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Development Agreement

This agreement is made by and between you (“Client”) and Cave Interactive Media DBA LightIgnite (“Developer”).

1. Purpose of this agreement

The Developer is acting as an independent contractor and is not acting as an employee of the Client. The Client desires the Developer to enter into a development agreement for the creation or modification of one or more websites.

2. Services provided

Developer will provide Client with a written estimate and statement of work based on specifications provided by the Client. This document will list the development work to be completed for the project, an estimate of the cost for each item, and any related expenses that are expected to be incurred during the course of development. Work will commence when the Client has accepted the estimate (which is bound by the terms of this agreement) and made all applicable down-payments. The project estimate shall be deemed a part of this Agreement.

2.1 Additional services, products and expenses
The Client agrees that any service, product, or incurred expense not explicitly listed in this agreement or in the project’s estimate shall be considered “additional” and, at the Developer’s discretion, shall be quoted and billed separately from the original estimate. These additional items and services may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

    • Website or e-mail hosting
    • Extra domain name(s) or extended domain name registration
    • Search engine optimization
    • Copywriting or content creation
    • Logo design, photography, or other custom graphic design
    • Stock photography, icon sets, or other files
    • Website maintenance and/or changes
    • Software purchase or licensing
    • Liaising with billing, support, or any other department of third-party web services
    • Additional training hours

In the event of disagreement between Developer and Client, Developer will make the final determination as to what services, products, or expenses are included in the scope of the estimate and this agreement. The Developer will seek and obtain Client approval before incurring additional expenses on the Client’s behalf.

2.2 Post-launch modifications
For a period of at least thirty (30) days following the delivery of the Client’s website, templates, or other final deliverable, the Client may request minor modifications to the design or function of the site pursuant to the terms of this agreement. After this time period, the Developer’s obligation to perform any of the services covered in this agreement shall cease.

3. Authorization

The Client is engaging the Developer to develop, design, redesign or improve a new or existing website and as such the Client hereby authorizes the Developer to access hosting, e-mail and related accounts, along with any files contained in these accounts, as required throughout the duration of this agreement.

4. Ownership rights

Client shall retain all of its intellectual property rights in any text, images or other components it owns and transmits to the Developer for use in the website. Client shall hold the copyright for the agreed upon version of the website as delivered, and Client’s copyright notice may be displayed in the final version.

The Developer shall hold all right, title, and interest in and to the source code, programming and original artwork created for the project by the Developer and not supplied by Client to Developer.

4.1 Right to modify
The Client is permitted to alter or modify any aspect of the delivered website, including the right to make derivative works from any portion of the delivered website, provided the resultant works are for the Client’s own internal use (which may include the use of the website in a single project for a single client). The Developer maintains the exclusive rights in making any derivative works for reuse or resale to other third parties.

4.2 Right to transfer
Client shall be provided a copy of the template source code, images, icons, and related files used and developed during this project. At the completion of this agreement, Client shall have the right, at any point in time, to remove website templates and content from the original server(s) and to transfer all or any part of the website to another hosting environment. The Client acknowledges and agrees that certain features provided by the website’s content management and hosting systems are not available on all hosting platforms and some website content and functionality may be limited or completely disabled if transferred. In the event of a transfer Client shall be responsible for moving files and information between servers. Developer shall provide guidance on transferring data out of systems owned or operated by Developer but shall not be responsible for recreating all or any part of the website in another hosting environment.

4.3 Third-party materials
Templates, photographs, icons, source code, and other website components obtained from or provided by a third party shall remain under the copyright of that party. The Client agrees to use those files pursuant to the terms established by the copyright holder.

5. Delivery of websites

The Developer will use reasonable diligence and endeavor to deliver to the Client each operational website by the deadline, if any, stated in the respective project’s estimate.  Client acknowledges, however, that a variety of factors not directly within the Developer’s control can affect the project timeline. As such, this delivery deadline is a good-faith estimate of when work shall be completed and is not a required delivery date.

6. Compensation

For all of Developer’s services under this agreement, Client shall compensate Developer pursuant to the terms of this agreement and each project’s respective estimate within thirty (30) days of delivery of website.

Website is considered to be delivered after the agreed-upon number of revision cycles has been completed. Website shall also be considered delivered if client fails to respond to Developer communication or request additional revisions within 30 days of implementation of the previous set of revisions.

However, notwithstanding any other provision in this agreement, no compensation other than a non-refundable 50% downpayment shall be payable by Client to Developer until such time as the operational website has been delivered.

6.1 Late payment
In the event Client fails to complete full payment within thirty (30) days of website delivery, Developer has the right to pursue any or all of the following remedies:  (1) terminate the agreement, (2) immediately stop all works-in-progress or remove unpaid for material and content, (3) bring legal action. Additionally, Developer shall be entitled to the amount due plus accrued late charges of 5% per month.

7. Limited warranty and limitation on damages

The Developer warrants that each website will conform to the specifications set forth in the respective estimate. If the website does not conform to the specifications, the Developer shall be responsible to correct the website without unreasonable delay, at Developer’s sole expense and without charge to Client, to bring the website into conformance with the specifications.  To redeem this warranty, The Client must notify the Developer of any discrepancies between the estimate specifications and the delivered website within thirty (30) days of delivery. This warranty shall be the exclusive warranty available to Client. The Client waives any other warranty, express or implied.  The Client acknowledges that the Developer does not warrant that the website will work on all platforms or web browsers.  The Client acknowledges that the Developer is not responsible for the results obtained by the Client from the website.  The Client waives any claim for damages, direct or indirect, and agrees that its sole and exclusive remedy for damages (either in contract or tort) is the return of the consideration paid to the Developer as set forth in the project’s estimate.

8. Indemnification and limitation of liability

The Client warrants that everything it gives the Developer to put on the website is legally owned by or licensed to the Client. The Client agrees to indemnify and hold the Developer harmless from any and all claims brought by any third-party relating to any aspect of the website, including, but without limitation, any and all demands, liabilities, losses, costs and claims including attorney’s fees arising out of injury caused by the Client’s products or services, material supplied by Client, copyright infringement, slander and defamation, or defective products sold via the website. Further, the Client agrees that the Developer shall not be liable for problems or disruptions caused by third-party services that the Client may use such as merchant accounts, shopping carts, shipping, hosting services, real time credit card processing, domain name services, and other services that relate to the ownership and operation of the website.

Neither the Developer nor the Client shall be liable to the other for loss of profits or contracts or other indirect or consequential loss whether arising from negligence, breach of contract or other cause except as is set forth in this agreement.

The Developer shall not be liable to the Client for any loss arising out of any failure by the Client to keep full and up-to-date security copies of website content, computer software, and data it uses in accordance with best computing practice. Neither will the Developer be liable for any errors or omissions in website content or for delay in delivery of the website or website content to the host server howsoever such delay may be caused.

The Developer shall not be liable to the Client for hardware or software faults in web hosting or computer systems, including those that result in unscheduled website downtime or loss of data.

The Developer shall not be liable to the Client for data loss resulting from website modification or editing by parties other than the Developer.

The Developer shall not be liable for any losses or damages to computer software or hardware or the data contained therein due to software bugs or due to hacking, viruses, spyware, or similar causes.

The Developer shall not be liable for any other losses that may occur in the operation of the website.

Except in respect of injury to or death of any person (for which no limit applies) the respective liability of the Developer and the Client under this agreement shall not exceed the total value of fees payable pursuant to each project’s estimate for the services to be supplied.

The Developer shall not be liable for any outdated, obsolete, or otherwise deficient software or hardware systems that may prevent the Client or its customers from accessing the completed website solution as intended. It is assumed that the Client and its customers will use the most recent versions of all operating systems and web browsers. The Client is responsible for notifying the Developer of any specific compatibility needs prior to signing this agreement.

The provisions of this “Indemnification and limitation of liability” clause survive the termination or expiration of this agreement.

9. General Provisions

9.1 Entire agreement
With the exception of each project’s estimate and statement of work, this agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes any and all prior agreements or understandings, written or oral, between the parties related to the subject matter hereof.  No modification of this agreement shall be valid unless made in writing and signed by both of the parties hereto.

9.2 Governing law
Regardless of the place of signing of this agreement, the Client agrees that for purposes of venue, this agreement was entered into in Sangamon County, Illinois, United States and any dispute will be litigated in the District Court for Sangamon County, Illinois.  This agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, United States.

9.3 Binding effect
This agreement shall be binding upon the Client and the Developer and their respective successors and assignees, provided that the Developer may not reassign any of his obligations under this agreement without the Client’s prior written consent.

9.4 Waiver
The waiver by either party of any breach or failure to enforce any of the terms and conditions of this agreement at any time shall not in any way affect, limit, or waive such party’s right thereafter to enforce and compel strict compliance with every term and condition of this agreement.

9.5 Good faith
Each party represents and warrants to the other that such party has acted in good faith, and agrees to continue to so act, in the negotiation, execution, delivery, performance, and any termination of this agreement.

9.6 Use of website for promotional purposes
The Client grants the Developer the right to use images, screenshots, video, or text from any part of the Client’s website, that is specifically created or implemented by the Developer pursuant to the terms of this agreement, for promotional purposes on the Developer’s own company or marketing websites.

9.7 No responsibility for theft
Developer has no control over and assumes no responsibility for any third-party taking all or any part of the website.

9.8 Attorney’s fees
In the event any party to this agreement employs an attorney to enforce any of the terms of the agreement, the Developer shall be entitled to recover its actual attorney’s fees and costs, including expert witness fees.

9.9 Identification of developers
The Client agrees that the Developer’s identification may be annotated within the source code as the website author. The Client also agrees to retain a link to the Developer’s website in the footer of each website page.

10. Terms of service

This agreement shall commence on the date of estimate approval by Client and shall continue in full force until one (1) year from the date of estimate approval, or until the work for all previously accepted estimates has been completed by Developer and all outstanding payments are paid in full by the Client to the Developer, whichever date is later. Upon a signed agreement by both Client and Developer, this expiration date may be extended as desired. Absent a mutual dissolution agreement, no event (except breach) may terminate this agreement prior.

Each party represents and warrants that they are authorized to enter into this agreement in entirety and duly bind their respective principals by their acceptance of this agreement and any related estimates.