Terms & Conditions
Terms and Conditions of use for the Map of Life website
- Intellectual property: copyright and trade marks
- Accessibility policy
- User obligations when accessing our website
- Exclusions and limitations of liability
- Contact details for enquiries
2. Intellectual property: copyright and trade marks
Our website, its design and content, and all technical infrastructure relating to it is protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights.
2a. Reproduction of material
Material contained in our website may be downloaded, viewed and printed for personal non-commercial use or for internal non-commercial circulation within your organisation provided that no trade mark, copyright or other proprietary notices contained in or appearing on such material are removed in whole or in part. Material contained in our website may not otherwise be copied, reproduced or redistributed in whole or in part without our prior written permission. In particular, it must not be reproduced or exploited for commercial gain. All other rights are reserved and you must ask our permission before making any other use of material contained in our website. This permission to reproduce material does not extend to material identified as belonging to third parties. You must obtain the permission of the relevant owners before reproducing such material.
2b. Names, trade marks and logos
The names, trade marks and logos used and displayed on our website are the registered and unregistered trade marks of the Map of Life or of others. You may not use these names, trade marks or logos without prior written permission from the relevant owner(s). In addition to the active domain name www.mapoflife.org, the Map of Life owns full rights to the following domain names: www.mapoflife.net, www.mapoflife.info, www.mapoflife.org.uk, www.mapoflife.co.uk.
Images (photographs, figures, line drawings and all other graphics) within the Map of Life website are used freely and with permission. The images are protected by whatever rights their author(s) has applied. These rights are indicated in the metadata for each image we have used, which can be viewed from within the website.
2d. Ownership of original content
The Map of Life owns the copyright for all original textual and graphical content in the website, whether generated by employees or sub-contractors.
3. Accessibility policy
The Map of Life website has been designed to be as accessible as possible for all our users. We realise that not everyone will interact with the site in the same way, but we want the information to be available to as many people as possible.
A key part of the design process is to follow recognised standards-compliant technology and code. The pages are built using valid XHTML, and CSS is used to control the layout and appearance of all the elements. Where we provide contact details, the code is microformatted.
Modern, standard web browsers such as Firefox and Safari will display the site as it is intended, but it will also display well in Internet Explorer. The site is not designed for use in mobile devices.
All pages should display well with or without stylesheets or images enabled. All text is re-sizeable. All images have ALT text, and abbreviations or acronyms have associated explanatory text - for example, if users hover over the abbreviation "XHTML", a tool-tip will appear to explain what the letters stand for.
Mouse and keyboard compatibility
For those who do not use a mouse to select and activate links on a web page, it is possible to use the TAB key to move from one hyperlink to the next, and the ENTER key to activate a link.
We do not use accesskeys as a navigation tool because of the possibility that the chosen key combinations could clash with built-in shortcut combinations, in a particular the web browser or operating platform (for more information on accesskey problems, see this article).
Many links include a small piece of explanatory text, called a tool-tip, which appears if users hover their mouse-pointer over it. This feature is not used where we deem that the link itself (e.g. a piece of text) is self-explanatory.
Although web browsers are designed to present web pages, rather than handle complex printing, it is possible to print out pages from the Map of Life website. These print outs may be sub-standard relative to the original web page, sometimes retaining useless information such as navigation menus, or else can appear cramped and poorly laid-out.
As users may sometimes wish to print the text of a Topic or a Category, we first display the number of words in each Topic, to help users decide if printing will be a good idea, and second we have tried to make the printed versions of pages as legible and attractive as possible. All printouts will be readable, even if their format is altered somewhat in the printing process.
4. User obligations when accessing our website
In accessing any part of our website, you agree:
(i) not to use our website in such a way that disrupts, interferes with or restricts the use of our website by other users;
(ii) not to upload, display or transmit any materials to or through our website which are false, plagiarised, offensive, defamatory, threatening, obscene, unlawful or which infringe the rights (including copyright) of any other person anywhere in the world;
(iii) not, except insofar as permitted by law, to reverse engineer, decompile, copy or adapt any software or other code or scripts forming part of our website or attempt to transmit to or via our website any information that contains a virus, worm, Trojan horse or other harmful or disruptive component;
(iv) not to change, modify, delete, interfere with or misuse data contained on our website and entered by or relating to any third party user of our website; and
5. Exclusions and limitations of liability
Owing to the nature of the Internet we cannot guarantee that our website or the websites to which it is linked will always be available to you. We also cannot guarantee that any material which you download from or access on our website or the websites to which it is linked will be free from infection, viruses and/or other code that has contaminating or destructive properties. You should therefore ensure that you have appropriate protection against viruses and other security arrangements in place whilst using the Internet.
Our website has been prepared with the primary aim of providing information about convergent evolution. Although every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information and material we have prepared for our website was accurate at the time of publication, it is subject to variation at any time without notice and we give no warranty whatsoever that any information or material on our website will be accurate or complete at any particular time or at all. If you believe that any information or material which we have prepared for and published on our website is inaccurate or misleading please let us know and, if we agree that the information or material is inaccurate or misleading, we will correct it as soon as is reasonably practical.
In no circumstances shall we be liable to you for any direct or any indirect or consequential loss, loss of profit, revenue or goodwill resulting or arising from your use of or inability to use our website or any other website linked to it, or from your reliance on the information, material and services provided on our website or information, material and services accessed through it.
Our failure at any time to enforce any right we may have against you does not mean that we have waived our right or that we will not enforce that right at a later time.
8. Contact details for enquiries
Requests for further information about these Terms and Conditions or any subject presented in the Map of Life may be directed to:
Postal address: Map of Life Enquiries
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Cambridge
Terms and Conditions last updated July 2009