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In the past year, more than 650 business-to-business marketplaces have been announced. For a B2B marketplace or an entity in the process of setting up an Internet exchange, it is important to establish a set of rules by which the marketplace will operate. Exchange rules typically address issues such as how transactions are to be conducted, what fees are to be charged, hours of operation of the site; and other administrative details. Other topics typically covered by marketplace membership agreements include prohibitions against posting infringing information or viruses, using the site in connection with unlawful activity, ownership of intellectual property associated with the site and requirements of confidentiality and privacy. They may also address allocations of liability between the B2B entity and the marketplace members, indemnity obligations, warranties and related disclaimers and termination and dispute resolution provisions. One of the central issues that marketplace rules address is how a transaction is effected and the ramifications of such transactions. The following language may be used to define the creation and characteristics of a transaction. General Rules A Transaction is created within the Exchange when a Contract Confirmation is created. A Contract Confirmation is created when a Member agrees to the terms and conditions of an offer or counteroffer from another Member. A Transaction is binding on both Members under the terms contained in the Contract Confirmation and may not be unilaterally altered by any Member. All Transactions on the Exchange are confidential among the Buyer, Seller and the Company. Buyers and sellers determine which information, offers or inquiries to make available to which Members based on their own criteria. Sellers agree not to manipulate the prices of any products or services offered on the Exchange, either through the use of shills, aliases or decoys, or by acting as a Buyer in respect of such proposed sale. Certain activities on the Web Site incur a Transaction Fee payable to the company. The current Transaction Fees are set forth in the Transaction Fee Schedule, which may be amended from time to time as described in Section __ hereof. Member agrees to pay all Transaction Fees incurred pursuant to the Exchange Rules and Transaction Fee Schedule. Jennifer L. Gray is an associate in the New York office of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP.
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