Terms of Use for Decompanion

Welcome to Decompanion. By accessing and using our website and tools, you agree to comply with the following terms and conditions. Please read these terms carefully before using the services provided by Decompanion.

1. Use of Data

  • Access and Usage: Access to the data on Decompanion is limited strictly to individuals who are professionally affiliated with forensic taphonomy, including related fields such as forensic science, anthropology, and law enforcement. All users are required to register using their professional or academic email addresses. Approval for access is contingent upon verification of these email addresses.
  • Proper Sourcing: When utilising data from Decompanion in any published research, presentation, or educational material, users must acknowledge the source of the data appropriately. This includes citing the tool and any specific datasets employed.
  • Restrictions: The data available on Decompanion must not be used for any unlawful purpose. The use of data for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited unless expressly permitted by Decompanion in writing.

2. Contribution of Data

  • Suitability of Data: Contributors are required to ensure that all data and imagery uploaded to the platform are appropriate for academic and research use, and do not contain any offensive, illegal, or sensitive personal information.
  • Intellectual Property: By uploading data to Decompanion, contributors affirm that they hold the rights to or have obtained permission to use and share the data. Contributors grant Decompanion a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify, and adapt the data for the purpose of enhancing the platform’s offerings.
  • Data Integrity: Contributors are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the data provided. Decompanion reserves the right to remove any data that does not meet its standards or that could potentially compromise the quality and reliability of the platform.

3. Professional Conduct

  • Ethical Use: Users must engage with Decompanion in a manner that upholds the ethical standards of forensic taphonomy and respects the dignity and privacy of individuals who may be represented in the data.
  • Security and Confidentiality: Users must maintain the security and confidentiality of their account details and must not share access with others. Decompanion implements robust security measures to protect data, but the responsibility for safeguarding login credentials rests with the user.

4. Monetisation and Advertising

  • Adsense Advertising: By using Decompanion, users agree to the display of advertisements provided by Google AdSense as a means to financially support the maintenance and development of the web application. These advertisements will be relevant and non-intrusive to ensure a positive user experience.

5. Limitation of Liability

  • No Warranties: Decompanion provides its services “as is” without any express or implied warranties including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.
  • Indemnity: Users agree to indemnify and hold harmless Decompanion and its affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of these Terms of Use, your violation of any law, or your violation of the rights of a third party.

6. Changes to Terms

  • Revision of Terms: Decompanion reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. Users are encouraged to periodically review these terms to stay informed of any changes. Continued use of the platform after such changes constitutes acceptance of the new terms.

7. Termination

  • Account Termination: Decompanion reserves the right to terminate or suspend access to the platform for any user who violates these terms.

By registering for and using Decompanion, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use.