Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

As a condition of use of this website, all  users are deemed to agree to the provisions of this AUP, and are responsible for violations thereof attributable to them.  This AUP does not obligate the IBP to monitor, review, or police the data and content residing on its servers, or create any obligation or duty to any party that is not a user.  Unless and until notified, IBP is not likely to be aware of any violations of this AUP or any violations of the law, however IBP reserves the right to monitor and investigate usage and content from time to time to operate IBP services, to identify violations of this AUP, and/or to protect IBP resources and our user community. 

DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE AND ALL OF ITS CONTENTS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. THE GCP, CIMMYT, AND THE GCP CONSORTIUM MEMBERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT. ACCESS TO AND USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS AT THE SOLE RISK OF THE USER. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE GCP, CIMMYT, OR ANY OF THE GCP CONSORTIUM MEMBERS BE LIABLE TO USERS OR ANY THIRD PARTY IN ANY WAY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, RELIANCE, OR SPECIAL DAMAGES.

This AUP:

  • applies to all users of the IBP resources, services, and products, including but not limited to the information, tools and services within the Crop Information sections, Breeding Activities sections,  Capacity-building sections, and MyCommunity sections;  and any stand alone products and services.
  • is designed to protect and regulate IBP’s user community, its website, products, services, resources, and infrastructure.
  • is incorporated by reference into IBP’s Service Policy Description and Privacy Policy.
  • is not intended to impose restrictions that are contrary to the collaboration goals of the IBP.
  • is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of every and all possible forms of acceptable and unacceptable uses.

Users' Security Obligation

Users must use reasonable care to ensure the security of their account, uploads, images, virtual machine (VM), etc.  A user is solely responsible for any intrusions into, or security breaches of, any of its VMs, except as otherwise covered by a specifically designated security administration or firewall security service package. iPlant and IBP reserve the right to disconnect without notice any users or any hardware objects on IBP resources as a result of a security compromise. 

Prohibited Content

Users shall not post, transmit, or store data or content on or through the IBP which in IBP’s sole determination, constitutes a violation of any applicable law, regulation, ordinance, court order or other legal process.  Prohibited content includes, without limitation, content or code that:

  • facilitates any violation of this AUP,
  • 'harvests' addresses or information,
  • phishing websites or spamvertising sites, or
  • material believed by IBP to constitute pornography, pirated software, hackers' programs or archives, Warez sites, IRC bots, MP3 files, spyware of any sort, SPAM software of any sort, etc.

All IBP services, virtual or otherwise, may only be used for lawful purposes.

Abuse and Unacceptable Uses

Users are prohibited from engaging in any activities that IBP determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, to constitute abuse or unacceptable uses, including but not limited to:

  • Introducing or executing malicious content or programs into the IBP servers or virtual machines, such as viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and key loggers.
  • Causing or initiating security breaches or disruptions of system communications and/or connectivity, including port scans, flood pings, email bombing, packet spoofing, IP spoofing, and forged routing information.
  • Executing any form of system activity that will intercept data not intended for the user's account or VM.
  • Evading or circumventing user authentication or security of any host, network, or account, including cracking, brute-force, or dictionary attacks.
  • Interfering with or denying service to any user, host, or network other than the user's host, such as a denial of service attack or distributed denial of service attack.
  • Conduct designed to avoid restrictions or limits access to specific services, hosts, or networks, including the forging of packet headers or other identification information.
  • Soliciting the performance of any illegal activity, even if the activity is not performed.
  • Using any program, or sending messages of any kind, designed to interfere with or disable a user's terminal session.
  • Revealing your account password to others or allowing use of your account by others.
  • Using IBP’s computing resources to actively engage in procuring or transmitting material that is in violation of sexual harassment or hostile workplace laws in the user's local jurisdiction.
  • Engaging in activities, whether lawful or unlawful, that IBP determines to be harmful to its users, user community, operations, reputation, community goodwill, or community relations.

Intellectual Property Infringement

Users may not transmit, distribute, download, copy, cache, host, or store on an IBP VM or server any information, data, material, or work that infringes the intellectual property rights of others or violates any trade secret right of any other person/user.   IBP reserves the right to disable access to, or remove, infringing content to the extent required by any applicable law or regulation, and to suspend permanently or terminate access of any user engaging in such infringement. 

Violations of this AUP

IBP reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to deactivate a user's account(s) if the IBP believes that any or all portions of this AUP are being violated in any way.

Indemnification

User agrees to indemnify and hold harmless iPlant, CIMMYT, GCP and its Consortium Members, and both iPlant and GCP's staff, directors, agents, and collaborators from and against any claims, losses, judgments, damages, costs, and expenses incurred by any of the foregoing parties due to or resulting from:

  • User's publication of unacceptable content or materials stored on IBP resources, or
  • User's breach or violation of any covenant contained in this policy, or resulting from their use of IBP services.

 

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