Terms and Conditions of Use
This agreement describes your rights and responsibilities with regards to use of the IASGO websites; please read it carefully.
These website terms and conditions of use (the “Terms”) apply to your use of (a) the websites operated by the International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists, a non- profit corporation (“IASGO”), including, without limitation: the IASGO website (www.IASGO.org) and the Hepatogastroenterology Journal website (www.hepatogastroenterology.org), and pages managed or run by IASGO (collectively, the “Website”), and (b) any and all information available on the Website, including, data, text, software, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, and other materials (“Content”).
You must read the Terms carefully. IASGO provides the Website to you subject to the Terms. The Terms are entered into by and between you and IASGO, and you accept them by using the Website in any manner. If you do not agree to all of the Terms, do not use the Website.
The Website is made available for your personal use, educational advancement, or professional development. Any materials that you download or copy for your own use must maintain all copyright or other notices. Except as approved in writing by IASGO, redistribution, retransmission, commercial exploitation, or other uses of the Website or the Content are strictly prohibited.
IASGO makes no representation that the Website or the services available through the Website are appropriate or available for use in all locations. The Website and IASGO products and services may not be available in your location.
2. Notices; Modification and Termination of Services; Amendment of the Terms
IASGO may provide notice to you regarding changes to the Website or these Terms via e-mail, regular mail, or posting notices or links to notices on the Website. IASGO reserves the right at any time in its sole discretion to modify, suspend or terminate the services provided through the Website (or any part thereof), and/or your use of or access to them, with or without notice. IASGO may also delete, or bar access to or use of, all related Content and files.
IASGO will not be liable to you or any third-party for any modification, suspension or termination of the services or Content provided through the Website, or loss of related information. You have sole responsibility for adequate protection and backup of data and/or equipment used in connection with the Website.
IASGO may amend these Terms at any time by posting the amended terms on the Website.
If you are dissatisfied with the services provided through the Website, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue your use of the Website.
3. Registration Data
4. Prohibited Activities
You agree that you will not use the Website to:
(a) transmit spam, bulk or unsolicited communications;
(b) pretend to be IASGO or someone else, or spoof IASGO’s or someone else’s identity;
(c) forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers (including URLs) in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Website;
(d) misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
(e) disrupt the normal flow of dialogue or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to use the Website;
(f) engage in activities that would violate any fiduciary or contractual relationship; any applicable local, state, national, or international law; or any regulations having the force of law, including but not limited to operating an illegal lottery or gambling operation, stalking or making threats of harm; or
(g) collect or store personal data about other users of the Website unless specifically authorized by such users.
In using the interactive features of the Website, you agree not to upload, post or otherwise transmit via the Website Content that:
(a) is inaccurate, harmful, obscene, pornographic, defamatory, racist, violent, offensive, or harassing; causes duress, distress, or discomfort to another; or is otherwise objectionable to IASGO or other users of the Website;
(b) includes unauthorized disclosure of the personal information of third parties;
(c) violates or infringes anyone’s intellectual property rights;
(d) 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;
(e) is a form of advertising not approved in advance in writing by IASGO;
(f) constitutes electioneering, such as exhortations to vote for or against any candidate for public office; or
(f) is injurious to the interests of IASGO or other users of the Website.
Except where expressly stated to the contrary, IASGO reserves the right to edit or remove any Content from the Website at any time, at its sole discretion.
5. Security Measures
You are prohibited from violating or attempting to circumvent the security of the Website, including but not limited to:
(a) accessing data not intended for users or logging into a server or account which you are not authorized to access;
(b) attempting to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization;
(c) attempting to interfere with service to any user, host or network;
(d) forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or posting;
(e) using manual or automated software, devices, scripts, robots or other means or processes to access, "scrape," "crawl," or "spider" any Content contained on the Website;
(f) introducing viruses, worms, software, Trojan horses or other similar harmful code into the Website; or
(g) engaging in "framing," "mirroring," or otherwise simulating the appearance or function of the Website.
Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability.
You agree that it is your responsibility to install anti-virus software and related protections against viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, bots or other computer programming routines or engines that are intended to damage, destroy, disrupt or otherwise impair a computer's functionality or operation.
IASGO will investigate occurrences which may involve violations of system or network security and may involve and may cooperate with law enforcement authorities in prosecuting users who are involved in these violations.
6. Disclaimer of Warranties
You expressly agree that IASGO has no responsibility for or control over the Content that you or other Website users upload, post or otherwise transmit via the Website. IASGO makes no representation that your use of the Website will comply with applicable laws. Additionally, we do not represent, warrant or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, quality or reliability of any of the Content posted, displayed, linked to or otherwise transmitted via the Website.
We also do not endorse any opinions expressed in or through any Content available on the Website. You agree that you must evaluate and bear all risks associated with your use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of the Content.
YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK UNLESS OTHERWISE EXPLICITLY STATED. THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING ALL SERVICES AND CONTENTIS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE,” AND “WITH ALL FAULTS” BASIS. IASGO DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, AND WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT. IASGO MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, CONDITIONS OR GUARANTEES AS TO THE USEFULNESS QUALITY, SUITABILITY, TRUTH, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE WEBSITE.
IASGO MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION THAT: (a) ACCESS TO THE WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE; (b) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE; (c) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, CONTENT, INFORMATION OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED FROM THE WEBSITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS OR REQUIREMENTS; OR (d) ANY ERRORS IN THE WEBSITE WILL BE CORRECTED.
YOU ASSUME ALL RISK FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM OBTAINING ANY CONTENT FROM THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM COMPUTER VIRUSES.
7. Limitation of Liability
The Content of the Website does not constitute medical or legal advice, and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of individual conditions. The Content is not comprehensive, and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed medical professional or other traditional source of medical information. The mention of any product, service, organization, activity or therapy on the Website should not be construed as an IASGO endorsement. IASGO assumes no responsibility for any injury or damage to persons or property arising out of or related to the Content of the Website.
Patients with health-care related questions should call or see their physician or other health care provider promptly, and should not disregard professional medical advice, or delay seeking it, because of information encountered on the Website.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IASGO DISCLAIMS AND WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF BUSINESS, REVENUE, PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED ORDERS OR OTHER ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEBSITE, EVEN IF IASGO HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN ADVISED OF, OR REASONABLY COULD HAVE FORESEEN, THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, HOWEVER THEY ARISE, WHETHER IN BREACH OF CONTRACT OR IN TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES DUE TO: (a) THE USE OF OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE; (b) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION, OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED, OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO, THROUGH, OR FROM THE WEBSITE; (c) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE WEBSITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA, MALICIOUS OR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR OR FALSE OR FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS; OR (d) CONTENT OR INFORMATION YOU MAY DOWNLOAD, USE, MODIFY OR DISTRIBUTE.
To the extent that any jurisdiction does not allow the exclusion or limitation of direct, incidental or consequential damages, portions of the above limitation or exclusion may not apply.
In the event you have any dispute with one or more third parties as a result of your use of the Website, or are in any way damaged as a result of any third party in connection therewith, you hereby release and covenant not to sue or otherwise make a claim, demand or file any legal action or institute any legal or regulatory proceedings against us, our affiliates, officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives and suppliers from, for any claims, actions, demands or damages (whether direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential), of whatever kind or nature, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, whether foreseeable or not, disclosed or undisclosed.
8. Intellectual Property Rights and Use of the Content
The Website, including without limitation all Content and all intellectual property rights in and to the same, are owned by or licensed to IASGO or our third-party vendors. Except as expressly authorized by IASGO or by third party Content providers, you agree not to reproduce, modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, mirror, frame, republish, download, transmit or create derivative works of the Content, in whole or in part, by any means. You must not modify, decompile or reverse engineer any software IASGO discloses to you, and you must not remove or modify any copyright or trademark notice, or other notice of ownership.
Unless explicitly stated herein, nothing in these Terms shall be construed as conferring any license to use the Content or any other IASGO-owned or licensed intellectual property, whether by estoppel, implication or otherwise. You may not do or allow anyone else to do anything with the Content which is not specifically permitted under the Terms. Permission is granted to display, copy, distribute, and download Content owned by IASGO on this Website provided that: (a) the copyright notice pertaining to the Content remains, and a permission notice (e.g., "Used with permission") is added to such Content; (b) the use of such Content is solely for personal informational and educational use and not for commercial purposes, and is not used to imply that IASGO endorses, sponsors or is affiliated with any product or service; (c) such Content will not be copied or posted on any networked computer or published in any medium, except as explicitly permitted by valid permission or license covering such materials; and (d) no modifications are made to such Content. This permission terminates automatically without notice if you breach any of the terms or conditions in these Terms. Upon termination, you must immediately destroy any downloaded and/or printed Content.
IASGO does not claim ownership of any content that you place on the Website and shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to such content. Any content that you provide in connection with this Website shall be deemed to be provided on a non-confidential basis. IASGO shall be free to use, reproduce, modify, publish and/or disseminate such content on an unrestricted basis for any purpose, and you grant IASGO and all other users of the Website an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, transmit, display, perform, adapt, resell, and publish such content (including in digital form). You represent and warrant that you have proper authorization for the worldwide transfer and processing among IASGO, its affiliates, and third-party vendors of any information or content that you may provide to IASGO through the Website.
9. Confidentiality of IASGO Information
You may obtain direct access via the Website to certain confidential information of IASGO and certain third-parties that should reasonably be understood as confidential (“Confidential Information”). You must hold Confidential Information in strict confidence. Title to Confidential Information remains with IASGO and any third-party providers of Confidential Information. Upon termination of the Terms or IASGO’s written request, you must cease use of Confidential Information and return or destroy it.
The Terms impose no obligation upon you with respect to Confidential Information that you can establish by legally sufficient evidence: (a) you possessed prior to your receipt from IASGO, without an obligation to maintain its confidentiality; (b) is or becomes generally known to the public through no act or omission by you, or otherwise without violation of the Terms; (c) you obtained from a third party who had the right to disclose it, without an obligation to keep such information confidential; or (d) you independently developed without the use of Confidential Information and without the participation of individuals who have had access to Confidential Information. In addition, if, in response to a valid order by a court or other governmental body, as otherwise required by law, or as necessary to establish the rights of either party under these Terms, you are required to disclose Confidential Information, then you may do so, but only to the minimum extent required and only after prior notice to IASGO adequate to afford IASGO the opportunity to object to the disclosure.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold IASGO and its subsidiaries, affiliates, members, officers, directors, agents, licensors, suppliers, other partners, employees, and representatives harmless from any and all losses, expenses, costs or damages (including reasonable attorneys’ fees, expert fees’ and other reasonable costs of litigation) arising from, incurred as a result of or in any manner related to any claim, demand or action based upon content uploaded by you to the Website; your use of or connection to the Website (including any use by you on behalf of your employer and any use by third parties under your accounts); your violation of the Terms; or your violation of any applicable laws or rights of another. IASGO may, if necessary, participate in the defense of any such claim or action and any negotiations for its settlement or compromise. No settlement which may adversely affect IASGO’s rights or obligations shall be made without IASGO’s prior written approval. IASGO reserves the right, at IASGO’s own expense and on notice to you, to assume exclusive defense and control of any such claim or action; in such case your corresponding indemnification obligation will end.
11. Advertisements and Promotions
IASGO may run advertisements and promotions from third parties on the Website. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers other than IASGO found on or through the Website, 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 advertiser. IASGO is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort arising from or relating to any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such non-IASGO advertisers on the Website.
12. Links and Third Party Services
You may find links to other Internet sites or resources on the Website, and portions of the Website may identify specific medical professionals by name, address, or affiliation. You acknowledge and agree that (a) IASGO is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, (b) all links and identifications are provided solely for your convenience and for other informational purposes, and (c) IASGO does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites, resources, or medical professionals or their affiliations. Without limiting the foregoing, IASGO will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any actual or alleged damage or loss caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource or from identified medical professionals or their affiliations.
14. General Terms
The Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and IASGO relating to their subject matter, and cancel and supersede any prior versions of the Terms. No modification to the Terms will be binding, unless in writing and signed by an authorized IASGO representative. You may not assign, sublicense, delegate or otherwise transfer the Terms or any right granted hereunder.
Rights and obligations under the Terms which by their nature should survive will remain in full effect after termination or expiration of the Terms, including without limitation those of the previous Sections.
You agree that any material breach of Sections 4, 5, 8, and 9 of the Terms will result in irreparable harm to IASGO for which damages would be an inadequate remedy and, therefore, in addition to its rights and remedies otherwise available at law, IASGO will be entitled to equitable relief, including both a preliminary and permanent injunction, if such a breach occurs. You waive any requirement for the posting of a bond or other security if IASGO seeks such an injunction.
Any express waiver or failure to exercise promptly any right under the Terms will not create a continuing waiver or any expectation of non-enforcement. If any provision of the Terms is held invalid by any law or regulation of any government, or by any court or arbitrator, the parties agree that such provision will be replaced with a new provision that accomplishes the original business purpose, and the other provisions of the Terms will remain in full force and effect.
You may send your questions regarding the Website’s services to the appropriate contact, listed below:
Department of HBP Surgery & Transplantation
Kyoto University Hospital
54 Kawara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku
Kyoto 606-8507, Japan
Patriarchou Ioakim 9
Athens, Greece 10764
The Terms shall for all purposes be governed, interpreted, construed, and enforced solely and exclusively in accordance with Greek law, without regard to conflicts of law provisions thereof. You agree that exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any dispute with IASGO or its licensors, or any of their respective affiliates, officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, representatives or suppliers, arising out of or in any way relating to the Terms or your use of or inability to use the Website, services, or Content shall reside in the federal and state courts serving the city of Athens, Greece. You expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction by such courts and agree that you will not object to jurisdiction of or venue in such courts on the grounds of lack of personal jurisdiction, forum non conveniens, or otherwise.
15. Additional Terms Applicable to Specific Services Provided Through the Website
In the case of a conflict between the Terms and any additional terms you may encounter on the Website, the Terms shall govern, except to the extent as may be explicitly set forth in those additional terms.
16. The Hepatogastroenterology Journal
The following additional terms apply to your use of the Hepatogastroenterology Journal website (www.hepatogastroenterology.org) (the “Journal Website”).