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Membership Terms and Conditions

I. CTA MEMBERSHIP TERMS AND CONDITIONS
CTA supports its member companies through its mission to grow the consumer technology industry. The following terms and conditions govern the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ Membership and the benefits available. These membership terms and conditions (“Membership Terms & Conditions,” or “Agreement”) are made between the Consumer Technology Association (“CTA”), a Virginia corporation located at 1919 South Eads Street, Arlington, Virginia 22202 and the company registering for membership (“Member”).

1. CTA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: CTA member benefits are available to all full-time employees of a CTA member company. See a full list of benefits by category. >

2. MEMBERSHIP TERM: The initial term for all Members is based on a one (1) calendar year membership dues term that runs from January 1st to December 31st. The term of this membership will begin with CTA’s receipt and acceptance of the membership dues. Members are required to pay dues according to Section 4 below. All membership dues are nonrefundable.
2.1 Renewals: Memberships are not automatically renewable. Memberships are based on a calendar year cycle. All members will receive a renewal notice in October. A 10% early bird discount will be applied to renewal if paid before December 31st. The final renewal deadline is February 28.
2.2 Termination: Membership terminates when a company fails to renew by the February 28th renewal deadline each year. CTA may terminate the Membership at any earlier date upon notice, if Member does not comply with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

3. MEMBERS: Membership is composed of more than 2,200 companies across four different categories of the consumer technology field.
3.1 Regular: Manufacturer or distributor of consumer technology or related products, or a provider of a technology or service that interoperates with or enhances a CE device. A North American business location is required.
3.2 Associate: A company that conducts business within the consumer technologyindustry but not under our regular, retail or integration categories. Examples of associate members include consultants, investment firms and analysts. A North American business location is required.
3.3 Retailer: A company that sells or installs consumer technology -- via traditional showroom, over the Internet, or through custom installation. A North American business location is required.
3.4 Startup: Companies must be in development of their first consumer technology product, service or app that has been introduced into the market within the last year or will be within the next year; have annual sales under $1 million; be located in North America; and not have been a CTA member under a different category within the past two years.
3.5 Notwithstanding Section 2 above, CTA reserves the right to review membership applications for eligibility before granting access to benefits. If CTA deems a company ineligible for membership, a full refund will be granted. Companies with the primary business of media/press, law firms, non-profits, competitive tradeshows, trade associations, or academic institutions do not qualify for membership in CTA.

4. MEMBERSHIP DUES: To ensure accuracy of member dues, CTA may ask prospective members to provide supporting documentation. All information provided will be kept strictly confidential.

4.1 Members: Membership dues are as follows:
4.1.1 Regular: Annual dues are determined by selecting the company's annual global revenue. Non-traditional consumer technology companies, such as an Internet or content company, have the option of paying a flat dues rate of $5,000 annually.
4.1.2 Retailer/Integrator: Annual membership dues are based on the company's annual U.S. revenue.
4.1.3 Associate: Annual membership dues are based on the company's annual U.S. revenue.
4.1.4 Startup: Companies who qualify can access all the benefits of regular CTA membership at a reduced rate of $95 per year. Companies can receive regular CTA membership benefits at the reduced rate in the startup category for no more than two (2) consecutive years. Companies are eligible at the $95/year rate for a maximum of two terms. At that point, companies qualify for a second startup dues tier at $200/year for up to a maximum of three years, provided that they have annual revenue under $2M.

4.2 Payment:

If paying by check, please make payable to CTA and send to the following address:

Consumer Technology Association
P.O. Box 37154
Baltimore, MD 21297-3154

If paying by wire transfer:

Domestic Wires:
Company Name: Consumer Technology Association
Company Address: 1919 S. Eads St., Arlington, VA 22202
Bank Name: BB&T
Bank Address: 2200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201Account #: 0000154956875
BB&T Routing #: 051404260

International Wires:

For wires sent in Euros:
Send to: Deutsche Bank
Swift Code: DEUTDEFF
IBAN #: DE23500700100958287500
Further Credit: BB&T
Swift Code: BRBTUS33
Final Credit: Consumer Technology Association
Company Address: 1919 S. Eads St., Arlington, VA 22202
Account #: 0000154956875

For wires sent in any other currency, including US Dollars:
Send to: Deutsche Bank
Swift Code: BKTRUS33
ABA #: 021001033
Further Credit: BB&T
Swift Code: BRBTUS33
Final Credit: Consumer Technology Association
Company Address: 1919 S. Eads St., Arlington, VA 22202
Account #: 0000154956875

PLEASE NOTE: CTA does not cover intermediary or beneficiary banking fees. Please add twenty-five dollars ($25.00 USD) to the total amount due or check with your bank for exact fees in order to assure your balance is paid in full.

4.3 Proration Credits: Companies who join CTA during from the time period of July 1-September 30 must pay in full for the current year, but CTA will apply a portion of the initial dues payment towards the following year’s membership renewal. Prorating membership dues allows CTA to convert all members to the calendar year renewal cycle. If a company joins CTA between October 1- December 31, the dues payment will be counted toward the following full calendar year and the company will receive member access through the remainder of the year in which they paid at no additional cost. Proration terms do not apply to startup members as the dues price point is dramatically reduced compared with other members. Companies who join during the proration period are not eligible for the CES booth discount.

4.4 Member Benefits: Access to member benefits is not available until membership dues are paid in full.

4.5 Membership Dues: Membership dues are non-refundable.

4.6 CES Exhibitor Discount: To receive the CES discount of up to $5 per sq. ft., the exhibiting company must joint CTA as a member with fully paid dues within 60 days of submitting its CES Exhibit Space Contract, or by July 1, whichever is the sooner of those two dates. Exhibit space discount is not available after July 1. Not all exhibit spaces quality for member discount.
4.6.1 Startup members do not qualify for a discount on exhibit space at CES.
4.6.2 Regular members at the $5,000 dues level do not qualify for a discount on exhibit space at CES.

4.7 No Requirement for Purchase Order: Member acknowledges that a purchase order is not required and is for Member’s administrative convenience only. CTA has the right to issue an invoice and collect payment without a corresponding purchase order. If Member issues a purchase order, then it will be for the full membership dues amount and CTA hereby rejects any additional or conflicting terms appearing in a purchase order or any other ordering materials submitted by Member. These CTA Membership Terms and Conditions will control.

5. OWNERSHIP/LICENSE: Unless otherwise noted, all materials shared through the CTA membership and on the CTA website are the copyrighted property of CTA (“CTA Content”) and are subject to all applicable copyright protection. CTA Content is available to Members for personal and non-commercial use. During the term of this Agreement, CTA grants Members a royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-assignable and non-transferable limited license to use the trademarked CTA name and logo (“CTA Marks”) for the limited purpose of conveying notice of CTA membership. Members agree that the CTA Marks must not be used otherwise without the written consent of CTA. Members will use the CTA Marks in accordance with such reasonable guidelines as provided in writing by CTA. Members agree to cooperate in facilitating the monitoring and control of the use of CTA Marks. Nothing in this Agreement, or in a Member’s use of CTA Marks, gives Members any right in the CTA Marks beyond the rights granted in this Agreement. CTA Marks may not be used in any way as to represent an endorsement or certification by CTA of any product or service offered by a Member and nothing in this Agreement will confer any endorsement or approval of any Member’s products of services. Upon membership termination, Members must discontinue all use of CTA Marks. CTA has the right to terminate, suspend or withdraw any Members license at any time.

6. CONFIDENTIALITY: Certain CTA Content may be marked or indicated “Confidential” or “Proprietary.” In that event, Member agrees not to use or disclose to any non-member, and agrees to maintain the confidentiality of such content, unless compelled to disclose by judicial or administrative process or, in the opinion of counsel, by other requirements of law.

7. WARRANTIES: All membership benefits and services available to Members are provided on an “as is” basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Without limiting the above, no warranty or guaranty is given regarding the completeness, accuracy, reliability or quality of any information, content, data, service, advice, or product provided or available to, through CTA membership. CTA will not be liable for any delay or failure of performance but will use reasonable efforts to correct any material performance brought to its attention.

8. OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS: Member represents that it has reviewed and agreed to abide by CTA’s governing documents, including the CTA Bylaws and policies of CTA. Member’s employees and agents will use CTA membership and any information obtained in the course of doing business with CTA in ways that shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.

9. OUTBOARDING: Outboarding is a violation of CTA and CES rules, is an unethical business practice and in violation of IAEE guidelines. Outboarding is defined as any non-permanent exhibit, demonstration, event, or branded activation that lasts for more than one day during CES and outside of contracted space with CTA. This includes events at Las Vegas hotel suites, meeting rooms, ballrooms, restaurants, clubs, etc. A company is also considered an outboarder if it has contracted space with CTA but contracts directly with another Las Vegas venue for space (for more than one day) that exceeds the net square footage (NSF) contracted with CTA.
Companies who outboard at CES may face several penalties as follows:

  1. They will lose priority points affecting their space selection order for future CES’. For instance, if an exhibitor (i) cancels its official space and has space in any non-official venue during the CES dates, and/or (ii) in addition to its CES official space, has space in any non-official venue during the CES dates with an area equal to or greater than its CES official space, then the exhibitor will lose all priority points for CES in the future. 
  2. Companies may be subject to exposure as an outboarder to CTA members, media, customers and shareholders.
  3. Companies may also be subject to loss of its CTA membership.

10. GENERAL RELEASE: Member will indemnify and hold harmless CTA and its officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any and all losses, damages, claims, demands, debts, liabilities and expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from any monetary damage or personal injury sustained as a result of or during the use of any member benefits available from CTA membership. Under no circumstances will CTA be liable to the Member for indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages (even if that Member has been advised of the possibility of such damages), arising from any provision of this Agreement.

11. NOTICES: All notices and communications required by this Agreement must be in writing and sent by facsimile, e-mail, hand delivered with a signed receipt, or mailed by registered or certified U.S. mail, return receipt requested addressed as follows: Consumer Technology Association, Member Relations Department, 1919 South Eads Street, Arlington, Virginia 22202.

12. GOVERNING LAW: This Agreement and all rights and obligations of the parties will be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States of America without giving effect to any conflicts of law rules that would cause the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction. Any dispute arising out of this Agreement (except for an action for injunctive relief) may be resolved by arbitration held in Arlington County, Virginia, in accordance with the Rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrators may be entered in any court jurisdiction. The parties consent to exclusive jurisdiction (non-arbitration) in the courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

13. ENTIRE AGREEMENT: Content is available to Members for personal and non-commercial use.  During the term of this Agreement, CTA grants Member a royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-assignable and non-transferrable limited license to use the trademarked CTA name and logo (“CTA Marks”) for the limited purpose of conveying notice of CTA membership.  Members agree that the CTA marks must not be used otherwise without the written consent of CTA.  Members agree to cooperate in facilitating the monitoring and control of the use of CTA Marks.  Nothing in this Agreement, or in a Member’s use of CTA Marks, gives Members any right in the CTA Marks beyond the rights granted in this Agreement.  CTA Marks may not be used in any way as to represent an endorsement or certification by CTA of any product or service offered by a Member and nothing in this Agreement will confer any endorsement or approval of any Member’s products or services.  Upon membership termination, Members must discontinue all use of CTA Marks. CTA has the right to terminate, suspend or withdraw any Members license at any time.