Terms and Conditions

General terms and conditions for the pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG online shop

1. Applicability

The business relationship between pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG and the customer, with regard to orders in the pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG online shop (e.g. shop.pv-magazine.com), is governed solely by the latest version of the following general terms and conditions valid at the time of the order. Contradictory or supplementary general terms and conditions of the customer are not part of the contract, unless the publisher explicitly consents to their validity.

2. Ordering, offer, contract conclusion

2.1 The presentation and description of the goods and services on the website is not a legally binding offer by pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG to sell goods and services. The customer submits an offer to acquire the ordered goods and services in accordance with Section 145 of the German Civil Code (BGB) only once an order is placed.

2.2 The customer submits a binding offer to enter into a contract by following the ordering process on shop.pv-magazine.com and submitting the order by clicking the “confirm order” button. pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG then sends a confirmation of order receipt by email containing the details of the order to the email address provided by the customer during the ordering process (order confirmation). This order confirmation does not constitute acceptance of the offer; it merely informs the customer that the order was received.
2.3 A contract for the acquisition of goods and services is not entered into until pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG accepts the order, which generally takes place upon the shipment of goods or the provision of services. An explicit declaration of acceptance to the customer is not required because it is waived by the customer pursuant to Section 151 (1) BGB.

3. Consumer’s right to rescind an order – CANCELLATION POLICY

3.1 pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG acknowledges the right of its customers, who are consumers as defined in Section 13 BGB, to cancel orders under the following provisions:

3.2 CANCELLATION POLICY

Right to cancel

The customer, who is a consumer as defined in Section 13 BGB, has the right to rescind the contract in writing (e.g. post, fax or email) without specifying any reasons within 14 days after the receipt of goods or by returning any goods received before the expiry of the cancellation period. The cancellation period starts upon the receipt of this disclaimer in written form, at the earliest, but not prior to the delivery of goods to the recipient, if goods are being shipped (not before the first partial shipment in the case of regular deliveries of similar goods), not prior to the conclusion of the contract if services are being provided, and not before pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG fulfils its duties to provide information in accordance with Article 246 Section 2 in conjunction with Section 1(1) and (2) of the Introductory Act to the German Civil Code (EGBGB) and the obligations of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG in accordance with Section 312g(1) clause 1 BGB in conjunction with Article 246 Section 3 EGBGB. Sending written notice or return of the article within the cancellation period is sufficient to be in compliance with the cancellation deadline.

 

The cancellation notice should be sent to:

pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG

Zinnowitzer Str. 1

10115 Berlin

Fax: +49 30 726 296 309

Email: service@nullpv-magazine.com
Consequences of cancellation

In case of a valid order cancellation, the services received on both sides and any benefits gained from such services (i.e. interest) shall be returned. Customers who are unable to return or surrender the received goods, in full or in part, or only in a deteriorated condition, may be obliged to pay compensation for lost value to pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG. The customer must pay compensation for deterioration of an item or for benefits gained only if the benefits or deterioration was caused by use beyond the testing of its features and functionality. By “testing of features and functionality” shall be understood the testing and trying out of the goods as is commonly done in a retail shop.

 

Transportable items are to be returned at the risk and expense of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG. Non-transportable items shall be picked up at the customer’s location. All payment refunds must be made within 30 days. This period begins for the customer at the time of dispatch of the cancellation notice or item and for pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG at the time of receipt.

 

END OF THE CANCELLATION POLICY

3.3 The customer should note that a right to cancel a service expires when pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG begins to perform the service prior to the end of the cancellation period with the express consent of the customer or when the customer himself arranges for the service to be performed. This applies, in particular, when the ordered publications, texts or other goods are unsuitable for return by virtue of their nature (ebooks, entries in the business directory, software downloads, downloads of individual electronic products).

3.4 Furthermore, the customer should note that there is no right of cancellation for long-distance contracts for the delivery of goods made according to customer specifications or goods unsuitable for return by virtue of their nature and, moreover, for long-distance contracts for the delivery of newspapers, magazines and periodicals.
3.5 Furthermore, the customer should note that there is no right of cancellation for delivered audio or video recordings or software once the customer breaks the seal of the delivered media.
3.6 The customer shall pay the return shipping costs in the event of a cancellation if the delivered goods correspond to the ordered goods and the price of the goods to be shipped back is less than €40.00 or, in the case of higher-priced items, if by the time of the cancellation the customer has not yet made any payment or contractually agreed partial payment for the order. Otherwise, return shipment is free of charge to the customer.

Any costs incurred due to a reversal of charges for payments made by the customer using a credit card or other payment reversal costs of other payment providers shall be borne by the customer.

4. Delivery

4.1 After placing an order in the online shop of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG the customer receives an electronic order confirmation on the screen and via email. The electronic confirmation is sent automatically and it is only a confirmation of order receipt; it is not an order acceptance in accordance with Section 145 BGB. For orders placed outside the online shop, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG does not send a confirmation.
4.2 Unless agreed otherwise, delivery is made to the delivery address specified by the customer. Specified delivery times are not binding except in exceptional cases when pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG promises delivery by a particular deadline.
4.3 Publication delivery is subject to product availability. If a publication is not available or has not yet been released by the time of the order, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG will notify the customer of the expected delivery date and pre-book the order. Once the merchandise is in stock, it is shipped to the customer without any further notification to the customer. If a new edition of an out-of-print publication is being prepared, the new edition will be pre-booked. In case of unavailability, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG shall notify the customer. Any payments that have already been made will be refunded immediately.
4.4 If, through no fault of its own, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG is unable to deliver an ordered product or provide an ordered service because the supplier of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG has not fulfilled its contractual obligations, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG is entitled to withdraw from its obligations to the customer. In this case, the customer shall be informed immediately that the ordered product or service is unavailable. The customer’s legal rights shall remain intact.
4.5 Unless otherwise specified in the online shop, the customer bears the costs of delivery in accordance with the information provided in the pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG online shop. Delivery to book retailers, other retailers and wholesalers is subject to shipping costs without exception.

4.6 Berlin is the place of fulfilment for pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG; Berlin is also the place of fulfilment for the customer’s payments.
4.7 If, at the customer’s request, the product is shipped to a place other than the place of fulfilment, the risk is transferred to the customer once the product is handed over to a shipping company, unless the customer is a business person in accordance with Section 14 BGB.
4.8 In the case of defective or unsuitable packaging, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG will reimburse any transport damage caused as a result of the packaging and bear the costs of return shipment of the damaged goods.

5. Cancellation of magazine subscriptions

5.1 The contract is initially valid for the minimum term described in the offer. Cancellation during the agreed-upon minimum subscription period is not possible. Cancellation at the end of the minimum subscription period depends on the offer that the order is based on.

5.2 The right of extraordinary cancellation of continuing obligations (subscriptions; follow-up deliveries) without notice remains unaffected. In particular, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG is entitled to extraordinary cancellation if the customer has not fulfilled his payment obligations in accordance with no. 6 below, despite reminders and a specified deadline.

5.3 All cancellations must be made in writing. They can be declared by email, fax or post to pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG and to reader services (Postfach 1363, 82034 Deisenhofen/Germany).

6. Prices, due dates and payments; default

6.1 All prices are based on price information available on the web pages of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG.

6.2 Unless explicitly specified otherwise, all prices are final prices in euros plus any applicable shipping and packaging costs. Prices include applicable statutory value added tax.

6.3 If no special terms of payment are agreed, payments are due on the due date listed in the invoice. If the invoice does not specify a due date, payments are due upon receipt of the invoice by the customer. Payments in full with a note of the invoice number shall be made to the pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG account provided in the invoice.

Prices of subscriptions are invoiced in advance or debited from the credit institution in case of participation in direct debit. If the magazine cannot be delivered for reasons that are beyond the control of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG, there is no entitlement to subsequent delivery or replacement.
6.4 If the customer defaults on payments, pv magzine has the right to demand late payment interest of 5% p.a. over the base rate disclosed by the European Central Bank. If pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG suffers demonstrable, higher damages caused by default, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG has the right to claim compensation for such damages.

6.5 Any possible additional taxes and duties shall always be borne by the customer.

7. Offsetting and retention

The customer may not offset any counterclaims, unless they are found to be legally binding or undisputed by pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG. Furthermore, the customer may only exercise the right of retention if his counterclaim concerns the same contractual relationship.

8. Retention of title

The delivered goods remain the property of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG until such time as they are paid in full, including shipping and transaction costs.

9. Digital products – Terms of use and copyright

The digital products on offer are copyright protected. pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG grants the customer the right to download and save the acquired downloadable product to a stationary or mobile end device of his choice and to access it for personal use. The customer acquires a simple, non-transferrable, temporally and regionally unrestricted right of use for the respective digital content. Reproduction, in whole or in part, and release for public use — in particular, distribution over the Internet — is not allowed without the consent of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG. The right to make a copy exclusively for backup purposes is excepted. Copyright violations shall be legally prosecuted and may result in licensing and damage compensation claims.

10. Liability for defects, warranty

10.1 If the purchased item is defective, legal provisions apply. These claims may not be surrendered by the customer.
10.2 Unless specified otherwise below, further claims by the customer are ruled out, regardless of their legal grounds.
10.3 In the case of ordinary negligence, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG is liable only for the breach of essential contractual obligations, i.e., obligations that must be fulfilled to enable proper fulfilment of the contract and regularly relied on by the contractual parties (material obligations), for predicable, typical and direct average damages based on type of goods and services, and without limitation with regard to harm to the life, body and health of the customer, and in accordance with the Product Liability Act.
Otherwise, the pre-contractual, contractual and non-contractual liability of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG is limited to intentional and gross negligence.
10.5 The customer’s claims with regard to defects of delivered products or provided services shall be limited to 24 months.
10.6 However, limitation period for claims due to defects of delivered products or provided services is 12 months if the customer is a business person in accordance with Section 14 BGB.

 

11. Final provisions

11.1 Supplements, amendments and additions to these contractual provisions must be in writing.
11.2 The law of the Federal Republic of Germany applies exclusively to all disputes that arise from or in connection with these general terms and conditions and resulting from transactions in connection with pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG regardless of legal grounds. This excludes all conflict of law provisions derived from any other legal system. The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not apply.
11.3 Berlin is the place of fulfilment. Berlin is also the exclusive place of jurisdiction for disputes involving business persons, legal entities under public law or public special funds arising from contracts between pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG and the customer.

11.4 If individual provisions of these General Terms and Conditions are invalid or lose validity due to subsequent circumstances, the validity of the remaining general terms and conditions shall not be affected.

 

Berlin, February 3, 2012

pv magazine terms and conditions

Annual subscription digital

The annual digital pv magazine subscription comprises 12 issues at a rate of EUR 80, including VAT where appropriate. We will email you the download link after successful receipt of payment. The download link is valid for 30 days. Your invoice will be mailed separately.

If you decide on an automatic extension of your subscription, you will automatically receivepv magazine the following year. If you opted for automatic extension with your purchase and no longer wish to subscribe to pv magazine after 12 months, please email or post us written notice of cancellation at least two months prior to the expiration of your current annual subscription. If written notice is not received by this time, your subscription will be automatically extended for a further year. It may then only be cancelled following the receipt of two months’ notice prior to the conclusion of the next 12 month subscription period.

Annual subscription print

The annual pv magazine print subscription includes 12 issues at a rate of EUR 179, including VAT where appropriate and shipment. You will receive your copy of the magazine in the mail after successful receipt of payment. Your invoice will be mailed separately. If you opted for automatic extension with your purchase and no longer wish to subscribe to pv magazine after 12 months, please email or post us written notice of cancellation at least two months prior to the expiration of your current annual subscription. If written notice is not received by this time, your subscription will be automatically extended for a further year. It may then only be cancelled following the receipt of two months’ notice prior to the conclusion of the next 12 month subscription period.

The special price for an annual student print subscription to pv magazine amounts to EUR 70, including VAT where appropriate and shipment. If you would like a student subscription, please contact our reader service directly on +49 (0) 89 87806881-7, or send an e-mail to service(at)pv-magazine.com. A student ID or certificate of matriculation is required and must be made available to our reader service.

Please note that you may only order a maximum of 20 subscriptions online.

Single issue digital

A single digital issue of pv magazine costs EUR 7.50, including VAT where appropriate. We will send you the download link via email after successful receipt of payment. The download link is valid for 30 days. Your invoice will be mailed separately.

Single issue print

A single print issue of pv magazine costs EUR 18, including VAT where appropriate and shipment. You will receive your copy of the magazine in the mail after successful receipt of payment. Your invoice will be mailed separately. Ordering a single issue entails no further obligation.

Please note that you may only order a maximum of 10 copies per issue online.

Two month free trial digital

The digital trial subscription of pv magazine is free. Ordering the trial subscription entails no further obligation. After you have successfully ordered you will receive the download link for the current issue, in addition to limited access to our archive and reader services for a period of two months. A free trial subscription is only available once within any given 12 month period.

Two month free trial print

The print trial subscription of pv magazine is free. Ordering the trial subscription entails no further obligation. After you have successfully ordered you will receive the magazine in the mail, in addition to limited access to our archive and reader services for a period of two months. A free trial subscription is only available once within any given 12 month period.

 

 

For any queries, please contact our reader service:

Phone: +49 (0)89 85853-534
weekdays, from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (GMT+1)

Email: service(at)pv-magazine.com

 

 

Berlin, February 3, 2012

pv magazine Germany terms & conditions

Annual subscription digital

The annual digital pv magazine Germany subscription comprises 4 issues at a rate of EUR 36, including VAT where appropriate. We will email you the download link after successful receipt of payment. The download link is valid for 30 days. Your invoice will be mailed separately.

If you decide on an automatic extension of your subscription, you will automatically receivepv magazine Germany the following year. If you opted for automatic extension with your purchase and no longer wish to subscribe to pv magazine Germany  after 12 months, please email or post us written notice of cancellation at least two months prior to the expiration of your current annual subscription. If written notice is not received by this time, your subscription will be automatically extended for a further year. It may then only be cancelled following the receipt of two months’ notice prior to the conclusion of the next 12 month subscription period.

Annual subscription print

The annual pv magazine Germany print subscription includes 4 issues at a rate of EUR 48, including VAT where appropriate and shipment. You will receive your copy of the magazine in the mail after successful receipt of payment. Your invoice will be mailed separately. If you opted for automatic extension with your purchase and no longer wish to subscribe to pv magazine Germany after 12 months, please email or post us written notice of cancellation at least two months prior to the expiration of your current annual subscription. If written notice is not received by this time, your subscription will be automatically extended for a further year. It may then only be cancelled following the receipt of two months’ notice prior to the conclusion of the next 12 month subscription period. Please note that you may only order a maximum of 20 subscriptions online.

Single issue digital

A single digital issue of pv magazine Germany costs EUR 10, including VAT where appropriate. We will send you the download link via email after successful receipt of payment. The download link is valid for 30 days. Your invoice will be mailed separately.

Single issue print

A single print issue of pv magazine Germany costs EUR 15, including VAT where appropriate and shipment. You will receive your copy of the magazine in the mail after successful receipt of payment. Your invoice will be mailed separately. Ordering a single issue entails no further obligation. Please note that you may only order a maximum of 10 copies per issue online.

For any queries, please contact our reader service:
pv magazine subscriptions:
Phone: +49 (0)89
85853-534
Email: leserservice(at)pv-magazine.com

Berlin,  June, 2013

Company Listings terms and conditions

General Terms and Conditions

For paid services provided by pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG in the Company Listings section of pv magazine at shop.pv-magazine.com and www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings

1. General

pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG operates its Company Listings web platform under www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings/. It also publishes the monthly English language publication pv magazine, in which (depending on the services ordered) company listings appearing in the online company listings at www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings/ and are printed in the services section subject to the editorial deadlines of the respective magazines.
The service offered by pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG consists of the operation of a company directory under www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings/ for placement of online advertisements in the form of company listings for commercial enterprises and companies, as well as the printing of company listings in accordance with ordered advertising services in the monthly English language magazine pv magazine.
Company listings are reserved for commercial enterprises and individual companies (referred to below as “advertisers”). All of the entries in the company directory of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG under www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings/ , as well as the regular monthly printing of company entries in pv magazine shall be performed exclusively subject to the following terms and conditions. Conflicting or different general terms and conditions of the buyer are not part of the contract, unless the publisher explicitly consents to their validity.

2. Entry into force of the contract, publication, fulfilment, complaints

2.1
By submitting data via the standardized online advert submission form for the Company Listings undershop.pv-magazine.com the advertiser agrees to these general terms and conditions. The contractual relationship begins when the advertiser receives an order confirmation by post, telefax, or e-mail and does not contest the confirmation within a three-day period.

2.2
The advertiser shall pay based on the services ordered for publication of the ad in the company directory on the web page www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings/, as well as for regular monthly publication of the company listing in pv magazine for the duration of the contract between pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG and the advertiser.

2.3
The publication period, and therewith the fulfilment of the contracted service, begins for the advertiser when the ad appears on the web page www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings/  immediately upon the entry into force of the advertising contract and the subsequent editorial review and release of the advertisement. The company listing is published in the next, not yet completed, issue of pv magazine subsequent to the date on which the company listing has been released for publication. The advertiser is responsible for the delivery of complete and correct forms, data, and, if applicable, files necessary for the publication on the Internet of the desired company listing.
Following the expiration of the advertising contract, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG will remove the company listing from the online directory at www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings/ and the listing will no longer appear in subsequent issues of pv magazine.

3. Advertiser’s responsibilities

3.1
pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG is not responsible for the content of company directory listings. The advertiser alone bears the sole responsibility for the content, specifically with regard to correctness and legal admissibility, of the text, images, or other files submitted for the advertisement listing. pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG has no obligation to review the company listing to determine whether it infringes upon the rights of any third party. The advertiser is obligated to release the service provider from any and all liability vis-a-vis third parties which may arise as a result of fulfilling the advertising order.

3.2
To the extent that protected trade names are used within the framework of publication of the advertisement through pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG, the advertiser hereby grants approval for their use. The advertiser makes the explicit assurance that this approval is valid.

3.3
Immediate contact to the advertiser by interested parties is enabled through a direct link to the electronic contact address (e-mail address) provided by the advertiser.

4. Right of refusal

pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG reserves the right to decline publication of advertisements based on their content, origin, or technical form in accordance with uniform, objectively justified principles. This applies in particular to cases in which the content of the advertisement is in violation of legal or official prohibitions, an affront to common decency, or when publication through the service provider is deemed unsuitable for other reasons.
pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG reserves the right to remove, immediately and without prior notice to the advertiser, any advertisements with content determined to be a violation of legal or official prohibitions or an affront to common decency. The advertiser will be notified immediately in such cases. No further rights, in particular a right to compensation, arise as a result of the withdrawal.

5. Duration of the contract/cancellation

5.1
The contract is initially valid for the minimum term described in the offer. Cancellation during the agreed-upon minimum run time is not possible. Cancellation at the end of the minimum run time depends on the service on which the order is based.

5.2
The right of extraordinary cancellation of recurring obligations (subscriptions; follow-up deliveries) without notice remains unaffected. pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG is entitled to extraordinary cancellation of services, in particular if the buyer has not fulfilled payment obligations despite reminders and a specified payment deadline.

5.3
All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellation may be submitted by e-mail, fax or post to pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG or to reader services (InTime Media Services GmbH, Postfach 1363, 82034 Deisenhofen, Germany).

6. Payment, delinquency

6.1
A fee based on the ordered ad package will be charged for company listings in the company directory of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG at www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings/, as well as the regular monthly printing of company listings in pv magazine. Customer submission of the online order form generated by pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG automatically constitutes a valid order and, once accepted by pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG, obligates the advertiser to adhere to payment deadlines.

6.2
The advertiser shall issue payment for the published advertisement in the amount specified in the order confirmation. Prices shall be charged in accordance with the current, valid price list posted on the pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG website.

6.3
In the event that the advertiser does not pay in advance, an invoice will be issued immediately upon publication of the company listing at www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings/. The invoice is due for payment upon receipt (in euros).

6.4
In the case of delinquent payments, the advertiser is obligated to pay interest legally proscribed for delinquent debts and any collection fees or reversed bank charges that may arise. pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG’s right to additional damage claims due to damages suffered as a result of delinquency shall remain unaffected. The advertiser retains the right to submit proof that pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG suffered lesser or no damage as a result of the delinquency.
In the event of delinquent payment, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG reserves the right to suspend ordered services until such time as payment in full is received and to require pre-payment for subsequent company listings.
With regard to counterclaims against pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG, the advertiser may only claim undisputed or legally binding charges.

7. Guarantee, availability, complaints

7.1
pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG guarantees the best possible reproduction of the company listing in accordance with the accepted technical standard at www.pv-magazine.com/services/company-listings/, as well as in the print publications pv magazine.

7.2
Any fault in the display of the advertisement is specifically not present in the following cases: when the fault is due to the use of unsuitable software or hardware; when caused by the disruption of a communication network of a third-party service provider or a computer crash at an internet service provider or other online service; when, due to the non-current or incomplete update of a so-called proxy server of a commercial or non-commercial provider or other online service, the program partially or completely fails to run; in the event of the failure of the advertisement-server for a period of 24 consecutive or non-consecutive hours within a period of 30 days subsequent to the start of the contractually agreed-upon advertisement run.
In such cases, the advertiser has the right to an extension of the ad run equal to the duration of the outage.

7.3
The advertiser has an obligation to review the company listing immediately after it is published online and report any errors without delay. The review and complaint period commences with the publication of the advertisement for visible errors, and, for hidden errors, as of the time of discovery. In the event that the advertiser does not report any errors, the advertisement is considered error free.

8. Liability

8.1
pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG assumes no liability for the correctness of company listings provided by the advertisers or the links to home pages or e-mail addresses, either with respect to the correctness of information, the content of the listing, or any changes, additions or images.

8.2
Liability for damages on the part of pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG and its representatives or agents, in particular due to default, non-fulfilment, poor performance, or unauthorized activity is limited to breaches of cardinal obligations, the fulfilment of which the advertiser can reasonably expect. This exemption of liability does not apply in cases of intent and gross negligence or for liability due to warranted features.
In the event of a grossly negligent breach of cardinal obligations, in the above-mentioned sense, liability shall be limited to the price of the company listing.

8.3
With respect to merchants, liability for gross and ordinary negligence of agents not acting as legal representatives or management employees is in every case limited, even in cases of intent, to customary and typical foreseeable damages in such cases which are beyond the control of the advertiser.

9. Confidentiality; data protection

pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG takes the protection of your personal information very seriously. The purpose of our data processing is to collect, process, and use only the personal data necessary for the sensible and efficient use of our products and services.
The following provides information about when we store data from visitors to our web shop and how we use their data. We have taken technical and organisational measures to ensure compliance with data protection regulations. Our products and services are subject, in particular, to the provisions of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Teleservices Data Protection Act (TDDSG).

Personal Data

Personal data is information which can be used to identify you. Your name and address are examples of such information. Information that cannot be linked directly to a specific person is not considered personal.
Our online shop may be used without disclosing your identity. If you choose to use one of our personalised services, you will be asked to provide the data required in order to provide the service. You are free to decide whether you wish to use these services and provide the corresponding data.
We store your information on especially protected servers in Germany. These servers are accessible only to a limited number of authorised individuals who provide technical, commercial and editorial tasks on the servers.
When you visit the website we store data on our servers for backup purposes which may allow us to identify you (e.g., IP address, date, time and pages viewed). However, we do not use this information to identify you personally.
pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG uses session cookies in order to provide you with its online products and services. These are small units of information saved in the RAM-memory of the visitor’s computer. A session cookie contains a randomly generated identification number, a so-called session ID. In addition, a cookie contains information about its origin and storage period. No other data are saved. Your orders are collected in the shopping cart with the help of the session ID. The session cookies used by pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG are deleted at the end of each session.
For evaluation and continuous improvement of the quality of our online services we perform statistical analyses of the access to our website by integrating Piwik (http://www.piwik.org), an open-source web analysis service. One of the ways we do this is by using counters that register how many times an image has been clicked in our online shop. Data acquired in this manner is kept strictly anonymous and cannot be traced back to a user’s personal data.
Your data will never be used to create user profiles of any sort.

Disclosure of personal data to third parties
In principle, we do not disclose any personal data to third parties. In particular, data will not be disclosed to third parties for marketing purposes.
However, once you use personalised services (our shop, for instance) it may be necessary to collect personal data and pass it on to third parties for the purposes of executing and processing your order. However, such data is stored and transferred only to the extent necessary for order processing. For this purpose, an express declaration of consent must be submitted when filling out the form. Third parties that receive your data within the scope of order processing are also bound by legal regulations for the handling of personal information.
We send data to authorised agencies when required by law or court order to do so.

To improve our products and services and to facilitate product shipment, we offer you the option of answering questions about our products via our contact form. Answering these questions is optional. You can order our products and services by sending in the form with your request without providing any further information. The data you provide and your personal information is saved to improve the services we provide to you. We only save data provided by you voluntarily and we do not disclose it to third parties.

Right to delete
If you give us any personal data, you may delete it at any time. Data needed for invoicing and accounting purposes are not affected by cancellation or deletion. Data subject to mandatory legal retention periods are also excluded from the right of deletion.

Children
Persons under 18 years of age should not send us personal data without the permission of their parent or guardian. We do not request any personal data from children, nor do we collect their data or disclose it to third parties.
Links to external websites
To the extent that our website contains links to the offerings of other service providers, we make no guarantee and assume no liability for compliance with legal requirements of those external websites. For more information about the applicable data privacy standards on those websites, please read the data privacy statements provided on the external sites.

Amendments
This information is subject to changes based on legal requirements. As such, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG reserves the right to change this policy in consideration of data privacy laws.

10. Archiving

All forms, data storage media, and other printed forms shall be stored for a maximum of three months following the fulfilment of orders. The provider shall be liable only for damages resulting from intent and gross negligence.

11. Final provisions

11.1
Supplements, amendments and additions to these contractual provisions must be in writing.

11.2
The law of the Federal Republic of Germany applies exclusively to all disputes that arise from or in connection with these general terms and conditions and resulting from transactions in connection with pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG regardless of legal grounds. This excludes all conflict of law provisions derived from any other legal system. The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not apply.

11.3
Berlin is the place of fulfilment. Berlin is also the exclusive place of jurisdiction for disputes involving business persons, legal entities under public law or public special funds arising from contracts between pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG and the advertiser.

11.4
In the event that individual provisions of these General Terms and Conditions are ruled invalid or lose validity due to subsequent circumstances, the validity of the remaining general terms and conditions shall not be affected.