Terms of Use

Table of contents:

  1. General Information
  2. Conclusion of Agreement
  3. Scope of the Service
  4. User Obligations
  5. Export Control Laws
  6. Unsolicited Ideas
  7. Changes to the Service
  8. Changes to these Terms
  9. Term, Termination
  10. Liability
  11. Indemnity

1. General Information

Fibrenamics, University of Minho - Campus de Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal (“Fibrenamics”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) provides the services made available at www.fibrenamics.com (“Service”), as an information society service in the meaning of Article 1(b) of Directive (EU) 2015/1535. Full Fibrenamics contact information is available here.

Fibrenamics’s mission is design and implement integrated and customized solutions for research and technological development in textile fibers and composites, contributing to the differentiation and competitiveness of the business fabric. Any natural or legal person who, as a user of the Service, accesses or uses the Service for any purpose is a User (“User”, “you”). Our registered Users (“Members”) share their professional identities and credentials, display their academic publications, engage and collaborate with their networks, exchange knowledge and professional insights, post and view relevant content, and discover business and career opportunities. Some content is also visible to unregistered or logged-out Users (“Visitors”).

2. Conclusion of Agreement

These Terms, which include the documents referenced above, constitute a legally binding agreement between Fibrenamics and any of its Members. A Visitor may be asked to accept these Terms in order to use a certain limited number of features on the Service, such as requesting a full-text or other content made available on the Service, or applying for a job. The Terms become binding once we accept your offer to enter into a binding agreement with us, e.g., once you have submitted the registration process and we have sent confirmation that you have successfully registered for the Service. In some jurisdictions, you may be bound to these Terms if you repeatedly access the Service against our instructions.

3. Scope of the Service

The Service provides you with the ability to add, create, upload, submit, distribute, or post (“submit”, “submitting”, or “submission”) content, articles, data, text, photographs, images, illustrations, or other information on or to the Service (collectively, the “Member Submissions”). By way of example, and not as a limitation, Member Submissions may be submitted when you request the Service to (i) identify, resolve, copy, or import content stored on your or a third party’s computer system, (ii) synchronize content such that the Service stores or “mirrors” content stored on your or a third party’s computer system by storing such content on equipment owned or operated by Fibrenamics, (iii) save or store your comments, edits, or annotations to content accessible through the Service, or (iv) share with another person any content stored on your or a third party’s computer system.

The Service consists mainly of information uploaded by and/or stored by Fibrenamics or upon the request of Members. We do not preview or review or filter such information, neither manually nor automatically. Therefore, we do not and cannot have current knowledge of possible infringements, inappropriate content, or violations of law caused by information that is uploaded by and/or stored upon the request of Members. We are not liable for such information (Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. section 512; Article 14 of Directive 2000/31/EC). We will, upon obtaining knowledge about or becoming aware of such infringements, act expeditiously to remove or disable access to such information.
Fibrenamics shall not be a contracting party to any agreements entered into by Users with other Users or with any third party via the Service. Users are solely responsible for the execution and/or fulfilment of agreements they enter into. Fibrenamics shall not be held liable for breaches of duty in relation to such agreements.

4. User Obligations

You must therefore provide only true and non-misleading statements and your real name; you may not use pseudonyms or pen names. You may not accept, adopt, or post content that falsely or misleadingly implies an incorrect identity, inaccurate biographical facts, or misleading information about your qualifications, work experience, or achievements.

You warrant and represent that all Personal or Business Information you provide is accurate and complete. You are obliged to update such data when it changes. If you choose to use a profile photo or company logo, you must use an image where you can be clearly identified; images of other people, animals, and text are not permitted.

You are responsible to ensure that the use or other exploitation of any Member Submissions by you as contemplated by these Terms does not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including without limitation any privacy rights, patent, copyrights, contract rights, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights. Except in the case of Member Submissions containing content exclusively in the public domain, you represent and warrant, and can demonstrate to our full satisfaction upon request that (i) you own or otherwise control any and all rights or licenses required in order to submit or share all content in your Member Submissions and you consent to the use of such content as contemplated by these Terms, and (ii) you have full authority to act on behalf of any and all owners of any right, title, or interest in and to any content in your Member Submissions to use such content as contemplated by these Terms.

You understand that all information publicly posted or privately transmitted through the Service is the sole responsibility of the person by whom such content was submitted. We will not be liable for any errors or omissions in any content. When necessary and/or appropriate, as when another User reports inappropriate content to us, we may delete, modify, or reformat any materials, content, or information submitted by you. We do not endorse and have no control over any content submitted to the Service. We cannot guarantee the authenticity of any Member Submission. You acknowledge that all content accessed by you in connection with your use of the Service is at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage or loss to any party resulting from your access to or your inability to access such content.
If you have chosen to make your information publicly available, you understand that Member Submissions may be shared with third parties in connection with your use of the Service, and that we cannot and do not control any such third parties. For further information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

The Service is available only to individuals who are at least 18 years old. If you are under 18, you may not use or attempt to register for the Service.

You are obliged to keep your password to access the Service secret. Fibrenamics will not disclose your password to any third party, shall only use it during the login process, and shall not ask for your password at any time other than during the login process. For security reasons and to prevent misuse, we recommend that you change your password at regular intervals. You are solely responsible for anything that happens through your account, unless you close it or report misuse.

You must not publish, share, sell, or make available information that is provided within the Service with any third party outside the Service, unless such a distribution or disclosure is intended within the scope of and in accordance with the Service. Information made available within the Service is not to be monetized.

You must not store, process, or use any other User's Personal or Business Information for any other purpose than the natural purpose of such data being published within the Service by the respective User.

In connection with using or accessing the Service, you shall not:

  • Post false, inaccurate, dishonest, misleading, deceptive, defamatory, or libelous content, regardless of the person or entity to whom it is directed;
  • Use the Service to annoy, harass, abuse, insult, personally attack, or send other unwelcome communications to others (including to Fibrenamics), including but not limited to junk mail, offers to buy or sell, spam, chain letters, phishing schemes, and excessive messages;
  • Post Personal or Business Information about another person (e.g. an email address or phone number), confidential or proprietary information, or any information you do not have a right to publish;
  • Post content which constitutes hate speech, including, but not limited to, that which attacks people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, age, or serious disabilities or diseases;
  • Post or promote any pornographic, intimidating, abusive, shocking, immoral, sexually inappropriate, or violence-glorifying materials or any content that violates any applicable legislation for the protection of minors or communicates in any sexually explicit or suggestive way;
  • Transfer your Service account to another party without our consent, or operate an account under a false name or identity;
  • Distribute or promote advertising or commercial promotional content, or send unsolicited advertising, job offers, or business proposals;
  • Commercialize any Fibrenamics application or any information or software associated with such application, except with the prior express permission of Fibrenamics in writing;
  • Post requests for unauthorized copyrighted material (e.g. software, books, publications) or “pirated” or “cracked” versions of software;
  • Post content whose primary purpose is to drive Users to links outside of Fibrenamics;
  • Act dishonestly or unprofessionally, including by posting broad, vague, or non-scientific content, or by misusing the Service and its features;
  • Intentionally infect others with viruses, worms, or other software that can destroy, interrupt, or collect their data or computer devices;
  • Post excessively within a short timeframe, interfere with the working of our Service, or impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
  • Impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large administrative burden on Fibrenamics;
  • Use any robot, spider, scraper, data mining tools, data gathering and extraction tools, or other automated means to access our Service for any purpose, except with the prior express permission of Fibrenamics in writing;
  • Employ any mechanisms, software, or scripts when using the Service;
  • Block, overwrite, modify, or copy any contents of the Service, unless said actions are necessary for the proper use of FIbrenamics; or
  • Encourage or enable any other individual to do any of the foregoing.

5. Export Control Laws

We do not represent that the materials in the Service are appropriate or available for use in any particular location. Those who choose to access or use the Service do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with all applicable local laws, including, if you are in the United States, any applicable export control or foreign assets control regulations.

6. Unsolicited Ideas

Any idea, information, or feedback you submit to us without our specific request is subject to our analysis.

7. Changes to the Service

We reserve the right to modify the Service or to offer services different from those offered at the time of the User’s registration at any time, in particular under, but not limited to, the following circumstances:

  1. We introduce new features that enhance the Service;
  2. To the extent we are required in order to comply with applicable law, including in the event of a change in such laws;
  3. To the extent we are required to do so because of a legal order or decision by a government authority;
  4. To the extent the respective modifications are required to mitigate any potential security vulnerabilities;
  5. If the modification is only beneficial to the Member; or
  6. If the modification is of a purely technical or process-related nature without any material impact on the Member.

Modifications that only have a minor impact on the functionality of the Service are not considered changes to the Service as described in this section. This applies in particular to changes of a purely graphical nature and to a change of layout and/or placement of features.

8. Changes to these Terms

We reserve the right to modify these Terms at any time. We will provide notice regarding any modifications by sending an email and/or posting an online notice on the Service, and asking Members to accept the new terms. Unless stated otherwise, new terms shall be effective thirty days from the date of such notice. Members who have not yet accepted the new terms before the effective date will be told that if they continue to use the Service thereafter they will be deemed to have accepted the new terms. In our notices, we will inform you of the main changes to these Terms, your right to object and the importance of the deadline to object. You are obliged to check your account regularly for a notice about changes to these Terms. If you do not agree with the new terms, you may terminate your agreement with Fibrenamics at any time by disabling your account (see below section 9).

The following circumstances may in particular give rise to a modification of these Terms:

  1. If the modification is only beneficial to the Member;
  2. If the modification is of a purely technical or process-related nature without any material impact on the Member;
  3. To the extent we are obliged to do so to ensure that the Terms comply with applicable law, particularly in the event of a change to said laws;
  4. To the extent we are obliged to do so because of a judgment or decision by the authorities; or
  5. To the extent we introduce supplementary, completely new services, or service components requiring a service description in the Terms, unless this has a detrimental impact on the use relationship to date.

9. Term, Termination

You may terminate the contractual relationship at any time without cause by simply disabling or deleting your account.
Fibrenamics is entitled to immediate extraordinary termination for good cause at any time. Extraordinary termination for good cause is defined as an event which makes it unacceptable for the terminating party to continue the agreement until the end of the termination period, taking into account all circumstances of the individual case and weighing up the interests of both parties. A good cause for Fibrenamics includes, but is not limited to, any of the following events:

  1. The Member fails to comply with any applicable legal provisions;
  2. The Member breaches a contractual obligation of these Terms (including, but not limited to, User Obligations as set out in section 4 above);
  3. The reputation of the Service is potentially substantially impaired by the online presence of the Member;
  4. The Member promotes any communities or associations, or any of their methods or activities, which are under surveillance by authorities responsible for public safety or the protection of minors;
  5. The Member causes harm or poses a risk to any other User(s); or
  6. The Member exposes Fibrenamics to potential risk or legal liability.

In the event of a good cause and notwithstanding our right to terminate, we are entitled to:

  1. Delete or modify Member Submissions;
  2. Issue a warning to the Member;
  3. Suspend, disable, restrict, or block the Member’s access to the Service;
  4. Take technical and/or legal steps to prevent the Member from using our Service.

If the Member relinquishes or loses the right to use the Service, the following shall survive termination:

  1. The ability of other Members and Visitors to use and share any content and information shared by the Member through the Service in accordance with the Terms and applicable laws, when appropriate;
  2. The Member’s ability to access the Service as a Visitor;
  3. Sections 3, 4, 6, 10 and 11 of these Terms.

10. Liability

Fibrenamics will be liable without limitation for damages resulting from injury to life, limb, or health which occur due to a breach of duty by Fibrenamics or one of its legal representatives or vicarious agents. Fibrenamics shall also be liable without limitation for damages owing to a lack of a characteristic warranted by Fibrenamics or due to malicious conduct by Fibrenamics. In addition, Fibrenamics shall be liable without limitation for damages due to intent or gross negligence by Fibrenamics or one of its legal representatives or vicarious agents.

Apart from the cases set out above, Fibrenamics’s liability shall be limited to typical foreseeable contractual damages in the event of a breach of any of its cardinal contractual duties due to slight negligence. Cardinal contractual duties are an abstract description of those obligations whose fulfilment is indispensable for the proper implementation of an agreement and on whose fulfilment the contracting parties can usually rely. Any other liability on the part of Fibrenamics is excluded.

11. Indemnity

You will indemnify and hold Fibrenamics (including our affiliates and subsidiaries, as well as our and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents) harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of these Terms, your improper use of the Service, or your breach of any law or your violation of the rights of a third party.


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