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Elsevier Embase terms and conditions

Elsevier.com agreement for Elsevier Embase.com

This agreement (“Agreement”) is made by and between Elsevier B.V., Radarweg 29, 1043 NX Amsterdam, The Netherlands (“Elsevier”) and the individual (the “Subscriber”) identified in the order form (“Order Form”) on the website at http://elsevier.com (“Website”) as of the date that the Subscriber submits the Order Form by selecting the “Pay” button thereon. This Agreement expressly incorporates by reference and includes the Website’s Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, and any guidelines, rules or disclaimers that may be posted and updated on specific web pages of the Website or on notices that are sent to the Subscriber.
The Subscriber acknowledges and agrees that a maximum of four (4) Orders may be placed via the website per subscriber per annum.

SECTION 1.  SUBSCRIPTION

1.1 Subscribed products

Elsevier hereby grants to the Subscriber the non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access and use the Embase database, (the “Subscribed Products”) and provide the Subscribed Products to its Authorized Users (as defined herein) subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

1.2 Authorized users

Authorized Users are the individuals permitted by the Subscriber to access the Subscribed Products.

1.3 Authorized uses

ach Authorized User may access, search, browse and view the Subscribed Products and make electronic copies of and store for the exclusive and personal use of such Authorized User individual items from the Subscribed Products. The Subscribed Products are licensed, not sold, to the Subscriber. Elsevier permits that the Subscriber may print download and store a reasonable portion of individual items from the Subscribed Products.

1.4 Restrictions on use of subscribed products

Except as may be expressly permitted in this Agreement, the Subscriber and its Authorized Users may not:

- abridge, modify, translate or create any derivative work based on the Subscribed Products;
- remove, obscure or modify in any way any copyright notices, other notices or disclaimers as they appear in the Subscribed Products;
- reproduce, retain, distribute, sell, rent, lease or lend the Subscribed Products;
- bypass, modify, defeat or circumvent security measures that protect the Subscribed Products; or
- use any robots, spiders, crawlers or other automated downloading programs, algorithms or devices to continuously and automatically search, scrape, extract, deep link, index or disrupt the working of the Subscribed Products.
- post individual items from the Subscribed Products on social networking sites.

1.5 Intellectual property ownership

The Subscriber acknowledges that all right, title and interest in and to the Subscribed Products remain with Elsevier and its suppliers, except as expressly set forth in this Agreement, and that the distribution of the Subscribed Products could materially harm Elsevier and its suppliers.

SECTION 2.  ELSEVIER PERFORMANCE OBLIGATIONS

2.1 Access to subscribed products

Elsevier will make the Subscribed Products accessible to the Subscriber and its Authorized Users from the website www.embase.com.

2.2 Quality of service

Elsevier shall use reasonable efforts to provide the Subscribed Products with a quality of service consistent with industry standards, specifically, to provide continuous service with an average of 98% up-time per year, with the 2% down-time including scheduled maintenance and repairs performed at a time to minimize inconvenience to the Subscriber and its Authorized Users, and to restore service as soon as possible in the event of an interruption or suspension of service.

2.3 Withdrawal of content

Elsevier reserves the right to withdraw from the Subscribed Products content that it no longer retains the right to provide or that it has reasonable grounds to believe is unlawful, harmful, false or infringing.

SECTION 3.  SUBSCRIBER PERFORMANCE OBLIGATIONS

3.1 Authorized access

Access to the Subscribed Products shall be authenticated for no more than five (5) Authorized Users by the use of no more than five (5) ScienceDirect registration usernames and passwords provided by Elsevier to the Subscriber.

3.2 Protection from unauthorized access and use

The Subscriber shall use reasonable efforts to:

- ensure that access to and use of the Subscribed Products is limited to the personal use of the Authorized Users only and that all Authorized Users are notified of and comply with the usage restrictions set forth in this Agreement;
- ensure that any passwords or credentials used to access the Subscribed Products are issued only to Authorized Users and that neither the Subscriber nor its Authorized Users divulge any passwords or credentials to any third party; and
- immediately upon becoming aware of any unauthorized use of the Subscribed Products, inform Elsevier and take appropriate steps to ensure that such activity ceases and to prevent any recurrence.
In the event of any unauthorized use of the Subscribed Products, Elsevier may suspend the access. The Subscriber shall not be liable for unauthorized use of the Subscribed Products by any Authorized Users provided that the Subscriber did not intentionally assist in or encourage such unauthorized use or permit such unauthorized use to continue after having actual notice thereof.

3.3 System requirements

Use of the Subscribed Products requires compatible devices, internet access, and certain software (fees may apply); may require periodic updates, and may be affected by the performance of these factors. Subscriber agrees that meeting these requirements, which may change from time to time, is the responsibility of the Subscriber.

SECTION 4.  FEES AND PAYMENT TERMS

The Subscriber shall pay to Elsevier the fees (the “Fees”), including any applicable taxes, for access to and use of the Subscribed Product identified by the Subscriber in the Shopping Cart on the Order Form at the rates in effect when the charges were incurred.

SECTION 5. TERM

The term of this Agreement shall commence when the access code is entered for the first time and shall continue for one (1) year, in accordance with the usage provisions of this Agreement.

SECTION 6.  ELSEVIER WARRANTIES AND INDEMNITIES

6.1     Warranties

Elsevier warrants to the Subscriber that Elsevier has the necessary rights to grant this subscription, and that use of the Subscribed Product by the Subscriber in accordance with the terms of this Agreement will not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.

6.2     Indemnities

Elsevier will indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Subscriber from and against any loss, damage, costs, liability and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from or out of any third-party action or claim that use of the Subscribed Product in accordance with the terms and conditions herein infringes the intellectual property rights of such third party.  If any such action or claim is made, the Subscriber will promptly notify   and reasonably cooperate with Elsevier.  This indemnity obligation will survive the termination of this Agreement.

6.3     Limitations of indemnification

Elsevier will have no obligation under Section 6.2 to the extent that: (a) any alleged infringement relates to use of the Subscribed Product in combination with other data products, processes or materials not provided by Elsevier or any modification of the Subscribed Product not made or authorized by Elsevier; (b) the Subscriber continues allegedly infringing activity after being notified thereof or after being informed of available modifications that would have avoided the infringement; (c) the Subscriber’s use of the Subscribed Product is not strictly in accordance with the terms of this Agreement; or (d) any alleged infringement is related to the Subscriber’s failure to implement, without the prior written consent of Elsevier, any available improvements or corrections to the Subscribed Product provided by Elsevier that could have remedied such claim.

6.4     Remedies for third party injunction

If the Subscriber is enjoined from using the Subscribed Product due to an infringement of a third party’s intellectual property right, or Elsevier believes an injunction may occur, Elsevier will have the option to either (a) modify the Subscribed Product to render it non-infringing while maintaining substantial equivalence, or (b) procure a license or subscription which permits the Subscriber at no additional cost to continue to use the Subscribed Product, or (c) terminate this agreement for the Subscribed Product and refund to the Subscriber a portion of the fees paid for the Subscribed Product, prorated to the end of the then-current term.

6.5     Disclaimer

EXCEPT FOR THE EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND INDEMNITIES STATED HEREIN AND TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE SUBSCRIBED PRODUCT AND THEIR COMPONENTS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND ELSEVIER AND ITS SUPPLIERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND WITH REGARD TO THE SUBSCRIBED PRODUCT AND ANY OTHER DATA, DOCUMENTATION OR MATERIALS PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY ERRORS, INACCURACIES, OMISSIONS, OR DEFECTS CONTAINED THEREIN, AND ANY IMPLIED OR EXPRESS WARRANTY AS TO MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  THE SUBSCRIBER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS USE OF THIRD PARTY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN OR INFORMATION GENERATED THROUGH USE OF THE SUBSCRIBED PRODUCT.

6.6     Limitation of liability

Except for the express warranties and indemnities stated herein and to the extent permitted by applicable law, in no event will Elsevier or its suppliers be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages including, but not limited to, loss of data, business interruption, loss of profits, results of use, inaccuracy of data, cost of procurement of substitute goods, services or technology, arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, nor will the liability of Elsevier and its suppliers to the Subscriber exceed a sum equal to the Fees paid by the Subscriber hereunder, even if Elsevier or any supplier has been advised of the possibility of such liability or damages.

SECTION 7.  RISK OF LOSS

Risk of loss for the Subscribed Product transfers when the Subscriber downloads or accesses the Subscribed Product.

SECTION 8. GENERAL

8.1 Force majeure

Neither party’s delay or failure to perform any provision of this Agreement as a result of circumstances beyond its control (including, but not limited to, war, strikes, fires, floods, governmental restrictions, power failures, telecommunications or Internet failures or damage to or destruction of any network facilities or servers) shall be deemed a breach of this Agreement.

8.2 Severability

The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect any other provisions of this Agreement.

8.3 Entire agreement

This Agreement contains the entire understanding and agreement of the parties and merges and supersedes any and all prior and contemporaneous agreements, communications, proposals and purchase orders, written or oral, between the parties with respect to the subject matter contained herein.

8.4 Governing law

This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of The Netherlands, without regard to conflict of law principles, and the parties irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with respect to any action or suit arising out of or pertaining to this Agreement (except where local law requires).

8.5 Assignment

The Subscriber shall not assign, transfer or license any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement unless it obtains the prior written consent of Elsevier, which consent shall not unreasonably be withheld.

8.6 Privacy

Elsevier shall not, without the prior written consent of the Subscriber, transfer any personal information of any Authorized Users to any non-affiliated third party or use it for any purpose other than as described in this Agreement and in the online privacy policy for the relevant online service.

8.7 Notices

All notices to Elsevier shall be sent to Elsevier B.V., Radarweg 29, 1043 NX Amsterdam, The Netherlands, ecommerce@elsevier.com, and all notices to the Subscriber shall be delivered to the contact details identified on the Order Confirmation or to such other address(es) as the party concerned designates by notice hereunder.


Last revised: 23rd February 2016.