Pluto, Inc. craves to make a world where there is no barrier in academia. Specifically, we want to build a better ecosystem where those who pursue science and research are promoted to collaborate with rather than competing each other. Pluto, Inc. ("Pluto, Inc.", "we", "our", "ours", or "us") is a non-profit team based in Seoul, Republic of Korea (South Korea), whose mission is to empower and engage researchers around the world to share and develop scientific knowledge in a collaborative, fair, and transparent environment for the prosperity of knowledge of humanity. For the dynamic community of researchers to better engage with each other in the designated manners, we provide the necessary infrastructures and frameworks for generating and sharing information relevant to research and many other activities that support this mission. We put in every effort to build an ecosystem where knowledge pieces in science and research are promoted to be openly shared and then to enable further studies. We are very much happy to have you ("you", "your", "yours", "yourself", or the "user") as a researcher, author, reviewer, reader, or contributor to the ecosystem, and welcome you to join the community. Before engaging in any activity pertaining to Pluto, Inc., we want you to thoroughly read and agree to the following Terms of Service (the "Terms"). By agreeing to the Terms, you understand that you may be governed under the laws and legislation of any or all of the regions (i) where you live, (ii) where you view or edit content on our services, (iii) where other users view your content, or (iv) where other users who view your content live, which may include the law in the Republic of Korea where we are based ("applicable law").
Pluto, Inc. strives to deliver its mission to the academic community by providing services to assist researchers in searching, creating, modifying, and sharing scientific research outputs (the "Services"). The Terms apply when you view or use any or all of them through our websites located at https://www.pluto.im/ or https://www.scinapse.io/ (our "Websites") or through any means. By accessing or using the Services and/or our Websites, you agree to comply with the Terms. If you do not agree to the Terms, you may not access or use the Services and/or our Websites.
The Services mainly depend on content voluntarily shared by researchers like yourself, but as most scientific and research related services do, the Services also depend on content that we collect from external sources. The content on the Services (the "Content") may be subject to certain licenses under which it is shared from the original sources. To learn more about licenses for particular contents, please contact [firstname.lastname@example.org] for assistance. Opinions, statements, claims, or other information included in the Content and the Services are those of their resepective authors, and should not necessarily be relied upon. We do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness, usefulness, or reliability of any information on the Services. We also do not endorse nor are responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice, or statement made by parties other than us. We will under no circumstances be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from anyone's reliance on information or other content posted on the Services, or transmitted to users. The Content and the Services are also informational and research purposes only. This means they should not be taken as professional advice. Please consult someone licensed or qualified for a professional advice on the use and interpretation of information included in the Content or the Services. While using the Services you may find Content that is offensive, erroneous, misleading, mislabeled, or otherwise objectionable. We reserve the right, but has no obligation, to limit or deny a user's access to the Services or take other appropriate action if a user violates the Terms or engages in any activity that violates the right of any person or entity or which we deem unlawful, offensive, abusive, harmful or malicious. We shall have the right to remove any such material that in its sole opinion violates, or is alleged to violate, applicable law or the Terms, or which might be offensive, or that might violate the rights, harm, or threaten the safety of users or others. Unauthorized use of the Services may result in criminal and/or civil prosecution under certain jurisdiction, including where you live. If you become aware of misuse of the Services, please contact [email@example.com].
Your use of the Services is for RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY. Any other use is a violation of the Terms. You are responsible for safeguarding your own password and should NEVER disclose it to any third party. The Services only exist with the support of the community of users like you who collaborate to write, edit, and curate the Content. We are happy to have you participate in this community. We ask you to be civil and polite in your interactions with others in the community, to act in good faith, and to make edits and contributions in alignment with our mission or with the purposes of the Services. Certain activities, whether legal or illegal, may be harmful to other users and violate our rules, and some activities may also subject you to liability. Therefore, for your own protection and for that of other users, you may not engage in such activities on the Services and/or our Websites. Under any circumstances you should NEVER do ANY of the followings:
We reserve the right to exercise our enforcement discretion with respect to the above terms about user obligations.
DENIAL OF ACCESS
The community of users has the major role in shaping, modifying, and generating the protocols that underlie the Services. Pluto, Inc. rarely intervene in community decisions about protocols and their enforcement. In an unusual case, the need may arise, or the community may ask us, to address an especially problematic user because of significant disturbance of the Services or dangerous behavior. In such cases, we reserve the rights, but do not have obligation, to:
In the interests of our users and the Services, in the extreme circumstance that any individual has had their account or access blocked under this provision, they is prohibited from creating or using another account on or seeking access to the same Services, unless we provide explicit permission. Without limiting the authority of the community, we will not ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access solely because of good faith criticism that does not result in actions otherwise violating the Terms or the Services protocols.
Although you have considerable freedoms for re-use of the Content on the Services under their licenses, it is important that we protect our trademark rights so that we can protect our users from fraudulent impersonators. Because of this, we ask that you please respect our trademarks. All trademarks related to Pluto, Inc., Scinapse, the Services and our Websites belong to us, Pluto, Inc., and any use of our trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, or domain names must be in compliance with the Terms and applicable law.
You acknowledge and agree that we and our licensors retain ownership of all intellectual property rights of any kind related to the Services, including applicable copyrights, trademarks and other proprietary rights. Other product and company names that are mentioned on the Services may be trademarks of their respective owners. We reserve all rights that are not expressly granted to you under the Terms.
Though we hope you will stay and continue to contribute to the Services, you can stop using the Services any time. In certain circumstances it may be necessary for either ourselves or the community or its members to terminate part or all of the Services, terminate the Terms, block your account or access, or ban you as a user. If your account or access is blocked or otherwise terminated for any reason, your public contributions will remain publicly available (subject to applicable protocols of the Services), and, unless we notify you otherwise, you may still access our public pages for the sole purpose of reading publicly available content on the Services. In such circumstances, however, you may not be able to access your account or settings. We reserve the right to suspend or end the Services at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice. Even after your use and participation are banned, blocked or otherwise suspended, the Terms will remain in effect with respect to relevant provisions.
THIRD PARTY RESOURCES
As part of the Services, Pluto, Inc. may provide you with convenient links or content to third party resources including but not limited to websites, applications, software, and digital files ("third party resources"). Third party resources are provided to you as a courtesy. We have no control over third party resources or the promotions, materials, information, goods or services available on these third party resources. Such third party resources are not investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy, appropriateness, or completeness by us, and we are not responsible for any third party resources accessed through the Services or our Websites, including the content, accuracy, offensiveness, opinions, reliability, privacy practices or other policies of or contained in the third party resources. Inclusion of, linking to, permitting the use of, or installation of any third party resources does not imply approval or endorsement thereof by Pluto, Inc. If you decide to leave the Services or our Websites and access, use or install any third party resources, you do so at your own risk and you should be aware that the Terms no longer govern in such access, use or install of third party resources. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any third party resources which you navigate from the Services or our Websites.
YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. WE PROVIDE THE SERVICES ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, AND WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES REGARDING THE SERVICES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, SECURITY, ACCURACY, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, BE SAFE, SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, ACCURATE, OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE SECURE. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT, DATA, OR ACTIONS OF THIRD PARTIES, AND YOU RELEASE US, OUR AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, LICENSORS, AND PARTNERS FROM ANY CLAIMS AND DAMAGES, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH ANY CLAIM YOU HAVE AGAINST ANY SUCH THIRD PARTIES. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICES CREATES ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TERMS. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. YOU AGREE THAT WE HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR THE DELETION OF, OR THE FAILURE TO STORE OR TO TRANSMIT, ANY CONTENT OR COMMUNICATION MAINTAINED BY THE SERVICES. WE RETAIN THE RIGHT TO CREATE LIMITS ON USE AND STORAGE AT OUR SOLE DISCRETION AT ANY TIME WITH OR WITHOUT NOTICE. SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE TYPES OF DISCLAIMERS IN THIS SECTION, SO THEY MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU EITHER IN PART OR IN FULL DEPENDING ON THE LAW.
LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
WE, Pluto, Inc., OUR AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, LICENSORS, AND PARTNERS WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR TO ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER WE WERE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. IN THE CASE THAT APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, ALTHOUGH OUR LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
DISPUTES AND JURISDICTIONS
We hope that no serious disagreements arise involving you, but, in the event there is a dispute, we encourage you to seek resolution in coordination with the users community and us. If you seek to file a legal claim against us, you agree to file and resolve it exclusively in Seoul Central District Court located in 157 Seochojungang-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06594, Republic of Korea. You also agree that the laws of the Republic of Korea will govern the Terms, as well as any legal claim that might arise between you and us (without reference to conflict of laws principles). You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of, and agree that venue is proper in, Seoul Central District Court located in 157 Seochojungang-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06594, Republic of Korea in any legal action or proceeding relating to us or the Terms. To ensure that disputes are dealt with soon after they arise, you agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action you might have arising out of or related to use of the Services or the Terms must be filed within the applicable statute of limitations or, if earlier, within ONE (1) YEAR after the pertinent facts underlying such claim or cause of action could have been discovered with reasonable diligence. Otherwise, such cause of action is permanently barred.
MODIFICATION OF TERMS OF SERVICE
Just as community's contribution is essential to the Services, it is necessary for us to embrace the community's will in the modification of the Terms. To achieve it, we may notify you in advance in case of modification to the Terms, about the specifications about the revisions. We may also have a short period of time for receiving comments and embrace applicable ones. We may, however, fail to do so when the revisions are being made due to legal and administrative reasons. Though we will try to notice the users of changes in the Terms, it is your responsibility to check on any such changes in the Terms. We ask you to periodically review the most up-to-date version of the Terms from our Websites. Your continuing to access and use the Services or our Websites after the new version of the Terms take effect, whether you noticed it or not, constitutes an agreement to the new version of the Terms. For the sake of the Services, you, and other users, you cannot use the Services if you do not agree with the new version of the Terms.
The Terms do not create an employment, agency, partnership, or any relationship other than explicitly stated in the Terms between you and us, Pluto, Inc. If you have not signed a separate agreement with us, the Terms are the entire agreement between you and us. If there is any conflict between the Terms and a signed written agreement between you and us, the signed agreement will control. You understand that, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by us, you have no expectation of compensation for any activity, contribution, or idea that you provide to us, the community, or the Services. If any provision or part of a provision of the Terms is found unlawful, invalid, void, or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from the Terms and will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible with applicable law, and all other provisions of the Terms will remain in full force and effect. Our rights under the Terms will survive any termination of the Terms. In any circumstance, if we do not apply or enforce any provision of the Terms, it is not a waiver of that provision. Nor should it be considered a waiver of such provision when we fail to enforce any provision in the Terms. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in the Terms, we and you agree not to modify the applicable terms and requirements of any license that is employed on the Services or the Content when such license is authorized by the Terms. You agree that we may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms, by email, regular mail, or postings on the Services or our Websites. The Terms were written in English. While we hope that translations of the Terms, if any, are accurate, in the event of any differences in meaning between the original English version and a translation, the original English version takes precedence. We may assign or delegate the Terms, in whole or in part, to any person or entity at any time with or without your consent. You may not assign or delegate any rights or obligations under the Terms without our prior written consent, and any unauthorized assignment and delegation by you is void.
END OF TERMS OF SERVICE
We appreciate your taking the time to read the Terms, and we are very happy to have you contributing to the community, the Services, and academia worldwide. Through your contributions, you are helping to build something really big – not only an important ecosystem to enable a better practices of scientific research, but also a vibrant community of like-minded and engaged peers, focused on a very noble goal.