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Pain Research Forum User Agreement

Welcome to Pain Research Forum (the “Site,” which includes all pages within the http:// www.painresearchforum.org/ host directory), a website hosted by the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center (“HNDC”) at Harvard Medical School, a division of President and Fellows of Harvard College (“Harvard”). By accessing content posted on the Site, you agree to be bound by all of the terms of this User Agreement. The Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center reserves the right to change the terms of the User Agreement or to modify its features at any time. The Site will post changes to the terms of this User Agreement at www.painresearchforum.org/privacy-legal, and by accessing the Site after modifications to this User Agreement have been posted, you agree to be bound by all the modified terms.

 

Use of Site Content

“Site Content,” which shall include all content posted to the Site by HNDC authors and freelancers as well as User-Generated Content, is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) License.

 

We welcome requests for additional permissions to reuse site content for text mining, scientific mash-ups and other appropriate purposes. To obtain such permissions, please write to the Editor at editor@painresearchforum.org, call the NeuroDiscovery Center at 617-432-6471, or write to Pain Research Forum Copyright Permissions, c/o Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center, Goldenson Building, Room 524, Harvard Medical School, 220 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115.

 

Use of Third-Party Content

To the extent the Site incorporates the copyrighted material of third parties (“Third-Party Content”), you agree to make only such uses of said Third Party Content as are consistent with copyright law. Harvard does not warrant that any use of Third Party Content will not infringe the rights of the content owners.

 

If you believe that any content on the Site infringes your copyrights, please click here.

 

User-Generated Content

The Site includes features that support and publish User-Generated Content, in the form of comments to articles, blog posts, and other Site-hosted fora submitted by registered users. By accessing the Site, you agree that you will not make use of these features:

  • To make comments that are threatening, knowingly false, or unlawful; to use foul language; or to engage in personal attacks;
  • To impersonate any person or entity or create a false identity on the Site;
  • To disseminate or transmit “spam,” unsolicited messages, chain letters, advertisements, solicitations, or other unsolicited commercial communications, including (but not limited to) communications describing investment opportunities;
  • To post material that infringes a copyright, trademark or patent right, trade secret or other legal right of any person, including Harvard; *To collect, print out, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise make available or use any personally-identifiable information about other users;
  • To disseminate or transmit viruses, Trojan horses, worms, defects, date bombs, time bombs, malware, spyware, or other items of a destructive nature or any other malicious code or program. 

By submitting User-Generated Content for publication on the Site, you grant Harvard a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, publicly perform, publicly display, and distribute said content on the Site. You further understand and agree that User-Generated Content posted to the Site shall be made available for the public to use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) License.

 

You understand and agree that HNDC monitors User-Generated Content on the Site; that such monitoring may include the recording and archiving of dialogue in public chat rooms; and that HNDC reserves the right to modify, edit, or remove any of said content at its discretion, without notice, and for any reason. HNDC assumes no responsibility for monitoring, modifying, or removing the User-Generated Content on this Service.

 

You further understand and agree that the views and opinions expressed by other users on the Site are theirs alone and should not be ascribed to Harvard. User-Generated Content and Third-Party Content are the sole responsibility of the users and third parties, and their accuracy and completeness are not endorsed or guaranteed by Harvard.

 

Prohibited Uses of the Site

You agree not to access or use the Site in any manner that could damage or overburden any Harvard University server, or any network connected to any Harvard University server. You further agree that you will not use the Site in any manner that would interfere with any other party’s use of the Site.

 

Registration, Privacy, and Termination of Access

Certain areas of the Site may require registration or may otherwise ask you to provide information in order to participate. The decision to provide this information is optional; however if you elect not to provide such information, you may not be able to access certain content or features. When you register, you agree to provide information to HNDC that is accurate, current and complete. The Site’s Privacy Policy governs the use of the information you report. HNDC reserves the right to terminate the registrations and otherwise deny Site access to any person for any reason. The Site will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to protect your password or account information.

 

Disclaimer of Warranty/ Limitation of Liability

You agree that your use of the Site shall be at your own sole risk. To the fullest extent permitted by the law, Harvard disclaims all warranties, express or implied, in connection with the Site and your use thereof. Harvard makes no warranties or representations about the accuracy or completeness of the Site’s content (including User-Generated Content, Third-Party Content) or the content of any websites linked to this Site and assumes no liability or responsibility for any (1) errors, mistakes, or inaccuracies in content; (2) personal injury or property damage, of any nature whatsoever, resulting from your access to and use of the Site; (3) any unauthorized access to or use of Harvard’s secure servers and/or any and all personal information and/or financial information stored therein; (4) any interruption or cessation of transmission to or from the Site; (5) any bugs, viruses, Trojan horses, or the like which may be transmitted to or through the Site by any third party; and/ or (6) any errors or omissions in any content or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the Site. You assume all risk as to the quality, function, and performance of the Site, and to all transactions you undertake on the Site, including without limitation submission of any User-Generated Content.

 

You agree that Harvard will not be liable to you for any loss or damages, either actual or consequential, arising out of or relating to these terms, or your (or any third party’s) use or inability to use the Site, or your placement of User-Generated Content on the Site, or your reliance upon information obtained from or through the Site. In particular, Harvard will have no liability for any consequential, indirect, punitive, special or incidental damages, whether foreseeable or unforeseeable, (including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, errors, loss of data, or interruption in availability of data), arising out of or relating to these terms, your use or inability to use a site, your placement of content on a site, or your reliance upon information obtained from or through a site, whether based in contract, tort, statutory or other law, except only in the case of death or personal injury where and only to the extent that applicable law requires such liability.

 

Specific Disclaimer of Medical Advice

Without limiting the foregoing, you understand and agree that your use of the Site and its content, including User-Generated and Third-Party Content, is at your own sole risk, and that the Pain Research Forum does not provide medical advice. The Site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek advice from a qualified physician or health care professional about any medical concern, and do not disregard professional medical advice because of anything you may read on the Site. The views of individuals quoted or posted on this Site are not necessarily those of HNDC or Harvard University. Neither HNDC nor Harvard University endorses any company or product mentioned on the Site, and listing on the Site is not linked to corporate sponsorship nor does it imply any endorsement by HNDC or Harvard University.

 

Indemnification

You hereby indemnify, defend and hold harmless President and Fellows of Harvard College and all its affiliates, employees, faculty members, students, members of their governing boards and agents (collectively, the “Indemnified Parties”) from and against any and all liability and costs, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred by the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising out of any breach by you or any user of your account of this User Agreement or the foregoing representations, warranties and covenants. You shall cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any such claim. Harvard reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you.

 

Contacting This Website

If you have any questions about our privacy statement, the practices of the Site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact the Editor at editor@painresearchforum.org.

 

Effective Date of Agreement

The effective date of this policy is May 15, 2011.

 

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

The Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center (“HNDC”) is committed to respecting the privacy of users who access the Pain Research Forum website (the “Site,” which will include all pages within the http://www.painresearchforum.org host directory).  This policy will tell you (1) what information is collected when you visit our site or send us an email, and (2) how that information is used.

 

Web Server Logs

When you visit the Site, our web server may record the following information in its server log:

  • your IP Address,
  • your username (if you have logged in as a registered user),
  • the URLs you have requested to access,
  • the dates and methods of requests,
  • the status code of your requests,
  • URLs of pages that referred you to the Site,
  • number of bytes transferred, and
  • your web browser and operating system platform.

 

We use server log information to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website by identifying which parts of our site are most heavily used.  We also use this information to tailor site content to user needs and to generate aggregate statistical reports.  Web server logs are retained on a temporary basis, during which time their contents are accessible to Site administrators, and then deleted completely from our systems.  Unless required by legal process, we do not link IP addresses to any personally identifiable information.  This means that user sessions will be tracked by IP address, but a user’s identity will remain anonymous.

 

In addition, we ordinarily do not disclose to third parties site usage by individual IP addresses, but we may do so in very limited circumstances when complying with law or legal process, working with consultants assisting us with fixing or improving the Site or monitoring and improving the security of our network.

 

User Registration

HNDC has adopted a user registration option for visitors who want to post content to the Site or access registration-only pages.  To obtain a user registration, you must submit your first name, last name, affiliation, city, country, position, research interests and email address, to HNDC, along with a password that you create for user authentication purposes.  At your option you may submit an image file and additional information related to your professional activities , but this is not required for registration purposes.  The Site will include a profile page open to all viewers that will include your first name, last name, affiliation, city, country, research interests and, if applicable, your state and image file.  Members of the site will view a complete profile including all of the information you provided at registration, as well as information about content you have provided to the site (comments, recommendations and other types of content). Your email will not be displayed on the site, although members will be able to contact you via a site-generated email. The Site will publish your first and last name and affiliation alongside any content that you post.

 

Google Analytics

HNDC uses Google Analytics software to perform site usage analytics.  Google Analytics collects anonymous information from users to help HNDC track Site usage and referrals from other websites.  These data are used primarily to optimize the website experience for our visitors, but we may use the data as well to assist us in our marketing of the Site. 

 

Information collected and processed by Google Analytics includes the user’s IP address, network location, and geographic location.  Google Analytics acquires all its information directly from the user, by installing a cookie (see below) on JavaScript-enabled computers.  The Site does not share any information it collects with Google, and Google does not collect any personal identifying information such as names, contact information, social security numbers or financial information.

 

Cookies

Cookies are unique bits of computer data that many major websites will transfer to your computer the first time that you visit.  Cookies are stored on your hard drive and may be later accessed by the website to track prior usage.  As noted above, Google Analytics will install a cookie on the hard drives of Site visitors.

 

Email/MailChimp

We will only record your email address if you send us a message or submit it to us as part of the user registration process.  We will only use your email address for the purpose for which you have provided it — i.e., to respond to a message from you or to communicate with you regarding your user account. 

 

When you submit your email address to the Site during registration, HNDC will ask you whether you want to receive periodic announcements from the Site by email.  Accepting emailed announcements is entirely optional and not a condition of registration, and you may change your email settings at any time to subscribe or unsubscribe to these mailings. 

 

HNDC contracts with the MailChimp service to assist with email delivery of newsletters and other mailings containing information about the Site.  MailChimp is prohibited from using or sharing Site user information for any purpose other than facilitating communications on behalf of the Site.  For further information, please review MailChimp’s Privacy Policy, ¶ IV (“Distribution Lists”).

 

Any feedback emailed to us using our “Contact Us” button will be used for site performance evaluation only.

 

Mollom

HNDC uses Mollom software to monitor user-generated content.  For further information, please review Mollom’s Privacy Policy.

 

Disclosure to Third Parties

We will not sell, lend, or disclose to third parties any information collected from visitors, except as disclosed in this Policy or in the event we are required by law to do so.  We may disclose information to employees, consultants and agents who have a legitimate need to know the information for the purpose of fixing or improving the Site and monitoring and improving the security of our network.  We also reserve the right to disclose this information when special circumstances call for it, such as when disclosure is required by law or court order or when disclosure is, in our sole discretion, necessary to protect our legal rights, including intellectual property rights.

 

Other Websites

This Site may contain links to other web resources, including websites of organizations other than HNDC or Harvard University.  The websites to which the Site links may also collect user-identifying information directly from you once you proceed to browse those sites.  We are not responsible for the privacy policies of other sites or businesses to which the Site provides links.  Please visit the relevant sites to review their privacy policies.

 

Data Security

We have in place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online.  However, as effective as these measures are, no security system is impenetrable.  We cannot completely guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.

 

Notification of Changes in the Privacy Policy

We will review our security measures and Privacy Policy on a periodic basis, and we may modify our policies as appropriate.  We may also change or update our Privacy Policy if we add new services or features.  If any changes are made, we will make appropriate amendments to this policy and post them at the Site.  We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy on a regular basis.

 

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can contact admin@painresearchforum.org.

 

Effective Date

This Privacy Policy is in effect as of May 15, 2011.