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Terms & Conditions for the Use of Karger Online Publications

S. Karger AG Medical and Scientific Publishers, Allschwilerstrasse 10, CH–4009 Basel, Switzerland (hereinafter referred to as ‘Licensor’) provides via its website www.karger.com online access to its proprietary databases, eJournal content, articles and eBooks. These Terms & Conditions apply to all contractual arrangements between the Licensor and its customers (‘Licensee’) regarding the use of the Materials. The Licensor and the Licensee are hereinafter collectively referred to as the ‘Parties’.

  1.    Definitions

Where the context so implies, words importing the singular number shall include the plural and vice versa and words importing the masculine shall include the feminine and vice versa. For the purpose of these Terms & Conditions, and solely for this purpose, the terms set forth hereinafter shall be defined as follows:
1.1   ‘Authorized User’ shall mean an individual who is authorized to access Licensed Materials through a Secure Network or proxy server at a subscribing institution. Such an individual might be either a current employer or employee of a clinical center, a governmental, research or comparable entity; in case of an academic institution a current student, faculty member, library patron or employee (Academic User) via his/her affiliation with a subscribing institution as well as a visitor (Walk-In User) who is permitted to access the Licensed Material from a designated terminal, which is physically located in the Licensee's premises; likewise a current employee or independent contractor of a commercially operating Licensee (Corporate Customer) and its affiliate; as well as an individual who is a member of a society that has arranged for access to Licensed Materials for its current members;
1.2   ‘Campus-Activated Subscriber Access (CASA)’ shall mean the Licensor's participation in Google's CASA Initiative, which enables the Authorized User off-campus access to collections subscribed by the Licensee;
1.3   ‘Commercial Use’ shall mean use for the purposes of monetary reward by means of sale, resale, loan, transfer, hire or any other form of exploitation of the Licensed Materials. For the avoidance of doubt, neither recovery of direct costs by the Licensee from an Authorized User, nor use by the Licensee or by an Authorized User of the Licensed Materials in the course of research funded by a commercial organization, is deemed to be Commercial Use;
1.4   ‘Course Packs’ shall mean a collection or compilation of materials, e.g. book chapters or journal articles assembled by an Authorized User for internal use for the purposes of instruction;
1.5   ‘Electronic Reserve’ shall mean electronic copies of materials, e.g. book chapters, journal articles made and stored on the Secure Network by the Licensee for exclusively internal educational use in connection with specific courses of instruction offered by the Licensee to its Authorized Users;
1.6   ‘Fee’ shall mean the payment made by the Licensee to the Licensor for the purchased and/or subscribed Licensed Materials. Unless stipulated differently between the Parties, the Fee shall exclude any sales, use, value added or similar taxes. The Licensee shall be liable for any such taxes in addition to the Fee;
1.7   ‘Google Subscriber Links’ shall mean a Google program that provides an Authorized User with a direct link to the HTML or PDF of an article from Google Scholar’s search results pages when this content is available online via the Licensee's site license;
1.8   ‘Licensed Materials’ shall mean the electronic content of the Licensor's journal articles and/or book chapters, journals and/or books or packages and collections thereof as purchased and/or subscribed to by the Licensee. Licensed Materials are delivered in PDF format and, if available, in HTML full text and/or in Karger's Active Book format. A KargerActiveBook is defined as a fully searchable and internally interlinked single book file available via the Licensor's server. Licensed Materials shall be directly accessible through IP identification and in some cases via User ID/password; in case of a subscription the Materials may from time to time be amended by mutual agreement of the Parties;
1.9   ‘Licensee’ shall mean an institutional (academic, governmental, research or clinical) center (or a comparable entity), a corporate customer or a society;
1.10   ‘Secure Network’ shall mean a network, whether a standalone network or a virtual network within the Internet, which is accessible only to an Authorized User approved by the Licensee, and whose identity is authenticated at the time of log-in and periodically thereafter consistent with current best practice, and whose conduct is subject to regulation by the Licensee;
1.11   ‘Server’ shall mean either the Licensor’s server or a third-party server designated by the Licensor on which the Licensed Materials are mounted and may be accessed;
1.12   ‘Text and Data Mining (TDM)’ shall mean a machine process by which information may be derived by identifying patterns and trends within natural language through text categorization, statistical pattern recognition, concept or sentiment extraction, and the association of natural language with indexing terms.

  2.    Grant

2.1   Subject to these Terms & Conditions, the Licensor hereby grants to the Licensee the nonexclusive and nontransferable right to give an Authorized User access to the Licensed Materials via a Secure Network, subject to payment of the Fee.

  3.    Permitted Uses

  3.1   The Licensee may:
a)   load the Licensed Materials on the Licensee's server on the Secure Network;
b)   make such backup copies of the Licensed Materials only as are reasonably necessary;
c)   make such temporary local electronic copies by means of caching or mirrored storage of any part of the Licensed Materials as is necessary solely to ensure efficient use by an Authorized User;
d)   provide an Authorized User with access to the bibliographic data plus the abstract via the Secure Network;
e)   provide single printed or electronic copies of individual items of the Licensed Materials at the request of an Authorized User for their own personal, scholarly, educational or scientific research or their internal business use;
f)   use upon prior request TDM technologies to derive information from the Licensed Materials;
g)   display, download or print the Licensed Materials for the purpose of internal marketing or testing or for training an Authorized User or groups of Authorized Users;
h)   provide print or electronic copies of individual items taken from the Licensed Materials to national or international pharmaceutical regulatory authorities for the purpose of, or in anticipation of, regulatory approval of pharmaceutical products or patent and/or trademark applications or other legal or regulatory purposes in respect of the Licensee’s products or services.

  3.2   An Authorized User may:
a)   search, view, retrieve and display the Licensed Materials for personal, scholarly, educational, scientific research or for internal business use;
b)   print a copy of any part of the Licensed Materials for their own personal, scholarly, educational, scientific research or for internal business use;
c)   electronically save individual items of the Licensed Materials on an Authorized User’s computer for his/her own personal, scholarly, educational, scientific research or internal business use;
d)   distribute single copies of individual items from the Licensed Materials in print or electronic format to other Authorized Users. For the avoidance of doubt, this sub-clause shall include the distribution of a copy to other Authorized Users for teaching purposes in a class at the Licensee’s institutions.

As to Permitted Uses of the Licensor’s Open Access Content, please refer to the Licensor’s Open Access Searchable Gateway.

  3.3   Remote Access

Upon request, the Licensor grants to Authorized Users remote access through VPN and proxy servers of the Licensee’s institution on condition that the Licensor can confirm and register the IP of the Licensee’s server to the Licensee’s online subscription.

  4.    Supply of Copies to Other Libraries

The Licensee being an academic institution may, subject to clause 6 below, supply to an Authorized User of another library within the same country as the Licensee whether by post or fax or secure transmission, using Ariel or its equivalent, whereby the electronic file is deleted immediately after printing, for the purposes of research or private study and not for Commercial Use, a single paper copy of an electronic original of an individual document which is part of the Licensed Materials.

  5.    Course Packs and Electronic Reserve

The Licensee may, subject to clause 6 below, incorporate parts of the Licensed Materials in printed Course Packs and Electronic Reserve collections for the use of Authorized Users in the course of instruction at the Licensee’s premises, but not for Commercial Use. Each such item shall carry an appropriate acknowledgement of the source, listing title and author of the extract, title and author of the work, and the publisher. Copies of such items shall be deleted by the Licensee when they are no longer used for this purpose. Course Packs in nonelectronic nonprint perceptible form, such as audio or braille, may also be offered to Authorized Users who, in the reasonable opinion of the Licensee, are visually impaired.

  6.    Prohibited Uses

  6.1   Neither the Licensee nor an Authorized User may:
a)   remove or alter the authors’ names or affiliations or the Licensor’s copyright notices or other means of identification or disclaimers as they appear in the Licensed Materials;
b)   alter, abridge, adapt or modify any part of the Licensed Materials for any purpose other than that expressly permitted by the Licensee, except to the extent necessary to make it perceptible on a computer screen to an Authorized User. For the avoidance of doubt, no alteration of the words or their order is permitted;
c)   systematically make print or electronic copies of multiple extracts of the Licensed Materials for any purpose other than as explicitly permitted under clauses 3.1 and 3.2 above;
d)   systematically download the Licensed Materials, especially operated by an application server/robot, for any purpose other than as explicitly permitted under clauses 3.1 f);
e)   mount or distribute any part of the Licensed Materials on any electronic network, including, without limitation, the Internet and the World Wide Web, other than the Secure Network;
f)   integrate the Licensed Materials with any other material or otherwise create derivative works in any format and/or medium.

  6.2   With regard to KargerActiveBooks only, due to the technical specifications of the product,
           neither the Licensee nor an Authorized User may:
a)   make electronic copies of individual items taken from the Licensed Materials for storage on the Authorized User’s computer;
b)   distribute single copies of individual items taken from the Licensed Materials in any electronic format to other Authorized Users;
c)   load the Licensed Materials on the Licensee’s server on the Secure Network;
d)   make backup copies of the Licensed Materials;
e)   supply to an Authorized User, by electronic means, copies of one or more individual items taken from Licensed Materials.

  6.3   The Licensor’s express prior written permission must be obtained in order to:
a)   distribute, publish or make available the whole or any part of the Licensed Materials to anyone other than an Authorized User or for any purpose not expressly authorized by these Terms & Conditions. The supply of any of the Licensed Materials to third parties is subject to payment and shall be negotiated with the Licensor;
b)   use all or any part of the Licensed Materials for any Commercial Use such as sale, reward or exploitation other than as expressly permitted by these Terms & Conditions;
c)   publish, distribute or make available works based on the Licensed Materials or works which combine the Licensed Materials with any other material, other than as permitted in these Terms & Conditions.

  6.4   As to Prohibited Uses of Licensor's Open Access Content, please refer to the
           Licensor's Open Access Searchable Gateway.

  7.     Licensor's Undertakings

  7.1   The Licensor shall:
a)   make available to the Licensee the Licensed Materials reasonably promptly after publication of the printed version. In the event that for technical reasons this is not possible for any particular journal or book, such journal or book shall be identified at the time of licensing, together with the reasons therefore;
b)   provide the Licensee reasonably promptly after signing a purchase or subscription agreement with information sufficient to enable access to the Licensed Materials;
c)   ensure that the Server has adequate capacity and bandwidth to support the usage of the Licensee at a level commensurate with the standards of availability for information services of similar scope operating via the World Wide Web, as such standards evolve from time to time over these Terms & Conditions;
d)   use reasonable endeavors to make the Licensed Materials available to the Licensee and its Authorized Users on a twenty-four-hour basis, save for routine maintenance and to restore access to the Licensed Materials as soon as possible in the event of an interruption or suspension of the service.
7.2   The Licensor will brand each Licensor site visit by an Authorized User as follows:
‘You are now in the protected Licensee full-text zone. You are logged in as a Licensee's authorized user and these are your subscriptions’.
7.3   The Licensor reserves the right at any time to withdraw from the Licensed Materials any item or part of an item which it no longer retains the right to publish, or when the Licensor has reasonable grounds to believe it infringes copyright or is defamatory, obscene, unlawful or otherwise objectionable. The Licensor shall give written notice to the Licensee of such withdrawal. If the withdrawn material represents more than fifty percent (50%) of an individual journal issue, the Licensor shall make a pro rata refund of the Fee, taking into account the amount of material withdrawn and the remaining unexpired portion of the Fee for the individual journal in question.
7.4   Online Access:
The Licensor will provide the Licensee with online access to the full text of the Licensed Materials.
a)   For customers with a minimum of five years online purchase history the Licensor guarantees unconditionally perpetual access to all Licensed Materials;
b)   For other online customers who do not purchase any Licensor products for a period of five years after the initial/last purchase or who have terminated the Agreement as specified below under clause 11.1, the Licensor reserves the right to discontinue access via www.karger.com. Customers then may secure perpetual access locally by obtaining from the Licensor licensed content on a state-of-the-art technical medium including header files/metadata, against a nominal fee of twenty-five (25.00) Swiss Francs. The Licensor reserves the right to change the fees at its own discretion.
7.5   The Licensed Materials are deposited permanently with Portico, an independent not-for-profit organization maintaining dark digital archives. By joining Portico, the Licensee will have assured access in perpetuity through Portico to the Licensed Material should access via the Licensor no longer be possible.
7.6   The Licensor provides the Licensee with the necessary Login Data to grant access to the Licensee’s private title access information via My Karger Login. Such usage information, comprising the IP range, time range, title and number of accesses, will be available online to the Licensee on an individual basis. The usage information shall be compiled in a manner consistent with any applicable privacy or data protection laws, and the anonymity of individual users and the confidentiality of their searches shall be fully warranted.

  8.     Licensee's Undertakings

  8.1   The Licensee shall:
a)   ensure that only Authorized Users are permitted access to the Licensed Materials;
b)   ensure that all Authorized Users are appropriately notified about the requirement to respect the intellectual property rights in the Licensed Materials and that they are made aware of and undertake to abide by the usage conditions specified in clauses 3 and 6 above;
c)   monitor compliance and immediately on becoming aware of any unauthorized use or other breach of these Terms & Conditions, inform the Licensor and take all reasonable steps, including disciplinary action, both to ensure that such activity ceases immediately and to prevent any recurrence;
d)   issue passwords or other access information only to Authorized Users and ensure that Authorized Users do not divulge their passwords or other access information to any third party;
e)   keep full and up-to-date records of all Authorized Users and their access details, and if appropriate provide the Licensor with periodic lists of additions, deletions or other alterations to such records as are necessary to enable the Publisher to provide Authorized Users with access to the Licensed Materials as set forth in these Terms & Conditions;
f)   provide the Licensor, reasonably promptly after signing a purchase agreement, with information sufficient to enable the Licensor to provide access to the Licensed Materials in accordance with its obligation under clause 7.1 b). Should the Licensee make any significant change to such information, it will notify the Licensor not less than fourteen (14) days before the change takes effect.

  9.     Mutual Undertakings

The Parties shall safeguard the intellectual property, confidential information and proprietary rights of the other party.

10.     Google Subscriber Links and Casa

10.1   Authorized Users' access is identified via IP address and therefore requires transmission of the Licensee's data by the Licensor. The data provided by the Licensor and held by Google or a third party acting on Google's behalf is limited to the related institutional IP address only.
10.2   If the Licensee refuses the transfer of its data to Google or a third party acting on Google's behalf, the Licensee is obliged to inform Karger in writing about its rejection before purchase or the subscription of the Licensed Materials.

11.     Term and Termination

11.1   These Terms & Conditions shall be effective from the date of the first online purchase contract between the Parties and shall survive the termination of any purchase contract and will remain in force until further notice or until substantial changes on the side of the Licensee necessitate an update. The Licensor may amend these Terms & Conditions at any time and any revised version will be effective immediately after the Licensee's explicit acceptance.
11.2   The Licensor reserves the right to withdraw the Licensee's access to the Licensed Materials in the event of a systematic breach of these Terms & Conditions by an Authorized User [as specified in 6.1 and 6.2].
11.3   By providing online access [as specified in 7.4 b)] the Licensor grants to the Licensee a nonexclusive license to use the Licensed Materials in accordance with separate restrictions on their use, surrogating these Terms & Conditions and announced by the Licensor before serving the Licensee with the requested CD-ROM or other technical state-of-the-art medium.

12.     Warranty and Liability

12.1   The Licensor warrants that the Licensed Materials do not violate any third-party rights. In case third parties allege any claims, the Licensor shall at its option either defend the Licensee against the claims or satisfy them. This warranty shall survive the termination of any purchase agreement; however, it shall not apply if the Licensee has modified the Licensed Materials in any way not permitted by these Terms & Conditions.
12.2   Except as provided expressly in these Terms & Conditions, the Licensor makes no representations or warranties of any kind, explicit or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of design, accuracy of the information contained in the Licensed Materials, and merchantability or fitness of use for a particular purpose. The Licensed Materials are supplied ‘as are’.
12.3   The Licensor shall not be liable for any delay, downtime, transmission error, software or equipment incompatibilities, force majeure or other failures of performance. The Licensor will use commercially reasonable efforts to correct any material performance problem brought to its attention by the Licensee.
12.4   Neither party shall be liable in any way for failure or delay in performing its obligations under these Terms & Conditions if the failure or delay is due to causes outside the reasonable control of the party in default.
12.5   Neither party shall be liable to the other for any special, incidental or consequential damages (including, without limitation, lost profits and loss of goodwill) arising from any breach of these Terms & Conditions, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

13.     General

13.1   These Terms & Conditions may not be assigned or transferred to any third party, nor may either party subcontract any of its obligations without the prior written consent of the other party, which consent shall not unreasonably be withheld.
13.2   Neither party's delay or failure to perform any provision of these Terms & Conditions, as result of circumstances beyond its control including, without limitation, war, strikes, floods, governmental restrictions, power, telecommunications or Internet failures, or damage to or destruction of any network facilities shall be deemed to be, or to give rise to, a breach of these Terms & Conditions.
13.3   Either party's waiver, or failure to require performance by the other, of any provision of these Terms & Conditions will not affect its full right to require such performance at any subsequent time, or be taken or held to be a waiver of the provision itself.
13.4   The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Terms & Conditions shall not affect the continuation or enforceability of the remainder of these Terms & Conditions.
13.5   Compliant with Regulation (EU) No. 524/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on online dispute resolution for consumer disputes customers with residence in a EU-member state shall be notified about the Online Dispute Resolution website developed by the European Commission.
Compliant with Regulation (EU) No. 524/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on online dispute resolution for consumer disputes customers with residence in a EU-member state shall be notified about the Online Dispute Resolution website developed by the European Commission.
13.6   These Terms & Conditions shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of Switzerland and the Parties agree to submit – with the exception of clause 13.5 – to the jurisdiction of the Courts of Basel, Switzerland.


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