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Terms of Use

Introduction. By accessing the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) website, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions below, whether you are a CHEST member or nonmember visitor to the site. Please read the terms and conditions carefully. If you do not wish to be bound by these rules, you may not access or use this site.

Personal Use Only. All materials posted on this website are subject to copyrights owned by CHEST and other entities or individuals. Except where broader use is expressly authorized on this website, you agree not to share CHEST or third-party postings on this website (including current and archived postings of continuing medical education materials) with anyone.

CHEST hereby grants you a limited license to reproduce, retransmit, and reprint, only for your own personal use (except where broader use is expressly authorized on this website), part or all of any materials on this website with respect to which CHEST is the copyright owner, as long as the copyright notice contained in such materials or portion thereof is included in such reproduction, retransmission, or reprinting.

All rights not expressly granted in this section are reserved. You may not reproduce, sell, publish, distribute, modify, display, repost, or otherwise use any portion of any materials found on this website in any other way or for any other purpose, unless CHEST or the other copyright owner identified in the document has expressly granted prior written consent to such use. Requests regarding use of the content for any purpose other than personal, noncommercial use should be in writing, directed to CHEST's General Counsel.

No Medical Advice. The information posted on this website by CHEST or any third party should not be considered medical advice and is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified medical professional. As a matter of policy, CHEST does not answer specific medical questions or refer people to a particular medical professional.

Online Conduct. You must use this website only for lawful purposes and are prohibited from posting any unlawful, harmful, threatening, anticompetitive, abusive, harassing, defamatory, or obscene material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material that encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law.

Solely by way of example, you may not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that it owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owners to use it in such manner. By posting communications, the posting party grants to CHEST a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, translate, distribute, perform, and display those communications alone or as part of other works in any form, media, or technology, whether known or hereafter developed and sublicensed such rights through multiple tiers of sublicenses. The posting party further agrees to grant other users of this website the right to access, view, store, and reproduce the communications for personal use.

Also, solely by way of example, you may not post any anticompetitive information or material, such as information or material regarding specific prices or fees charged or paid. You also should not post any information or material concerning discounts or terms or conditions of sale or service either obtained by or offered to another person or entity.

CHEST does not actively monitor this website for inappropriate or objectionable postings and does not undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to our attention, we reserve the right, but have no obligation to, review and remove such postings that we consider to be inappropriate, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable.

CHEST may terminate your access to this website immediately and without prior notice, and bar you from further use of this website if you violate these "online conduct" provisions or any other provision of the CHEST Website Terms of Use.

Third-Party Content. On some areas of this website, CHEST is a distributor only, and not a publisher, of messages and other content supplied by members, visitors, and other third parties. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, or other information or content made available by members, visitors, and other third parties are those of the respective author(s). CHEST cannot and does not endorse it in any way, nor does it vouch for its accuracy or usefulness. CHEST disclaims all liability relating to such third-party content, as described below under the heading "Disclaimer of Liability."

No Endorsement. References to any products, services, hypertext link to third parties or other information by trade name, trademark, supplier, or otherwise do not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation by CHEST.

Errors. Information on this website may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors.

Information Subject to Change. Information on this website may change from time to time without any notice.

Member Passwords. CHEST members are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of their passwords. Members should keep passwords in a safe place, not divulge them to anyone, and remember to log out and close their browser window when finished with a session on the website, to ensure that others cannot access their account. Members are responsible for any harm caused by disclosing or allowing disclosure of any password. Also, members are fully responsible for all activities and purchases that occur under their passwords.

Confidentiality. CHEST members agree to keep information gained as a result of their membership confidential.

Security. CHEST takes precautions, including use of sophisticated encryption and authentication tools, to protect the security of personal information that you share with us. In addition, many areas of this website require the use of a user ID (or e-mail address) and password as an additional security measure that helps protect your information. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, and the browser software you are using might "cache" a page as you look at it, meaning that some pages are saved on your computer’s temporary memory even after you "log out" to end a secure session. As a result, while CHEST strives to protect your personal information, it cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to or from this website, and you do so at your own risk. For more information regarding online privacy, please refer to CHEST’s Privacy Policy posted on this website.

CHEST monitors this website to ensure proper operation and to verify the functioning of applicable security features. By using this website, you expressly consent to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this website, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize the site for other than its intended purposes, are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

No Warranties. This website is provided on an "as is," "as available" basis without warranties of any kind, express, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, those of TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE or NON-INFRINGEMENT, or any warranty arising from a course of dealing, usage, or trade practice.

CHEST does not warrant that its services and system will be uninterrupted, error free, free from unauthorized intrusion, or that the services or system will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality; nor does CHEST make any warranty as to the results or information obtained from use of its service or system or the Internet, in general.

No oral advice or written information provided by CHEST or any third party shall create a warranty; nor shall you rely on any such information or advice. Reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by CHEST.

Disclaimer of Liability. You assume all responsibility and risk associated with your use of this website. Under no circumstances whatsoever, including negligence, and regardless of legal theory, shall CHEST, any of its officers, regents, executive committee members, members, related entities, employees, representatives, other agents, or anyone else involved in creating or maintaining this website, be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL or CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, or LOST PROFITS) that result from any of the following: (i) your use or inability to use this website and/or any other websites that are linked to this website, (ii) your reliance on any methods, products, recommendations, instructions, ideas, or other information obtained from this website and/or any other websites that are referenced or linked to this website, or (iii) mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, viruses, errors, defects, or any failure of performance, communications failure, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to this website or contamination of your computer system or information. In states that do not allow some or all of the above limitations of liability, liability shall be limited to the greatest extent allowed by law.

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