The PCORI User Agreement
THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS GOVERN YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE ACCESSING THIS WEBSITE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU ARE NOT GRANTED PERMISSION BY THE PATIENT-CENTERED OUTCOMES RESEARCH INSTITUTE (“PCORI”) TO ACCESS OR OTHERWISE USE THIS WEBSITE. BY PROCEEDING TO ACCESS THIS WEBSITE, YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO BE LEGALLY BOUND BY THESE TERMS.
Welcome to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (“PCORI”) website (also referred to as the “Site”). This Agreement contains the terms, covenants, conditions, and provisions (“Terms and Conditions”) upon which you (the “user,” “you,” or “your”) may access and use this Site.
Terms and Conditions
By accessing, viewing, or using this Site, you indicate that you understand and intend these Terms and Conditions to be the legal equivalent of a signed, written contract and equally binding, and that you accept such Terms and Conditions and agree to be legally bound by them. Please note that PCORI reserves the right to change the Terms and Conditions under which this Site and its offerings are extended to you. Your continued use of this Site following such modifications will be conclusively deemed acceptance by you of any changes to these Terms and Conditions.
I. License Grant
This Agreement provides you with a personal, revocable, nonexclusive, nontransferable license to use this Site, conditioned on your continued compliance with the Terms and Conditions of this Agreement. You may print and download materials and information on this Site solely for personal and noncommercial use, provided that all hard copies contain all copyright and other applicable notices contained in such materials and information. As a further condition of use of this Site, you warrant to PCORI that you will not use this Site for any purpose that is unlawful or otherwise prohibited by these Terms and Conditions.
II. Corrections and Changes
While PCORI endeavors to keep the materials on the Site up to date, PCORI cannot and does not assume responsibility for any errors or omissions in these materials. PCORI further does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text, graphics, links, or other items contained within these materials. PCORI may make changes to these materials, or to the products or services described herein, at any time without notice, and makes no commitment to update the information contained herein. PCORI reserves the right to terminate your access to the Site in the event that you violate these Terms and Conditions, or for any reason whatsoever.
III. Confidentiality of Site
While PCORI has endeavored to create a secure and reliable Site, please be advised that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from this Site over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, PCORI and its Affiliates are not responsible for the security of any information transmitted via the Internet. You assume the sole and complete risk for using this Site.
IV. Intellectual Property Rights
All material contained on this Site, unless otherwise indicated, is protected by law including, but not limited to, United States copyright and trademark law, as well as other state, national, and international laws and regulations. Except as expressly provided herein, PCORI does not grant any express or implied right to you. The contents of this Site are Copyright © 2012-2014 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. PCORI, PATIENT-CENTERED OUTCOMES RESEARCH INSTITUTE, and all other names, logos, and icons identifying PCORI and its services are proprietary marks of PCORI. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions grants you any right to use any trademark, service mark, logo, and/or trade name of PCORI.
V. Disclaimer of Warranty and Limitation of Liability
Use of this Site is entirely at your own risk and is subject to all applicable state, national and international laws and regulations. ALL MATERIALS ON THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE OR NON‑INFRINGEMENT. Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you.
NEITHER PCORI NOR ITS AFFILIATES SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, WHETHER UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH: (A) YOUR ACCESS TO THE SITE; (B) ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, ACTIVITIES, AND/OR MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SITE; (C) ANY BREACHES OF SECURITY INVOLVING THE SITE OR YOUR ACCOUNT, OR ANY LACK OF AVAILABILITY OR OPERATIONAL PROBLEM OF THE SITE; OR (D) ANY VIRUSES OR OTHER CODE THAT MAY AFFECT YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR OTHER PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE SITE. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages. In such jurisdictions, our liability is limited to the greatest extent permitted by law.
VI. Third-Party Information
Certain information from third parties or independent information providers may be made available on or through links from this Site. Such information is provided “as is” and on an “as available” basis. PCORI makes no representation about, nor does PCORI guarantee or endorse the reliability of the information. Likewise, PCORI does not endorse, oppose, or edit any opinion or analysis expressed by any third-party information provider.
VII. Third-Party Websites
PCORI may provide links, in its sole discretion, to other sites on the World Wide Web for your convenience. These sites have not necessarily been reviewed by PCORI and are maintained by third parties over which PCORI exercises no control. PCORI MAKES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND IN CONNECTION WITH ANY THIRD‑PARTY SITE OR ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, OR MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH ANY THIRD‑PARTY SITE. PCORI does not endorse, and shall not be liable in connection with, the content, the accuracy of the information, and/or quality of products or services provided by or advertised on these third-party websites. Use of third‑party sites is at your own risk.
VIII. Code of Conduct
You agree not to do the following:
(1) Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Site. This includes, without limitation: (a) using, or attempting to use, any account without the owner’s permission; (b) obtaining or soliciting another person’s password or other personal information under false pretenses; or (c) impersonating another user or otherwise misrepresenting yourself to PCORI, the Site’s systems, or other entities.
(2) Interfere (or attempt to interfere) with the operation of the Site. This includes, without limitation, (a) interfering with, defeating, or circumventing any security function of the Site, or attempting to do so, or (b) accessing, or attempting to access, any portion of the Site that you are not authorized to access. Unauthorized access (or attempts) may subject you to civil and/or criminal penalties.
(3) Post, store, or transmit any unlawful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, inflammatory, pornographic, profane, or otherwise objectionable (as determined by PCORI) information or material.
(4) Post, store, or transmit any information or material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.
(5) Post, store, or transmit any advertising, promotion, or solicitation of goods or services for commercial purposes.
(6) Misuse any e‑mail function available on or through the Site. This includes, without limitation; (a) sending unsolicited commercial e‑mail to any account that causes complaints from the recipients; (b) continuing to send commercial e‑mail to a recipient if recipient has requested that you discontinue such communication; (c) sending bulk e‑mails, “spam,” chain letters, “mail bombs,” or other disruptive transmissions; or (d) forging message headers or otherwise concealing an e‑mail address or preventing others from responding to a message, or attempting to do so.
(7) Use the Site to post, store, or transmit any information or software that contains a virus, worm, Trojan horse, or other harmful or disruptive component.
(8) Use the Site to post, store, or transmit materials in violation of another party’s copyright or other intellectual property rights. You are solely responsible for determining whether any material you post, store, or transmit is subject to a third party’s rights.
(9) Use the Site for any unlawful purposes.
(10) Modify, adapt, sublicense, translate, resell, retransmit, reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble any portion of the Site.
IX. Law Enforcement
Actual or attempted unauthorized use of the Site may result in criminal and/or civil prosecution. For your protection, PCORI reserves the right to view, monitor, and record activity on the Site without notice or permission from you. Any information obtained by monitoring, reviewing, or recording is subject to review by law enforcement organizations in connection with the investigation or prosecution of possible criminal activity on the Site. PCORI will also comply with all court orders involving requests for such information.
X. Term and Termination
This Agreement will take effect at the time you begin using this Site (thereby indicating acceptance of these Terms and Conditions). PCORI reserves the right at any time and for any reason to deny you access to the Site or any portion thereof, and to terminate this Agreement. Termination will be effective without notice.
PCORI welcomes your feedback and suggestions about how to improve this Site. Any ideas, suggestions, information, know-how, material, or other content (collectively, “content”) received through this Site, however, will be deemed to include a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, worldwide, nonexclusive right and license for PCORI to adopt, publish, reproduce, disseminate, transmit, distribute, copy, use, create derivative works, display, (in whole or part), or act on such content without additional approval or consideration, in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in such content. PCORI may refuse to post, or may remove at any time, any content received through this Site for any reason.
XIII. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. PCORI reserves the right to remove any material on the Site which allegedly infringes another person’s copyright. Notices to PCORI regarding any alleged copyright infringement on the Site should be directed to: Name: William M. Silberg, Director of Communications, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Address: 1828 L St. NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20036 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
XIV. Limitation of Service
PCORI reserves the right to limit, in its sole discretion, the availability of the Site and/or the provision and quantity of any product, service, and/or information to any person, geographic area, or jurisdiction it so desires.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless PCORI and its Affiliates and all of their employees, agents, directors, officers, proprietors, partners, representatives, shareholders, servants, attorneys, predecessors, successors, and assigns, from and against any and all claims, proceedings, damages, injuries, liabilities, losses, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses), relating to or arising from your use of the Site, any breach by you of this Agreement, or any other matter for which you are responsible hereunder or under law.
Failure to insist on strict performance of any of the Terms and Conditions of this Agreement will not operate as a waiver of any subsequent default or failure of performance. No waiver by PCORI of any right under these Terms and Conditions will be deemed to be either a waiver of any other right or provision or a waiver of that same right or provision at any other time.
XVII. Governing Law & Dispute Resolution
Any disputes arising in connection with these Terms and Conditions shall be resolved by binding arbitration in the District of Columbia by a single arbitrator under the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. The award shall be enforceable in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The validity, construction, and performance of these Terms and Conditions Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia. This Site is controlled and operated by PCORI from its offices within the United States. PCORI makes no representation that materials on the Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations, and access to them from territories where any of the contents of this Site are illegal is prohibited. If you choose to access this Site from other locations, you do so on your own volition and are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws.
If any part of these Terms and Conditions is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and the liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most clearly matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of these Terms and Conditions shall continue in effect.
XIX. No Agency
No joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and PCORI as a result of this Agreement or your utilization of this Site.
XX. Entire Agreement/Reservation of Rights
Posted: September 20, 2012