Discussion Group Terms, Conditions and Disclaimers

The following are the terms and conditions that apply to every discussion group on the website of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (collectively "AAOS"). By participating in a discussion group on the AAOS Website, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions below. If you do not wish to be bound by these terms and conditions, you should not participate in the discussion groups.

Purpose of Discussion Groups

Discussion groups on the AAOS website are provided as a service to AAOS Fellows and members. They are available to AAOS Fellows and members and to authorized AAOS and state orthopaedic society staff.

Liability of Users

  1. Users are warned that they may be personally liable for anything they communicate on the AAOS website, including but not limited to defamatory, discriminatory, false or unauthorized information. Do not post any confidential, defamatory, libelous, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, obscene or illegal materials.
  2. Users are cautioned that they are personally responsible for complying with requirements of applicable copyright and trademark laws and regulations. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the written permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that it owns the copyright with respect to such material and/or has received the written permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants AAOS and users of this list the non-exclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print and use such information or other material.
  3. Users are cautioned not to engage in any concerted activity that may be construed as resulting in an "unreasonable restraint of trade." Do not post any material regarding specific prices or fees charged or paid. Do not post any information concerning prices, reimbursements, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale either obtained by or offered to another entity. Do not post materials concerning market shares, salaries, sales territories, profit margins, or encouraging the selection or rejection of customers or suppliers.
  4. Do not post any medical information about a specific, identifiable patient without the patient's express written consent.

Liability of AAOS

AAOS accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. In no event shall AAOS be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, arising out of or in connection with the posting, use or performance of any information posted on this site.

AAOS does not make any warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by AAOS or any third party. This disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness.

AAOS Monitoring of Website

AAOS does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the AAOS's attention, AAOS will take actions as appropriate, which may include removing certain material without prior notice.

In addition, the AAOS reserves the right to monitor the discussion groups for content of postings.

Termination of Access

AAOS reserves the right to terminate access to any participant in an AAOS discussion group who does not abide by these terms and conditions.