Blue Planet Academy Terms of Service

Welcome to Blue Planet Academy. Please read these Terms of Service and the Honor Code prior to registering for Blue Planet Academy showcase or using any portion of the Blue Planet Academy showcase site ( which consists of all content and pages located within the showcase.blue-planet-life.org web domain), including accessing any course material, chat rooms, or other electronic services. These Terms of Service and the Honor Code are agreements between you and Blue Planet Life association. By using this Site, you accept and agree to be legally bound by the agreements, whether or not you are a registered user. If you do not understand or do not wish to be bound by the terms of the agreements, you should not use this Site.

Blue Planet Life association reserves the right to modify these Terms of Service at any time without advance notice. Any changes to these Terms of Service will be effective immediately upon posting on this page, with an updated effective date. By accessing this Site after any changes have been made, you signify your agreement on a prospective basis to the modified Terms of Service and all of the changes. Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of these Terms of Service.

RULES FOR ONLINE CONDUCT

You agree that you are responsible for your own use of this Site and for your User Postings. "User Postings" include all content submitted, posted, published or distributed on this Site by you or other users of this Site, including but not limited to all forum posts, wiki edits, notes, questions, comments, videos and file uploads. You agree that you will use this Site in compliance with these Terms of Service, the Honor Code and all applicable local, state, national and international laws, rules and regulations, including copyright laws, any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence, and all Swiss export control laws.

As a condition of your use of the Blue Planet Academy services, you will not use this Site in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden or impair any server or the network(s) connected to any server or to interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of this Site. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to this Site, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any server through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information stored on this Site, its servers or associated computers through any means not intentionally made available through this Site.

THE FOLLOWING LIST OF ITEMS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED ON THE SITE:

  • Content that defames, harasses or threatens others;
  • Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
  • Content that infringes another's intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights or trademarks;
  • Profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent or unlawful content;
  • Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation;
  • Content related to partisan political activities;
  • Viruses, trojan horses, worms, time bombs, corrupted files, malware, spyware or any other similar software that may damage the operation of another's computer or property; and
  • Content that contains intentionally inaccurate information or that is posted with the intent of misleading others.

Furthermore, you agree not to scrape, or otherwise download in bulk, any Site content, including but not limited to a list or directory of users on the system, on-line textbooks, User Postings or user information. You agree not to misrepresent or attempt to misrepresent your identity while using this Site.

USER ACCOUNTS AND AUTHORITY

In order to participate fully in this Site activities, you must provide your name, an email address and a user password in order to create a user account ("User Account"). You agree that you will never divulge or share access or access information for your User Account with any third party for any reason. In setting up your User Account, you may be prompted to enter additional optional information (e.g., your address). You represent that all information provided by you is accurate and current. You agree to maintain and update your information to keep it accurate and current. 

We care about the confidentiality and security of your personal information. We will never release any personal information.

YOUR RIGHT TO USE CONTENT ON THE SITE

Unless indicated as being in the public domain, the content on this Site is protected by Swiss and foreign copyright laws. Unless otherwise expressly stated on this Site, the texts, exams, video, images and other instructional materials provided with the courses offered on this Site are for your personal use in connection with those courses only. We aim to make much of the Blue Planet Academy course content available under more open license terms that will help create a vibrant ecosystem of contributors.

Certain reference documents, digital textbooks, articles and other information on this Site are used with the permission of third parties, and use of that information is subject to certain rules and conditions, which will be posted along with the information. By using this Site you agree to abide by all such rules and conditions.

You agree to retain all copyright and other notices on any content you obtain from this Site. All rights in this Site and its content, if not expressly granted, are reserved.

USER POSTINGS

User Postings Representations and Warranties. By submitting or distributing your User Postings, you affirm, represent and warrant (1) that you have the necessary rights, licenses, consents and/or permissions to reproduce and publish the User Postings and to authorize Blue Planet Academy and its users to reproduce, modify, publish and otherwise use and distribute your User Postings in a manner consistent with the licenses granted by you below, and (2) that neither your submission of your User Postings nor the exercise of the licenses granted below will infringe or violate the rights of any third party. You, and not Blue Planet Life association, are solely responsible for your User Postings and the consequences of posting or publishing them.

License Grant to Blue Planet Life association. By submitting or distributing your User Postings, you hereby grant to Blue Planet Life association a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, assignable, sub licensable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to host, transfer, display, perform, reproduce, modify, distribute, re-distribute, relicense and otherwise use, make available and exploit your User Postings, in whole or in part, in any form and in any media formats and through any media channels (now known or hereafter developed).

License Grant to Blue Planet Academy Users. By submitting or distributing your User Postings, you hereby grant to each user of this Site a non-exclusive license to access and use your User Postings in connection with their use of this Site for their own personal purposes.

TRADEMARKS

Use of Blue Planet Academy, Blue Planet Life association Trademarks and Service Marks. The names, logos and seals are trademarks ("Trademarks") of the respective entities. Likewise, the names, logos, and seals of the other partners are Trademarks owned by the respective partner. You may not use any of these Trademarks, or any variations thereof, without the owner's prior written consent. You may not use any of these Trademarks, or any variations thereof, for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests or, in these institutions' sole judgment, gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by these institutions.

All Trademarks not owned by Blue Planet Life association or the partners that appear on this Site or on or through the services made available on or through this Site, if any, are the property of their respective owners.

Nothing contained on this Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on this Site without the written permission of the owner of the applicable Trademark.

DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT

Copyright owners who believe their material has been infringed on this Site should contact Blue Planet Life's designated copyright agent at legal@blue-planet-life.org.

Notification must include:

  • Identification of the copyrighted work, or, in the case of multiple works at the same location, a representative list of such works at that site.
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. You must include sufficient information for us to locate the material (e.g., URL, IP address, computer name).
  • Information for us to be able to contact the complaining party (e.g., email address, phone number).
  • A statement that the complaining party believes that the use of the material has not been authorized by the copyright owner or an authorized agent.
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTY / LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITIES

THIS SITE AND ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND (EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE), INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, EXCEPT INSOFAR AS ANY SUCH IMPLIED WARRANTIES MAY NOT BE DISCLAIMED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

BLUE PLANET LIFE ASSOCIATION AND THE PARTICIPANTS (AS HERINAFTER DEFINED) DO NOT WARRANT THAT THIS SITE WILL OPERATE IN AN UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE MANNER, THAT THE SITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE COURSES OR CONTENT PROVIDED WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS. BLUE PLANET LIFE ASSOCIATION AND THE PARTICIPANTS ALSO MAKE NO WARRANTY ABOUT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, OR QUALITY OF THE SITE OR ANY COURSES OR CONTENT, OR THAT ANY PARTICULAR COURSES OR CONTENT WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE. “PARTICIPANTS” MEANS BLUE PLANET ACADEMY AND THE ENTITIES PROVIDING INFORMATION, CONTENT OR SERVICES FOR THE SITE, THE COURSE INSTRUCTORS AND THEIR STAFFS.

USE OF THE SITE, AND THE CONTENT AND SERVICES OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE, IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOUR ACCESS TO OR DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION, MATERIALS OR DATA THROUGH THE SITE OR ANY REFERENCE SITES IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY (INCLUDING YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM) OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF SUCH MATERIAL OR DATA, UNLESS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY PROVIDED FOR.

User Postings Disclaimer. You understand that when using THIS Site you will be exposed to User Postings from a variety of sources and that neither Blue Planet Life association nor the the Participants are responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, reliability or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Postings. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Postings that are inaccurate, offensive, defamatory, indecent or objectionable and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against Blue Planet Life association or any of the Participants with respect thereto. Neither Blue Planet Life association nor any of the Participants endorse any User Postings or any opinion, recommendation or advice expressed therein. Neither Blue Planet Life association nor any of the Participants have any obligation to monitor any User Postings or any other user communications through this Site.

However, Blue Planet Life association reserves the right to review User Postings and to exercise its sole discretion to edit or remove, in whole or in part, any User Posting at any time and for any reason, or to allow the Participants to do so. Without limiting the foregoing, upon receiving notice from a user or a content owner that a User Posting allegedly does not conform to these Terms of Service, Blue Planet Life association may investigate the allegation and determine in its sole discretion whether to remove the User Posting, which it reserves the right to do at any time and without notice.

Links to Other Sites. The Site may include hyperlinks to sites maintained or controlled by others. Blue Planet Life association and the Participants are not responsible for and do not routinely screen, approve, review or endorse the contents of or use of any of the products or services that may be offered at these sites. If you decide to access linked third-party websites, you do so at your own risk.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOU AGREE THAT NEITHER BLUE PLANET LIFE ASSOCIATION NOR ANY OF THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES, EITHER ACTUAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, OR YOUR (OR ANY THIRD PARTY'S) USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, OR YOUR PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON THE SITE, OR YOUR RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE, WHETHER YOUR CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, STATUTORY OR OTHER LAW.

IN PARTICULAR, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER BLUE PLANET LIFE ASSOCIATION NOR ANY OF THE PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE AND WHETHER OR NOT BLUE PLANET LIFE ASSOCIATION OR ANY OF THE PARTICIPANTS HAS BEEN NEGLIGENT OR OTHERWISE AT FAULT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CLAIMS FOR DEFAMATION, ERRORS, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA OR INTERRUPTION IN AVAILABILITY OF DATA).

CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.

INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to defend, hold harmless and indemnify Blue Planet Life association and the Participants, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, faculty, trainees, fellows, governing board members, agents and employees from and against any third-party claims, actions or demands arising out of, resulting from or in any way related to your use of this Site, including any liability or expense arising from any and all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys' fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, Blue Planet Life association or one of the Participants will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit or action.

MISCELLANEOUS

Termination Rights; Discontinuation of Courses and Content. You agree that Blue Planet Life association, in its sole discretion, may terminate your use of the Site or your participation in it, for any reason or no reason, upon notice to you. It is Blue Planet Life association's policy to terminate in appropriate circumstances the accounts of users of this Site who are repeat copyright infringers. Blue Planet Life association and the Participants reserve the right at any time in their sole discretion to cancel, delay, reschedule or alter the format of any course offered through Blue Planet Academy, or to cease providing any part or all of this Site content or related services, and you agree that neither Blue Planet Life association nor any of the Participants will have any liability to you for such an action. If you no longer desire to participate in this Site, you may terminate your participation at any time. The rights granted to you hereunder will terminate upon any termination of your right to use this Site, but the other provisions of these Terms of Service will survive any such termination.

Entire Agreement. These Terms of Service and the Honor Code together constitute the entire agreement between you and Blue Planet Life association with respect to your use of this Site, superseding any prior agreements between you and Blue Planet Life association regarding your use of this Site.

Waiver and Severability of Terms of Service. The failure of Blue Planet Life association to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms of Service is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision and the other provisions of these Terms of Service shall remain in full force and effect.

Choice of Law/Forum Selection. You agree that these Terms of Service and any claim or dispute arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service or any content or service obtained from or through this Site will be governed by Swiss laws, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You agree that all such claims and disputes will be heard and resolved exclusively in the state courts located in and serving the canton of Zurich, Switzerland. You consent to the personal jurisdiction of those courts over you for this purpose, and you waive and agree not to assert any objection to such proceedings in those courts (including any defense or objection of lack of proper jurisdiction or venue or inconvenience of forum).

Effective Date: July 1, 2016.