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Portal End User License Agreement

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Portal (the “SSH Portal" or the "Portal"). By clicking the "I accept" button, the user ("You") agree(s) to be bound by the terms and conditions contained in this agreement (the "Agreement") and the terms and conditions of SSH’s privacy policy, which is published here, and which are incorporated herein by reference.  The privacy policy explains how SSH treats your personal information, and protects your privacy, when you use the SSH Portal.  SSH may change the terms of this Agreement and/or the privacy policy from time to time without notice to you, and you are responsible for the then current version of the policies in effect at all times.  If you do not agree to be bound by these terms and conditions or privacy policies, you may not use the SSH Portal.


You agree that we may modify this Agreement or any policy or other terms referenced in this Agreement at any time and at our sole discretion. By using the SSH Portal, you agree to be bound by any such modifications and should therefore periodically visit this page and the SSH Portal to determine the then current terms and conditions of use to which you are bound. You will note that at the bottom of this Agreement, the date of last modification is indicated. You are encouraged to check the revision date with each use to ensure you are comfortable with the latest revisions.  If you are dissatisfied with the SSH Portal site, its content or this Agreement as it may be revised, you agree that your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Portal.  We reserve the right to require you to check the "Yes" button from time to time to confirm your agreement to any amended terms hereunder.


You agree that SSH may terminate this Agreement, for any reason at our sole discretion, at any time, without notice, and that SSH reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or any aspects of the SSH Portal, for any reason at our sole discretion, at any time, without notice.  We shall not be responsible for monitoring or returning any information through the Portal.

User Restrictions

You agree that:

  • You will not tamper with or otherwise interfere or attempt to interfere in any manner with the functionality or proper working of the Portal.
  • You will not make illegal use of the Portal or use it for purposes which are illegal.
  • You are fully responsible for user access to your Portal.
  • The Portal is not substitute storage for your data.
  • You acknowledge a three year retention of data on the Portal.
  • You will not interfere with anyone else who is a user of the Portal in their use of the Portal.
  • You will follow U.S. and international laws regarding transmitting data and you will not attempt to gain access to our computer system or any other computer systems.
  • You will not remove, obscure, or alter any notice of any logo, trademark, or other intellectual property or proprietary right designation appearing on or contained within the portal.
  • You will not access (or attempt to access) any product or services offered via the SSH Portal by any means other than the interface that is provided by SSH.
  • You will not upload, post, transmit, or store any material that:
    • is unlawful, offensive, defamatory, fraudulent, deceptive, misleading, harmful, threatening, harassing, obscene, or objectionable;
    • breaches any of your contractual or confidentiality obligations;
    • disrupts or interferes with the normal operations of the Portal, such as posting or transmitting viruses, continuous posting of repetitive materials, or posting and/or uploading abnormally large files or other data; or
    • is an advertisement or other solicitation, including, but not limited to, any unauthorized advertising materials, unsolicited promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam mail," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," franchises, distributorships, club memberships, sales arrangements, or similar materials;
  • You will not violate other's privacy rights or personal rights by abusing the Portal or any information on the Portal, including, but not limited to, harassing or "stalking" another person, sending unsolicited e-mails, or collecting other's personal information;
  • You will not breach or attempt to breach any security measures of the Portal;
  • You will not use any device, process, or mechanism (e.g., a spider or "bot") to monitor, retrieve, search, or access the Portal without our prior written consent;
  • You will not access or attempt to access any account or login of any other user or third party listed on the Portal;
  • You will not copy, modify, reproduce, delete, distribute, download, store, transmit, sell, re-sell, publish, reverse engineer, or create derivative works of any aspect of the Portal;
  • You will not post or submit any inaccurate, false, or incomplete information.


You agree and understand that you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of passwords associated with any account you use to access the SSH Portal.  Accordingly, you agree that you are solely responsible to SSH for all activities that occur under your account.  If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password on the SSH Portal or your account, you agree to notify SSH immediately.

CCH Axcess Master License Agreement 

You are hereby notified that in connection with providing access to you to the SSH Portal and services related thereto, SSH has entered into a Master License Agreement with CCH Incorporated, a Wolters Kluwer business ("CCH"), a copy of which is located here:

CCH Master License Agreement

You hereby agree that you shall thoroughly and completely review the terms of the CCH Master License Agreement, and that you shall use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that your use of the SSH Portal will not cause or result in any violation of you as "Client" or SSH as "Customer" under the terms of the CCH Master License Agreement.


We reserve the right to log, review, and otherwise examine any information stored on or passing through our networks or systems.

Downtime and Service Suspensions

Your access to and use of the Portal, and the services offered thereunder, may be suspended for the duration of any anticipated, unanticipated, scheduled or unscheduled downtime, maintenance, system updates, malfunction, or other unavailability of any portion or all of the Portal for any reason, including as a result of power outages, system failures or other interruptions.

We shall also be entitled, without any liability to you, to suspend access to any portion or all of the Portal at any time, on a system-wide basis: (a) for scheduled downtime to permit us to conduct maintenance or make modifications to any Portal; (b) in the event of a denial of service attack or other attack on the Portal or other event that we determine, in our sole discretion, may create a risk to the applicable Portal, to you or to any of our other customers if the Portal service were not suspended; or (c) in the event that we determine that any Portal service is prohibited by law or we otherwise determine that it is necessary or prudent to do so for legal or regulatory reasons.

Rights to Use of SSH Portal

SSH grants you a personal, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to use the SSH Portal as part of the services being provided to you by our firm.  This license is for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the SSH Portal and services, in the manner permitted by these terms and conditions.  You may not, and you may not permit anyone else to, copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise attempt to extract the source code of the SSH Portal or any part thereof. Except as expressly provided herein, unless SSH has given you specific written permission to do so, you may not assign (or grant a sub-license of) your rights to use the SSH Portal, grant a security interest in or over your rights to use the SSH Portal, or otherwise transfer any part of your rights to use the SSH Portal.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, you are granted limited administrative rights to provide access to the SSH Portal in your reasonable discretion to those parties who would reasonably need to access information located on the SSH Portal, or who could upload information and documents (such as tax documents and other financial papers) onto the SSH Portal for you to access, that would assist you in utilizing the services provided by the SSH Portal in the ordinary course.

Intellectual Property 

The content on the SSH Portal, including, without limitation, the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, videos, interactive features and the like ("Content") and the trademarks, service marks and logos contained therein ("Marks"), are owned by or licensed to SSH, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under United States and foreign laws and international conventions. Content on the SSH Portal is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use only and may not be used, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without the prior written consent of the respective owners. SSH reserves all rights not expressly granted in and to the SSH Portal and the Content. You agree to not engage in the use, copying, or distribution of any of the Content other than expressly permitted herein. If you download or print a copy of the Content for personal use, you must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained therein. You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the SSH Portal or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content or enforce limitations on use of the SSH Portal or the Content therein.

Copyright and Trademark policies

It is SSH’s policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable international intellectual property law (including, without limitation, in the United States, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and to terminating the accounts of repeat infringers.

Other Content

The SSH Portal may include hyperlinks to other websites or content or resources that are not owned or controlled by SSH.  SSH has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites or resources which are provided by companies or persons other than SSH.  You acknowledge and agree that SSH is not responsible for the availability of any such external sites or resources, and does not endorse any advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such websites or resources.  You acknowledge and agree that SSH is not liable for any loss or damage which may be incurred by you as a result of the availability of those external sites or resources, or as a result of any reliance placed by you on the completeness, accuracy or existence of any advertising, products, or other materials on, or available from, such websites or resources.  We encourage you to be aware of those limitations when you leave the SSH Portal and to read the terms and conditions and privacy policy of each other website that you visit.

Warranty Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability

Except as specifically set forth in this Agreement, SSH makes no other representations or warranties, express or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to the SSH Portal. You agree that use of the SSH Portal is at your sole risk. The SSH Portal is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis.

Neither SSH nor its partners, agents, affiliates, or designees nor each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, contractors, subcontractors or the like (collectively, “Associates”) warrant that use of the SSH Portal site will be uninterrupted or error-free.

Under no circumstances shall SSH or its Associates be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, punitive or consequential damages that result from, arise out of or otherwise relate to your use of or inability to use the SSH Portal, or any website linked to the SSH Portal, including but not limited to reliance by you on any information obtained from the SSH Portal that results in mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion or corruption of files, viruses, delays in operation or transmission, or any failure of performance, or any loss of profit, loss of goodwill or data, or cost of procurement of substitute goods or services or other intangible loss suffered .  

The SSH Portal utilizes industry accepted security systems in an attempt to eliminate unauthorized access to private information. By using the SSH Portal, you expressly agree to not hold SSH or its Associates liable in the event of unauthorized access and subsequent use of your company and/or personal information.  

The foregoing Limitation of Liability shall apply in any action, whether in contract, tort or any other claim, even if an authorized representative of SSH has been advised of or should have knowledge of the possibility of such damages.


You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless SSH and any of its Associates, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the SSH Portal; (ii) your violation of any term of this Agreement; or (iii) your violation or any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right.  This defense and indemnification obligation will survive this Agreement and your use of the SSH Portal.

Entire Agreement 

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and us regarding the subject matter hereof and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous representation, understanding, agreement, or communication between you and us, whether written or oral, regarding such subject matter.


If any portion of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect, and any invalid or unenforceable portions shall be construed in a manner that most closely reflects the effect and intent of the original language. If such construction is not possible, the provision will be severed from this Agreement, and the rest of the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.


The failure by us to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall in no way be construed to be a present or future waiver of such provision nor in any way affect our right to enforce such provision thereafter. All waivers by us must be in writing to be effective.

Successors and Assigns

This Agreement will be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of the parties and their respective successors and assigns.


This Agreement, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by SSH without restriction.


Nothing in this Agreement is intended to or does create any type of joint venture, creditor-debtor, escrow, partnership or any employer/employee or fiduciary or franchise relationship between you and us (or any of our Associates).

Governing Law 

This Agreement shall be construed and enforced according to the laws of the State of Illinois applicable to agreements made and to be performed wholly within the State of Illinois.  You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the State of Illinois, Cook County, to resolve any legal matter arising from these terms and conditions.  Notwithstanding this, you agree that SSH shall still be entitled to apply for any necessary injunctive remedies in any jurisdiction.

Last Revision Date

This Agreement was last revised on November 27, 2018.