5. Scope of Service / Availability
5.1 Stahleisen agrees to use all reasonable
efforts to ensure that the Database is up to date at all times.
However, the Database is not a product that remains stationary,
allowing retrieval in an unchanged system environment with the same
content and the same system requirements over a lengthy period of
time. The Database is much rather subject to continuous
technological and content-related maintenance, updating, and
5.2 Stahleisen shall be entitled to continually
and without prior notice carry out modifications and updates of the
Database content. This shall include the right to remove, in whole
or in part, data, and data collections from the Database. In
continual Database maintenance, Stahleisen partially depends on
information from third parties, such as applicants for new entries
This might cause delays in content updating.
Some documents posted on the Database are automatically selected
and converted by computer programmes. It cannot be ruled out that
errors occur, that changes are not entered, or that entered content
will not display at the client's query. In individual cases, it is
recommended that the client, on the client's own responsibility,
verify the data from the Database for completeness and currency
prior to utilisation.
5.3 Stahleisen shall not be responsible for the
client's system environment. The client agrees to ensure such
client's equipment meet the requirements necessary for the use of a
relevant Database. Stahleisen reserves the right to modify and/or
adjust to new technologies the system environment in which data is
retrieved, as well as other system requirements. Stahleisen shall
be careful not to allow system requirements that exceed the current
state of technology. In the context of technological development,
however, technical requirements for Database access might change.
In such an event, it shall be the client's responsibility to
provide for technical requirement adjustments necessary for
compatible access and transmission.
5.4 Stahleisen agrees to use all reasonable
efforts to protect the Database from any kind of malware. However,
Stahleisen cannot guarantee that, particularly while downloading,
documents or parts thereof get infected by malware or the like with
the potential to cause errors, data loss, or other damages in the
client's system environment. The client shall protect his own
system environment by means of appropriate defence measures, such
as installing current, reliable antivirus software. Stahleisen
shall not be held liable for damages to the client caused by
intrusion of malware that Stahleisen is not responsible for.
5.5 The Database is designed to be made
available 24 hours per day, every working day, Sunday and holiday.
However, momentary downtimes due to Database and system environment
maintenance and upgrades are unavoidable. Downtimes due to
unexpected system failures that Stahleisen is not responsible for
(e.g. required system backup in the event of an attack by malicious
software, a third party, etc.) are also unavoidable.
5.6 Stahleisen reserves the right to place a
reasonable amount of any kind of ads within the Database system
environment. These ads will be clearly visible to the client and
include both self-advertising and third-party advertising.