This is an agreement  (“Agreement”) between you the downloader and the owner of the data governing the use of the data and related materials to be downloaded.
A. Acceptance of the Data Usage Agreement
By downloading or otherwise accessing the Dataverse, downloader represents his/her acceptance of the terms of this agreement.
B. Use of Data
Use of the data and materials include but are not limited to viewing parts or the whole of the content including comparing data or content from the materials with data or content in other datasets; verifying research results with the content included here; and extracting and/or appropriating any part of the content here for use in other projects, publications, research, or other related work products.
C. Representations and Warranties
In use of the data and materials, downloader represents that:
- the materials are accurate, complete, reliable or correct;
- the material files will be secure;
- the materials will be available at any particular time or location;
- any defects or errors will be corrected;
- the materials and accompanying files are free of viruses or other harmful components; or
- the results of using the materials will meet downloader’s requirements.
D. Limitation of Liability
In no event shall researchers be liable under contract or any other legal theory with respect to the data (i) for any direct damages, or (ii) for any lost profits or special, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever.
Downloader will indemnify and hold uploaders of datasets harmless from and against any and all loss, cost, expense, liability, or damage, including, without limitation, all reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs, arising from the:
Such losses, costs, expenses, damages, or liabilities shall include, without limitation, all actual, general, special, and consequential damages.
F. Dispute Resolution
Downloader and owner agree that any cause of action arising out of or related to the download or use of data must be completed within one (1) year after the cause of action arose; otherwise, such cause of action is permanently barred. This agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the state of Texas. All disputes under this agreement will be resolved in the applicable state or federal courts of Texas. Downloader consents to the jurisdiction of such courts and waives any jurisdictional or venue defenses otherwise available.
G. Integration and Severability
This agreement represents the entire agreement between downloader and owners with respect to the downloading/uploading and use of data, and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals between downloader and owner. If any provision of this agreement is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the agreement will otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.
No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment relationship is created as a result of the Agreement and neither party has any authority of any kind to bind the other in any respect outside of the terms described within this Agreement.
1. The Data Usage Agreement is adapted from the Harvard best practices templates created for these purposes. For original template, please see http://best-practices.Dataverse.org/harvard-policies/sample-dua.html
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