The following terms constitute an Agreement between you and PatientsLikeMe LLC (“PatientsLikeMe”), the operator of www.patientslikeme.com (the “Platform”). This Agreement governs your use of the Platform, both as a casual visitor and a registered member as described below.
By accessing or using the Platform, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Agreement. To the extent you register on the Platform as a Member, then in addition to the terms that are applicable to all users of the Platform, the terms that apply only to Members shall apply to you too.
To become a Member and access the area on this Platform reserved for Members (the “Member Area”), PatientsLikeMe requires that you are (a) a person 13 years of age or older (16 or older if in the EU or UK) or a parent or legal guardian acting for a person who is under 13 years of age (16 or older if in the EU or UK), with a personal interest in a health condition or in tracking their health and wellness on the Platform; or (b) a caregiver for a person eligible to join; or (c) a health care professional (e.g., doctor, nurse) authorized by PatientsLikeMe; or (d) a guest with legitimate, non-commercial reasons to participate in the community and who agrees to respect the privacy and preserve the dignity of all community participants; or (e) guest as authorized by a PatientsLikeMe employee.
By registering as a Member, you represent and warrant that you are at least the minimum age required for membership on the platform.
This Site Does Not Provide Medical Advice
All of the content provided on the Platform, such as text, treatments, dosages, outcomes, charts, patient profiles, graphics, photographs, images, advice, messages, forum postings, and any other material provided on the Platform are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider regarding your health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Platform.
If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Be aware that additional resources to call can be found here.
PatientsLikeMe does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned by Members on the Platform. Reliance on any information provided by PatientsLikeMe.com, by persons appearing on the Platform at the invitation of PatientsLikeMe, or by other Members is solely at your own risk.
Acceptable and Lawful Use of Platform by Members
Members shall not post or upload any information or other content on the Platform that (a) is false, inaccurate or misleading; (b) is obscene or indecent; (c) infringes any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy of any party; or (d) is defamatory, libelous, threatening, abusive, hateful, or contains pornography. Members shall not interfere with other Members’ use and enjoyment of the Platform (for example, by harassing, threatening, soliciting, overly promoting personal interests, or stalking another participant of a forum, seminar, or threaded message, including the use of expressions of bigotry, racism, hatred, or profanity). Members may not use the Platform to conduct any activity that is illegal or violates the rights of others, provide instructional information about illegal activities, or promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual.
All Members represent and warrant that the information they provided when registering as a Member, and all information that they subsequently provide regarding themselves and their membership, is true and accurate and not misleading.
Nonprofit Tailored Communities
Each such Nonprofit organization will be provided with a unique hyperlink to a Member registration page on the Platform (the “Nonprofit Registration Link”) that the Nonprofit Member can distribute to their Members who are eligible to join the Platform (as described above under “Membership Eligibility”).
While Nonprofit Members may promote their own events, initiatives, and services to other Members through the means described above, they may not directly solicit donations or volunteer services. For example, Nonprofit Members may, through posting on their profile and through Private Messages to Members who follow their profile, promote and notify Members of a fundraising event or volunteer initiative, including information regarding ticket prices to attend such an event or the scope of a volunteer initiative. However, it is not permitted to expressly ask Members through use of the Platform to purchase tickets to such an event or to donate money, property, or services to the Nonprofit Member or any other party.
In addition, Nonprofit Members may not create posts to advertise or promote their services, events, or initiatives. Nonprofit Members can use Private Messages, polling, and brief surveys to contact Members who are Members of their Tailored Community; however, they may not Private Message, poll, or survey Members who are not Members of their Tailored Community.
No Interference with Operation of Platform
You may not use any robot, spider, scraper, or other automated means to access the Platform or content or services provided on the Platform for any purposes. You may not post content on the Platform that contains or links to any malware, viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, spiders, or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information. You shall not attempt to make the Platform unavailable through denial-of-service attacks or other means. You shall not use contact information provided by Members, or collect information about our Members, to facilitate the sending of unsolicited bulk communications (SPAM) or allow others' use of your membership account to take such actions.
Platform for Non-Commercial Use Only
The Platform content, including the Member Area and the content and information contained in the Member Area, is for personal, non-commercial use by individual Members. Organizations, companies, and/or businesses may not become Members and use the Platform without express consent from PatientsLikeMe. Members of the Platform with individual commercial interests may not solicit or overtly promote their products or services within the Member Area. All content shared within the Platform is not for external use. Non-members seeking permission to contact Platform Members, should contact email@example.com (for media and analyst inquiries) and firstname.lastname@example.org (for research requests). General site inquiries should be directed to email@example.com.
Posting and Use of Content in the Member Area
While some community areas in the Member Area are monitored periodically for topicality, PatientsLikeMe has no obligation to prescreen postings and is not responsible for their content. We encourage you to notify us of inappropriate or illegal content and we reserve the right to remove postings for any reason.
Identifying Other Members
You agree not to disclose to any person or entity personally identifiable information about other Members that you encounter while using this Platform (whether posted in the Member Area by a Member or emailed to you by a Member) without the express consent of such Member. You may disclose information of a general nature (that could not identify the Member who provided such information or whom such information is about) to third parties outside this Platform, subject to the above restriction on commercial use.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any user posting or other content on this Platform infringes upon your copyright, you may submit a written notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) (see 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3) for further information) by providing our Copyright Agent (listed below) with the following information: (i) an electronic or physical signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (ii) a description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed or if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a notification, a representative list of such works on our Platform; (iii) a description of the location on the Platform of the allegedly infringing material(s); (iv) your address, telephone number, and email address; (v) a written statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material(s) in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and (vi) a written statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
If a User Submission that you submitted has been removed as a result of a notification as described above and you believe that such a User Submission or portion of a User Submission was posted lawfully, please contact us about our counter-notification procedure through which you can dispute the allegation and request re-posting of the User Submission content at issue.
The PatientsLikeMe designated Copyright Agent for notice of claims of infringement is:
Only notices of alleged copyright infringement and requests about the counter-notification procedures should go to the Copyright Agent; any other feedback, comments, requests for technical support, and other communications should be directed to PatientsLikeMe at firstname.lastname@example.org. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the notice requirements of the DMCA, your notice may not be valid.
Member Password and Login Identity
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Member password, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account with or without your knowledge. You agree to immediately notify PatientsLikeMe of any unauthorized use of your membership password or login or any other breach of security.
Links to Other Websites
PatientsLikeMe.com may contain links to other websites that are not under the control of PatientsLikeMe. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by PatientsLikeMe of such site and PatientsLikeMe is not responsible for the content of such linked sites.
Membership with PatientsLikeMe.com is currently free. PatientsLikeMe reserves the right to, from time to time, change the terms of this Agreement and could charge for membership and/or to provide additional optional services for a fee in the future.
Disclaimer of Warranties
The Platform and the content and services made available on the Platform are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. PatientsLikeMe does not make and disclaims all express and implied warranties and representations, including, but not limited to, any implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, with regard to the Platform, the Platform content, or any advice or services provided through the Platform to the extent permitted by law. PatientsLikeMe does not warrant that access to the Platform or its content or services will be uninterrupted or error-free or that defects in the Platform will be corrected.
The advice, recommendations, information, and conclusions posted or transmitted by other Members of the Platform are not in any way vetted, approved or endorsed by PatientsLikeMe, and you use such information at your own risk.
Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances shall PatientsLikeMe, its partners, contributors, agents, employees, directors, or affiliates be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages (even if it has been advised of the possibility of such damages) due to your use of this Platform or due to your reliance on any of the content contained or the services provided on the Platform.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless PatientsLikeMe, its officers, employees, agents, subsidiaries, affiliates and other partners, from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of this Agreement.
Governing Law and Venue
This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the applicable federal laws of the United States of America. All disputes arising under, or in any way connected with membership in or use of the Platform, shall be litigated exclusively in the state and federal courts residing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and in no other court or jurisdiction. You hereby submit to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Exceptions may apply for residents of the European Union and the UK, who have the right to lodge a complaint with a national Data Protection Authority if they have a complaint about our use or processing of their Personal Data.
If you register as a Member, you agree that PatientsLikeMe may send notices to you by email at the email address you provide when registering to become a Member (or which you later update using the functionality of the Platform).
PatientsLikeMe® and the PatientsLikeMe logo are trademarks of PatientsLikeMe. You agree not to display or use these trademarks in any manner without prior, written permission from PatientsLikeMe.
PatientsLikeMe may assign this agreement at any time to a subsidiary or parent company or to a successor to its business as part of a merger or sale of substantially all of its assets. You may not assign or transfer this agreement.
If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions will be unaffected and remain in full force and effect.
For any questions or comments, or to report violations of this Agreement, let us know, or contact us at:
We reserve the right to modify this Agreement at any time, and without prior notice, by posting amended terms on this Platform. We encourage you to review this Agreement periodically for any updates or changes, which will have an update effective date. Use of the Platform following any such change constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by this Agreement as amended.
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