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License of User Content; Warranties

If any User Content is your original work, then you own the copyright in that work. We do not claim any copyrights in original works created and/or posted by individual visitors to our Services. However, by uploading, posting, transmitting or otherwise making any User Content available on or through a Site, (i) you are granting AORN, and our related entities, an irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to copy, modify, publish, distribute publicly, and prepare derivative works of such User Content, in any medium or format, and to sublicense any such rights, without any obligation of notice, attribution or compensation to you, and (ii) you warrant that the Content is your own, or otherwise free of intellectual property or other restrictions on the reproduction, display, distribution, modification, and other uses thereof, and that you have all necessary rights to post such User Content to our Site. Further, you warrant that your User Content does not infringe upon the privacy rights or other contractual or commercial interests of another.

Ownership of Feedback

We welcome your feedback regarding our Services. All information and materials submitted to AORN, such as any feedback, ideas, questions, proposed features or the like regarding or relating to a Service or the business of AORN or its related entities (collectively, "Feedback"), will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary with regard to you, but we reserve the right to treat any such Feedback as the confidential information of AORN. By submitting Feedback to AORN, you assign to AORN, free of charge, a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide license to create derivative works, distribute, reproduce, perform, display, and otherwise use, any intellectual property rights or proprietary information and ideas contained within any such Feedback, including without limitation the right to sublicense or assign any of the foregoing. We will be entitled to use any Feedback you submit to us, and any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in any such Feedback, for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to developing and marketing products and services using such Feedback without restriction and without notifying or compensating you in any way. Please do not send us any information or materials for which you do not wish to grant us such rights. You are responsible for the information and other Content contained in any Feedback you submit to us, including, without limitation, their truthfulness and accuracy.

Copyright and Trademark Information

With the exception of User Content (in which end-users retain the copyrights in their own postings), copyrights and other intellectual property rights in the Content available on our Services, including without limitation Service design, text, graphics, interfaces, and the selection and arrangements thereof, are owned by AORN, with all rights reserved, or in some cases may be licensed to AORN by third parties. This Content is protected by the intellectual property rights of AORN or those owners. Based on the presence of this notice of copyright ownership, any infringement of the protected Content of this Service will be deemed by AORN to be an intentional infringement. Copyright is not claimed as to any part of an original work prepared by a U.S. or state government officer or employee as part of person's official duties. AORN®, the Association of Registered periOperative Nurses, AORN Journal®, AORN Syntegrity®, Periop 101: A Core Curriculum™, ORNurseLink, the ORNurseLink logo and the ORNurseLink design, Pfiedler Enterprises, and certain other trademarks or service marks featured on our Services, are trademarks or service marks of AORN, and may not be used without express written permission from AORN. Other AORN graphics, logos, slogans and taglines are trademarks or service marks of AORN. All other trademarks displayed on the Service are the trademarks of their respective owners, and constitute neither an endorsement nor a recommendation of such parties. In addition, such use of trademarks or links to the web sites of third parties is not intended to imply, directly or indirectly, that those third parties endorse or have any affiliation with AORN.

Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement

In the event that you find Content posted on one of our Services which you believe is an infringement of the copyright ownership or other intellectual property rights of you or any third party, please immediately contact our Copyright Agent as described below. To report any alleged infringement, you may contact us in writing by providing a signed statement containing the following information:

  • your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, and if you are acting on behalf of the owner of the intellectual property, the name of the owner;
  • a statement, made under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner of the copyright or are authorized to act on behalf of the owner;
  • a detailed description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
  • if your claim is based on a registered work, the registration number, and the date of issuance of the registration;
  • a description of the infringing material and the URL where such material is located on the Service, or a description of where on our Service you found such material;
  • your written statement that you believe, in good faith, that the use of the work on our Service has not been authorized by the true owner of the work, its agent, or as a matter of law; and
  • a statement under penalty of perjury that all of the information you have provided is true.

Please send your notice of alleged infringement to: Legal Counsel, AORN, 2170 South Parker Rd, Suite 400, Denver, CO 80231, or you may send it by FAX: 800-750-3212, or email: . In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), it is the policy of AORN to terminate use of our Services by repeat infringers in appropriate circumstances.

Other Content Complaints

If you believe that any Content on our Services violates these Terms of Use or is otherwise inappropriate, please report the Content by completing the Contact Us form on the applicable Site, or send an email to .

Permitted Use of the Content

All information contained within the AORN website and the Services is the property of AORN. Reproduction, redistribution, or modification of this information for commercial or educational purposes is prohibited without the express written permission of AORN. Any use of Content on the Services, including without limitation reproduction for purposes other than those noted herein, modification, distribution, replication, any form of data extraction or data mining, or other commercial exploitation of any kind, without prior written permission of AORN, is strictly prohibited. To obtain permission to reproduce information from any Service or any other AORN publication, please contact us at . For information about translations or foreign use, please .

Certain webinars or other educational content available on our Services may be subject to additional terms which are provided when you view those programs. You may not make any use of Content owned by any third parties which is available on the Service, without the express consent of those third parties or as otherwise described in these terms.

With the exception of search engines, you agree that you will not use any robot, spider, or other automatic device, or manual process to monitor or copy our web pages or the Content contained therein without prior written permission of an authorized officer of AORN.

Links to the Service and RSS Feeds

You are hereby licensed to create hyperlinks to Content on the Services, provided that the hyperlink accurately describes the Content to which it links on the Services. In addition, individuals and non-commercial organizations are hereby granted a license to implement the RSS feeds offered by our Services. If you wish to inquire about use of the RSS feeds on a commercial website, please contact us at . When you include links to a Service on your website (including RSS feeds) when the link is clicked, the applicable page within our Service must be displayed in full (including all trademarks, branding, advertising and promotional materials), without any accompanying frame, border, margin, design, branding, trademark, advertising, or promotional materials not originally displayed on the page within the Service, and without any interstitial pop-ups or web pages loading before the applicable target page is accessed. The page on which such feeds or links are featured must be accessible to the general public and not provided through a subscription service or for a fee, unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing by AORN. Under no circumstances may you "frame" the Service or any of its Content or copy portions of the Service to a server, except as part of an Internet service provider's incidental caching of pages. AORN reserves the right to revoke these licenses generally, or your right to use specific links or RSS feeds, at any time, with or without cause.

User Disputes

You are solely responsible for any User Content you may post to our Services and any disputes you may encounter with other users of our Services as a result of such contributions or otherwise. We have no obligation to become involved in, or to resolve, any disputes between users of our Services (whether Content contributors or other users). However, we reserve the right to take any actions we deems appropriate with regard to such disputes.

Governing Laws

AORN is located in Denver, Colorado. As such, the laws of Colorado and the United States will govern these Terms of Use and any claims arising out of or relating to use of the Services, without giving effect to any choice of law rules. We make no representation that our Services are appropriate, legal or available for use outside of the United States. The state and federal courts located in Denver, Colorado will serve as the venue for any actions brought, or claims made, arising out of your use of our Services.

Compliance with Laws

You assume all knowledge of applicable law and you are responsible for compliance with any such laws. You may not use the Services in any way that violates applicable state, federal, or international laws, regulations or other government requirements.

Changes to These Terms

We reserve the right, at any time, to modify, alter, or update these Terms of Use without prior notice. You are encouraged to check this page regularly for changes to the Terms of Use. Modifications will become effective immediately upon being posted to our Services, without further notice to you. Your continued use of any of our Services after such modifications are posted constitutes an acknowledgement and acceptance of such modifications, and you may not amend these Terms of Use.

Other Terms

If any provision of these Terms of Use is determined by a court of law to be unlawful, void or unenforceable for any reason, the other provisions (and any partially-enforceable provision) shall not be affected thereby and shall remain valid and enforceable to the maximum possible extent, and the invalid provision will be modified as necessary to make it valid and enforceable while as closely as possible reflecting the original intentions of AORN. You agree that these Terms of Use and any other agreements referenced herein may be assigned by AORN, in our sole discretion, to a third party in the event of a merger or acquisition or otherwise. These Terms of Use shall apply in addition to, and shall not be superseded by, any other written agreement between us in relation to your participation as a contributor to our Services. You agree and understand that these Terms of Use together with any other applicable click-through agreements you may have entered into regarding posting User Content to a Service, constitutes the entire agreement between you and AORN regarding your use of the Service, and that any other prior agreements between you and AORN are superseded by these Terms of Use. Any failure by AORN to exercise its rights under these Terms of Use or to enforce the terms hereof will not constitute a waiver of those rights. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of a Service or relating to these Terms of Use must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about these Terms of Use, please feel free to contact us by mail at: AORN, Attn: Customer Service, 2170 South Parker Rd, Suite 400, Denver, CO 80231, or email at .

Effective Date of these Terms of Use: October 2, 2017