General Terms of Use

These Site Terms and Conditions (the "Terms") is a legally binding agreement made by and between The Interaction Design Foundation (hereinafter, “IDF”) and you, personally and, if applicable, on behalf of the entity for whom you are using this web site or any of its services (collectively, "you"). These Terms govern your use of IDF's web site located at www.interaction-design.org (hereinafter the “Site”) and IDF's services so please read the following carefully.

By accessing or using any part of the Site, you agree that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by this Terms. If you do not agree to be so bound, do not access or use the Site.

These Terms address your legal rights and obligations and include important disclaimers and choice of law and forum provisions.

1. Choice of Law and Forum Provisions (Governing Law)

The Site is run by IDF, a non-governmental, privately held organization located at Chr. Molbechs Vej 4, DK-8000, Aarhus C, Denmark. You agree that these Terms and your use of the Site and the materials and content produced by IDF are governed by the laws of Denmark. You hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts, tribunals, agencies and other dispute resolution organizations in Denmark in all disputes:

  1. Arising out of, relating to, or concerning the Site, IDF, and/or these Terms.
  2. Where the Site, IDF, and/or these Terms is an issue or a material fact.
  3. Where the Site, IDF, and/or these Terms are referenced in a paper filed in a court, tribunal, agency or other dispute resolution organization.

IDF has endeavored to comply with all legal requirements known to it in creating and maintaining the Site, but makes no representation that materials and/or content on the Site or produced by IDF are appropriate or available for use in any particular jurisdiction. You are responsible for compliance with applicable laws. Any use in contravention of this provision or any provision of these Terms is at your own risk and, if any part of these Terms is invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of these Terms shall govern such use.

2. Liability

Your use of and browsing of the Site is at your own risk. IDF does not warrant that the software used for the Site, and the information, material, and content on it, or any other services and materials provided by means of the Site or by IDF are error-free, or that their use will be uninterrupted. IDF expressly disclaims all warranties related to the above-mentioned subject matter, including, without limitation, those of accuracy, condition, merchantability and fitness for particular purpose. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary on the Site, in no event shall IDF be liable for any loss of profits, revenues, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other similar damages arising out of or in connection with the Site or out of the use of any of the services proposed by means of the Site.

IDF make no representations or guarantees about any aspect of the content on the Site and does not endorse any opinions expressed by any users. ALL CONTENT IS POSTED "AS IS" AND YOUR USE OR RELIANCE ON ANY CONTENT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE HAVE NO LIABILITY TO YOU FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF USING OR RELYING ON ANY CONTENT, ADVICE OR OPINION DISPLAYED IN THE SITE.

3. Updates

Internet technology, publishing technology, and the applicable laws, rules, and regulations change frequently. Accordingly, IDF reserves the unilateral right to update, modify, change and alter the Site, the Terms as well as its Data Use and Privacy Policy, at any time. All such updates, modifications, changes and alterations are binding on all users and browsers of the Site, readers of electronic and non-electronic versions of the publications produced by IDF. Such updates will be posted on the Site. Your continued use of the Site, either by registration or simple use, constitutes sufficient assent to any new or modified provision of this Terms that may be posted on the Site.

4. Legal Disclaimer

IDF and its authors make no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information, material, or content on the Site.

THE MATERIAL AND CONTENT POSTED ON THE SITE AND ANY CONTENT PROUDCED BY OR PUBLISHED THROUGH IDF ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS WARRANTY OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF ANY KIND INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL IDF BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF INFORMATION) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE MATERIALS, EVEN IF IDF HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

IDF, ITS AFFILIARES AND/OR PAYMENT PROCESSING VENDORS, SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE.

Because some jurisdictions prohibit the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential and or incidental damages, the above limitation may not apply to you. Furthermore, IDF does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of information of links or other items contained within these materials that have been provided by third parties.

5. Provision regarding change in attribution of copyrighted materials

Please contact us at hello@interaction-design.org if you, or your organization, wish to correct or change attribution or presentation of any image/material used on the Site, which you, or your organization, are the rightful copyright holder of. We will request that you submit proof of your ownership of the copyright on this material but will act immediately on any reasonable request.

6. Notice and procedure for claims of copyright infringement

Every effort has been made by the Site's individual contributing authors as well as IDF to discover and contact copyright holders of artwork/illustrations/content used on the Site. To the extent that a copyright holder could not be found or an inadvertent permissions or copyright error was made, IDF stands ready to remove content upon notice and request by a copyright holder. In the case that you believe that any content or other material provided through the Site allegedly infringes your copyright, you should notify IDF of your infringement claim in accordance with the procedure set forth below.

We will process each notice of alleged infringement which IDF receives and take appropriate action in accordance with applicable intellectual property laws. A notification of claimed copyright infringement should be emailed to hello@interaction-design.org (subject: "Takedown Request"). You may also contact us by mail at:

Chr. Molbechs Vej 4
DK-8000 Aarhus C.
Denmark

The notification must be in writing and must contain at least the following information:

  1. An electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner or the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest.
  2. A description of the copyrighted work that you allegedly claim has been infringed.
  3. A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Site that is reasonably sufficient to enable us to identify and locate the material.
  4. Means for IDF to contact you, such as your address, telephone number, and email address
  5. A written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  6. If you represent a publisher, a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the material has not been placed in the public domain, or licenced under another licence, before you acquired the copyright as this would possibly invalidate your copyright.
  7. A statement by you indicating that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

7. Trademarks and other rights

All trademarks, logos, service marks, collective marks, design rights, personality rights or similar rights that are mentioned, used or cited by IDF and its authors are the property of their respective owners. The use of any trademark in our materials does not vest in the author or IDF any trademark ownership rights in such trademarks, nor does the use of such trademarks imply any affiliation with or endorsement of IDF and its authors by such owners. As such, IDF cannot grant any rights to use any otherwise protected materials. Your use of any such or similar incorporeal property is at your own risk. Content which in IDF's reasonable opinion are believed to constitute trademarks may or may not have been labeled as such. However, neither the presence nor absence of such labels should be regarded as affecting the legal status of any trademarks.

8. Screenshots

Screenshots of copyrighted computer software, for which the copyright is held by the author(s) or the company that created the software, is believed to fall under the legal doctrine known as “Fair Use” in the USA (and similar laws in other jurisdictions). It is believed that reproduction for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, or research does not constitute copyright infringement. If you reuse screenshots, as well as any other information provided by IDF, you do so at your own risk and under the applicable copyright laws of your country.

9. Copyright of Abstracts

Abstracts in the Wiki Bibliography (/literature/) are submitted by their authors who use the wiki to make their research as accessible as possible to IDF's user community. When a webpage on the Site references, cites or lists a work from the bibliography, its abstract is included. Abstracts entail varying copyrights, depending on which publisher the work is published through. You should assume that abstracts in the Site fall under the copyright - with all rights reserved - of its publisher and/or author and therefore must always use/cite abstracts according to the Fair Use doctrine. You may visit the publisher's website to learn about the specific copyright terms (e.g. ACM, IEEE, or Springer) or contact the author directly. You must cite/use abstracts according to the principles of Fair Use as it may otherwise be construed as a copyright infringement and subject to legal action.

10. User Submissions / User Content

You hereby understand and acknowledge that additions to the Wiki Bibliography (including article abstracts), additions the Conference Calendar (including conference descriptions), user-contributed notes on each page (including text, photographs, graphics), or other materials posted by users on the Site (hereinafter referred to as the "Content") are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. This means that you, and not IDF, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post or otherwise make available to other users of the Site.

When submitting content to the Site, you agree to not:

  1. Impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity.
  2. Upload, post or otherwise make available any content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements).
  3. Upload, post or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights (the "Rights") of any party.
  4. Upload, post or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.
  5. Immediately notify IDF if you learn of a security breach or other illegal activity on the Site.
  6. Protect your username and password and not lease, transfer pledge or sell it.
  7. Not post content that contains explicit or graphic descriptions or accounts of sexual acts or is threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, or tortuous.
  8. Not engage in an activity that is harmful to us IDF's users, customers, advertisers, affiliates, vendors, or anyone else.
  9. Not use any device, software, platform or any other process to damage, disable, impair, or otherwise attack our Site or the networks connected to our Site.

You acknowledge that IDF shall have the right to immediately remove any Content that violates these Terms or is otherwise objectionable, at IDF's discretion.

You are responsible for obtaining, at your own expense, all equipment and services needed to access the Site. If you are accessing the Site through a mobile device, your wireless carrier may charge you fees for data, text messaging, and other wireless access or communications services. We do not guarantee that the Site can be accessed through all wireless devices or service plans or are available in all geographical locations.

11. Third Party Websites

If IDF provides links or pointers to other websites, no inference or assumption should be made that IDF operates, controls, or is otherwise connected with these websites. When you click on a link within the Site, we will not warn you that you have left a Site and are subject to the terms and conditions (including privacy policies) of the destination website. In some cases it may be less obvious than others that you have left a Site and reached another website. Please be careful to read the terms of use and privacy policy of any website before you provide any confidential information or engage in any transactions. You should not rely on these Terms for another website.

IDF is not responsible for the content or practices of any other website. By using the Site, you acknowledge and agree that IDF is not responsible or liable to you for any content or other materials hosted and served from any third party website.

12. Email communication: Confidential and proprietary information notice

Email messages sent from members of IDF, including emails generated from the use of the Site website, are proprietary to IDF, and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom they are addressed. Such messages may contain privileged or confidential information and should not be circulated or used for any purpose other than for what they are intended. If you receive a message from a member of IDF in error, please notify the sender immediately. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from using, copying, altering, or disclosing the contents of the message. IDF accepts no responsibility for loss or damage arising from the use of the information transmitted by email message including damage from virus.

You may not use or allow others to use your username and IDF email address to e-mail, instant message, voice mail, fax, chat, send spam (e-mail) and spim (instant messages), or send any other unsolicited bulk communication to users of the Site or anyone else. You may not access the Site to harvest or collect any information about our users for any purpose without our express written authorization. You may not create multiple usernames for sending unsolicited bulk communications or posting advertising or other notice on the Site. Any violation of these provisions may result in immediate suspension or termination of your membership.

13. Usage conditions

Please make sure that you understand that some or all of the information provided by IDF is being provided freely, and that no kind of agreement or contract is created between you and the owners, partners, users, or authors of this site, the owners of the servers upon which it is housed, the individual contributors of the IDF, any project administrators, sysops or anyone else who is in any way connected with this project. If you choose to use or copy anything from this site it does not create or imply any contractual or extra-contractual liability on the part of IDF or any of its members, partners, sponsors, affiliates, contributors or other users. Your use of any such or similar incorporeal property is at your own risk.

If a court of law finds that any provision of these Terms is invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions will continue to be valid and enforceable.

14. Membership

IDF currently offers three categories of paid membership to users: Student, Professional and IDF Design League. Such options are available when a user registers into the Site. Users cannot sell, transfer, lease or otherwise allow unauthorized third parties to use access/use their account. Company memberships and institutional memberships are subject to these Terms, including all further authorized individual accounts.

Your IDF membership will begin on the day you finish your registration process and payment is processed through one of our payment gateways, whichever comes later, and will continue on a year-to-year basis (in the case of the Student Membership and the Professional Membership, which are paid yearly) and a month-to-month basis (in the case of the IDF Design League membership, which is paid monthly) unless you cancel your membership or we terminate it according to these Terms.

IDF will bill your monthly or yearly membership fee to your current payment method. You must cancel your membership before it renews each year (for Student Memberships and Professional Memberships) or each month (for IDF Design League Memberships) in order to avoid billing of the next month's or year's membership fees to your payment method.

Any materially different or additional terms from those described in these Terms (including company and institutional memberships) will be disclosed when you create your account and sign-up into your membership or in other communications made available to you, including e-mail. IDF hereby reserves the right to modify, terminate or otherwise amend its offered membership plans.

15. Termination

IDF will have the right to terminate your access to the Site if it reasonably believes you have breached any of the terms and conditions of these Terms. Following termination, you will not be permitted to use the Site. If your access to the Site is terminated, IDF reserves the right to exercise whatever means it deems necessary to prevent unauthorized access to the Site, including, but not limited to, technological barriers, IP mapping, and direct contact with your Internet Service Provider. These Terms will survive indefinitely unless and until IDF chooses to terminate them, regardless of whether any account you open is terminated by you or IDF or if you have the right to access or use the Site.

16. Force Majeure, website downtime, and service outages

IDF will not be liable for failing to perform under these Terms because of any event beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation, a labor disturbance, an Internet outage or interruption of service, a communications outage, failure by a service provider to IDF to perform, fire, terrorism, natural disaster, or war.

17. Limitation of Actions

You acknowledge and agree that, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action you may have arising out of, relating to, or connected with your use of the Site, must be filed within one calendar year after such claim or cause of action arises, or forever be barred.

18. Billing, Payments, Refunds, Cancellation

Billing. By starting your IDF membership and providing your payment method (e.g. Credit Card, PayPal account, or other payment methods introduced in the future), you hereby authorize IDF to charge and process a monthly or yearly membership fee depending on the membership type at the then-indicated current rate, and any other charges you may incur in connection with your use of IDF's services. In other words, you authorize the IDF to initiate payment collection for your membership without further consent from you until you cancel (see below for information on cancellation).

IDF hereby reserves the right to adjust pricing for its services or any components thereof in any manner and at any time, as determined in IDF's sole and final decision. Except as otherwise expressly provided for in these Terms, any price changes to your membership will enter into force following e-mail notice to you.

The fee for your membership service will be billed at the beginning of the paying term of your membership and each month or year thereafter (depending on whether the given membership is paid monthly or yearly). IDF reserves the right to modify or otherwise change billing dates. In the event your membership begins on a day not contained in a given month, IDF may bill your payment method on a day in the applicable month or such other day as IDF deems appropriate.

Payments. Online payments for services offered through the Site are currently done by our Paypal, Stripe, and Clearhaus/Quickpay, collectively referred to as “Payment Gateways”. All Payment Gateways are external, third party payment processing vendors and their payment services and other services are subject to their respective Terms and Conditions. IDF hereby reserves the right to offer further Payment Gateways, which will be governed and subject to the respective terms and conditions of such third party payment processing vendors. IDF does NOT directly or indirectly, receive, retain, store or use your credit card information - in fact it never touches the IDF servers. Your credit card data constitutes sensible personal information which will be processed by third parties not directly related to IDF.

If a payment is not successfully charged, due to credit card expiration, insufficient funds, or otherwise, and you do not edit your payment method information or cancel your account, you shall remain responsible for any uncollected amounts and authorize us to continue billing the payment method, as it may be available and/or updated. For certain payment methods, the issuer of your credit card or other payment method may charge you transaction fees or other charges. IDF is not responsible for such fees or charges. Please revise your payment method service provider for details.

Refunds. IDF currently offers a 30 day money-back guarantee for first-time payments of its memberships - unless of course there is a material and documented issue (like fraudulent or mischievous behaviour by you). Such material and documented issue shall be jointly considered between you and IDF, and you accept that IDF decision will be final, at its sole and absolute discretion. All other payments made to IDF are, as a general rule, not refundable. However, IDF may provide you a refund or other consideration, with the amount and form - and the decision to provide it - at its sole and absolute discretion. Any effectuated refund does not entitle you to further refunds or other considerations in the future for similar instances, nor does it obligate IDF to provide them in the future, under any circumstance.

Cancellation.strong> You may cancel your IDF membership at any time. That can be done in two ways:

1) You can delete your payment method and simply let your membership run out without adding a new payment method. We will send you a series of emails urging you to renew but if you do not respond, we will cancel your account. If you choose to cancel this way, you will continue to access your account service through the end of your monthly or yearly billing period.

2) The second method is to go to your account page and cancel your account immediately. If you manually cancel your membership, your account will close immediately - as opposed to at the end of your current billing period - and therefore your membership credit will be forfeited.

19. Taxes and VAT

In the name of Simplicity for IDF's members/clients and the online user experience, our prices always include VAT when applicable. IDF is based in Denmark, so IDF may charge a 25% VAT on payments, depending on which originating country the member or customer is based on.

20. Ownership

The Site and its services are operated by The Interaction Design Foundation, an LLC incorporated under the laws of Denmark, with its main office in Aarhus, Denmark.

Address:
The Interaction Design Foundation
Chr. Molbechs Vej 4
DK-8000 Aarhus C.
Denmark

21. Changes to the Site

IDF may, in its sole discretion, change, modify, suspend, make improvements to, or discontinue any aspect, functionality, content or service of the Site, temporarily or permanently, at any time without notice to you, and IDF will not be liable for doing so.

22. Additional Terms

These Terms contain the entire understanding between you and IDF regarding the use of the Site and the services of IDF, and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements and understandings between you and IDF relating thereto. These Terms will be binding upon each party hereto and its successors and permitted assigns. These Terms and all of your rights and obligations under them may not be assignable or transferable by you without the prior written consent of IDF. No failure or delay by a party in exercising any right, power, or privilege under these Terms will operate as a waiver thereof, nor will any single or partial exercise of any right, power or privilege preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, power, or privilege under these Terms. You and IDF are independent contractors, and no agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer relationship is intended or created by these Terms. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Terms will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of these Terms, all of which will remain in full force and effect.

23. Legal Disputes

Any dispute arising from the use of the Site or the interpretation of the terms is governed by the laws of Denmark, and shall be settled by the courts of Denmark. All communications regarding legal matters must be made in writing to:

The Interaction Design Foundation
Chr. Molbechs Vej 4
DK-8000 Aarhus C.
Denmark