Terms & Conditions
Welcome to www.eurekalert.org (the "Website"), the website of EurekAlert! and its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science ("AAAS"). These terms and conditions (the "Terms of Service") govern your use of the Website. Established in 1996, EurekAlert! is a nonprofit news-release distribution platform operated by AAAS as a resource for journalists and the public. EurekAlert! hosts news releases produced by universities, journal publishers, medical centers, government agencies, corporations, and other organizations engaged in all disciplines of scientific research.
b) Each time you visit the Website, you should visit and review the Terms of Service. AAAS may, at its sole discretion, modify or revise these Terms of Service and policies at any time, and you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions. At such time we will also revise the "last updated" date below. Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits.
c) These Terms of Service apply to all EurekAlert! members who contribute or access images, audio, video or textual content and/or any other materials to the Website. Additional eligibility guidelines apply for reporters/freelancers and public information officers ("PIOs").
d) Although EurekAlert! has no obligation to screen, edit, or monitor any of the User Submissions posted by PIOs, EurekAlert! reserves the right to restrict, suspend or terminate without notice a user's access to the Website or any feature of this Website or any part thereof at any time.
e) The Website may contain the opinions and views of other users, which EurekAlert! does not endorse and for which EurekAlert! is not responsible. EurekAlert! is also not responsible for the accuracy of any User Submissions or other content posted on the Website, and you bear all risks associated with the use of any content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of such content.
2) Other Terms
Some areas of this Website may have additional rules, guidelines, and/or terms and conditions that apply to your access and/or use of that area of the Website and that may be revised from time to time ("Other Terms"). If there is a conflict or inconsistency between any of these Terms of Service and the Other Terms, the Other Terms shall take precedence with respect to your access and use of that area of the Website.
3) EurekAlert! Accounts
a) In order to utilize some features of the Website, you may have to create a EurekAlert! account in the form of a free AAAS ID. You may never use another individual's account or share your account password. When creating your account, you must provide accurate and complete information. You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your account, and you must keep your account password secure. You must notify EurekAlert! immediately of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account.
b) EurekAlert! will not be liable for any loss to you caused by any unauthorized use of your account. However, you may be liable for the losses of EurekAlert! or others due to such unauthorized use.
4) User Submissions and Conduct
a) EurekAlert! PIO members with a valid annual or pay-per-use subscription to the News Release Distribution Service or other content submission services may submit images, audio or video content ("User Media Content") and textual content ("Text Content"). User Media Content and Text Content are collectively referred to as "User Submissions." You understand that whether or not such User Submissions are published, EurekAlert! does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any User Submissions provided to EurekAlert!, subject to these Terms of Service and any Other Terms.
5) Submission Guidelines
a) All User Submissions must comply with these Terms of Service. Images, audio and video content (the "Multimedia Content") may be submitted to the EurekAlert! multimedia gallery with or without an accompanying news release-like narrative ("Multimedia Release"), but all User Submissions must include a preferred credit line or attribution and information on terms of usage and/or permission requirements, if any. Multimedia Content must also include an explanatory caption.
b) EurekAlert! will include any requested credit or usage information provided by the submitting organization's PIO. In this way, submissions to the multimedia gallery may help to increase each submitting organization's visibility, by increasing research-news placements. We cannot guarantee, however, that all media outlets will faithfully adhere to credit-line or usage instructions in all cases. It is the sole responsibility of the submitter to enforce any credit-line requests or usage restrictions. Moreover, EurekAlert! cannot assume responsibility for multimedia content submitted by public information officers who have failed to secure proper permission to do so. Please see the Image Terms and Conditions section for more information about image use.
c) You are solely responsible for your own User Submissions and the consequences of posting or publishing them. In connection with User Submissions, you affirm, represent, and warrant that: you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and authorize EurekAlert!, AAAS, and the users of this Website to use all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to any and all User Submissions to enable inclusion and use of the User Submissions in the manner contemplated by the Website and these Terms of Service, including as may be set forth in the applicable User Restrictions.
d) For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to EurekAlert!, you hereby grant to EurekAlert! a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to reproduce, distribute, transmit, adapt (including to prepare derivative works based on), publicly display, publicly perform, and otherwise use the User Submissions in connection with the EurekAlert! Website and EurekAlert!'s (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the EurekAlert! Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant to each user of the EurekAlert! Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website, and to reproduce, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform and otherwise use such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Website and under these Terms of Service, including any applicable Usage Restrictions (as described in Section 6 below). The above licenses granted by you to User Submissions terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your User Submissions from the EurekAlert! Service. You understand and agree, however, that EurekAlert! may retain, but not publicly display, distribute, or publicly perform, server copies of User Submissions that have been removed or deleted.
e) In connection with User Submissions, you further agree that you will not submit material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have obtained prior written permission from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant to EurekAlert! all of the license rights granted herein.
f) If a human subject is depicted in any User Submission, including any Multimedia Content, you warrant that you have taken special care to obtain any appropriate release or permission for using the image or likeness on the EurekAlert! Website, and to have the image or likeness used as described in the Submission Guidelines or Usage Restrictions sections.Specifically, you will secure the right to use each such individual's name, portrait(s), picture(s), photograph(s), likeness(es), and biographical data and to use such content as part of the User Submission. No such individual will receive any compensation or receipt of consideration for the use of such image(s) or likeness(es) when provided to EurekAlert! as part of a User Submission.
g) You expressly agree not to post, upload to, transmit, distribute, store, create, or otherwise publish through this Website or any User Submission any of the following:
- Content that is unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, disparaging, harassing, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, fraudulent and/or otherwise objectionable;
- Content that would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, and/or create liability under any law;
- Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and/or other intellectual property or proprietary right of any party;
- Content that impersonates any person or entity or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with any person or entity, including with us;
- Unsolicited promotions, political campaigning, advertising, contents, raffles or solicitations;
- Private information of any third party, including (without limitation), surname, address, phone number, email address, Social Security number, and/or credit card number;
- Content or links to content that, in EurekAlert!'s sole judgement is objectionable, restricts or inhibits others from using the Website or Page, or which may expose EurekAlert! or its users to any harm or liability of any type;
- Content that name-calls, insults, taunts, ridicules, mocks, bullies, electronically stalks or otherwise harasses another user or attacks the character or damages or has the potential to damage the reputation of another user.
h) You further agree that you will not, in connection with User Submissions, submit material that is contrary to the EurekAlert! Editorial Guidelines, available at www.eurekalert.org/releaseguidelines, which may be updated from time to time; or is contrary to applicable local, national, and international laws and regulations.
i) EurekAlert! does not endorse any User Submission or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and EurekAlert! expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with User Submissions. EurekAlert! does not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on its Website, and EurekAlert! will remove all Content and User Submissions if properly notified that such Content or User Submission infringes on another's intellectual property rights. EurekAlert! reserves the right to remove Content and User Submissions without prior notice.
6) Usage Restrictions
PIO members may provide specific Usage Restrictions for a User Submission at the time it is submitted to EurekAlert! for posting. EurekAlert! will post such User Restrictions along with the User Submission, but reserves the right to edit the User Restriction or, should the User Restriction be found too limiting, to refuse to post the User Submission. You acknowledge and agree that EurekAlert! shall not be responsible for ensuring that persons who access a User Submission comply with any such User Restrictions, and that EurekAlert! shall not be liable in any manner as a result of any failure on the part of a third party to abide by such User Restrictions.
7) Member Access to the Website Content and to User Submissions
Please feel free to browse the Website. Except as otherwise noted, all EurekAlert! content on the Website (the "Website Content") is:
Copyright © 2021 American Association for the Advancement of Science
All Rights Reserved.
For the sake of clarity, Website Content excludes all User Submissions.
EurekAlert! and AAAS encourage the broad dissemination of research news to strengthen science communications worldwide. However, no reporter/freelancer member may use or duplicate any Website Content or any User Submissions on other websites in a wholesale or "content aggregation" fashion or otherwise use Website Content or User Submissions in violation of these Terms of Service or the Other Terms. News releases on EurekAlert! are intended to support bona fide news coverage by reporters registered with EurekAlert!.
You may not download, reprint, reproduce, republish, transmit, or otherwise distribute Website Content or User Submissions in any way except for your own personal, non-commercial use, without the prior express written permission from EurekAlert! and AAAS. You may not remove or alter any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices or any copyright management information displayed on the Website Content or the User Submissions as such notices or information is posted on the Website. EurekAlert! and AAAS reserve the right to determine appropriate uses of EurekAlert! content, at our sole discretion.
None of the material contained on the Website (including all software, HTML code, and other code) may be reverse-engineered, disassembled, decompiled, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, translated into any language or computer language, retransmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photo-reproduction, recordation or otherwise), resold, or redistributed without the prior written permission of EurekAlert!.
Your use of the Website Content and the User Submissions is subject to the Eligibility Guidelines for reporters/freelancers.
For more information about the usage of EurekAlert! news release content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-326-6716.
8) Trademarks / Service Marks
You agree not to display or otherwise inappropriately use trademarks, service marks, logos, and/or designs displayed on the Website without prior written permission of EurekAlert!.
You may subscribe to EurekAlert! to use the User Submissions in accordance with these Terms of Service and the Other Terms, including without limitation the Subscription Terms & Conditions. All subscriptions may be made through the Website by credit card or PayPal, or by mailing a check to EurekAlert!, and are subject to the approval of the financial institution issuing the credit card or check. EurekAlert! and AAAS shall not be liable in any way if any financial institution refuses to accept or honor your payment for any reason.
10) Subscription Termination Policy
EurekAlert! will terminate a member's service subscription and access to this Website if, under appropriate circumstances, they are determined to be a willful or repeat infringer of EurekAlert! policies or of these Terms of Service or any Other Terms.
11) Digital Millennium Copyright Act
a) EurekAlert! respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask visitors to and users of the Website to do the same. If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any User Submission or other content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing our Copyright Agent with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
- Identification of where the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed is located on the Website, or, if multiple copyrighted works on the Website are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works on the Website;
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail;
- A statement 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, including fair use; and
- A 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.
EurekAlert!'s designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement can be reached as follows:
Rights and Permissions Department
The American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section 11, your DMCA notice may not be valid.
Similarly, if you believe that any of your trademarks or service marks has been infringed, or if you believe that your image has been used without your consent, please notify the designated agent of EurekAlert!
Any other feedback, comments, requests for technical support, and other communications should be directed to EurekAlert! customer service through email@example.com.
b) Counter-Notice. If you believe that your User Submission that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the content in your User Submission, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent identified above:
- Your physical or electronic signature;
- Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
- A statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and
- Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in San Francisco, California, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.
If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, EurekAlert! may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at EurekAlert!'s sole discretion.
12) Warranty Disclaimer
YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE EUREKALERT! WEBSITE SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, AAAS AND EUREKALERT!, THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEBSITE AND YOUR USE THEREOF. EUREKALERT! MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THIS WEBSITE'S CONTENT OR THE CONTENT OF ANY SITES LINKED TO THIS WEBSITE AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF OUR WEBSITE, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM OUR WEBSITE, (V) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR WEBSITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY, (VI) ANY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS HELD BY THIRD PARTIES, AND/OR (VII) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE EUREKALERT! WEBSITE. EUREKALERT! DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE EUREKALERT! WEBSITE OR ANY HYPERLINKED WEBSITE OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING, AND EUREKALERT! WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF SUCH PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. AS WITH THE PURCHASE OF A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THROUGH ANY MEDIUM OR IN ANY ENVIRONMENT, YOU SHOULD USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT AND EXERCISE CAUTION WHERE APPROPRIATE.
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IN NO EVENT SHALL AAAS OR EUREKALERT!, THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE TO YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT, WHETHER WEBSITE CONTENT OR USER SUBMISSIONS, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND/OR USE OF OUR WEBSITE, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO AND/OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM OUR WEBSITE, (V) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE, WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR WEBSITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (VI) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE EUREKALERT! WEBSITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT THE COMPANY IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION.
YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AAAS OR EUREKALERT! SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR USER SUBMISSIONS OR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY AND THAT THE RISK OF HARM OR DAMAGE FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU.
You hereby forever release and waive your right, and that of your successors and assigns, to bring suit against AAAS or EurekAlert!, and their officers, directors, employees or agents for any injury or damage allegedly arising from the Website or your use thereof, including without limitation, any damage you may suffer as a result of viewing, uploading, downloading, or using any Website Content or User Submissions.
The Website is controlled and offered by EurekAlert! from its facilities in the United States of America. EurekAlert! makes no representations that the EurekAlert! Website is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the EurekAlert! Website from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are responsible for compliance with local law.
15) Ability to Accept Terms of Service
You affirm that you are either more than 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms of Service, and to abide by and comply with these Terms of Service.
These Terms of Service, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by EurekAlert! and AAAS without restriction.
I have the authority to submit the above Multimedia Content, whether an image, audio, or video, to EurekAlert!, either as such Multimedia Content's copyright holder or authorized licensee. Placement of the Multimedia Content on the EurekAlert! website does not violate the copyright or other personal proprietary right of any person or organization, nor does usage of the Multimedia Content by the media or public, as described in the Submission Guidelines and Usage Restrictions sections.
If any human subject is depicted in the Multimedia Content, I have taken special care to obtain any appropriate permission for using each such individual's image or likeness on the EurekAlert! Website, and to have such image or likeness used as described in the Submission Guidelines and Usage Restrictions section.
I will not hold EurekAlert! or AAAS responsible for usage of any Multimedia Content that violates the Terms of Service or any Other Terms.
In addition to any other obligations specified in the Terms of Service, organizations and individuals that provide material to EurekAlert! as User Submissions assume sole responsibility for the User Submissions and agree to indemnify EurekAlert! for any damage or expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from any User Submission that is claimed to infringe copyrights, to be defamatory, or to violate the rights of publicity, rights of privacy, or any other rights of any person or entity.
The EurekAlert! news release distribution service entitles the named organization to the benefits listed in the Benefits Summary and permits EurekAlert! to use and authorize the use of your organization's name and User Submissions in any manner consistent with providing those benefits.
EurekAlert! may organize, categorize, index, display, transmit and cause the retrieval of your materials in a manner consistent with providing those benefits. EurekAlert! may make formatting or stylistic changes to User Submissions.
In addition to any other obligations specified in the Terms of Service, organizations that provide User Submissions to EurekAlert! assume sole responsibility for the content and agree to indemnify EurekAlert! for any damage or expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from any User Submission that is claimed to infringe copyrights, to be defamatory, or to violate rights of publicity, right of privacy, or any other rights of any person or entity.
Sequential liability clauses will not be accepted.
Last Updated: June 14, 2021