Ownership of Content
The copyright in the material contained on the PLOS Sites belongs to PLOS or its licensors. The trademarks and other elements appearing on the PLOS Sites are protected by California, United States, and international copyright, trade dress, patent, and trademark laws, international conventions and all other relevant intellectual property and proprietary rights and applicable laws.
Reproduction of Articles
All articles and accompanying materials published by PLOS on the PLOS Sites, unless otherwise indicated, are licensed by the respective authors of such articles for use and distribution by you subject to citation of the original source in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution License.
PLOS provides certain application programming interfaces for the PLOS Sites (the “PLOS API”). The PLOS API is provided “as is” without any support or warranty of any kind. PLOS makes no guarantees that the PLOS API will be available. PLOS reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the PLOS API with or without notice at any time. You agree that PLOS shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the PLOS API. You agree not to make any unauthorized use of the PLOS API or interfere with the functionality or proper working of the PLOS API. Through your use of the PLOS API, you agree not to, in PLOS’s sole discretion, use an unreasonable amount of bandwidth or unreasonably burden PLOS’s servers.
Ownership of Sites
Unless otherwise indicated, the PLOS Sites are the property of PLOS. You acknowledge and agree that the PLOS Sites, and any necessary software used in connection with the PLOS Sites, may contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable laws governing intellectual property, proprietary rights, and the like. All PLOS Sites code and specifications are subject to their said or implied licenses.
General Practices Regarding Use
PLOS reserves the right to limit, suspend, or terminate your access and use of the PLOS Sites at any time without notice.
As a condition to your use of the PLOS Sites, you agree not to:
- upload, post, e-mail, transmit, or otherwise make available any information, materials, or other content that is illegal, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, or offensive; or that infringes another’s rights, including any intellectual property rights;
- impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; or obtain, collect, store, or modify personal information about other users;
- upload, post, e-mail, 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;
- modify, adapt, or hack the PLOS Sites or falsely imply that some other site is associated with the PLOS Sites or PLOS; or
- use the PLOS Sites or the PLOS API for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You must not, in the use of the PLOS Sites or the PLOS API, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws).
In the course of using the PLOS Sites, you may provide PLOS with feedback, including but not limited to suggestions, observations, errors, problems, and defects regarding the PLOS Sites (collectively “Feedback”). You hereby grant PLOS a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, transferable, and sub-licensable, non-exclusive right to use, copy, modify, distribute, display, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise exploit all such Feedback.
The PLOS Sites, or relevant third parties, may provide links to other Web sites or resources. Because PLOS has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that PLOS is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. Your business dealings with any third parties through the PLOS Sites, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties, or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such third party. You further acknowledge and agree that PLOS shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resource.
Notification of Claims of Infringement
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have otherwise been violated, please notify plos [at] plos.org.
Disclaimer of Warranties
YOUR USE OF THE PLOS SITES, THE PLOS API OR ANY WEB SITE TO WHICH THEY ARE LINKED IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE PLOS SITES, THE PLOS API AND THEIR CONTENT ARE PROVIDED FOR USE ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. PLOS MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE PLOS SITES, THE PLOS API OR THEIR CONTENTS AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT RELATING TO THE PLOS SITES, THEIR CONTENT, THE PLOS API OR ANY WEB SITE TO WHICH THEY ARE LINKED.
Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL PLOS OR ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS OR CONTRACTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY NATURE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF INCOME OR PROFIT, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, LOSS OF GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, CLAIMS OF THIRD PARTIES, OR ANY OTHER LOSS, COST, CLAIM OR EXPENSE OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE PLOS SITES, THE PLOS API, THEIR CONTENT OR ANY WEB SITE WITH WHICH THEY ARE LINKED.
Special Considerations for International Use
Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.