Legal Notice & Terms of Use

Legal Notice; Terms Of Use

The following sets out the terms and conditions of use of BP Corporation North America Inc.’s “thestateofthegulf.com” website.  By accessing and using the website, you agree to the terms and conditions outlined in these terms of use with respect to this website.  These terms of use constitute the entire and only agreement between BP and you with respect to the website and its content.  These terms of use may be amended at any time by BP from time to time without specific notice to you.  Any updated terms of use will be posted on the website, and you should review the terms of use prior to using the website.  

Unless specified otherwise, references in this site to "BP" shall mean BP Corporation North America Inc. and its affiliates.  BP is also referred to in these terms of use using “we,” “us,” “our” and similar words.

Reliance And Liability

The information contained in this website is not comprehensive.  The information on this website is for reference purposes only.  Despite our efforts, it may not be accurate, up to date or applicable to the circumstances of any particular case.  Accordingly it should not be relied upon as the basis for any decision or action and we cannot accept any liability for any inaccuracies or omissions (other than for fraudulent misrepresentation) in this website.  Any decisions you make based on information contained in this website are your sole responsibility.  Neither BP Corporation North America Inc. nor any of its affiliates accept liability for any direct, indirect, special, consequential or other losses or damages of whatsoever kind arising out of access to, or the use of this website or any information contained in it.

No information contained in this website constitutes or would be deemed to constitute an invitation or inducement to invest or otherwise deal in the shares or ADRs of BP or an invitation or inducement by or on behalf of BP to enter into a contract with you.

Nothing on the website is intended to be or constitutes legal advice to anyone and cannot be relied upon as legal advice.  All persons accessing the site should consult with their own legal counsel with respect to any legal issue or matter addressed or relating to any of the content on the website.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements made on or contained in this website or in documents referred to, particularly those regarding capital employed, capital expenditure, cash flows, costs, savings, debt, demand, disposals, dividends, earnings, efficiency, gearing, growth, improvements, investments, margins, performance, prices, production, productivity, profits, reserves, returns, sales, strategy, synergies, tax rates, trends, value, volumes, the effects of BP merger and acquisition activity, are or may be forward looking statements.  Such statements reflect the views of BP as of the date made with respect to potential future events and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may differ from those expressed in such statements, depending on a variety of factors including but not limited to future levels of industry product supply; demand and pricing; political stability and economic growth; development and use of new technology; actions of competitors; developments in legal proceedings, and natural disasters, wars and acts of terrorism.  Additional information, including information on factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements is contained in BP's latest published Annual Report and Accounts, in BP's latest published Annual Report on Form 20F filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and other documents filed by BP from time to time with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.  BP disclaims any intention or obligation to update forward looking statements.

Ownership Of The Copyright Of This Site

The copyright in the contents and any downloads from this website is owned by BP Corporation North America Inc. or its affiliates unless otherwise stated.  All rights reserved.  BP Corporation North America Inc., 501 Westlake Park Boulevard, Houston, TX 77079, USA.

You are responsible for obeying all applicable copyright laws.  We permit you to make copies of this website as necessary incidental acts during your viewing of it; and you may take a print for your personal use of so much of the site as is reasonable for private, noncommercial purposes.  All other use is strictly prohibited.  You may not frame this site nor link to a page other than the home page without our express permission.  You do not acquire ownership rights to, or a right to use (other than as expressly set forth above), any content, document or other materials viewed through the website.  The posting of information or materials on the website does not constitute a waiver of any right in such information and materials.  Some of the content on the website may be the copyrighted work of third parties.

Ownership Of Trademarks

BP, the BP Shield and the Helios mark are trademarks of BP p.l.c., the Amoco Torch and Oval device are trademarks of BP Products North America Inc. and ARCO and the ARCO Spark are trademarks of Atlantic Richfield Company.  The owner of the Castrol word and the Castrol logo is Castrol Limited.  The owner of the Burmah Castrol logo is BP p.l.c.  These terms of use do not grant you any rights in any trademarks, trade names or logos owned by BP, its third party suppliers and contributors.

Restrictions And Prohibitions Of Use

Your rights to access and use the site and any information, materials or documents (collectively defined as “Content and Materials”) herein are subject to the following restrictions and prohibitions on use:  You may not:  (a) copy, print (except for the express limited purpose permitted by the “Ownership of Copyright of this Site” section above), republish, display, distribute, transmit, sell, rent, lease, loan or otherwise make available in any form or by any means all or any portion of the website or any Content and Materials retrieved therefrom; (b) use the website or any materials obtained from the website to develop, or as a component of, any information, storage and retrieval system, database, information base, or similar resource (in any media now existing or hereafter developed), that is offered for commercial distribution of any kind, including through sale, license, lease, rental, subscription, or any other means of commercial distribution; (c) create compilations or derivative works of any Content and Materials from the website; (d) use any Content and Materials from the website in any manner that may infringe any copyright, intellectual property right, proprietary right, or property right of us or any third parties; (e) remove, change or obscure any copyright notice or other proprietary notice or terms of use contained in the website; (f) make any portion of the website available through any timesharing system, service bureau, the Internet or any other technology now existing or developed in the future; (g) remove, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any website software or use any network monitoring or discovery software to determine the website architecture; (h) use any automatic or manual process to harvest information from the website; (i) use the website for the purpose of gathering information for or transmitting (1) unsolicited commercial email, (2) email that makes use of headers, invalid or nonexistent domain names, or other means of deceptive addressing, and (3) unsolicited telephone calls or facsimile transmissions; (j) use the website in a manner that violates any state or federal law regulating email, facsimile transmissions or telephone solicitations; and (k) export or re-export the website or any portion thereof, or any software available on or through the website, in violation of the export control laws or regulations of the United States.

Errors, Corrections And Changes; Disclaimers

We do not represent or warrant that the website will be error-free, free of viruses or other harmful components, or that defects will be corrected.  We do not represent or warrant that the information available on or through the website will be correct, accurate, timely or otherwise reliable.  We may make changes to the features, functionality or content of the website at any time.  We reserve the right in our sole discretion to edit or delete any documents, information or other content appearing on the website.

THE INFORMATION, CONTENT AND DOCUMENTS FROM OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED “AS-IS,” “AS AVAILABLE,” WITH “ALL FAULTS”, AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ARE DISCLAIMED (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE DISCLAIMER OF ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE).  THE INFORMATION AND SERVICES MAY CONTAIN BUGS, ERRORS, PROBLEMS OR OTHER LIMITATIONS. BP HAS NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR YOUR USE OF ANY INFORMATION OR SERVICE. IN PARTICULAR, BUT NOT AS A LIMITATION THEREOF, BP IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF PROFITS, LITIGATION, OR THE LIKE), WHETHER BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PRODUCT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.  THE NEGATION AND LIMITATION OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN BP AND YOU.  THIS WEBSITE AND THE PRODUCTS, SERVICES, DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION PRESENTED WOULD NOT BE PROVIDED WITHOUT SUCH LIMITATIONS.  NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR OTHERWISE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT.  ALL RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY VIRUSES CONTAINED WITHIN THE ELECTRONIC FILE CONTAINING A FORM OR DOCUMENT IS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED.

Use Of Any Hyperlink

Neither we nor any of our affiliates are responsible for the content of any other website, including any website linked to from our website, through which you may have gained access to our website or to which you may gain access from our website.  We do not accept any liability in connection with any such sites or links.

Where we provide a hyperlink to a third party's website, we do so because we believe in good faith that such a website contains or may contain material which is relevant to that on our website.  Such a hyperlink does not signify that BP has reviewed or approved of the connected third party's website or its contents - indeed in certain instances a hyperlink may connect you to a third party's website containing views contradictory to those expressed on our website or otherwise held by BP.

What Law Governs This Website?

Your use of this website and downloads from it, and the operation of these terms and conditions, shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas.  The federal and state courts located in Harris County, Texas shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute arising out of your use of this website.

In the event that any or any part of the terms contained in these terms and conditions shall be determined by any competent authority to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, such term shall to that extent be severed from the remaining terms which shall continue to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Terms Of Use – RSS Feeds

1 Introduction

1.1 Access to and use of RSS feeds made available to you through this website (“BP Feeds”) is provided by BP on the basis of a number of important terms and conditions, which are set out in full below.

1.2 You should carefully read these terms and conditions (“terms”).  When you download a BP Feed you will be legally bound by these terms, which will take effect from the time you start downloading that BP Feed.  If you do not agree to be legally bound by these terms, then you should not download any BP Feeds.

2 Changes to terms

2.1 We are always looking to improve or update our services and so we may make changes to the BP Feeds at any time.  We may also make changes to these terms, at any time.  You will need to review these terms whenever you download a BP Feed.  You will be legally bound by the updated or amended terms from the first time that you download a BP Feed after BP posts the changes on-line.

3 Content

3.1 You may display on your website the content which is available from BP and which you elect to receive via a BP Feed (“Content”).  You may not transfer or sub-license this right to any third party.  No rights granted under these terms are exclusive to you.

3.2 All rights in the Content and the BP Feeds shall remain in the ownership of BP or its third party suppliers and contributors.

3.3 You must attribute responsibility for the BP Feed and the Content to us by including either of the following statements:

  1. "provided by BP Corporation North America Inc.,” where appropriate.
  2. "this article is provided by BP Corporation North America Inc.” where appropriate.

The relevant statement must be incorporated prominently and in full next to or immediately above or below the relevant BP Feed or Content.

3.4 You must also include and maintain one of the following next to or immediately above or below the relevant Content as it appears on your website:

  1. an active link back to the Content as it appears on our website; or
  2. (if it is not technically possible for you to include a link) directions to the BP website address from where a website user could access the BP version of the relevant Content (e.g. “for the full version of this article, please visit www.thestateofthegulf.com”)

3.5 You may not:

  1. edit or modify any BP Feed or Content;
  2. use any BP Feed or Content for commercial purposes; or
  3. redistribute any BP Feed or Content;

3.6 These terms do not grant you any rights in any trademarks, trade names or logos owned by BP, its third party suppliers and contributors.

4 Conduct

4.1 You are responsible for ensuring that your use of BP Feeds and Content is lawful under the laws of any country in which you use them.

4.2 You may not use any BP Feed or Content on any website which (or includes content which) would or may damage the reputation of BP, BP Feeds or the Content.  Without limiting the above, you may not use any BP Feed or Content on any website which (or includes content which):

  1. is unlawful, defamatory, obscene, profane, discriminatory, objectionable or inappropriate;
  2. defames, threatens, harasses, abuses or otherwise violates the rights of others;
  3. promotes or provides instruction on unlawful conduct or promotes any form of violence or physical harm towards others;
  4. infringes the rights of another party.

4.3 You must not state or give the impression that your website been sponsored, endorsed or otherwise approved by BP.

4.4 You must ensure that the terms of use of your website:

  1. reserve all BP’s rights in the Content; and
  2. do not permit visitors to distribute the Content or make any use of the Content other than viewing and printing off for personal non-commercial use (in which case those visitors must retain the attribution wording referred to in section 3.3).

4.5 You are entirely responsible for your use of BP Feeds and Content.  You shall be responsible to us for losses, costs, claims, demands, damages and expenses which we may suffer (whether directly or indirectly) as a result of your use of BP Feeds and/or Content in breach of these terms.

5 Responsibility

5.1 The extent of our responsibility to you has been determined in the context of the following:

  1. access to BP Feeds and Content is provided to you as a free of charge of service without any guaranteed term;
  2. it is your responsibility to determine the suitability of any BP Feed or Content for any particular purpose to which you wish to put it;
  3. you should not rely on Content or its availability via a BP Feed and you are responsible for any action you take or do not take as a result of Content;
  4. it is your responsibility to ensure that your equipment is enabled with appropriate up-to-date virus checking software before you access or use any BP Feed or any Content.

5.2 While we will endeavor to ensure that that Content is accurate, we cannot make any commitment to you that the Content will be accurate or suitable for your use.

5.3 We will exercise reasonable skill and care in providing any service to you. However, we cannot give any commitment that BP Feeds or Content will be available uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that BP Feeds, their supporting systems or any Content are free of viruses or bugs.

5.4 BP can accept no liability to you for any of the following types of loss which you may suffer as a result of your use of BP Feeds and/or Content:

  1. loss which was not foreseeable to you and BP when you first downloaded any BP Feed (even if that loss results from BP’s failure to comply with these terms or its negligence);
  2. any business loss you may suffer, including loss of revenue, profits or anticipated savings (whether those losses are the direct or indirect result of our default); loss which you suffer other than as a result of our failure to comply with these terms or our negligence or breach of statutory duty.

5.5 BP can accept no liability to you if it fails, or is interrupted or delayed in the performance of any obligation because of:

  1. the non-availability or failure of any telecommunications or computer services, systems, equipment or software operated or provided by you or any third party;
  2. any other event not reasonably within BP’s control.

5.6 Nothing in these terms will limit BP’s liability for death or personal injury arising from its negligence.

6 BP’s remedies

6.1 BP reserves the right at any time and for any reason to temporarily or permanently suspend your right to download any BP Feed or use any Content.  You must destroy any copies of the BP Feeds and cease to use or display any Content if you receive a request to do so from BP.

6.2 BP may terminate the agreement made with you on these terms at any time without notice if you breach any of the terms.  You may terminate this agreement at any time by destroying any copies of the BP Feeds and ceasing to display any Content.

6.3 Following termination of this agreement, you shall cease to be entitled to download any BP Feed.

7 General

7.1 You may not assign or transfer this agreement or any rights under it to any third party.  We may assign or transfer this agreement or our rights under it to any third party.

7.2 If any of these terms are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable then the remaining terms shall remain in full force and effect.

7.3 If we do not exercise any right under these terms then that shall not constitute a waiver of that right.

7.4 All terms pertaining to the Content shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas and, with respect to all terms pertaining to Content, we and you shall bring any court proceedings in the federal and state courts located in Harris County, Texas.