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Terms & Conditions

General Terms and Conditions (referred to as "GTC") of 

Next Big Thing GmbH
Bussardstr. 5.2
82166 Gräfelfing

(referred to as "Next Big Thing", "we", or "us").

§1 Overview

(1) We are active in the following business areas:
a) In the "Seminars & Coaching" business area, we provide seminar services and coaching for consumers and entrepreneurs.
b) In the "Publishing" business area, we distribute books and courses. 
c) In the "Software" business area, we offer different online platforms.

(2) Definitions
a) "OP-Vifugo" denotes the online-platform Vifugo.
b) An "operator" is a person who uses one of our online platforms.
c) A "participant" is a person who consumes content made available by operators over one of our online platforms.
d) "Users" are operators and participants.
e) "Fair-use contingent" means the extent of use of functions provided on an unlimited basis that can be reasonably expected.

§2 Regulations for the "Seminars and Coaching" business area

(1) Payment must be made for seminars and coaching sessions and received by the dealer 7 days before the service is provided. If this is not the case, we expressly reserve the right not to provide the service.

(2) We also expressly reserve the following rights:
a) The right to withdraw for a good cause. In this case, payments already made will be refunded by the dealer.
b) The right to offer reasonable alternative services.
c) The right to make changes regarding the event, significantly changing speakers.

(3) In case of cancellation of a service due to instructor illness, force majeure or other unforeseeable events such as in particular governmental measures, non-issuance of official permits, labour disputes of any kind, sabotage and delayed material deliveries through no fault of us, there is no claim towards us to provide service. In this event, we will make every effort to offer an alternative date. If the parties can find no agreeable alternative date, we will arrange a payment refund through the dealer.

We kindly ask you to take this into account when booking your arrival or making other preparations. Should cancellation be necessary, this will usually occur one to three days before the program start. Due to the often very last-minute reasons for the cancellation, alternative courses of action are unfortunately not possible.

(4) If and insofar as comparable seminars are offered, you are entitled to rebook. 

(5) You are entitled to name a substitute participant.

(6) Recording the service is prohibited. This applies equally to parts as well as to the entire event. In this respect, we expressly refer to copyright, house rights and general personal rights, including the right to one's image.

As far as workbooks or other documents are provided, we point out that they are copyrighted material intended solely for the personal use of course participants. In particular, it is forbidden to use such material contrary to §§15 ff. UrhG (German Copyright Act), and reproduction (scanning, photocopying, photographing etc.), distributing, processing and/or making said materials publicly accessible is especially forbidden.

Infringements cause us harm and result in our no longer offering our products at our usual good price/performance ratio.

Violations and even attempted violations will be prosecuted under civil law with regard to damages and injunctive relief and, if necessary, additionally reported to the police.

Furthermore, a lump-sum compensation of €500 is due immediately. If you, as a consumer, can prove to us that we did not suffer any or only minor damage as a result of the recording, no lump-sum compensation will be due.

In the event of a violation of the prohibition to record the service in whole or in part, we reserve the right to expel you from the room. In this case, a refund of payments made is excluded.

Further claims for damages are expressly reserved.

(7) Bringing animals of any kind, especially dogs, is prohibited. Please note that you cannot enter our seminars and coaching sessions when accompanied by an animal.

(8) Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to attend the seminars and coaching sessions for reasons of youth protection. Please note that this also applies to Babys.

(9) Insofar as we also provide you with access to products from our other business areas within the scope of the services in the business area "Seminars & Coaching", the regulations from the respective business area also apply. 

§3 Regulations for the "Publishing" business area

(1) In essence, product delivery occurs only after the dealer receives payment.

(2) We reserve the following rights:
a) The right to reasonable partial deliveries or reasonable replacement deliveries.
b) The right to retroactively adapt, expand or restrict the content and scope of digital products, such as video courses.
c) The right to withdraw for good cause

(3) All content provided is copyright-protected material. Reproduction, distribution, editing and/or making publicly accessible any of these contents in whole or in part is expressly prohibited.

(4) It is forbidden to download content to which you have access in a member area. 

(5) It is prohibited to grant third parties access to a member area provided or to the contents available therein. You are obliged to use a secure password and to prevent third parties from gaining access to it. 

(6) In the event of a violation of sections (3), (4) and (5), we reserve the right to block you from all content immediately and without compensation. Refund of paid services is excluded in this circumstance. We also reserve the right to claim damages.

§4 Regulations for the business area "Software"

NEXT BIG THING reserves the right to change the online platform's range of functions without notice and explanation. This applies in particular, but not exclusively, to the provision of new functions and the deactivation of functions that can no longer be provided due to technical or economic circumstances.

(2) NEXT BIG THING provides all online platforms within the framework of a fair-use policy. This means that functions provided on an unlimited basis may only be used within the range of reasonably expected usage. 

(3) All online platforms are licensed solely to the buyer or account holder. Using accounts jointly with third parties or reproducing third-party content or processes in an account is prohibited. 

(4) The content conveyed via an online platform is provided exclusively by the operator. NEXT BIG THING only provides the technology and platform and, if applicable, other supportive services.

(5) NEXT BIG THING creates, operates and maintains the online platforms but does not itself act as an intermediary between users.

(6) Services/applications of third parties integrated into the OP-Next Big Thing, and with which a separate contractual relationship exists, are excluded from the subject of this contract.

(7) Operator obligations
a) Operators are responsible for all data, processes and content they store, create or generate in an online platform. 
b) The operators hereby warrant NEXT BIG THING that all data, processes and contents are in accordance with German law and do not infringe the rights of third parties, in particular, intellectual property rights such as trademarks, designs, patents, utility models, copyrights or personal rights and also neither infringe competition law nor data protection law and do not infringe criminal law.
c) The operators further warrant refraining from providing any content that glorifies violence or is pornographic.
d) Operators are the sole responsible parties for all personal data they store on an online platform. Accordingly, operators undertake to comply with the relevant valid legal situation when processing their data and, in particular undertake to comply with the relevant valid data protection provisions.

(8) Granting rights – license
Users hereby grant NEXT BIG THING a locally unrestricted license to save content, alter the content (in particular by changing the format of videos) and provide such content to participants within the scope of the contract, e.g. to provide webinars. The duration of the aforementioned license is limited to the time in which a user holds an account with the respective online platform.

(9) Guarantee of ownership
a) The operator guarantees that she/he is the owner of the necessary rights for publishing content on the online platforms and that it is legally permissible for him to effectively grant NEXT BIG THING the rights mentioned in the previous paragraph (Granting rights - license).
b) The operator also warrants that said content is free of third-party rights that could conflict with this contractual granting of rights. The operator warrants that the use of the content in the context of this contract does not infringe any third-party personal rights, in particular, that persons depicted if any, consent to the contractual use of their image.

(10) Exemption from third-party claims
The operator exempts NEXT BIG THING of all claims by third parties upon the first request, in particular of claims regarding alleged copyright infringement, infringement of competition rights and infringement of intellectual property rights such as in particular trademarks, designs, utility models, patent law, data protection and personal rights, as well as criminally relevant actions, which are raised against NEXT BIG THING, its managing directors, shareholders and/or employees in the context of usage of an online platform from NEXT BIG THING by the user.

The same applies with regard to claims due to the contractual prohibition to provide content glorifying violence or pornographic content.

The operator hereby warrants notifying NEXT BIG THING immediately in text form upon receipt of any third-party claims with regard to the use of an online platform from NEXT BIG THING. NEXT BIG THING is entitled to take suitable measures to defend itself against third-party claims or pursue its rights. The exemption also includes the refunding of reasonable costs that NEXT BIG THING incurs or has incurred due to legal prosecution/defence, including reasonable attorney fees.

(11) Prohibition of technical interference
The user must refrain from any activity that entails manipulating, impairing and/or overloading the operation of an on online-platform from NEXT BIG THING or its underlying technical infrastructure and functionality/access options. These include in particular:

a) the use of viruses, robots, SPAM, worms, trojans or similar in connection with the use of an online platform from NEXT BIG THING
b) blocking, overwriting, modifying, copying data and/or other content insofar as this is not necessary for the proper use of an online platform from NEXT BIG THING.

(12) Indemnification from server failure or technical problems
The users are aware that despite regular maintenance, server failure or technical problems can occur. Data may be lost due to server failure or technical issues. It is also possible that individual webinars cannot be held at the specified time or that other functions will not work or will only function to a limited extent. Users are therefore advised to externally back up the data for which they are responsible. If there is impairment due to server failure or technical problems, NEXT BIG THING is only liable for wilful intent and gross negligence.

(13) Technical requirements for using online platforms from NEXT BIG THING
To use an online platform as an operator,

a) a laptop or desktop PC with a current operating system and a current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox and
b) a stable internet connection with sufficient bandwidth for the functions used and
c) sufficient free RAM and a sufficiently powerful processor for the functions used are required.

To use an online platform as a participant,
a) a laptop or desktop PC with a current operating system or a tablet PC or smartphone with a current version of iOS or Android and a current version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge or Safari and
b) a stable internet connection with sufficient bandwidth for the functions used and
c) sufficient free RAM and a sufficiently powerful processor for the functions used are required.

(14) The installation of additional unsupported software (including pop-up blockers, ad blockers, etc.) as well as unsupported settings in the operating system, browser or other installed software can lead to limited functionality.

(15) Termination of the service agreement by NEXT BIG THING

NEXT BIG THING reserves the right to terminate an operator's membership with any NEXT BIG THING online platform at any time, without notice and any obligation on the part of NEXT BIG THING. This applies in particular if there is suspicion that the operator is violating applicable law or the rights of third parties.

However, this also applies if the operator does not meet his payment obligation towards the retailer or does not meet it entirely or in time or if the subscription of membership with costs has ended.

(16) Blocking and deleting data and content

Next Big Thing is entitled to block some or all of the data or content generated or saved by operators on an online platform. This applies in particular if there is a suspicion that these violate applicable law or the rights of third parties.

This also applies, however, if the operator does not meet his payment obligation towards the retailer or does not meet it completely or in time or if the subscription of a paid membership has ended. It is then no longer possible to provide the content, including any stored data on participants.

The online platforms enable operators to independently delete all their data and content.

§6 Contract assignments

Next Big Thing is entitled to assign this contract with all rights and obligations to a company of its choice. The transfer will take effect 4 weeks after the user has been notified accordingly. If this contract is transferred to another company, the user has an extraordinary cause to terminate the contract, which must be exercised within two weeks after notification.

$7 Platform for online dispute resolution

The European Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution (OS):

However, Next Big Thing is neither obliged nor willing to participate in a dispute settlement procedure before a consumer arbitration board. (OS platform or in the sense of § 36 VSBG)

§8 Right to change

Changes to these terms and conditions are possible with a notice period of 4 weeks.

§9 Applicable Law and Jurisdiction

German law applies.

The place of jurisdiction for all disputes arising from and in connection with this contract, regardless of the legal basis, is Munich, in the event that the user is a merchant or does not have a place of general jurisdiction in Germany.

§10 Severability clause

Should individual provisions of this contract prove to be ineffective or unenforceable or become ineffective or unenforceable after the conclusion of the contract, the validity of the rest of the contract remains unaffected. The ineffective or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by an effective and enforceable provision whose effects come as close as possible to the commercial objective which the contracting parties pursued with the ineffective or unenforceable provision. The above provisions apply accordingly in the event that the contract contains any gaps.

§11 Language Version

The English translation is for your convenience only. In the event that the English-language version differs from the German-language version, the German-language version prevails.