Terms and Conditions
TERMS OF SERVICE
Last update: September 5, 2023
Welcome to the House of Beautiful Business!
The House of Beautiful Business is run by The Business Romantic Society Verwaltungs GmbH (Rosenthaler Str. 72a, 10119 Berlin / Germany, HRB 214167 B, VAT ID DE328976290), d/b/a House of Beautiful Business (“House”, “we”, “us”, “our”).
The House is the network for the life-centered economy. Our mission is to create a new kind of business that is more purposeful, inclusive, and sustainable, with one word: beautiful. We inspire and equip business leaders, economists, policy-makers, technologists, scientists, artists, and activists to shape an economy that honors all forms of life and living systems.
The House provides its services to you
- through an email newsletter (“Beauty Shot”) that you can subscribe to for free
- through virtual or in-person events (“Event(s)”) for which you can buy tickets (“Event Ticket(s)“)
- through publications (“Publication(s)”), e.g. books, card games, or reports, that you can purchase
(collectively, such services, and the use of our Website, the “Service(s)” or “Products”), solely for your personal, non-commercial use and subject to the following Terms of Service (the “Terms of Service”). The contractual language is English. We do not store the contractual provisions for you. You can access, save and print the current Terms of Service on the Website.
In addition, the House provides custom-tailored consulting programs and other professional services, and contracts for projects and partnerships (collectively, “Consulting Projects”), which are governed by individual contracts, terms, and agreements.
2. Our Contract with You
2.1. Type of Product
On our Website, you can enter into a contract with us for the following Products:
- Beauty Shot — from the beginning until the termination of the newsletter subscription.
- Event Tickets — from the start date of the Event until the specified end of the Event.
- Publications — from the order on our Website to the delivery of the Publication.
You can also contact us through our Website to inquire about Consulting Projects.
2.2.1. Beauty Shot
On our Website, you can enter your name and email address to sign up for Beauty Shot. You will then receive a double-opt-in email to confirm your intent to subscribe. This will add your email to our newsletter distribution list and you will receive our newsletter from thereon.
2.2.2. Event Tickets
On our Website, you can buy Event Tickets. You will be presented with a form in which you have to enter your contact information and payment details and are then presented with an overview page on which you have to accept our Terms of Service by checking the respective box and finally click on the “Buy now” button. You will then receive an email with further instructions on how to attend the Event. You will receive your invoice with a second email.
On our Website, you can purchase Publications, such as books and card games. You will be presented with a form in which you have to enter your contact information and payment details and are then presented with an overview page on which you have to accept our Terms of Service by checking the respective box and finally click on the “Buy now” button. You will then receive an email with further details on how you will receive the Publication. You will receive your invoice with a second email.
2.3. Payment Terms
The Prices for the Products are final prices (the “Price”). The Price will be displayed to you before you submit your offer. The payment methods vary depending on the country in which you are located and the technically feasible payment methods available there. The payment methods will be displayed before you buy a Product. Please always quote the order number in any further correspondence. If a payment is not received by us through the means of payment specified by you, you agree to pay all amounts due upon our demand. You are responsible for ensuring that the billing information is complete, up-to-date and admissible to ensure timely payments.
3. Your Obligations
3.1. Personalized Tickets
If you have bought an Event Ticket, the ticket is issued to you personally (“Personalized Tickets”). Personalized Tickets only grant access to the Event to the person they were issued to. Personalized Tickets can be transferred to another person up to five days before the Event. To request the transfer of a Personalized Ticket, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. The House reserves the right to refuse the transfer of Personalized Tickets to a third person for good cause.
3.2. User Conduct
When attending our Events and interacting with our Service in any form, we require you to interact in a spirit of curiosity, open-mindedness, respect, and tolerance. The House does not tolerate any harassment in any form. You agree to respect confidentiality and refrain from the solicitation of commercial services and any salesmanship.
You are solely responsible for all video, images, information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, messages or other materials (“Content”) that you share or otherwise use in connection with our Service.
You agree to not use the Service to violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any regulations having the force of law; impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 18; further or promote any criminal activity or enterprise or provide instructional information about illegal activities; or obtain or attempt to access or otherwise obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Service.
4.1. Termination by You
4.1.1. Beauty Shot
You can cancel your free newsletter subscription at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in newsletter emails that we send to you. The cancellation becomes effective immediately.
4.1.2. Event tickets
All Event Ticket sales are final. Event Tickets cannot be returned by you for a refund. The right of withdrawal is excluded for Event Tickets pursuant to § 312g Abs. 2 Nr. 9 BGB.
You have the right to cancel your order of a Publication within 14 days for any reason and without a justification. The withdrawal period will expire after 14 days from the day of the conclusion of the contract. To exercise the right of withdrawal, you must inform us by sending an unequivocal statement via email to email@example.com and return the Publication to us in the same condition as you received it. If you withdraw from this contract, we shall reimburse to you all payments received from you, including the costs of delivery without undue delay and in any event not later than 14 days from the day on which we are informed about your decision to withdraw from this contract. We will carry out such reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction, unless you have expressly agreed otherwise; in any event, you will not incur any fees as a result of such reimbursement.
4.2. Termination by Us
If any parts of an Event by the House must be cancelled or altered due to force majeure or other compelling reasons (e.g. change of speakers due to sickness or change of the venue), or if the date of an Event by the House must be changed due to force majeure or other compelling reasons, you are not entitled to refunds or damages, as long as the main character of the Event remains untouched. If the Event for which you bought an Event Ticket is cancelled in its entirety, any fees already paid shall be refunded.
The House may terminate a contract for our Services without notice if you have violated or acted inconsistently with these Terms of Service.
For example, if you attend an Event by the House of Beautiful Business, and the House considers your actions and behaviour during the Event as a violation of our Terms of Service, specifically our user conduct rules, it has the right to exclude you from continuing to attend the event immediately, and this does not constitute a right for any reimbursements.
5. Intellectual Property Rights
5.1. Software, Service Content, and Trademarks
All Websites and other digital products provided by the House (the “Software”) is copyright protected property of the House. You may only use the Software to the extent intended by the House for the purpose of using the Services and Products and enjoying its benefits. You may not incorporate all or any portion of the Software into your own programs, compile all or any portion of the Software in connection with your programs, transfer the Software for use in other services, or sell, rent, lease, loan, distribute, sublicense, or otherwise transfer rights to all or any portion of the Software to any third party. You may not use the Software for any illegal purpose.
You acknowledge and agree that the Service may contain content or features (“Service Content”) that are protected by copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by the House, you agree not to modify, copy, frame, scrape, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Service or the Service Content, in whole or in part.
The House name and logos are trademarks and service marks of the House (collectively the “House Trademarks”). Other House, product, and service names and logos used and displayed via the Service may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners who may or may not endorse or be affiliated with or connected to the House. Nothing in this Terms of Service or the Service should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any of the House Trademarks displayed on the Service, without our prior written permission in each instance.
5.2. Third-Party Material
Under no circumstances will the House be liable in any way for any content or materials of any third parties (including users), including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any such content. You acknowledge that the House and its designees will have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or remove any content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, the House and its designees will have the right to remove any content that violates these Terms of Service or is deemed by the House, in its sole discretion, to be otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such content.
5.3. User Content
With respect to the content or other materials you share through the Service (collectively, “User Content”), you represent and warrant that you own all right, title and interest in and to such User Content, including, without limitation, all copyrights and rights of publicity contained therein, and that you have all required rights to transmit such content or other materials without violation of any third-party rights. By sharing any User Content you hereby grant and will grant the House, its affiliated companies and partners a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty free, fully paid up, transferable, sublicensable, perpetual, irrevocable license to use your User Content to perform the Service.
5.4. Consent of Images and Videos
You understand that we will from time to time document our Events (online and offline). Therefore we might take pictures, screenshots and videos of those Events, in which you might be identifiable as a person and your actions might be documented. You hereby consent that we may use those images and videos for documentary and marketing purposes, e.g. show them on our website.
5.5. Third-Party Websites
The Service may provide, or third parties may provide, links or other access to other sites and resources on the Internet. The House has no control over such sites and resources and the House is not responsible for and does not endorse such sites and resources. You further acknowledge and agree that the House will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any content, events, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource. Any dealings you have with third parties found while using the Service are between you and the third party, and you agree that the House is not liable for any loss or claim that you may have against any such third party.
6. Liability and Indemnification
The House is liable for intent and gross negligence. Further, the House is liable for the negligent breach of obligations, whose fulfilment is essential to enable the ordinary implementation of the contract, whose breach jeopardizes the achievement of the purpose of the contract and on whose compliance you as a customer may rely on regularly. In the last-mentioned case, the House is only liable for the foreseeable, typical contractual damage. The same applies to breaches of duty by our vicarious agents. The aforementioned exclusions of liability do not apply in case of damage of life, body and health or in case of a Warranty. The liability pursuant to the product liability law remains unaffected.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, you agree to release, indemnify and hold the House and its affiliates and their officers, employees, directors and agent harmless from any and all losses, damages, expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, rights, claims, actions of any kind and injury (including death) arising out of or relating to your use of the Service, any User Content, your connection to the Service, your violation of these Terms of Service or your violation of any rights of another.
8. Final Provisions
8.1. Governing Law
These Terms of Service are governed by the substantive laws of the Federal Republic of Germany without giving effect to conflict of law principles and/or the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). For Consumers, this choice of law applies only insofar as the protection granted by mandatory provisions of the law of the state in which the Consumer has its habitual residence is not withdrawn.
The European Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution under http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/.
We are not obligated and not willing to participate in dispute resolution proceedings pursuant to the German Consumer Dispute Resolution Act (VSBG).
8.4. Severability Clause
Should individual provisions of this contract be invalid, this shall not affect the validity of this contract as a whole.