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Terms of Use

These Terms of Use (these "Terms") set forth the terms and conditions for your use of the Harvard Business School Baker Library Website (the "Website"). Read these Terms carefully, as they discuss important limitations about the way you may use the Website and the material you find on the Website. By using the Website you will be deemed to have accepted the Terms. If you do not accept these Terms and agree to be bound by them, you may not use the Website.

Your Rights

The Harvard Business School Baker Library (the "Library") grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited right to access, use and display the Website and the materials provided thereon, provided that you comply fully with these Terms. The contents of the Website are only for your personal, noncommercial use.

Copyright and Trademarks

All materials on the Website, including without limitation data, databases, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video messages or other materials (collectively, "the Content") are either owned by, licensed by or subscribed to by the Library, which retains all applicable right, title and interest in and to the Content. The Website and Content are protected by the copyright, trademark and patent laws of the United States and other countries, international conventions and other applicable laws. See also a more detailed description of our copyright and licensing restrictions. .

You agree not to use the name "Harvard" (alone or as part of another name) or any trademarks, service marks, names, logos, seals, insignia, emblems, symbols or other devices that identify the Library or The President and Fellows of Harvard College or any of its schools or affiliates, including Harvard Business School (collectively, "Harvard Marks"), without the prior written permission of, and in accordance with restrictions required by, the relevant parties in each instance. You shall not seek to register any Harvard Mark in any jurisdiction. You acknowledge that immediate, extensive, and irreparable damage will result if this provision is not specifically enforced. Therefore, in addition to, and not in limitation of, any other remedy available to the Library, the Library may enforce the foregoing provision in judicial proceedings by a decree of specific performance and appropriate injunctive relief as may be applied for and granted in connection with such enforcement.

In addition, you may not use our trademarks:

  1. in, as, or as part of, you own trademarks or those of any third parties;
  2. to identify products or services that are not those of the Library;
  3. in a manner likely to cause confusion; or
  4. in a manner that implies inaccurately that the Library sponsors or endorses or is otherwise connected with, your own activities, products and services or those of third parties.

Communication with the Website; Member Conduct and Restrictions on Use

The Library may make available to users of the Website e-mail notices, newsletters, chat rooms, message boards, bulletin boards services or other interactive communication facilities by means of the Website. The Library may or may not pre-screen Content, but we reserve the right (but not the obligation) to monitor these communications and to edit, modify or delete any materials which the Library in its sole discretion determines to violate these Terms or to be in any other way offensive or contrary to any policy of the Library.

You, and not the Library, are solely responsible for any Content that you upload, post, e-mail, transmit or otherwise make available to the Website, including any of the communications described above. The Library does not control the Content posted to the Website and, as such, we do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. Under no circumstances will we be liable in any way for any Content, including but not limited to any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content.

Under no circumstances may you use the Website to:

  1. download, display, duplicate, copy, reproduce, create derivative works from, transmit, sell, resell, trade, distribute or in any way exploit the Website or any portion thereof for any public or commercial use, including advertising or soliciting the sale of goods or services, without the express written permission of the Library;
  2. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, indecent, pornographic, sexually explicit or abusive, slanderous, libelous, defamatory, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
  3. harm minors in any way;
  4. impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Website service administrator, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  5. forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Website, or otherwise provide false or misleading statements of fact;
  6. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
  7. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;
  8. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation;
  9. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  10. disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to "scroll" faster than other users of the Website are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users' ability to engage in real time exchanges;
  11. interfere with or disrupt the Website or servers or networks connected to the Website, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Website;
  12. intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law;
  13. provide material support or resources (or to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, or ownership of material support or resources) to any organization(s) designated by the United States government as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
  14. "stalk" or otherwise harass another; and/or
  15. collect or store personal data about other users in connection with the prohibited conduct and activities set forth in paragraphs a through n above.

The Library does not endorse or accept any communication as detailed above as its own or representative of its views. Furthermore, you acknowledge that conduct prohibited in connection with communication with the Website includes, but is not limited to, impersonation of other people and breaching or attempting to breach the security of the Website. You may not access the Website by means other than through the interface provided by the Library for use in accessing the Website. You may not attempt to override or circumvent any usage rules or security components protecting unauthorized access to the Content that may be embedded in the Website, including but not limited to sharing your password, if any, or other account information, if any, with others, registering multiple accounts for your own use, simultaneously logging onto more than one computer terminal or unreasonably excessive downloading of documents accessed through the Website. You agree not to interrupt, or attempt to interrupt, the operation of the Website in any way.

You acknowledge and agree that any communications made to or by means of any portion of the Website are public. You acknowledge that:

  1. you have no expectation of privacy in any communication; and
  2. no confidential, fiduciary, contractually implied or other relationship is created between you and the Library by reason of your transmitting any communication to any area of the Website.

By transmitting any communication to the Website, you grant to the Library a perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, unrestricted, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy, license, distribute, display, reproduce, transmit, modify, edit and otherwise exploit such communication, in all media now known or later developed. The foregoing grant will include the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such communications, including, without limitation, any intellectual property laws under any relevant jurisdiction, and shall constitute a waiver of any rights, moral rights, or any similar rights under any jurisdiction.

You agree not to use any communication or any area of the Website to send the same or substantially similar unsolicited electronic mail messages, whether commercial or not, to a large number of recipients. This prohibition includes sending unsolicited mass mailings from another Internet service which in any way involves the use of the Website or any equipment owned or operated by The President and Fellows of Harvard College in connection with the Website. For purposes of this provision, merely making one's e-mail address accessible to the public shall not constitute a request or invitation to receive messages.

The Library may periodically notify you of special offers of communications services that may be made available to users of the Website. Such notifications shall contain specific instructions as to how to affirmatively consent or subscribe to receive such communications services. Please note that you will never be required to accept such offers, or be deemed to have accepted to receive such offers, unless you "opt-in" by providing your affirmative consent.

Privacy and Security

If, in connection with your use of certain databases, or certain restricted portions of the Website, if any, you are required to select a password or to use an already assigned password, you shall be solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any such password(s), and you agree that the Library will have no obligations with regard thereto.

The Library will not sell, swap, rent or otherwise disclose to any third party any personal information provided by you to the Library in connection with your use of the Website. However, the Library reserves the right to (i) use and disclose data in the aggregate to generate and distribute demographic reports (including reports on usage patterns of users and/or subscribers) and marketing statistics, provided that the Library will not reveal the identity of any user of the Website; and (ii) disclose any personal data or other information in its possession regarding users of the Website in cooperation with any law, regulation or governmental or agency request. For more information on this, please see the Baker Library Privacy Policy. By your use of the Website, you consent to the collection and use (as set forth in the Privacy Policy) of the information collected about you.

Content

You acknowledge that any reliance upon any information, advice, opinion, statement, or other Content displayed or distributed through the Website is at your sole risk. The Library reserves the right (but does not have the obligation), in its sole discretion and without notice, to correct any errors or omissions in any portion of the Website, or to deny access to the Website to anyone at any time. You acknowledge and agree that the Library is not responsible for any materials posted by users of the Website. The Library shall not have any liability arising from your purchases of third party goods or services, or your subscription to and/or use of third-party websites, based upon the information provided on the Website.

The Website may contain links and pointers to other websites on the Internet which may be maintained by third parties. Such links do not constitute an endorsement by the Library of any third-party website or any materials contained therein. The Library does not control, and is not responsible for, the availability, accuracy or currency of such third-party websites or any information, content, products or services accessible from such third-party websites.

Indemnification; Liability

You hereby agree to indemnify, defend (with counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Library) and hold harmless the Library from and against any and all liability and costs incurred by the Library in connection with any claim arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of your obligations set forth herein. You shall cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any claim. The Library reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you and you shall not in any event settle any matter without the prior written consent of the Library.

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN, THE WEBSITE (INCLUDING ALL CONTENT, SOFTWARE, FUNCTIONS, MATERIAL AND INFORMATION MADE AVAILABLE THEREON OR ACCESSED BY MEANS THEREOF) ARE PROVIDED "AS-IS", WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, COMPATABILITY, SECURITY, ACCURACY, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, THE LIBRARY MAKES NO WARRANTIES AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE USE OF THE WEBSITE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE BY THE LIBRARY. THE LIBRARY DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT THE WEBSITE WILL MEET ANY PARTICULAR CRITERIA OF TIMELINESS, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR QUALITY, OR THAT THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING FORUMS OR THE SERVER(S) ON WHICH THE WEBSITE IS OPERATED, ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

USE OF THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK OF LOSS RESULTING FROM YOUR DOWNLOADING AND/OR USE OF FILES, INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS, CONTENT OR OTHER MATERIAL (INCLUDING WITHOUGHT LIMITATION SOFTWARE) ACCESSED THROUGH OR OBTAINED BY MEANS OF THE WEBSITE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE LIBRARY OR ANY PROVIDER OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS OR NETWORK SERVICES FOR THE LIBRARY, BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT ARE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE WEBSITE EVEN IF THE LIBRARY OR THEIR PROVIDERS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS OR NETWORK SERVICES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF THE LIBRARY HEREUNDER IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT, IF ANY, ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU TO THE LIBRARY FOR ACCESS AND USE OF THE WEBSITE. YOU HEREBY RELEASE THE LIBRARY FROM ANY AND ALL OBLIGATIONS, LIABILITIES AND CLAIMS IN EXCESS OF THIS LIMITATION. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

The Library reserves the right to restrict, suspend or terminate your access to the Website in whole or in part, without notice, with respect to any breach or threatened breach of any portion of these Terms. If the Library restricts, suspends or terminates your access to the Website, based on a breach of any portion of these Terms, the Library reserves the right to refuse to provide access to the Website to you in the future.

Modifications

  1. To these Terms

    The Library has the right to modify these Terms and any policies affecting the Website. Prior to amending these Terms, the Library will post a notice of such amendment on the Website. Your continued use of the Website following notice of any modification to these Terms shall definitively constitute an acceptance of all such modifications. Your only right with respect to any dissatisfaction with any modifications made pursuant to this provision, or any policies or practices of the Library in providing the Website, including without limitation, any change in the Content, is to cease use of the Website.
  2. To the Website

    The Library has the right, at any time and from time to time, to modify, suspend or discontinue the Website or any portion thereof at any time, including the availability of any area of the Website. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features or modifications to the Website shall be subject to these Terms. The Library may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Website without notice or liability. We shall not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuation of the Website.

General

These Terms govern your use of the Website. Failure by the Library to enforce any provision of these Terms shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. Interpretation and enforcement of these Terms shall be governed by the laws of the state of Massachusetts (excluding its choice of law rules). You consent irrevocably to personal jurisdiction in the federal and state courts of Suffolk County, Massachusetts for any action arising out of or relating to your use of the Website. The federal and state courts of Suffolk County, Massachusetts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over all such actions. In any such action, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover all legal expenses incurred in connection with the action, including but not limited to its costs, both taxable and non-taxable, and reasonable attorney's fees. In the event that any portion of these Terms is held unenforceable, the unenforceable portion shall be construed in accordance with applicable law as nearly as possible to reflect the original intentions of the parties, and the remainder of the provisions shall remain in full force and effect.


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