GHDonline enables open collaboration between global health implementers and organizations in online “communities of practice”, either public or private, in order to create a new breadth of knowledge applicable in the field, and democratize access to critical information to improve the delivery of health care worldwide.
Updated on December 7, 2009
GHDonline and its affiliates reserve the right to use and delete content, monitor, restrict, block or suspend access to the GHD online web site, and otherwise communicate with members and moderators of communities for any reason at any point in time.
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Non-commercial and Non-defamatory Use
GHDonline content and services may not be used in connection with any commercial endeavors except those that are specifically endorsed or approved by GHDonline. Please note that advertisements, commercial postings, and other forms of solicitation such as chain letters and pyramid schemes, are inappropriate in GHDonline communities and may result in membership termination.
Illegal and/or unauthorized use of GHDonline content and services such as the publication of defamatory content in GHDonline communities or the collection of Members’ profiles information for any purposes is strictly prohibited.
The GHDonline web site is intended to provide general professional information to users and for members to engage in and access “discussions” or “resources” in communities as they see fit and useful to other members. Members include health care providers affiliated with a variety of organizations and institutions, as well as professionals engaging in the delivery of health care and related services worldwide.
The GHDonline web site content and services are not an attempt to provide specific medical or professional advice, and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s or other provider’s judgment. Nor should users rely upon the GHDonline web site if they might need emergency medical treatment.
Use of GHDonline content and services does not establish a doctor-patient relationship, or any other professional relationship. You assume full responsibility for using the information on the GHDonline web site, and you understand and agree that GHDonline, the Global Health Delivery Project, and its affiliates (i.e. founding collaborators and partners) are not responsible or liable for any claim, loss, or damage resulting from its use by you or any user. While we try to keep the information on the site as accurate as possible, we disclaim any warranty concerning its accuracy, timeliness, and completeness, and any other warranty, express or implied.
In addition to public communities, the GHDonline web site hosts a set of private communities designed to facilitate collaboration for specific institutions, organizations, projects, and/or individuals. Access to content and services published in private communities is intended to be limited to members of those private communities; such content and services should not be shared either via email or any other means with non-members of that private community.
Discussion content (i.e. original discussions, posts and replies) and original comments in the “Summary” field of “resources” in GHDonline, or “User-generated Content,” by GHDonline members in communities is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. User-generated Content can be shared (i.e. copied, distributed and transmitted) as long as it is attributed to GHDonline in the following manner:
“As discussed by GHDonline members in the [Name of community] community: [link to the detailed page for the discussion in the community]”
As discussed by GHDonline members in the TB Infection Control community: http://www.ghdonline.org/ic/discussion/infection-control-tools/.
You may not use User-generated Content for commercial purposes. You may not alter, transform, or build upon User-generated Content.
User-generated Content may be altered, transformed, or built upon by the Global Health Delivery Project and the GHDonline team.
GHDonline Members Content
You may publish or upload to the GHDonline web site text, files, images, photos, videos, sounds, or works of authorship, or any other materials (collectively, "Members Content") only if you own the copyright to those materials or have express permission from the copyright owner to make such use of the materials.
You agree not to submit any material or content that infringes any patent, copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights of any party. You further agree that you will not submit any material or content that is disruptive, threatening, abusive, profane, harassing, embarrassing, defamatory, libelous, obscene, hateful or racially, ethnically or is otherwise objectionable as solely determined by GHDonline.
GHDonline does not claim any ownership rights or copyrights in the Members Content that you publish, via email or via web interface, to the GHDonline communities. However, when you post materials to the GHDonline web site you grant to GHDonline an irrevocable, perpetual, transferable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license and right to use, reproduce, publish, distribute, display, edit, modify or delete those materials. Your ownership interests and rights to use the material are not otherwise affected or changed merely by posting Members Content to GHDonline. This applies to GHD and GHDonline content shared in the communities. You understand that without this license, GHDonline would be unable to provide its content and services.
You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Members Content posted by you on or through the GHDonline web site, or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth above, and (ii) your posting of Members Content on or through the GHDonline web site does not violate the proprietary rights, copyrights, publicity rights, privacy rights, contract rights or any other rights of any person or organization. You agree to pay for all royalties, fees, fines and any other monies owing any person or organization by reason of any Members Content posted by you to or through the GHDonline web site.
Personal Health Information
You further represent and warrant that the Members Content you post does not violate any patient’s rights under The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), or other patients rights under other national laws and international treaties.
Original GHD and GHDonline Content, Trademarks
Original GHD and GHDonline Content, meaning all text, audio, video, image, and summaries of GHDonline discussions authored by the Global Health Delivery Project is copyrighted unless it is published in a “resource” or in a discussion of a community (see above).
The Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project, GHDonline, and GHD trademarks and logos, or any variation or acronym of any of the foregoing including all associated good will and registrations, will remain and be the sole and exclusive property of GHD. Any and all use of the trademarks will inure to the sole and exclusive benefit of GHD and GHD will retain at all times the entire benefit and good will arising from the use of the trademarks.
GHDonline Partner Organizations’ Copyrights
GHDonline partner organizations grant GHDonline the non-exclusive right and license to reproduce and display their content to the GHDonline web site and to permit registered, signed in users of the GHDonline web site to view, download, and print their content for their personal, noncommercial use. Only signed in members of the GHDonline web site may access and use the full text versions of these content and services. Visitors only view “snippets” or excerpts of content and services as determined by partner organizations and GHDonline. By way of clarification, partner organizations’ content and services as published on the GHDonline web site are not subject to the Creative Commons license above.
The GHDonline web site is an interactive website where members of online communities can exchange information either by clicking on “Start discussion” or “Add resource.” Each item of partner organizations’ content displayed at the GHDonline web site communities may therefore be discussed by and between registered, signed-in, members of the GHDonline web site. In these instances, GHDonline shall only display the full text of discussion content related to partner organizations’ content to registered, signed-in users of the GHDonline web site.
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WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, GHDONLINE DOES NOT WARRANT THAT ACCESS TO THE GHDONLINE WEB SITE ONLINE SYSTEM WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS, IF ANY, WILL BE CORRECTED; NOR DOES GHDONLINE MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, CURRENCY, QUALITY, COMPLETENESS, USEFULNESS, PERFORMANCE, SECURITY, LEGALITY OR SUITABILITY OF THE GHDONLINE WEBSITE OR ANY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE GHDONLINE WEB SITE AND YOUR RELIANCE UPON ANY OF ITS CONTENTS IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
Limitations of Liability
IN THE EVENT OF ANY PROBLEM WITH THE GHDONLINE WEB SITE OR ANY OF ITS CONTENT, YOU AGREE THAT YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO CEASE USING THE GHDONLINE WEB SITE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL GHDONLINE OR ANY GHDONLINE AFFILIATE BE LIABLE IN ANY WAY FOR YOUR USE OF THE GHDONLINE WEB SITE OR ANY OF ITS CONTENT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT, ANY INFRINGEMENT BY ANY CONTENT OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OR OTHER RIGHTS OF THIRD PARTIES, OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL GHDONLINE OR ANY GHDONLINE AFFILIATE BE LIABLE FOR ANY PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR SPECIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF PROGRAMS OR OTHER DATA ON YOUR INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM OR OTHERWISE) ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE ONLINE SYSTEM, WHETHER UNDER A THEORY OF BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF WE OR THEY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
YOU HEREBY RELEASE AND AGREE TO HOLD GHDONLINE AND GHDONLINE AFFILIATES HARMLESS FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, AND DAMAGES OF EVERY KIND AND NATURE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ACTUAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL), KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED AND UNSUSPECTED, DISCLOSED AND UNDISCLOSED, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR USE OF THE GHDONLINE WEB SITE. YOU WAIVE THE PROVISIONS OF ANY STATE OR LOCAL LAW LIMITING OR PROHIBITING A GENERAL RELEASE.
You or GHDonline may suspend or terminate your access to the GHDonline web site at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all. If you decide to suspend your GHDonline account, please send a request to the GHDonline team by using the contact us form. GHDonline has the right to refuse to provide access to the GHDonline web site to any person, agency or organization, or to prohibit any person, agency or organization from using the GHDonline web site, at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all, in our sole discretion. GHDonline reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or part of the GHDonline web site, temporarily or permanently, without prior notice. We reserve the right to delete or change any username or password at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all. You may terminate your membership at any time and for any reason by contacting the GHDonline Team.
In no event will GHD, GHDonline, and any founding collaborators and partner organizations be liable for any delay or failure to perform here above content and services as a result of acts of God, acts of the public enemy, fires, floods, strikes and other causes beyond the reasonable control of such party.
You can also contact us via regular mail at:
Global Health Delivery Project
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Information for Reporting Claims of Copyright Infringement
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512 (the “DCMA”) the following are registered as Service Providers with the United States Copyright Office:
• Partners Healthcare System, Inc.
Notifications of copyright infringement claims occurring on GHDonline’s website should be reported to our designated agent, as follows:
Partners Healthcare System, Inc.
One Constitution Center, 2nd floor
Charlestown, MA 02129
Any such notice must be in writing, and must include the following information as required by the DMCA:
• A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or the person authorized to act on its behalf
• A description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed
• A description of the infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material
• Your contact information, including your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address
• A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law
• A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner