General Terms and Conditions
(1) These General Terms
and Conditions apply to contracts between the certified and sworn
translator and interpreter Kai Zimmermann, Römerweg
14, CH-8594 Güttingen, Switzerland (hereinafter
“the Translator”) and his customers (“Clients”), unless anything else is
expressly agreed upon or legally required.
(2) The Translator shall not be bound by the
Clients’ terms and conditions, unless he expressly acknowledges them in
Obligation of the Client to cooperate and provide information
(1) In the case
of translation orders, the Client shall inform the Translator about special
requirements relating to the form the translation should take (translation
on storage media, number of copies, appearance of the translation, etc.)
not later than the time at which the order is placed. The purpose of the
translation shall be stated. If the translation is
to be published, the Client shall provide the
Translator with a galley copy for proofreading in time good for the press
so the Translator is able to remove any mistakes. In the case of interpreting
orders, the Client shall inform the Translator in good time of the special
nature of the job – difficult conditions and special services (recording,
film show, etc.) may require an additional charge to be
agreed upon. The same applies with regard to other orders.
(2) The Client
shall provide the Translator, without being asked and in good time but in
no event later than at the time of the placing of order, with any
information and documents necessary for rendering the translation,
interpreting or any other services agreed upon (glossaries of the Client,
preparatory documents for the interpreting assignment, illustrations,
drawings, tables, abbreviations, etc.).
and delays resulting from failure to comply with these obligations shall be
covered by the Client.
(4) The Client shall be
responsible for the rights in a given text and ensure that its translation is permitted. The Client shall indemnify the Translator
against any related third party claims.
Performance and correction of defects
Translator shall render the services agreed upon carefully and in
accordance with the principles of good professional practice. The Client
shall receive the translation in the form contractually agreed upon. Technical terms shall be translated into the
generally used, lexically justified and/or generally comprehensible version
unless special instructions are enclosed by the Client.
The Translator shall be obliged to work to the best of his knowledge and
belief. He shall not be subject to any obligation above or beyond this.
service rendered is intended exclusively for
immediate hearing. Recordings shall only be permissible if prior approval is obtained from the Translator. Any further use (e.g.
direct transmission) shall require a separate contractual agreement.
errors due to illegible, incorrect or incomplete text material or incorrect
or wrong terminology provided by the Client shall not be the responsibility
of the Translator.
views as to good style shall not constitute a defect.
Translator reserves the right to supplementary performance. The Client
shall have an initial right to correction of any defects in the
(5) When claiming
supplementary performance the Client shall exactly specify the purported
Client’s right to correction of defects shall be excluded if the Translator
does not receive any notice of defects within 2 weeks of delivery of the
the Translator does not correct a claimed defect within a reasonable period
of time or if the Translator refuses the correction of a claimed defect or
if the correction of a claimed defect is deemed to have failed the Client
shall, upon consulting the Translator, be entitled to have the defect
corrected by another translator at the expense of the Translator or claim a
reduction of the remuneration or rescind the contract. The correction of defects shall be deemed to have failed if, after several
attempts to correct the defects, the Translation still contains defects.
and times for delivery shall be agreed upon when an order is given and
shall be binding. However, the Translator shall not be in default if the
services cannot be rendered as a result of circumstances
beyond his control. If the failure to deliver on time or to render other
services agreed upon is due to force majeure, the Translator shall be
entitled to withdraw from the contract or to require from the Client a
reasonable period of respite. Payment obligations already incurred shall be fulfilled in any event. In addition, the Client
shall be obliged to reimburse any expenses incurred by the Translator and
to pay for any services already rendered. In these cases further rights, in
particular claims for damages, shall be excluded.
In case of a change of the subject matter of the order, the terms of
delivery and fees shall be negotiated anew.
the Translator is prevented by a justifiable reason from fulfillment of his
contractual interpreting obligations, he shall do his utmost (in as far as
this can be reasonably expected of him) to ensure that another professional
interpreter takes over the duties under the terms of the contract
concerned. The engagement of such a professional colleague shall be subject
to approval by the Client.
Translator shall be liable for damage caused intentionally or by gross
negligence. Gross negligence shall not cover damages caused by computer
malfunction or e-mail transmission errors or viruses. The Translator,
however, takes precautions by installing anti-virus software. Liability for
damage caused by slight negligence shall arise only if the Translator is in
breach of substantial contractual obligations.
claim of the Client to the Translator for compensation of a loss in
accordance with the fourth sentence of paragraph (1) of section 4 shall be
limited to 5,000 EUR.; a higher compensation may be agreed upon in
(3) The exclusion or
limitation of liability in the paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 4 does not
apply to death, injury or damage to health sustained by a consumer.
(4) Claims of the
Client to the Translator for defects in a translation (sec. 634a BGB) shall
be subject to a limitation period of one year except in the case of malice.
Notwithstanding sec. 634a BGB the liability for consequential losses shall be subject to the
limitation period provided by law. This is without prejudice to para. 1 of
sec. 202 BGB.
undertakes to treat any information or documents received from the Client
relating to an order with confidentiality and not to derive any benefit
Assistance by third parties
(1) The Translator may
use employees or competent third parties for the execution of the order.
If the Translator uses competent third parties he shall ensure that they
commit themselves to confidentiality in accordance with section 5.
Remuneration and basis of calculation
calculation basis of a translation (e.g. source or target lines, words or
pages) shall be agreed upon in advance.
fee for interpreting orders shall, as a rule, be agreed on an hourly basis.
fee shall be due and payable in full within thirty days after the invoice
(4) All prices are net
and excluding value added tax.
addition to the fee agreed upon, the Translator shall be entitled to
reimbursement of actual expenses incurred and agreed with the Client. Proof-reading services shall be remunerated on the basis
of the time spent. In all cases value added tax will be
additionally charged if required by law. The Translator may require
an advance in the case of large-volume orders. He may make the rendering of
his services conditional upon prior payment of his full fee.
the amount of the fee is not agreed in advance, the Client shall pay the
Translator an appropriate remuneration corresponding to the nature and
difficulty of the services rendered. This remuneration shall not be lower
than the rates specified in the Judicial
Remuneration and Compensation Act (Justizvergütungs-
und entschädigungsgesetz – JVEG),
Reservation of title and copyright
(1) Translations shall
remain the property of the Translator until all receivables have been paid in full. Prior to this point in time, the
Client shall have no right whatsoever to use or exploit the translation.
(2) The Translator reserves any copyright.
of the contract
If a translation order
is placed due to the fact that the Translator has
offered translation services on the internet, the client waives any right
to withdrawal of the order in case the Translator has already started
translating and notified the Client accordingly. The Client may only cancel
the contract at any time before the completion of the translation or the
rendering of the interpreting services if a justifiable reason is cited. Termination shall only be effective if notice has been given in writing. The Translator shall be
entitled in such cases to a fee calculated in accordance with the agreed
calculation basis for the translation work completed up to the time of
termination, along with damages for lost profit up to the amount of the
order. In the case of interpreting orders, the Translator shall be entitled
to the agreed fee as well as reimbursement of expenses demonstrably
incurred. If the Translator receives another order for the time of the
terminated interpreting order, he may deduct the fee received for the new
order from the fee for the terminated order.
All orders and any claims arising from such shall be governed by German law. The place of jurisdiction
shall be the place of business of the Translator.
(2) The validity of the remaining provisions of these General Terms and
Conditions shall remain unaffected if individual provisions are rendered void or invalid.