If you use the Interactive Dental Ethics Application, also known as IDEA®, to include viewing, reading, operating, course and test taking, and evaluating, then you agree that you understand and accept the following disclosures, statements, terms, and conditions as an express Agreement between you or your organization and the American College of Dentists and any other distributors of IDEA®. If you do not accept this Agreement, then you may not use IDEA®.
Purpose. The purpose of IDEA® is to heighten ethical and professional responsibility, promote ethical conduct and professionalism in dentistry, advance dialogue on ethical issues, and stimulate reflection on common ethical problems in dental practice.
Copyright. IDEA® is Copyright © 2010-2012 by the American College of Dentists, Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.A. All rights are reserved. Except as specified in the Agreement below, IDEA®, or any portion thereof, may not be copied without the express written permission of the American College of Dentists. IDEA® is a trademark of the American College of Dentists and is registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Permission. You have permission to use IDEA® for personal or non-profit educational use only, provided you expressly agree to:
- Not alter IDEA®;
- Not sell, transfer, contribute, offer, give, or trade IDEA®; and
- Only use IDEA® in a manner consistent with the mission, principles, objectives, ideals, and reputation of the American College of Dentists.
IDEA® may be printed or copied for personal or non-profit educational use only subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. All other contemplated uses of IDEA®, to include printing, copying, and electronic duplication, require the express written permission of the American College of Dentists. By using all or part of IDEA® in a permitted application, the user agrees to credit the American College of Dentists and its Internet address as www.acd.org in any subsequent communications, regardless of mode, that include or reference IDEA®.
Possible Defects. IDEA® may contain defects that include, but are not limited to:
- Incomplete, inaccurate, incompatible, insecure, or corrupt content;
- Transcription and/or programming errors;
- Intellectual property infringement;
- Content that damages your hardware and/or software; and
- Infection by one or more computer viruses or other malicious computer code.
The possible defects are mentioned in the interests of disclosure, and such inclusion should not be interpreted to mean that IDEA® is offered with known defects. If defects are uncovered, please contact the American College of Dentists so that the defects may be addressed.
Registration and Security. Users must complete a simple registration process to download and use IDEA®. This is necessary for the operation and administration of IDEA® by the American College of Dentists. Information generated by users through registration is considered confidential and will not be sold or otherwise be made available to individuals or organizations outside of the American College of Dentists or the American College of Dentists Foundation without the permission of the user. Although the website from which IDEA® is downloaded, www.dentalethics.org, is considered a secure site and incorporates Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption protocol, the security of user-generated information is not guaranteed. There is a risk, believed to be small, that such information will be misdirected, lost, stolen, or co-opted for unauthorized access or use. If you are at all concerned about this risk, please do not register for IDEA®. General compilations of data from IDEA® that do not identify specific users may be collected, shared, analyzed, and/or published to improve IDEA® and/or advance our knowledge and understanding of ethics education and related areas.
Indemnity. By using IDEA® then you agree to indemnify and hold harmless against any and all claims arising out of said use or distribution, regardless of the cause, effects, or fault, the following:
- American College of Dentists and its agents, officers, members, and distributors;
- American College of Dentists Foundation and its agents, officers, and members; and
- Any person or entity involved in the creation, production, distribution, or delivery of IDEA®.
Limitation of Liability. Neither the American College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists Foundation, nor any person or entity that has been involved in the creation, production, distribution, or delivery of IDEA® shall be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, or incidental damage (including damage for loss of business profit, business interruption, loss of data, and the like) arising out of the use of or inability to use IDEA® even if the American College of Dentists has been advised of the possibility of such damage. Some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damage.
Warranty Disclaimer. The American College of Dentists and any distributor disclaim all liability to you for damages, costs, and expenses, including legal fees, for any real or alleged defect in IDEA®. You have no remedies for negligence or under strict liability, or for breach of warranty or contract, including, but not limited to, indirect, consequential, punitive, or incidental damages, even if you give notice of the possibility of such damages.
IDEA® is provided to you “as is” and “as available.” No other representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, are made to you regarding IDEA®, including, but not limited to, fitness for a particular purpose. No oral or written information or advice given by the American College of Dentists, its agents, officers, members, or distributors shall create a warranty, and you may not rely upon such information or advice. IDEA®—including the cases and all other contents—is not intended to:
- Provide legal advice;
- Provide advice or assistance in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of dental diseases or conditions; or
- Provide advice or assistance in the management of dental patients, practices, organizations, or personnel.
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of this Agreement, or portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision of the Agreement shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the parties, and the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. If any part of this Agreement is not legally binding, it shall in no way affect the validity of the other parts of the Agreement.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.