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This User Agreement and your conduct make that possible.
This ResearchHub User Agreement (the "Terms") applies to your access to and use of the websites, mobile apps, widgets, and other online products and services (collectively, the "Services") provided by ResearchHub, Inc. ("ResearchHub," "we," or "us"). By participating in the ResearchHub Services (for example through posting content, reviewing or commenting on content, or acting as a moderator) you will have the opportunity to earn native ResearchCoin tokens (“[ResearchCoins]”), as more fully described below and on the Services. The ResearchHub website includes additional policies and requirements regarding each of the foregoing, including processes and technical requirements for participating in the Services, policies regarding how to earn ResearchCoins, our Content Policy (as further defined below), and related policies (the “ResearchHub Program Requirements”), each of which are incorporated into and made part of these Terms.
By accessing or using our Services, you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, you may not access or use our Services. If you are accessing and using the Services on behalf of a company (such as your employer) or other legal entity, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind that company or other legal entity to these Terms. In that case, “you” and “your” will refer to that company or other legal entity.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ARBITRATION: WHEN YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS YOU ARE AGREEING (WITH LIMITED EXCEPTION) TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN YOU AND US THROUGH BINDING, INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION RATHER THAN IN COURT. PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY SECTION 13 (DISPUTE RESOLUTION) BELOW FOR DETAILS REGARDING ARBITRATION (INCLUDING THE PROCEDURE TO OPT OUT OF ARBITRATION).
1.1 Eligibility. You may access and use the Services only if you are a legal entity or individual 18 years or older and capable of forming a binding contract and are not barred from participating under applicable law. You may not establish an account or participate if you are resident in or a national of any country or region that is subject to a general trade embargo administered by the United States Office of Foreign Asset Controls, including Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea, or the Crimea Region of Ukraine. Additionally, if you are in the European Economic Area, you must be over the age required by the laws of your country to create an account or otherwise use the Services, or we need to have received verifiable consent from your parent or legal guardian. You cannot use the Services if you are not able to form legally binding contracts (for example, if you are under 18 years old); if you are temporarily or indefinitely suspended from using ResearchHub's websites, mobile apps, and other online products and services; or are a person with whom transactions are prohibited under applicable economic or trade sanctions.
1.2 Registration and Accounts. In order to access and use certain of the Services, you will have to register and create an account (your “Account”). Upon registration you will receive a user identification, keys, and/or other credentials that will be used to associate you to the Services (collectively, “Credentials”). You are solely responsible for the security of your Credentials, are required to take appropriate measures to safeguard your Credentials, and will be responsible for any unauthorized access to or use of your Credentials. You will be solely responsible for all acts or omissions of any person using the Services or your Account with your Credentials. All transactions generated by use of your Credentials or originating from your Account will be deemed to be authorized by you. You will promptly notify ResearchHub if you discover or suspect that someone has accessed your Account without your permission. We recommend that you use a strong password that is used only with the Services. You will not license, sell, or transfer your Account without our prior written approval.
1.3 Accuracy of Account Information. You represent and warrant that the information you provide for your account is accurate, complete, and up-to-date. You agree to update such information to keep it accurate and complete throughout your access to and use of the Services. Failure to provide or keep your information accurate, complete, and up-to-date may result in suspension or termination of your Account.
ResearchCoins are a virtual item controlled by you and maintained on the Ethereum blockchain. ResearchCoin totals and transactions are stored as standard ERC-20 tokens publicly and permanently on the Ethereum blockchain. ResearchCoins are distributed on a monthly basis and are linked publicly to your username. The community can modify the distribution of ResearchCoins from the default distribution before the ResearchCoins are written into the Ethereum blockchain. You have six months after distribution to claim your ResearchCoins before the claim expires.
ResearchCoins have no monetary value (i.e., are not a cash account or equivalent), cannot be sold to other users, and cannot be exchanged for cash or for any other goods and services outside of ResearchHub’s virtual goods or services. ResearchHub does not guarantee that ResearchCoins, or any virtual goods or services that ResearchCoins provide access to or use of (e.g., Promotion, and Grants), will continually be offered or will be available for any particular length of time, or that they will have or retain any value.
The Services will allocate ResearchCoin to your account based in part on a reputation score determined in accordance with the algorithm described in the ResearchHub Program Requirements. Your reputation score will be based upon a number of factors, as described in the ResearchHub Program Requirements. We reserve the right to change the algorithm for calculating reputation scores at any time.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU MAY NOT RECEIVE ANY ResearchCoin REWARDS FROM RESEARCHHUB OR OTHERWISE IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR PARTRICIPARTION IN OR USE OF THE SERVICES. RESEARCHHUB DOES NOT GUARANTEE ANY ResearchCoin REWARDS WHATSOEVER, REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT OF TIME OR EFFORT INVOLVED IN YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE SERVICES OR THE VALUE OF YOUR CONTENT. PARTICIPATION IN THE RESEARCHUB SERVICES AND POSTING YOUR CONTENT IS DONE AT YOUR SOLE DISCRETION.
You control your ResearchCoins and you can transfer them to other ResearchHub accounts or any Ethereum blockchain address. We have no control over the Ethereum blockchain and cannot ensure any transaction details you submit via the Services will be completed. Once transaction details have been submitted to the Ethereum blockchain via the Services, we cannot assist you to cancel, reverse, or otherwise modify your transaction details. We strongly encourage you to review your transaction details carefully before submitting them.
We do not currently charge fees for ResearchCoin transactions, but we reserve the right to do so in the future. Other Ethereum wallets may charge for Ethereum network costs associated with ResearchCoins transactions.
ResearchHub grants you a personal, non-transferable, non-exclusive, revocable, limited license to use and access the Services solely as permitted by these Terms. We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you by these Terms.
Except as permitted through the Services or as otherwise permitted by us in writing, your license does not include the right to:
We reserve the right to modify, suspend, or discontinue the Services (in whole or in part) at any time, with or without notice to you. Any future release, update, or other addition to functionality of the Services will be subject to these Terms, as they may be updated from time to time. You agree that we will not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuation of the Services or any part thereof.
The Services may contain information, text, links, graphics, photos, videos, or other materials (“Content”), including Content created with or submitted to the Services by you or through your Account (“Your Content”). We take no responsibility for and we do not expressly or implicitly endorse any of Your Content or Content posted by other users of the Services.
By submitting Your Content to the Services, you represent and warrant that you have all rights, power, and authority necessary to grant the rights to Your Content contained within these Terms. Because you alone are responsible for Your Content, you may expose yourself to liability if you post or share Content without all necessary rights.
You retain any ownership rights you have in Your Content, but you agree that all Content that you upload or post to the Services will be licensed by you to all users of the Services under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). This license allows anyone to reuse the content for any purpose, as long as attribution is provided. We consider a hyperlink or URL back to the source page on the ResearchHub Services sufficient attribution. You agree to include in Your Content an express notice that Your Content is licensed under the CC BY 4.0 license.
In addition to the rights granted under the CC BY 4.0 license, you grant to ResearchHub the following license with respect to Your Content:
When Your Content is created with or submitted to the Services, you grant us a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable, and sublicensable license to use, copy, modify, adapt, prepare derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display Your Content and any name, username, voice, or likeness provided in connection with Your Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed. This license includes the right for us to make Your Content available for syndication, broadcast, distribution, or publication by other companies, organizations, or individuals who partner with ResearchHub. You also agree that we may remove metadata associated with Your Content, and you irrevocably waive any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to Your Content.
Any ideas, suggestions, and feedback about ResearchHub or our Services that you provide to us are entirely voluntary, and you agree that ResearchHub may use such ideas, suggestions, and feedback without compensation or obligation to you.
Although we have no obligation to screen, edit, or monitor Your Content, we may, in our sole discretion, delete or remove Your Content at any time and for any reason, including for a violation of these Terms, a violation of the Policy posted on our website, as may be amended from time to time (the “Content Policy”), or if you otherwise create liability for us.
The Services may contain links to third-party websites, content, products, or services, which may be posted by advertisers, our affiliates, our partners, or other users (“Third-Party Content”). Third-Party Content is not under our control, and we are not responsible for any such Third-Party Content. Your use of Third-Party Content is at your own risk and you should make any investigation you feel necessary before proceeding with any transaction in connection with such Third-Party Content.
The Services may also contain sponsored Third-Party Content or advertisements. The type, degree, and targeting of advertisements are subject to change, and you acknowledge and agree that we may place advertisements in connection with the display of any Content or information on the Services, including Your Content.
If you choose to use the Services to conduct a promotion, including a contest or sweepstakes, you alone are responsible for conducting the promotion in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The terms of your promotion must specifically state that the promotion is not sponsored by, endorsed by, or associated with ResearchHub and the rules for your promotion must require each entrant or participant to release ResearchHub from any liability related to the promotion.
When accessing or using the Services, you must respect others and their rights, including by following these Terms and the Content Policy, so that we all may continue to use and enjoy the Services. We support the responsible reporting of security vulnerabilities. To report a security issue, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When accessing or using our Services, you will not:
Moderating a Hub is an unofficial, voluntary position that may be available to users of the Services. We are not responsible for actions taken by the moderators. We recognize that moderation can take some work, so we may change the features or abilities associated with moderating from time to time without prior notice. We reserve the right to revoke or limit a user’s ability to moderate at any time and for any reason or no reason, including for a breach of these Terms.
If you choose to moderate a Hub:
ResearchHub reserves the right, but has no obligation, to overturn any action or decision of a moderator if ResearchHub believes that such action or decision is not in the interest of ResearchHub or the ResearchHub community.
ResearchHub respects the intellectual property of others and requires that users of our Services do the same. We have a policy that includes the removal of any infringing materials from the Services and for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of users of our Services who are repeat infringers. If you believe that anything on our Services infringes a copyright that you own or control, you may notify ResearchHub’s Designated Agent by filling out our DMCA Report Form or by contacting:
Also, please note that if you knowingly misrepresent that any activity or material on our Service is infringing, you may be liable to ResearchHub for certain costs and damages.
If we remove Your Content in response to a copyright or trademark notice, we will notify you.. If you believe Your Content was wrongly removed due to a mistake or misidentification, you can send a counter notification to our Copyright Agent (contact information provided above). Please see 17 U.S.C. §512(g)(3) for the requirements of a proper counter notification.
Except to the extent prohibited by law, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us, our licensors, our third party service providers and our officers, employees, licensors, and agents (the “ResearchHub Entities”) harmless, including costs and attorneys’ fees, from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of (a) your use of the Services, (b) your violation of these Terms, (c) your violation of applicable laws or regulations, or (d) Your Content. We reserve the right to control the defense of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us, and you agree to cooperate with our defense of these claims.
THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. RESEARCHHUB, ITS LICENSORS, AND ITS THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICES ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, CURRENT, OR ERROR FREE. RESEARCHHUB DOES NOT CONTROL, ENDORSE, OR TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY CONTENT AVAILABLE ON OR LINKED TO THE SERVICES OR THE ACTIONS OF ANY THIRD PARTY OR USER, INCLUDING MODERATORS. WHILE RESEARCHHUB ATTEMPTS TO MAKE YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF OUR SERVICES SAFE, WE DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT OUR SERVICES OR SERVERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROPER CREATION, STORAGE, BACKUP, TRANSFER AND OTHER USE OF YOUR RESEARCHCOIN WALLET AND ANY OTHER WALLETS OR ACCOUNTS YOU MAY HAVE OR ESTABLISH ON THE ETHEREUM NETWORK. YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSSES FROM ANY INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL MISUSE OF YOUR RESEARCHCOIN WALLET, INCLUDING ANY LOSS RESULTING FROM DESIGNATING A NON-COMPLIANT WALLET FOR THE RECEIPT OF TOKENS, DEPOSITING OR STAKING TOKENS TO A NON-COMPLIANT WALLET OR NON-EXISTENT WALLET, OR ERRORS OR TYPOS IN ANY WALLET ADDRESSES THAT YOU PROVIDE TO ANYONE. WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSSES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH (I) ACTS OR OMISSIONS BY YOU, (II) SOFTWARE BUGS, ERRORS, OR DOWNTIME IN THE ETHEREUM NETWORK OR THE BLOCKCHAIN NETWORK UNDERLYING ResearchCoinS, (III) FORKS TO THE ETHEREUM NETWORK OR ResearchCoinS, OR (IV) HACKS OR CYBERSECURITY BREACHES BY A THIRD PARTY.
IN NO EVENT AND UNDER NO THEORY OF LIABILITY, INCLUDING CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE, WILL THE RESEARCHHUB ENTITIES BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR LOST PROFITS ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OR THE SERVICES, INCLUDING THOSE ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO CONTENT MADE AVAILABLE ON THE SERVICES THAT IS ALLEGED TO BE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL. ACCESS TO, AND USE OF, THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DEVICE OR COMPUTER SYSTEM, OR LOSS OF DATA RESULTING THEREFROM. IN NO EVENT WILL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF THE RESEARCHHUB ENTITIES EXCEED THE GREATER OF ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100) OR ANY AMOUNT YOU PAID RESEARCHHUB IN THE PREVIOUS SIX MONTHS FOR THE SERVICES GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM. THE LIMITATIONS OF THIS SECTION WILL APPLY TO ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, INCLUDING THOSE BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, STATUTE, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, AND EVEN IF THE RESEARCHHUB ENTITIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH DAMAGE, AND EVEN IF ANY REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY WILL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION.
We want you to enjoy ResearchHub, so if you have an issue or dispute, you agree to raise it and try to resolve it with us informally. You can contact us with feedback and concerns here or by emailing us at email@example.com.
Except for the government entities listed below: any claims arising out of or relating to these Terms or the Services will be governed by the laws of California, other than its conflict of laws rules. Except as set forth below with respect to arbitration, all disputes related to these Terms or the Services will be brought solely in the federal or state courts located in San Francisco, California; and you consent to personal jurisdiction in these courts.
(a) Mandatory Arbitration of Disputes. We each agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to these Terms or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof or the use of the Services or Content (collectively, “Disputes”) will be resolved solely by binding, individual arbitration and not in a class, representative or consolidated action or proceeding. You and we agree that the U.S. Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of these Terms, and that you and we are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of these Terms.
(b) Exceptions and Opt-out. As limited exceptions to the above: (i) you may seek to resolve a Dispute in small claims court if it qualifies; and (ii) we each retain the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief from a court to prevent (or enjoin) the infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property rights. In addition, you will retain the right to opt out of arbitration entirely and litigate any Dispute if you provide us with written notice of your desire to do so by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail at [postal address] within thirty (30) days following the date you first agree to these Terms.
(c) Conducting Arbitration and Arbitration Rules. The arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under its Consumer Arbitration Rules (the “AAA Rules”) then in effect, except as modified by these Terms. The AAA Rules are available at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879. A party who wishes to start arbitration must submit a written Demand for Arbitration to AAA and give notice to the other party as specified in the AAA Rules. The AAA provides a form Demand for Arbitration at www.adr.org.
If your claim is for U.S. $10,000 or less, you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic or video-conference hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If your claim exceeds U.S. $10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Any arbitration hearings will take place in the county (or parish) where you live, unless we both agree to a different location. The parties agree that the arbitrator shall have exclusive authority to decide all issues relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability and scope of this arbitration agreement.
(d) Arbitration Costs. Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA Rules. We’ll pay for all filing, administration and arbitrator fees and expenses if your Dispute is for less than $10,000, unless the arbitrator finds your Dispute frivolous. If we prevail in arbitration we’ll pay all of our attorneys’ fees and costs and won’t seek to recover them from you. If you prevail in arbitration you will be entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses to the extent provided under applicable law.
(e) Class Action Waiver. YOU AND WE AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, if the parties’ dispute is resolved through arbitration, the arbitrator may not consolidate another person's claims with your claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. If this specific provision is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Dispute Resolution section shall be null and void.
(f) Effect of Changes on Arbitration. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 14 (Changes to Terms), if we change any of the terms of this Section 13 (Dispute Resolution) after the date you first accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms), you may reject any such change by sending us written notice (including by email to email@example.com) within 30 days of the date such change became effective, as indicated in the “Last Updated” date above or in the date of our email to you notifying you of such change. By rejecting any change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any Dispute between you and us in accordance with the terms of this Section 13 (Dispute Resolution) as of the date you first accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms).
(g) Severability. With the exception of any of the provisions in sub-section (e) (Class Action Waiver), if an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction decides that any part of these Terms is invalid or unenforceable, the other parts of these Terms will still apply.
If you are a U.S. city, county, or state government entity, then this Section 13 does not apply to you.
If you are a U.S. federal government entity: any claims arising out of or relating to these Terms or the Services will be governed by the laws of the United States of America without reference to conflict of laws. To the extent permitted by federal law, the laws of California (other than its conflict of law rules) will apply in the absence of applicable federal law. All disputes related to these Terms or the Services will be brought solely in the federal or state courts located in San Francisco, California.
We may make changes to these Terms from time to time. If we make changes, we will post the amended Terms to our Services and update the Effective Date above. If the changes, in our sole discretion, are material, we may also notify you by sending an email to the address associated with your Account (if you have chosen to provide an email address) or by otherwise providing notice through our Services. By continuing to access or use the Services on or after the Effective Date of the revised Terms, you agree to be bound by the revised Terms. If you do not agree to the revised Terms, you must stop accessing and using our Services before the changes become effective.
Because we offer a variety of Services, you may be asked to agree to additional terms before using a specific product or service offered by ResearchHub (“Additional Terms”). To the extent any Additional Terms conflict with these Terms, the Additional Terms govern with respect to your use of the corresponding Service.
You may terminate these Terms at any time and for any reason by deleting your Account and discontinuing your use of all Services. If you stop using the Services without deactivating your Accounts, your Accounts may be deactivated due to prolonged inactivity.
We may suspend or terminate your Accounts, status as a moderator, or ability to access or use the Services at any time for any or no reason, including for a violation of these Terms or our Content Policy.
As stated in these Terms and our Content Policy, you must follow and comply with the rules of the ResearchHub platform. Failure to do so may result in a temporary or permanent ban from ResearchHub or the removal of your posts and comments. In such instances, you might lose the benefits of your ResearchCoins. There are no refunds.
The following sections will survive any termination of these Terms or of your Accounts: 4 (Your Content), 6 (Things You Cannot Do), 9 (Indemnity), 10 (Disclaimers), 11 (Limitation of Liability), 12 (Governing Law and Venue; Dispute Resolution), 15 (Termination), and 16 (Miscellaneous).