§1 Ordering and Validity of the General Terms and Conditions (GTC)
These General Terms and Conditions (GTC) apply to all business transactions between the Customer (Client) and the Proofreading Department Korrektorius (Contractor). By placing the Order, the Client confirms that he has taken note of the above General Terms and Conditions and accepts them. Any deviations from the General Terms and Conditions, additional Ancillary Agreements and Arrangements must be in writing. The Order must be made in writing (e.g. by e-mail). Upon confirmation by the Contractor, the Order is considered to be accepted.
The processing of the texts by the Contractor includes, depending on the Order and the request of the Client, the verification and correction of: orthography, punctuation, grammar (“Korrektorat”) and hyphenation, proofreading and / or speech and style editing respectively (“Lektorat”). The editing of the factual and specialist correctness of the contents (“Wissenschaftslektorat”), layout review or plagiarism check is only carried out with a corresponding written Order. The basis for all of the provided services is formed by the applicable rules and recommendations of the new German spelling, according to DUDEN.
Unless otherwise agreed, the binding prices are prices which are valid at the time of placing the Order, as stated at https://korrektorius.com/rates-for-editing/ at the time of placing an Order request. As far as the prices per page are concerned, it is always a customary standard page of 1500 characters including spaces and footnotes. All prices are valid only for the correction and proofreading in electronic form including the comprehensible corrections for the Client. Shall the Client require the correction in paper form, he must explicitly state this in advance of placing the Order and, if necessary, an additional fee must be agreed.
Appointed delivery periods/deadlines require a mutual written Agreement and will only be binding if confirmed in writing by the Contractor. The agreed delivery deadlines are deemed to have been met as soon as the content of the Order has been sent within the earlier specified time electronically or by post. Shall the Contractor foresee not to be able to meet the deadline, he is obliged to inform the Client as soon as possible and to propose a new delivery date. The Client has the right to rescind the contract if the Contractor substantially exceeds the deadline, but without being released from the obligation to pay for services already provided. Subsequent changes or additions to the commissioned work by the Client may if necessary extend the delivery period and require a mutual written Agreement of a new delivery date.
The Contractor undertakes to deliver a flawless text. If, in spite of all the diligence of the Contractor, substantial defects remain, the Client must complain in writing as accurately as possible within 10 days after receipt of the service. If no complaint is received within the specified period, the editing is considered accepted. The Customer has to set a reasonable deadline for a rectification of defects.
Shall the defect elimination fail, the Client has the right for a reduction of the remuneration, according to the defect’s significance in relation to the total performance. The Contractor is only liable in case of grossly negligent or wilful misconduct. Liability and claims for damages are limited to the amount of the fee on the invoice charged for the Order. Liability for consequential damages, lost profits or the like are generally not assumed. As far as proofreading is concerned, complaints and liability for stylistic and content editing are excluded, since such interventions in the text are always to be considered as suggestions for the improvement. The Client is therefore responsible for checking these text changes for consistency and coherence.
§6 Terms of Payment
The remuneration will be due immediately after completion of the agreed text processing. In principle the invoice must be paid within 10 days after receipt. For large orders, a down payment or a payment in instalments, corresponding to the finished amount of the text, may be required. In the event of a late payment, the Contractor will charge default interest at the statutory interest rate and an appropriate fee per reminder as compensation for expenses. In addition, the Contractor reserves the right to take legal action.
The contractor undertakes to keep all data strictly confidential and to use them only for the purpose of the correction and copywriting respectively. The Contractor is expressly prohibited from transferring the data to the Third Parties. This also applies beyond the period of processing for the indefinite time. The Contractor undertakes to maintain confidentiality about all the facts that result from performing work for the Client. However, the electronic transmission of texts and data as well as further communication in the electronic form between the Client and the Contractor shall be at the risk of the Client.
§8 Final provisions
If parts of the above conditions are or become ineffective, the validity of the remaining conditions shall remain unaffected. The ineffective or invalid provision shall be deemed to have been replaced by one which, based on the mutual interests, best serves the desired and economic purpose in a legally permissible manner. All changes to the Terms and Conditions and all Special Agreements must be in writing. The contractual relationship between the Contractor and the Client is exclusively subject to German law. The exclusive place of jurisdiction for disputes arising from a contractual relationship between the Client and the Contractor is Hamburg.