The MIT Press has established some rules of the road for its members.
CogNet Members agree to seven basic rules designed to maintain CogNet as an interesting, lively, courteous, and legally permissible place:
- Members may not interfere with other Members' use and enjoyment of CogNet (for example, by harassing, threatening or stalking another participant of a chat room, forum, seminar, or threaded message, including the use of expressions of bigotry, racism, hatred, or profanity);
- Members may not use CogNet to conduct any activity that is illegal or violates the rights of others, provide instructional information about illegal activities, or promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual;
- Members may not use CogNet to advertise or sell products or services to others;
- Members must immediately inform The MIT Press if they have reason to believe that another Member is infringing any copyrights or other proprietary materials;
- Members may not post or transmit material that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, fraudulent, harmful, threatening, abusive or hateful, that contains nudity or pornography, that violates the property rights of others (including without limitation infringing use of a copyright or trademark), that violates the privacy or publicity right of others, that is in violation of applicable laws, or that is used to circumvent manufacturer-installed copy-protect devices, including serial or registration numbers for software programs, or any type of cracker utilities;
- Members may not post or disclose any personally identifiable information belonging to children or display material that exploits children under 18 years of age; and
- Members may not impersonate another Member or CogNet staff member.
A Member posting material represents that such material is owned by the Member or used with permission of the copyright holder; the Member grants to The MIT Press a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display such content (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in such content.
The MIT Press has no responsibility for the content of any material posted by Members. However, if a Member violates this Agreement or if The MIT Press believes in good faith that any portion of the material a Member posts is infringing any copyrights or proprietary rights, The MIT Press reserves the right in its sole discretion to (i) edit or delete in whole or in part such Member's posted material appearing on CogNet, (ii) refuse access to all or portions of CogNet to such Member, and/or (iii) terminate such Member's membership. Member profiles, posted messages, participation in forums and chat rooms, and any other Member posted content contain the opinions and views of other Members and The MIT Press is not responsible for their content.
General Behavior Guidelines for Members
The MIT Press asks that Members observe the same common courtesies that they would observe at any face to face academic gathering (or that people would expect them to observe!). Members should avoid ad hominem attacks (criticisms that are aimed at the person rather than at the ideas being espoused). The MIT Press reminds Members that, because tone of voice and facial expressions do not easily travel over the Internet, the intent of a message can easily be misinterpreted by others. The MIT Press asks that Members make the effort to type those extra few words that can change what would otherwise be a rude message into a polite, but vigorous questioning of an idea or concept.
For Members' own protection, Members should not give any personal information or their password to anyone whether in chat rooms, forums or threaded messages. CogNet's staff will never ask a Member for their password.
The content of CogNet is derived from many sources, including but not limited to MIT Press, other publishers, and individuals who post material of their own. Some of this material is copy-protected, and it is a violation of the Member license to disable or assist others to disable such copy protection. With respect to any material included in CogNet that is not copy-protected, a Member may:
- Download articles, chapters, and other similar quantities of such material for personal use, and archive similar quantities of such material on his/her own personal computer. Note: the purpose of this is to enable research-driven, as-needed downloading. This means (among other things) that bulk downloading is expressly forbidden, as is serial or cumulative downloading that results in a Member reproducing on his or her computer, in effect, all or any substantial subset of any journal issue or book or other work contained on CogNet.
- Print out journal articles, chapters of books, and other similar quantities of such material for personal use. As above, bulk printing and serial printing that results in the user reproducing all or any substantial subset of any journal issue or book or other work contained on CogNet are not allowed.
- Send one copy of any article, chapter, and other similar quantity of material by email, hard copy, or fax to one person at another location for that individual's personal use as above. This means (among other things) that bulk forwarding is expressly forbidden, as is serial or cumulative forwarding that results in a third person's reproducing on his or her computer, in effect, all or any substantial subset of CogNet.
- Make traditional scholarly re-use of material within the bounds of fair use. All other uses are prohibited. Without limitation, a Member may not: disseminate any such material except as noted above; make multiple copies in either digital or paper form; or store any electronic file of such material on any intranet or other centrally accessible network or server, including but not limited to for "coursepack" purposes. Also please note that the above permissions to download, print out, and distribute copies, do not apply to materials (including, without limitation, monographs) that are copy-protected, and any attempt to disable copy-protection of such materials is a violation of the licenses herein granted.
Member Information and Privacy
The MIT Press is firmly committed to protecting the privacy of all members of its online communities to the fullest extent possible while also using whatever measures necessary to meet the its legal obligations with respect of copyright protection and the safeguarding of intellectual property rights of authors and other providers of content for MITP sites.
To this end, we have created this privacy statement to explain our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website and to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. This statement applies to all information solicited or gathered on this following site: http://cognet.mit.edu/.
This site contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.
Our site's registration form requires users to give us contact information (such as their name, address and e-mail address). We use this information to send hard copy materials which individual users have purchased. The e-mail address may also be used to contact the user about new or upgraded services, or content which might be of specific interest to that person. Users may opt-out of receiving e-mails; see the choice/opt-out section below.
Users may opt-out of receiving e-mails; see the choice/opt-out section below.
Each time you visit http://cognet.mit.edu, we keep a record of the following information:
- the IP address you connect from
- the list of pages you visit
- the time each page is visited
- the page from which you were referred to the current page
- the user agent (browser) used
We use this information to help diagnose problems with our server and to gather broad demographic information with which to improve the administration of our site.
This site uses both permanent and transient cookies for the purposes of access control and to help monitor frequency of visits.
This site contains an order form through which users may request information, products, and services. Contact information from the order form is used to deliver the orders and to contact the user concerning the status of the order. Users may opt-out of receiving e-mails; see the choice/opt-out section below.
Where financial information is collected, this information is used to check the validity of the individual's order, and then bill for products and services.
The MIT Press or MIT may periodically send e-mails to CogNet Members who, when registering, gave their permission to receive such e-mails. Any Member may remove themselves from such e-mail list by sending an e-mail to CognetAdmin@mit.edu with only the word "remove" in the body of the message.
The MIT Press further reserves the right to share current or past user information internally within MIT. The MIT Press is, however, also free to disclose aggregate user information (such as the geographic spread of membership, or general age or gender cohorts) to third parties. However, NO PERSONAL INFORMATION (E-MAIL ADDRESS, HOME ADDRESS ETC) OBTAINED FROM USERS WILL BE SOLD OR SHARED FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. Except as stated in this paragraph, The MIT Press will not share information specific to Members with third parties.
The MIT Press reserves the right to release current or past user information to third parties for limited purposes in the event The MIT Press believes that accounts are (i) in violation of this Agreement, (ii) used to commit unlawful acts, and/or (iii) is required to be disclosed to comply with applicable laws or regulations, or with a court or administrative order. Except as stated in this paragraph, The MIT Press will not share information specific to users with third parties. The MIT Press reserves the right to modify these provisions effective upon posting an amendment.
CogNet users may opt-out of receiving communications from us at the point where we request personally identifiable information about the user. In addition, users may access, update, and correct any personal information contained on the system by accessing the contact information, interests, and privacy setting controls from within their own personal Cognet account Workspace.
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Links to Other Websites
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Member Representations and Warrantees
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Member agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless The MIT Press, its affiliates and suppliers from any liability, loss, claim and expense (including attorneys' reasonable fees) related to (i) Member's violation of this Agreement, and (ii) Member's posting of material to CogNet.
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Changes to CogNet and the Agreement
The MIT Press may make improvements or changes in the information, services, products, and other materials on CogNet, or terminate CogNet, at any time without notice. The MIT Press may modify this Agreement at any time, and such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting of the modified agreement. Accordingly, Member agrees to review this Agreement periodically, and Member's continued use of CogNet shall be deemed Member's acceptance of the modified agreement. Notification of any such modifications will be distributed to registered CogNet members via email and via electronic postings to the CogNet site member workspace. Member agrees to review the Agreement prior to purchasing any goods or services and purchase of a good or service shall be deemed acceptance of the Agreement.
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