Welcome to this site
Hamel and its affiliates provide access to this website (the 'website', 'this site') subject to the conditions set out on this page. It's all standard stuff - it is in our interest to provide you with a good, secure service, and to ensure that you don't steal others people's intellectual property or content. By using the website, you signify your agreement to be bound by these conditions.
Free speech is good but don't put up illegal or indecent materials
We are big fans of freedom of speech, but there are some restrictions. Here's what you cannot put up on this site: things that you've stolen or don't have permission to use, things that incite violence, hatred or misogyny, things that are libelous, and pornography of any kind.
Basically, we absolutely totally try our very hardest to ensure that the private information you tell us stays private. We are not in the business of selling your personal information to third-parties.
Our role in all this
This is a platform that provides access to other people's content as well as our own. We strive to ensure that the content on this site that we put up is of the highest quality, for example by using only peer-reviewed content, however we cannot guarantee the accuracy of content put up by third parties and library owners.
We also strive to inform you about the source and copyright of all content on this site. Please contact us if you think we, or a library owner, have made a mistake in this - we will do our best to sort it out. Our copyright policy can be found here.
The knowledge on this website is copyrighted by the rights holders, and you are bound by the terms and conditions that they set out. In general, you have the right to view the content but not copy and distribute it. What you do with the knowledge you gain from consuming their content is up to you. Clearly, we are not responsible for your actions. However if you go on to make shed loads of money, you could come back and say thank you - we accept cash in most major currencies (and also a few minor ones such as the Euro!).
We put a lot of effort in to ensuring that your account details are kept secure. If you use the website, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer to prevent unauthorised access to your account. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. You should take all necessary steps to ensure that the password is kept confidential and secure and should inform us immediately if you have any reason to believe that your password has become known to anyone else, or if the password is being, or is likely to be, used in an unauthorised manner.
We reserve the right to refuse access to the website, terminate accounts, and remove or edit content at our discretion.
Access to this site
We do our best to ensure availability of the website. But this is the internet (!) so it cannot be guaranteed. Your access to the website may be occasionally suspended or restricted to allow for maintenance or upgrading of our services. We try to limit the frequency and duration of any suspension or restriction.
Licence for access this site
This bit is really technical but we have to put it in...
We grant you a limited licence to access and make personal use of this website, but not to download or modify it (other than caching), or any portion of it, except with express written consent of Hamel. This licence does not include any commercial use of this website nor its contents, nor any use of data extraction tools and techniques.
You need our express written consent to copy, edit, reproduce or otherwise exploit our website. You also need our express written permission to add anything to our website, such as graphics and meta-tags.
You can link to this site. You are granted a limited, revocable, and non-exclusive right to create a hyperlink to the home page of this site as long as the link does not portray us in a derogatory or offensive manner. You may not use any hamel logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of the link without our written permission.
If you use a voucher on hamel you to agree with these terms & conditions and also with additional terms and conditions set by the person/ organisation who issued the voucher code.
In return for giving you the benefits of the voucher (typically access to content with adjusted pricing), the owner of the content can stipulate that we tell them your name and email address. This does NOT mean they have the right to contact you. If the voucher owner does require your name and address, it will be stated in the terms and conditions that you agree to at the time of redeeming, and you agree to us providing those details.