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Reluctance to use SIPHS

Posted by PLOSBiology on 07 May 2009 at 22:13 GMT

Author: Neil Smalheiser
E-mail: neils@uic.edu
Additional Authors: Vetle Torvik
Submitted Date: June 13, 2006
Published Date: June 14, 2006
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We viewed the SIPHS site with great anticipation, but are dismayed to see the Terms of use, which states: "All the text, images, marks, logos, compilations (meaning the collection, arrangement and assembly of information), and other content of the Website, all of the foregoing provided by SIPHS, and any of the foregoing sent to you by e-mail or other means (collectively, the Website Content) are proprietary to us or to third parties."

Does this mean what we think it means? Anything that we post on the site belongs to SIPHS, and we give up ownership? This should be clarified - not too many people will use the site freely under those terms.

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