Terms and Conditions of Use

Welcome to The Geobacter Project (WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG).  This Web site (the "WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG" or the "Web Site") provides general information about the research work of Prof. Lovley's Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and its collaborators.  Where appropriate, the term “University of Massachusetts Amherst” refers both to University of Massachusetts Amherst and its collaborators.

 

All users of the WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG are subject to the following Terms and Conditions of Use (these "Terms of Use").

 

Please read these Terms of Use carefully before accessing or using any part of this Web Site. By accessing or using this Web Site, you agree that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use, as amended from time to time. If you do not wish to agree to these Terms of Use, do not access or use any part of this Web Site.  WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG may revise and update these Terms of Use at any time without notice by posting the amended terms to this form. Your continued use of this Web Site after the posting of revised Terms of Use means that you accept and agree to the revised Terms of Use. If you disagree with the Terms of Use (as amended from time to time), your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using this Web Site.

 

COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS/USE OF CONTENT:

 

The entire contents of WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG (including all information, software, text, displays, images and audio) and the design, selection and arrangement thereof, are proprietary to WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG or its affiliates or licensors and are protected by United States and international laws regarding copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and other proprietary rights. You are authorized only to use the content on WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG for personal non-commercial research and educational use only.  You may not copy, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display or perform, republish, store, transmit or distribute any of the material on WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG without the prior written consent of the University of Massachusetts Amherst or its representatives, except to: (a) store copies of such materials temporarily in RAM, (b) store files that are automatically cached by your Web browser for display enhancement purposes, and (c) print a reasonable number of pages of the WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG; provided in each case that you do not alter or remove any copyright or other proprietary notices included in such materials. Neither the title nor any intellectual property rights to any information or material in WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG are transferred to you, but remain with University of Massachusetts Amherst or the applicable owner of such content. Except as expressly authorized by University of Massachusetts Amherst in writing, you may not reproduce, sell or exploit for any commercial purposes (a) any part of WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG, (b) access to WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG or (c) use of WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG or of any services or materials available through WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG.

 

ACCESS AND INTERFERENCE:

 

You agree that you will not (a) use any robot, spider or other automatic device, process or means to access this Web Site, (b) use any manual process to monitor or copy any of the material on this Web Site, (c) use any device, software or routine that interferes with the proper working of this Web Site, (d) attempt to interfere with the proper working of this Web Site, (e) take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load the Web Site’s infrastructure, or (f) access, reload or “refresh” transactional pages, or make any other request to transactional servers, more than once during any three (3) second interval.

 

USE OF WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG:

 

You agree to use the Web Site only for lawful purposes:

 

(a) Specifically you agree not to do any of the following: (1) upload to or transmit on the Web Site any defamatory, indecent, obscene, harassing, violent or otherwise objectionable material, or any material that is, or may be, protected by copyright, without permission from the copyright owner; (2) use the Web Site to violate the legal rights (including the rights of publicity and privacy) of others or to violate the laws of any jurisdiction; (3) misrepresent an affiliation with any person or organization; (4) upload to or transmit on the Web Site any advertisements or solicitations of business; (5) restrict or inhibit use of the Web Site by others; (6) upload or otherwise transmit files that contain a virus or corrupted data; (7) collect information about others (including e-mail addresses) without their consent; or (8) download a file or software or include in a message any software, files or links that you know, or have reason to believe, cannot be distributed legally or that you have a contractual obligation to keep confidential.

 

(b) Any content and/or opinions uploaded, expressed or submitted to a message board, blog, chatroom or any other publicly available section of the Web Site (including password-protected areas), and all articles and responses to questions, other than the content provided by B/E Aerospace, are solely the opinions and responsibility of the person or entity submitting them and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG. You understand and acknowledge that you are responsible for whatever content you submit, and you, not University of Massachusetts Amherst, have full responsibility for such content, including its legality, reliability and appropriateness. By uploading or otherwise transmitting material to any area of the Web Site, you warrant that the material is your own or is in the public domain or otherwise free of proprietary or other restrictions and that you have the right to post it to the Web Site. You grant to University of Massachusetts Amherst the right to use all content you upload or otherwise transmit to the Web Site in any manner University of Massachusetts Amherst chooses, including, but not limited, to copying, displaying, performing or publishing it in any format whatsoever, modifying it, incorporating it into other material or making a derivative work based on it.

 

(c) University of Massachusetts Amherst reserves the right, but does not assume any responsibility, to (1) remove any material posted on the Web Site which University of Massachusetts Amherst, in its sole discretion, deems inconsistent with the foregoing commitments, including any material University of Massachusetts Amherst has been notified, or has reason to believe, constitutes a copyright or trademark infringement; and (2) terminate any user’s access to all or part of the Web Site. However, University of Massachusetts Amherst can neither review all material before it is posted on the Web Site nor ensure prompt removal of objectionable material after it has been posted. Accordingly, University of Massachusetts Amherst assumes no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications or content provided by third parties. University of Massachusetts Amherst reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary to protect the personal safety of users of this Web Site and the public; however, University of Massachusetts Amherst has no liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or nonperformance of the activities described in this paragraph.

 

(d) Your failure to comply with the provisions of (a) or (b) above may result in the termination of your access to the Web Site and may expose you to civil and/or criminal liability.

 

WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG grants the operators of public search engines permission to use spiders to copy materials from the Website for the sole purpose of creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials. WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG reserves the right to revoke these exceptions either generally or in specific cases.

 

PUBLICATION COPY REQUEST FORM:

 

By submitting this form, you agree that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use, as amended from time to time.  If you do not wish to agree to these Terms of Use, do not submit this form.  Publication copies can also be obtained via the links provided or by contacting the publisher directly.

 

Any publication copy sent as a response to requests submitted via WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG are provided by the author's laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the requestor's benefit only.  Files are provided solely for non-commercial research and educational use, not for reproduction, distribution or commercial use.  All other uses, reproduction and distribution, including without limitation commercial reprints, selling or licensing copies or access, or posting on open internet sites, your personal or institution’s website or repository, are prohibited.

 

WWW.GEOBACTER.ORG may revise and update these Terms of Use at any time without notice by posting the amended terms to this form. Your continued use of the Publication Copy Request Form after the posting of revised Terms of Use means that you accept and agree to the revised Terms of Use. If you disagree with the Terms of Use (as amended from time to time), your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using this Publication Copy Request Form.

 

DEALINGS WITH OTHER PARTIES:

 

If you choose to correspond, participate in a promotion or engage in transactions with any merchant or other third party found on or through this Web Site, you acknowledge and agree that University of Massachusetts Amherst is not a party to, and will not be responsible for, your interaction with such party, including its treatment of your information and the terms and conditions applicable to any transaction between you and such party. The terms of your interaction with any merchant or other third party are solely between you and such party. You agree that University of Massachusetts Amherst will have no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage of any kind that you may suffer as the result of any such interaction or the presence of such parties on this Web Site

 

LIABILITY:

 

University of Massachusetts Amherst does not assume any liability for the materials, information and opinions provided on, or available through, this Web Site (the “Site Content”) or any of the services provided on, or available through, this Web Site. Reliance on the Site Content and Site Services is solely at your own risk. University of Massachusetts Amherst disclaims any liability for injury or damages resulting from the use of any Site Content or Site Services.

 

The Web Site, the Site Content, the site services provided on or available through this Web Site are provided on an “As Is” and “As Available” basis, with all faults.  Neither University of Massachusetts Amherst nor any person associated with University of Massachusetts Amherst makes any warranty or representation with respect to the quality, accuracy, or availability of the website.  Specifically, but without limiting the foregoing, neither University of Massachusetts Amherst nor anyone associated with University of Massachusetts Amherst warrants or represents that the Web Site, the Site Content, or the site services will be accurate, reliable, error-free or uninterrupted; that defects will be corrected; that the Web Site or the server that makes it available is free of viruses or other harmful components. University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

In no event will University of Massachusetts Amherst be liable for any damages of any kind, under any legal theory, arising out of or in connection with your use of, or inability to use, the Web Site, the Site Content or the site services or any content or services provided on or through any linked site, including any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages resulting from delay, interruption in service, viruses, deletion of files or electronic communications, or errors, omissions, or other inaccuracies in the Web Site or the Site Content or site services, whether or not there is negligence and whether or not nor any person associated with University of Massachusetts Amherst has been advised of the possibility of any such damages. 

 

INDEMNIFICATION:

 

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless University of Massachusetts Amherst and its officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, third party information and service providers, licensors, contractors and others involved in the Web Site or the delivery of products, services or information over the Web Site, from and against any and all liabilities, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising from any violation by you of this Agreement or your use of the Web Site or any products, services or information obtained from this Web Site.

 

COMMENTS AND SUBMISSIONS:

 

This Web Site welcomes your comments. All comments, suggestions or other information sent by you to this Web Site for internal use by University of Massachusetts Amherst or its advertisers or business partners in response to solicitations on this Web Site will become University of Massachusetts Amherst’s property and you agree that all intellectual property rights therein are transferred to University of Massachusetts Amherst. You understand that any postings, or content submitted for posting, to publicly available portions of the Web Site are non confidential for all purposes.

 

LINKS TO OTHER SITES; REFERENCES TO THIRD PARTIES:

 

The Web Site contains links to other Web sites on the Internet. University of Massachusetts Amherst is not responsible for and does not endorse the content, products, services or practices of any third party Web sites, including, without limitation, sites framed within the Web Site or third party advertisements, and does not make any representations regarding their quality, content or accuracy. Your use of third party Web sites is at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such Web sites.

 

COMPLIANCE:

 

The owner of this Web Site is based in the State of Massachusetts, USA. University of Massachusetts Amherst makes no representation that materials in this Web Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations. If you access this Web Site from other locations, you are responsible for complying with local laws.

 

CONTACT:

 

If you become aware of any content that may infringe the copyright of a third party or that you believe to be in violation of these Terms of Use Please contact: lovley-web@microbio.umass.edu

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

 

These Terms of Use shall be governed in all respects by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Massachusetts, USA, without regard to its conflicts of law principles, and exclusive jurisdiction over any cause of action arising out of these Terms of Use or your use of the Web Site shall be in the state or federal courts located in Massachusetts. You agree to submit to the jurisdiction of such courts.

 

These Terms of Use, as they may be amended from time to time, completely and exclusively state the agreement between you and University of Massachusetts Amherst with respect to the Web Site, and no other terms that may have been communicated to you orally or in any other manner shall have any force or effect. Any cause of action you may have with respect to the Web Site must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises or such claim or cause of action is barred.

 

If any part of these Terms of Use is unenforceable, the unenforceable part shall be construed to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties. The other provisions of these Terms of Use shall remain in full force and effect.

 

Failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of the provision.

 

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