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SLAS Terms of Use Policy

Last Updated: May 23, 2011

Please read these Terms of Use carefully. By using www.slas.org ("Web Site"), you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use ("Terms"). Do not use the Web Site if you do not agree to all of these terms. These Terms were last updated on May 23, 2011.

  1. DEFINITIONS
    As used in these Terms the following terms shall have the following meanings:
    • "Web Site" means the www.slas.org web site and any and all information provided directly or indirectly through the Web Site including, but not limited to, information provided via e-mail and through SLAS Online Forums (defined below).
    • "We," "Our," "Us," and "SLAS" refer to Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening.
  2. CHANGES TO THESE TERMS
    WE MAY AMEND THESE TERMS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE BY POSTING THE AMENDED TERMS ON THE WEB SITE. USE OF THE WEB SITE FOLLOWING ANY SUCH CHANGE CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO FOLLOW AND BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AS CHANGED. For this reason, you should review these Terms whenever you use the Web Site. These Terms were last revised on May 23, 2011.
  3. ABOUT THE SOCIETY FOR LABORATORY AUTOMATION AND SCREENING SLAS is an Illinois Not for Profit Corporation formed on January 12, 2010, to be the surviving corporation of a merger with the Society for Biomolecular Screening, Inc ("SBS") and the Association for Laboratory Automation, Inc ("ALA"). SLAS is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes as defined by Internal Revenue Code ("IRC") Section 501(c) (3). In particular, SLAS's exempt purpose is to advance laboratory science and technology through education and scientific research, and to serve as a public forum for the exchange of information related to laboratory science and technology ("Exempt Purpose").
  4. Tax Exempt Status At the present time, contributions or gifts to SLAS are not deductible as charitable contributions for state or federal income tax purposes. However, SLAS is in the process of applying to the Internal Revenue Service for a determination that it is exempt from federal income tax pursuant to IRC Section 501(c) (3). If SLAS is determined to be exempt from federal income tax pursuant to IRC 501(c) (3), contributions and gifts to SLAS will be deductible as charitable contributions. SLAS will provide an update on its Web Site regarding its tax exempt status when it changes. If you have questions regarding the tax deductibility of charitable contributions in general or with respect to SLAS in particular you are urged to consult your personal tax advisor.
  5. USE OF MATERIAL
    You acknowledge all data, documentation, text, software, code, graphics, images, audio, video, and other information of any kind appearing on or accessible through the Web Site (collectively, the "Materials"), are owned by SLAS or SLAS's third-party licensors. SLAS and/or third-party licensors retain all proprietary rights to the Materials, including all intellectual property rights associated therewith (e.g., copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets). Unless otherwise indicated in writing, except for downloading one copy of the Materials for your personal, noncommercial use and/or printing one copy of the Materials for such personal noncommercial use, you may not sell, modify, reproduce, display, publicly perform, prepare derivative works based upon, distribute or otherwise use the Materials in any way without first obtaining the written permission of SLAS. Requests for permission for uses not authorized by these terms may be e-mailed to: mgeismann@slas.org.

    You must retain all copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices contained in the original Materials on any copy you make of the Materials. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose all or any portion of the Site. You may not use any metatags or any other similar hidden text utilizing SLAS's name or trademarks, without the prior written permission of SLAS.
  6. USE POLICIES
    You may not do any of the following while using the Web Site:
    • Interfere with or disrupt networks connected to the Web Site or violate the regulations, policies, or procedures of such networks;
    • Attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Web Site, computer systems or networks connected to the Web Site through password mining or any other means;
    • Interfere with another user's use and enjoyment of the Web Site;
    • Upload any message, information, data, text, software, graphic files or other materials ("Content") that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, that may be invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
    • Upload Content that contains a virus, corrupted file, or other harmful component;
    • Impersonate any person or entity including, but not limited to SLAS personnel, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent any affiliation with any person or entity, or upload any Content under a fictitious name;
    • Intentionally or unintentionally violate or encourage or assist another to violate any law or regulation in connection with your use or another's use of the Web Site.
    If you violate any of this Section 6, your permission to use the Materials and the Web Site automatically terminates.
  7. LINKING TO THE WEB SITE
    You may provide a link on your site to the Web Site subject to the following requirements:
    • You may not frame or alter the appearance or visual presentation of the Web Site.
    • You may not state or imply that we endorse, sponsor or otherwise approve your site or any other sites, unless agreed to in writing by the SLAS. Links to the Web Site may not be used in a way that implies or suggests that we approve or endorse you, your web site or your goods and services, unless it is true and accurate and SLAS agrees to such statements in advance in writing.
    • Links may be text-based using the words: "Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening," "SLAS," or "www.slas.org," ("Licensed Marks"), subject to the terms and conditions contained herein.
    • You may only link to the home page of the Web Site unless you receive permission from SLAS. Requests for permission to link to other parts of the Web Site may be e-mailed to: mgeismann@slas.org.
    • You may not use the Licensed Marks on any site that disparages SLAS, competes with SLAS, or presents false, incorrect, incomplete or misleading information about SLAS.
    • You may not use the Licensed Marks as a predominant feature of your site. At a minimum, this means that the Licensed Marks must appear smaller than your web site title and any of your marks or logos, they may not be displayed more prominently than other marks or logos on your page, and they should not appear at the top of the page, but rather at the bottom, along the sides or in some location less prominent than the top.
    • You may not use the Licensed Marks in any manner that would adversely affect the name, reputation or goodwill of SLAS, or use the Licensed Marks on any site that contains any content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, that may be invasive of another's privacy, hateful, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.
    • You may not use the Licensed Marks on any site that violates or infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or any right, of whatever nature, of anyone, or that violates or encourages or assists another to violate any law or regulation.
    • We have no responsibility or liability for any content appearing on your web site. YOU AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS SLAS AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, VOLUNTEERS, AND AGENTS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL THIRD-PARTY CLAIMS, LIABILITY, ACTIONS, DEMANDS, COSTS OR EXPENSES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, REASONABLE LEGAL AND ACCOUNTING FEES) ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO YOUR WEB SITE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND ANY SUCH CLAIM, AND YOU AGREE TO PROVIDE US WITH SUCH REASONABLE COOPERATION AS WE MAY REQUEST.
    • By linking the Web Site, you acknowledge and agree that, other than as specifically set forth in these Terms, all rights to the Licensed Marks and other SLAS marks and logos belong to SLAS. In addition, you acknowledge the validity of SLAS's ownership in the Licensed Marks and other SLAS marks and logos and will not contest such ownership or the validity of any registrations of SLAS relating to such marks and logos. You agree that use of the Licensed Marks shall inure to the benefit of SLAS. If you happen to obtain any rights or goodwill in the Licensed Marks, you agree that all such rights and goodwill will automatically vest in SLAS and you will take all actions necessary to affect such vesting.
    • You are prohibited from using SLAS's marks or logos or any names, marks or other materials in a manner that is likely to cause confusion with, dilute or damage the reputation or image of SLAS.
    Subject to these Terms and your compliance with the above requirements, SLAS agrees to grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free, terminable license to use the Licensed Marks solely for the purpose of establishing any link that is permitted hereunder. Except for the limited license to use the Licensed Marks set forth in this paragraph, you may not use any of SLAS's trademarks or service marks or logos for any other reason or purpose without the express written permission of SLAS. SLAS may, at any time, in its sole discretion and without cause, terminate the license granted herein to use the Licensed Marks and/or your right to link to the Web Site. Upon our request, you agree to immediately remove all links to the Web Site and to cease using the Licensed Marks. Thereafter, any future links to the Web Site will require the express written permission of SLAS.
  8. LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY SITES
    The Web Site may contain links to third-party web sites. These links are provided solely for your convenience. They are not an endorsement by us of the owners of such sites or the content of these web sites. We are not responsible for the content or practices of linked third-party sites. We do not make any representations or warranties about the content or accuracy of materials on such third-party web sites or the practices of such sites. If you decide to access linked third-party web sites, you do so at your own risk. You are encouraged to review the terms of use, privacy policy, and other policies of any linked site, as the policies of the linked site may differ from those of this Web Site.
  9. Comments
    We welcome comments regarding our Web Site. However, any comments, feedback, messages, ideas, suggestions or other communications (collectively, "Comments") submitted to us will be our exclusive property. Submission of any such Comments constitutes an assignment to the SLAS of all worldwide right, title and interest in all copyrights and other intellectual property rights in the Comments and you represent and warrant that you have the right to make such an assignment and that such Comments do not violate or infringe any rights of anyone. The SLAS will be entitled to use, reproduce, disclose, publish and distribute any Comments for any purpose whatsoever, without restriction and without compensating you in any way. For this reason, we ask that you do not send us any Comments that you do not desire to assign to the SLAS, including any confidential information or any original creative materials such as stories, product ideas, computer code or original artwork.
  10. Online Forums
    10.1. Defined. Online Forums include chat rooms, blogs, list servs, social media and other online areas or services provided by SLAS in or through which users can post information which may be viewed by SLAS and other users.

    10.2. USER POSTINGS. Information on Online Forums may be posted by you or other users. SLAS is not responsible for information posted by you or other Online Forum users. SLAS does not represent or guarantee the accuracy, completeness or reliability of any information posted on any Online Forum nor does SLAS endorse any opinions expressed in any Online Forum unless expressly identified as an SLAS opinion. YOUR USE AND RELIANCE ON INFORMATION POSTED ON AN ONLINE FORUM IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    10.3. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR POSTINGS. Think before you speak. Online Forums are public forums. Once you have posted information you should assume that everyone in the world can see what you have posted. You are solely responsible for what you say and are responsible for the consequences of any of your postings on an Online Forum.

    10.4. SLAS MAY EDIT OR REMOVE USER POSTINGS. SLAS may for any reason edit, refuse to post or remove without notice any information posted by you or any other user to an Online Forum. However, SLAS has no obligation to edit, refuse to post or remove any information, including information you may find objectionable or offensive or that violate this Agreement. Although SLAS may occasionally screen or monitor information posted by users, SLAS is not obligated to do so.

    10.5. WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK SOMEONE IS VIOLATING THIS AGREEMENT. If you believe a user is violating this Agreement, you may e-mail such information to SLAS at mgeismann@slas.org. However, SLAS does not guarantee that it will and is under no obligation to take any action as a result of your contact.

    10.6. WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. It is the policy of the SLAS Board of Directors and SLAS Staff not to post comments or answer inquiries on the SLAS Forum. If you have a question of either the board or staff, you may mail or e-mail your inquiry directly to the party in question or to the SLAS office at mgeismann@slas.org.

    10.7. SLAS MAY EXPEL AND DISCIPLINE USERS. SLAS reserves the right to expel any user and to prevent further access by any user to an Online Forum for any reason or for no reason at all. However, SLAS has no obligation to expel a user or to prevent further access to an Online Forum.

    10.8. LICENSE TO USE YOUR POSTINGS. Information you post in an Online Forum, may be reproduced, distributed, displayed and otherwise used by SLAS and other Online Forum users. BY POSTING INFORMATION ON AN ONLINE FORUM, YOU AUTOMATICALLY GRANT SLAS A ROYALTY-FREE, PERPETUAL, IRREVOCABLE, NONEXCLUSIVE AND FULLY SUB-LICENSABLE RIGHT TO USE, REPRODUCE, MODIFY, ADAPT, PUBLISH, TRANSLATE, CREATE DERIVATIVE WORKS FROM, DISTRIBUTE, PERFORM, DISPLAY AND OTHERWISE USE AND EXPLOIT THE INFORMATION (IN WHOLE OR IN PART) WORLDWIDE AND/OR TO INCORPORATE IT IN OTHER WORK IN ANY FORM, MEDIA OR TECHNOLOGY NOW KNOWN OR LATER DEVELOPED. YOU REPRESENT AND WARRANT THAT YOU HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO POST ALL INFORMATION YOU POST TO AN ONLINE FORUM AND THAT YOUR POSTING OF THE INFORMATION DOES NOT VIOLATE ANY CONTRACT; LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL ORDINANCE, REGULATION, STATUTE, OR LAW; OR THE RIGHTS OF ANYONE ELSE.

    10.9. You agree to abide by the following rules and guidelines at all times in connection with your use of an Online Forum:
     
    • Your posting to any Online Forum must be consistent with and relevant to the stated purpose or topic of the Online Forum. You may not post Information which is not consistent with or relevant to the stated purpose or topic of the Online Forum.
    • You may not interfere with another user's use of an Online Forum.
    • All communications must be respectful. You are prohibited from engaging in personal attacks or other harassing or disrespectful conduct.
    • You may not post information that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, false, misleading, or hateful; that may be invasive of another's privacy; racially, ethnically, religiously, sexually or otherwise objectionable; violates the intellectual property, contract or other rights of any person; contains a virus, corrupted files, or other harmful components; or which may be harmful to SLAS, its members, or anyone else.
    • You may not collect information about another user of an Online Forum, including e-mail addresses, without the other user's express written consent.
  11. CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT
    If you believe that your work or trademark has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright or trademark infringement, please contact the Designated Agent listed in our Copyright Policy.
  12. DISCLAIMER
    ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEB SITE AND ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY THROUGH THE WEB SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INFORMATION PROVIDED VIA E-MAIL OR THROUGH ONLINE FORUMS, IS PROVIDED "AS IS," "AS AVAILABLE" AND "WITH ALL FAULTS, " WITHOUT REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY; FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE; TITLE; NON-INFRINGEMENT; PRIVACY; SECURITY; AND/OR ARISING OUT OF TRADE USAGE OR COURSE OF DEALING OR PERFORMANCE.
  13. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
    TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, SHALL SLAS OR ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, VOLUNTEERS, OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES OR CONTRACTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM, ARISING OUT OF, OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH OR RELATED TO THESE TERMS; THE WEB SITE; YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITE; ANY INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE TO US THROUGH THE WEB SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE THROUGH ONLINE FORUMS; OR ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEB SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH ONLINE FORUMS. THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE RELEASE OF LIABILITY THAT APPLIES TO ALL LOSSES AND DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT, INDIRECT, GENERAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, STATUTORY, CONTRACTUAL, OR DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY OTHER KIND OR TYPE. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER BASIS AND EVEN IF SLAS OR ANY ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, VOLUNTEERS, OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES OR CONTRACTORS KNEW OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
  14. WAIVER OF CLAIMS
    TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, YOU HEREBY WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, ACTIONS, OR CAUSES OF ACTION OF ANY KIND YOU MAY HAVE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY AGAINST SLAS OR ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, VOLUNTEERS, OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES OR CONTRACTORS RESULTING FROM, ARISING OUT OF, OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH OR RELATED TO YOUR ACTIONS OR OMISSIONS; THESE TERMS; THE WEB SITE; YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITE; ANY INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE TO US THROUGH THE WEB SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE THROUGH ONLINE FORUMS; AND ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEB SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH ONLINE FORUMS.
  15. DEFENSE, INDEMNIFICATION, AND HOLD HARMLESS
    YOU HEREBY AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS SLAS AND ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, VOLUNTEERS, AND OTHER REPRESENTATIVES AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, ACTIONS, CAUSES OF ACTION, LOSSES, DAMAGES, AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY'S FEES AND COSTS INCURRED IN DEFENDING SUCH CLAIMS, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RESULTING FROM, ARISING OUT OF, OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH OR RELATED TO YOUR ACTIONS OR OMISSIONS; THESE TERMS; THE WEB SITE; YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITE; ANY INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE TO US THROUGH THE WEB SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE THROUGH ONLINE FORUMS; OR ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEB SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH ONLINE FORUMS.
  16. PRIVACY NOTICE
    Be sure to check our Privacy Notice to understand our practices. The Privacy Notice is subject to these Terms and is incorporated by reference.
  17. CHOICE OF LAW AND FORUM
    These Terms were entered into in the State of Illinois. These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the substantive laws of the State of Illinois, excluding its choice of law rules. Any claim or dispute related to, connected with or arising out of your use of the Web Site shall reside in the courts of the State of Illinois and in particular in either the Kane County Circuit Court or the United States District for the Northern District of Illinois.
  18. SEVERABILITY
    If any provision of these Terms are invalidated or held unenforceable, the invalidity or unenforceability of that provision shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of these Terms. In addition, the parties agree that as to any provision found to be invalid or unenforceable as written in these Terms, the same shall not be void, but rather shall be reformed and enforced to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law, as if originally executed in that form by the parties.
  19. DRAFTING AND CONSTRUCTION
    No inference or presumption shall arise against or in favor of either party because it did or did not draft these Terms or any provision hereof.
  20. ASSIGNMENT
    SLAS may assign or transfer its rights under these Terms. You may not.
  21. HEADINGS
    The headings and numbers appearing in these Terms have been inserted as a matter of convenience. If there is any conflict between the headings and numbers and the text of these Terms, the text will control.
  22. TERMINATION
    We may terminate these Terms or your access to the Web Site, or any information provided directly or indirectly through the Web Site including, but not limited to, information provided by e-mail, at any time, without notice in our sole and absolute discretion. SLAS may at its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the Web Site, or any part thereof, or any information provided by e-mail with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Web Site or any information provided by e-mail under any provision of these Terms may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that SLAS may immediately delete your personally identifiable information and all related information and files.
  23. WAIVER
    If SLAS agrees to waive its right to enforce any term of the Terms, it does not waive its right to enforce such term, or any or all other terms, of these Terms at any other time.
  24. SURVIVAL
    Paragraphs 1 through 24 shall survive the termination of your right to access the Web Site, or any information provided directly or indirectly through the Web Site.
  25. HOW TO CONTACT US
    If you have any questions about these Terms, or your dealings with the Web Site, you can contact SLAS by accessing the Contact Us section of the Web Site.

 

COPYRIGHT POLICY

We respect the intellectual property rights of others and request that users of the Web Site do the same. We may, at our discretion and in appropriate circumstances, terminate the access of users who infringe the intellectual property rights of others. Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Pub. L. No. 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860 (Oct. 28, 1998), including but not limited to 17 U.S.C. § 512(c), notification of claims of copyright infringement or other intellectual property violations relating to material on the Web Site should be sent to the following Designated Agent:

Service Provider: Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening
Alternate Names: SLAS
Address: 100 Illinois Street, Suite 242
United States of America
Designated Agent: Scott S. Fintzen
Address of Agent: 30 North LaSalle, Suite 3010
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Telephone No.: (312) 346-7855
Facsimile No.: (312) 346-8317
email address: sfintzen@gaido-fintzen.com