OMIM Use Agreement


  1. Please read this USE AGREEMENT carefully before using this website. This Use Agreement applies to any individual, institution, or organization that uses OMIM.org through its front end, including its mirror sites, the OMIM.org API, or downloads of OMIM data from the site.

  2. OMIM is based on the biomedical literature which is constantly evolving. OMIM data are for research and educational use only. OMIM is not a replacement for the original source or a real-time search of the biomedical literature and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation.

  3. By accessing and using OMIM you agree to be bound by all the terms and conditions set forth in this USE AGREEMENT. This USE AGREEMENT shall constitute a legally binding agreement between the user and Johns Hopkins University (hereinafter “JHU”). If you do not wish to be bound by its terms, please refrain from accessing or using OMIM.

  4. Users accessing OMIM and OMIM data by implementation of an internet robot are bound by this agreement and the rules in https://omim.org/robots.txt.

  5. The rights in and to OMIM (excluding information contained therein obtained from third parties) vest in JHU. JHU holds the copyright and trademark to OMIM and OMIM.org, including the collective data therein and provides access to any individual subject to the terms set forth in this USE AGREEMENT.

  6. The license granted hereunder shall become effective on first use and remains in force until terminated as provided in this USE AGREEMENT.

  7. Use of OMIM.org is provided free of charge to any individual for personal use, for educational or scholarly use, or for research purposes through the front end of the database. Any individual , commercial and not-for-profit entities and institutions (hereafter called User) wishing to download all or part of OMIM is subject to the terms of this USE AGREEMENT.

  8. Users at for-profit or commercial entities who want to download all or part of OMIM must obtain a license by paying applicable licensing fees to and entering into a license agreement with JHU which has the exclusive right to license the access to and use of OMIM to users worldwide. Such license agreement may be in standard form or negotiated between you and JHU. By accessing and using OMIM or related information, you agree to be bound by our standard license agreement and pay any related fees stipulated therein. In addition, if you access OMIM without a license, you agree to payment of penalties of double the standard license. Requests for information regarding a license for commercial use of the OMIM database may be sent via e-mail to JHTT-Communications@jhmi.edu.

  9. Subject to the terms and conditions of this USE AGREEMENT, JHU grants User a non-exclusive, non-transferable and non-sub-licensable license.

  10. User may not sell, lease, rent, sublicense, assign, export or transfer in any other manner the OMIM data or the rights of access to or use thereof, or any underlying information, software or other technology, and/or any documents, CDs or any other tangible media representing, embodying or containing any of the foregoing or portion thereof, to any person or entity.

  11. No license is granted hereunder to any enhancement or update of or to OMIM.

  12. JHU may modify the OMIM data or OMIM.org, including, without limitation, by the removal, reduction or addition of functionality or content; and/or discontinue, temporarily or permanently access to or use of OMIM; and/or change and amend this USE AGREEMENT as provided in clause 28 below, including, without limitation, by adding terms that JHU may be required to "pass through" to User as a result of a separate agreement between JHU and a third party.

  13. If OMIM data are downloaded in whole or part from the site or API servers and used in a database or analysis software, the data must be refreshed at least weekly. Proper attribution to OMIM and OMIM data must be given.

  14. An API key is required to access the OMIM API. This unique KEY will be generated upon registration, must be renewed yearly, and must be included with every request. Johns Hopkins University reserves the right to revoke the key at its discretion.

  15. Although steps have been taken to prevent unauthorized alterations or modifications to OMIM and OMIM.org, security mechanisms implemented for OMIM and OMIM.org have inherent limitations. JHU expressly disclaims any warranty that queries to OMIM and/or OMIM.org and other information that Users transmit over the World Wide Web will be protected from third party access. Any loss or damage caused to Users arising out of or in connection with the access to and/or use of OMIM and/or OMIM.org will be borne exclusively by the User, and User agrees that neither JHU nor any of its respective directors, officers, or employees shall have any liability for any such loss or damage.

  16. Notwithstanding that the access to and use of OMIM.org is currently free of charge and requires no registration, in consideration for the use, JHU may require User to provide certain information to JHU. If so requested, the User agrees to: (i) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about User as required (such information, the "User Information"), and (ii) maintain and promptly update the User Information on OMIM.org to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If JHU requests the User to provide User Information and the User provides such information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or if JHU has reason to believe the same, then JHU shall have the right to suspend or terminate the license granted hereunder and to refuse to provide the User with any current or future access to and use of OMIM.

  17. JHU is entitled to monitor access to and use of OMIM and/or OMIM.org, as long as no personally identifiable information is collected without User's prior consent. JHU may use certain aggregate information related to the use of OMIM and/or OMIM.org, provided that such information will not include personally identifiable information, except as authorized by User. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such personally identifiable information (if collected) may be provided by JHU to third parties in the good faith belief that such action is reasonably necessary to comply with applicable laws, legal process or to enforce this USE AGREEMENT. Furthermore, JHU may use personally identifiable information with respect to commercial users.

  18. JHU shall not be obligated to provide User with any support relating to the use of OMIM, except for online documentation contained in OMIM.org.

  19. OMIM and/or OMIM.org may provide links to and data from other World Wide Web sites or resources. JHU does not endorse and is not responsible for any data, software or other content available from such sites or resources or their privacy policies. User acknowledges and agrees that JHU shall not be liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss (direct or indirect) relating to User's use of or reliance on such data, software or other content. User shall be solely responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses and/or for compliance with applicable terms of use, as may be required to use data, software or other content from such sites or resources.

  20. USER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT OMIM, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE DATABASE OF INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN, IS EXPERIMENTAL AND ACADEMIC IN NATURE, AND IS NOT LICENSED BY THE U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION OR ANY OTHER REGULATORY BODY.

  21. OMIM IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITH ALL FAULTS. JHU MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO OMIM OR OMIM.ORG INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS. WITHOUT DEROGATING FROM THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, JHU DOES NOT WARRANT THAT OMIM WILL MEET USER'S REQUIREMENTS OR THAT USE OF OMIM WILL BE FREE OF INFECTION OR VIRUSES, ERROR-FREE, UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE OR WILL PRODUCE ACCURATE RESULTS. USER SHALL BEAR TOTAL AND EXCLUSIVE RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK FOR THE USE OF OMIM. USER SHALL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY RESULTING DAMAGE TO USER'S COMPUTER SYSTEMS OR LOSS OF DATA.

  22. USER AGREES THAT JHU AND ITS RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES (COLLECTIVELY, THE "INDEMNITEES") SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LIABILITIES, COSTS, LOSSES, DAMAGES OR EXPENSES (INCLUDING LEGAL COSTS AND ATTORNEYS' FEES) CAUSED TO OR SUFFERED BY ANY PERSON OR ENTITY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, USER), THAT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISE OUT OF OR RESULT FROM USE OF OMIM BY USER, BREACH OF THIS USE AGREEMENT BY USER OR VIOLATION OF ANY RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY (ALL OF THE FOREGOING, COLLECTIVELY, "CLAIMS"). WITHOUT DEROGATING FROM THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE INDEMNITEES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOST DATA OR LOST PROFITS WHETHER ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE.

  23. User agrees to defend, indemnify and hold the Indemnities harmless from and against any Claims arising from User’s use of OMIM.

  24. The license granted hereunder will automatically terminate if the User does not comply with this USE AGREEMENT. Either JHU or User may terminate the license granted hereunder and USE AGREEMENT (as between JHU and User) without notice, at any time, for any reason. Upon any termination of the said license and USE AGREEMENT, User's right to use OMIM shall immediately cease. The provisions of clauses 12, 15 and 16 above and clauses 18 and 19 above shall survive the termination of this USE AGREEMENT.

  25. User acknowledges and agrees that OMIM, including, without limitation, text, data, compilation, software, sound, photographs, video, graphics or other material contained in or presented to User as part of OMIM and the arrangement thereof, and any JHU software used in connection with OMIM, contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. User shall not copy, reproduce, distribute or create derivative works of or otherwise modify OMIM or any part thereof.

  26. User agrees not to reverse engineer, recompile, dis-assemble, copy or otherwise attempt to discern the source code of any component of OMIM. JHU reserves the right to terminate any CPU intensive processes. User may not mount an attack against OMIM, attempt to gain root access, or conduct any other activity intended to disrupt OMIM.

  27. User may not assign or transfer User's rights under this USE AGREEMENT. JHU may assign all or any of its rights and obligations under this USE AGREEMENT to any third party without User's consent. USE AGREEMENT will inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the successors and assignees of JHU.

  28. Changes and amendments to this USE AGREEMENT shall be published on the Website and become effective upon the date of publication. User will not receive a personal notice of such changes and amendments. User agrees to monitor the Website regularly for notices of such changes. By continuing to access and/or use OMIM after such changes and amendments become effective, User shall be deemed to have accepted the modified this USE AGREEMENT.

  29. User agrees to access and use OMIM in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. User agrees not to use OMIM for any illegal or wrongful purposes.

  30. If any provision of this USE AGREEMENT is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such provision shall be substituted by a provision which achieves to the greatest extent possible, the same effect as would have been achieved by the invalid provision and all other provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

  31. JHU's failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this USE AGREEMENT shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

  32. This USE AGREEMENT shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland without regard to or application of choice of law rules or principles. User hereby consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts in the state or federal courts of Maryland.