforeseen circumstances

20. Applicable Law

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

21. Entire Agreement

This Agreement, together with Our Privacy Notice , constitutes the entire agreement between You and Us in relation to Your use of Our website and supersede all previous agreements in respect of Your use of this Website.

22. Electronic Communications Permitted

Electronic communications are permitted to both Parties under this Agreement, including e-mails. For any questions or concerns, please email us at: info@ilca.africa

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