Terms of Use for Loredge

These terms of use (the "Terms of Use" or "Agreement"), including our privacy policy , shall govern your use of the Loredge Platform (the "Loredge Platform"), which is the property of Loredge AB (org. no. 559017-3265) Eriksbergsgatan 25, 114 30 Stockholm ("Loredge" or "we"). By accepting these Terms of Use, you agree to all of the terms contained herein and in our privacy policy privacy policy. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms of Use, you may not use the Loredge Platform.

1.   Registration

1.1     You may only use the Loredge Platform if you create a user account and thereby register. You may only register if you unconditionally accept and agree to all the terms and conditions of the Terms of Use incorporating the privacy policy privacy policy.

1.2     You accept that you can only register as a natural person in your own name and you may not register on behalf of any legal entities or other organizations.

1.3     You accept that you may register only if you are at least 16 years old.

1.4     Loredge strives to establish a community of researchers, scholars and students who are responsible for their opinion, achievements and work and who can thereby enjoy the benefits offered by the Loredge Platform. Participating in such a community does not allow for anonymity or misrepresentation. Hence, you accept that you must provide Loredge with your true, accurate and up-to-date information, including but not limited to your real name and true and accurate payment information. You undertake to update your information, if necessary. You accept that we are entitled to delete your account if the information you registered is false or fraudulent, including but not limited to the cases defined in section 1.5 below.

1.5     You undertake that you shall not:

  1. impersonate another person;

  2. create a false identity;

  3. misrepresent your current or previous positions and qualifications;

  4. misrepresent your past or present affiliation with a person or entity;

  5. misrepresent your identity, including but not limited to by means using pseudonym;

  6. create more than one user account;

  7. transfer your account without our prior written consent;

  8. use offensive or vulgar user name;

  9. register if you are already restricted from using the Loredge Platform.

1.6     You accept that you are responsible for keeping your account, including but not limited to your username and password, safe and you do not allow third party persons to access your account. You undertake to immediately notify Loredge if you suspect or experience any unauthorized use of your account.

2.   The Loredge Platform

2.1    You are hereby granted, under the provisions of the Terms of Use, a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable, non-commercial license to use and copy (for installing and back-up purposes) the Loredge Platform for your research and academic purposes.

2.2     You may not use, copy or transfer the Loredge Platform, or part thereof, except as expressly permitted by this Agreement or by mandatory law. You may under no circumstances modify, develop or make additions to the Loredge Platform.

2.3     You may not sub-license, rent, lend or otherwise permit a third party to, directly or indirectly, dispose of or otherwise use the Loredge Platform.

2.4     You may not decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer the Loredge Platform or by any other means try to recreate the source code of the Loredge Platform, except as expressly permitted by mandatory law.

2.5    You may not alter or remove any proprietary rights notices on the Loredge Platform, or on the media by which it is made available, regarding patents, copyright, trademarks or other intellectual property rights.

2.6     You acknowledge that ownership and all intellectual property rights in the Loredge Platform, including but not limited to any patents, design rights, copyrights, trademarks, trade-secrets and proprietary know-how, shall vest in us. Nothing in this Agreement shall be interpreted as a transfer of such rights to you. You are solely granted the limited license set out in this Agreement.

3.   General Rules for the Use of the Loredge Platform

3.1     You undertake to use the Loredge Platform only for lawful purposes and only for your research purposes in line with the ethical requirements of research and scientific work. You shall not:

  1. deep-link to our servers;

  2. use bots, "framing" or "mirroring", or use the Loredge Platform via the intervention of any automated means outside of the normal use carried out by a natural living person;

  3. spread viruses, spyware or any other harmful codes;

  4. monitor the availability and/or performance of the Loredge Platform;

  5. monetize any features of Loredge;

  6. circumvent restrictions or security features of the Loredge Platform or Loredge's website

  7. access the features of the Loredge Platform by any other means than via the interfaces provided by Loredge;

  8. restrict another user from using or enjoying the features of the Loredge Platform and you must not encourage violations of these terms of Use;

  9. attempt any of the foregoing restricted acts.

3.2     The Loredge Platform enables you to upload your pdf files and ebooks for back-up purposes in our cloud storage ("Uploaded Material") enabling the Loredge platform to operate on multiple platforms (such as computers, smart phones, tablets etc.) for your convenience. You acknowledge that the Uploaded Material is only available to you and will not be shared with anyone else than you.

3.3     You accept that you shall not share (such as copy, distribute, communicate to the public) the Uploaded Material with any third party and that you may only store the Uploaded Material in our cloud storage for personal back-up purposes.

3.4     You undertake not to upload or otherwise use via the Loredge Platform any material protected by intellectual property rights or other property or secrecy rights that you are not entitled to use. You undertake not to upload or otherwise use via the Loredge Platform any material that is unlawful in any way, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory deceptive or offensive, is a result of or was acquired by any unlawful activity or crime, constitutes subject of unlawful or criminal activity ("Unlawful Material"). You undertake full liability and responsibility for any and all Unlawful Material occurring under your usage of the Loredge Platform and you accept that we shall not be held liable or responsible for such Unlawful Material. You accept that your obligation under this section pertains to any and all material, information, data and content used, stored or transferred under your user account within the Loredge Platform, including but not limited to Uploaded Material as well as to Your Content as defined below in section 5.4.

4.   Warranty and License

4.1     You warrant that you have all the rights and authorisations to use and make copies of the works that are protected by intellectual property rights or other property rights, including but not limited to copyright, patents, know-how, and are stored, transferred or otherwise used in the Loredge Platform or in our cloud storage as any information, data or material including but not limited to Uploaded Material and Your Content as defined below in section 5.4, and you hereby grant Loredge a world-wide, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable license to use such material for the purpose of providing the functionalities of the Loredge Platform and in order to provide the services of Loredge to the users.

4.2     You warrant that you have all the rights and authorisations to grant to Loredge and to all the registered users of Loredge a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable license to Your Content, as defined below in section 5.4, including the right to modify, and you hereby grant such license of Your Content to Loredge and to all the registered users of Loredge.

4.3     You accept that any report regarding the functionalities or operation of the Loredge Platform or any idea, suggestion or information concerning the Loredge Platform that you submit to us shall be vested in Loredge and you are not entitled to any remuneration or endorsement thereof and hereby you waive any and all such rights.

5.   Use of the Communicaton and Sharing Functions and Notepad Function of the Loredge Platform

5.1     Loredge is aware of that communication is key for academic discussions and debates. Therefore, we provide you with the functions (jointly referred to as "Communication Functions") that enable you to chat with other users in private and to conduct public chats and participate in forum discussions and to send messages to external email addresses from the Loredge Platform by means of the Connect Function ("Connect Function")

5.2     Loredge enables you to optimise your work with scientific texts by providing you with the Notepad function where you can take notes and you can share such notes with other users of the Loredge Platform (the "Notepad Function").

5.3     The Communication Functions and the Notepad Function facilitate scientific work and you accept that you will use the said functions only for such purposes and in line with the following restrictions:

  1. You shall not use the Communications Functions and the Notepad Function for purposes that are not compliant with the purposes of the Loredge Platform and of academic work, including but not limited to spams, harassments, unsolicited marketing, phishing, spreading viruses, hacking, advertising or pyramid schemes, market research, chain letters, etc.

  2. You shall not use the Connect Function to send messages to persons who do not know you or who are unlikely to recognize you as a known contact.

5.4     The members of the Loredge Community are scientists, scholars, researchers and students respecting the moral standards of the academic world. In order to become part of such community, you accept that all the information, data or material that you upload, transfer, store or otherwise use via the Communication Functions and via the Notepad Function ("Your Content"), subject to section 3.4 above, must be lawful and must fulfil the requirements and standards of scientific ethics.

6.   Notice and Takedown

6.1     This section 6 sets forth the Notice and Takedown Procedure, as defined below in section 6.3, which is in place for the sole purpose of protecting third parties' rights in order to secure and ensure the lawful operation of Loredge and of the Loredge community.

6.2     Loredge operates in a transparent and lawful way. The features of the Loredge Platform enable you, by being a member of the Loredge community, to optimise your work with scientific texts that you are entitled to lawfully use in compliance with our General Rules under section 3 above.

6.3     Loredge is dedicated to facilitate the freedom of research in a legally compliant way. Thus you accept that Loredge will investigate and, if found substantiated, will serve takedown requests made by right holders of intellectual property rights or other property rights regarding any and all material, information and data used, stored or transferred via the Loredge Platform, including but not limited to the Uploaded Material and Your Content (the "Notice and Takedown Procedure").

6.4     You accept that Loredge may block, delete and destroy any and all material, information and data used, stored or transferred via the Loredge Platform, including but not limited to the Uploaded Material and Your Content, should a takedown request be found substantiated by us. Loredge may block, delete and destroy such content only within the Notice and Takedown Procedure and only for the purpose defined in section 6.1 above.

7.   Liability and Indemnity

7.1     You accept that you shall be solely liable for any and all material, information and data used, stored or transferred via the Loredge Platform under your account, including but not limited to the Uploaded Material and Your Content. You accept that Loredge has no liability to any material, information and data used, stored or transferred via the Loredge Platform under your account.

7.2     You accept that you shall indemnify and hold Loredge harmless for any claims, damages, fines arising out of or in connection with your conduct or use of the Loredge Platform that is in breach of or otherwise non-compliant with these Terms of Use, including but not limited to claims based on the infringement or any violation of third party intellectual property rights.

8.   Infringement by the Loredge Platform

8.1     We shall defend you against any third party claim that the Loredge Platform infringes any third party's intellectual property rights and indemnify you from the resulting costs and damages finally awarded against you by a court of competent jurisdiction or agreed to in a settlement, limited to an amount of 12 (twelve) Monthly Fees applicable to your registration at the time of occurrence of the claim. Our undertaking under this section is subject to the Loredge Platform being used in accordance with these Terms of Use and that you (i) promptly provide us with notice of such infringement claim, (ii) allow us to solely control the defence thereof and any related settlement negotiation, and (iii) act in accordance with our instructions and provide us with reasonable assistance at our request.

8.2     If it is established that your use of the Loredge Platform pursuant to the above section 8.1 constitutes infringement of any third party's intellectual property rights, we shall, at our own discretion, (i) procure for you the right to continue using the Software; (ii) modify the Loredge Platform so that it does not infringe; (iii) replace the Loredge Platform with functionally equivalent software which does not infringe; or, (iv) reclaim the Loredge Platform.

8.3     Our undertaking set out in section 8.1 and 8.2 does not apply if the claim of infringement is based upon (i) your use, operation or combination of the applicable Software with hardware, software, data, documentation or other equipment not supplied or recommended by us, if such infringement would have been avoided but for such use, operation or combination; or (ii) the Software having been altered or used in a way deviating from its construction or from its intended purpose; or (iii) if your use of the Loredge Platform was contrary to these Terms of Use in any way.

8.4     This section 8 constitutes our entire liability and your sole and exclusive remedy with respect to any third party claims of infringement of intellectual property rights.

9.   Payment

9.1     As part of our special offers, we may provide you with a trial period as set out in such special offers in our website.

9.2     If section 9.1 does not apply, your license of the Loredge Platform is conditional upon that you pay the monthly fee ("Monthly Fee"). The due payment of one Monthly Fee entitles you to use the Loredge Platform for the period of one calendar month.

10. Term and Termination

10.1   This Agreement enters into force on the day when you accept these Terms of Use and it remains in force for the period for which the Monthly Fees are paid.

10.2   If you register a student account, you may pause your account for a period of two calendar months following the day of pausing the account ("Student Account Pause"). During the period of the Student Account Pause, you are not entitled to use the Loredge Platform and you are not required to pay the Monthly Fee. This Agreement terminates upon the expiry of the period of the Student Account Pause unless the Monthly Fee is paid.

10.3   You may terminate this Agreement at any time.

10.4   We are entitled to terminate this Agreement if we suspend or otherwise cease to operate the Loredge Platform subject to a one-month prior notice.

10.5   We are entitled to terminate this Agreement with immediate effect and thereby block or delete your account if, in our sole discretion, we consider that you are non-compliant with any provisions of these Terms of Use.

10.6   If you terminate this Agreement or if it terminates due to non-payment of the subsequent Monthly Fee or due to the expiry of the Student Account Pause, we store all material, information and data used, stored or transferred via the Loredge Platform under your account, including but not limited to the Uploaded Material and Your Content for six calendar months from the termination (the "Reactivation Period").

10.7   You may restore your account within the Reactivation Period upon which this Agreement novates between you and Loredge with the terms and conditions set forth herein.

10.8   We appreciate your work conducted within the Loredge Platform. Therefore, you may access Your Content and you may make a copy thereof within the Reactivation Period to the extent permitted by applicable laws or licenses.

11. Third Party Sites

11.1  The Loredge Platform may include links to third party websites. Third party websites are beyond our control and any use of such websites is always at your own risk. We shall not be responsible for the content, functionality, accuracy, legality or any other aspect of third party websites. You further acknowledge and agree that we shall not be liable for any damage or loss caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content of such third party websites.

12. Processing of Personal Data

12.1  Loredge takes your privacy rights seriously and thus provides a high level of protection to your personal data. We may process your personal data in line with our Privacy Policy which is accessible at privacy policy. By consenting to the processing by opting-in the checkbox below you accept and consent to the processing of your personal data as set out in our Privacy Policy.

13. No Warranty and Limitation of Liability

13.1  The Loredge Platform is a new software and we constantly work on developing it for the benefit of the Loredge community. You acknowledge that the Loredge Platform is provided to you "as is" with all faults and we expressly disclaim any and all warranties, including as regards fitness for purpose, availability, freedom from errors and bugs, or any correction of defects. Except for where caused by our gross negligence or intent, we shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether direct or indirect, caused by the Loredge Platform or which you may otherwise incur in connection with this Agreement.

13.2  We may release further products, services, updates add-ons (the "Additional Features") etc. for the Loredge Platform that we are still testing and evaluating. The provisions of these Terms of Use are applicable to such Additional Features, marked as "Beta".

13.3  You acknowledge that use of the Software requires either Mac OS 10.10.5 (Yosemite) and later or Windows 7 and later.

13.4  You accept that you will only be able to use the latest version of the Loredge Platform, which requires you to update the Loredge Platform from time to time.

14. Assignment

14.1  You may not assign any of your rights or obligations under this Agreement to any third party.

15. Amendments

15.1  We reserve the right to amend these Terms of Use of which we shall inform you 30 days prior to such amendments entering into force.

15.2  You may not use the Loredge Platform after the amendments have entered into force if you do not accept the amended Terms of Use.

15.3  You are entitled to terminate this Agreement within the period of 30 days as set forth in section 15.1 above.

16. Disputes and Governing Law

16.1   This Agreement and any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with the same, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Sweden, with the exclusion of its conflict of law rules.

16.2   You agree that the courts of Sweden shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and settle any dispute, controversy or claim (contractual or non-contractual) arising out of or in connection with this contract, or the breach, termination or invalidity thereof.

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