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The materials (i.e., test questions, clinical computer simulations, and standardized patient cases) of the USMLE, NBME’s self-assessment program and NBME subject examinations are copyrighted. Publishing any ‘remembered’ materials or replicas of these materials on The Student Doctor Network (or any other forum) is an unauthorized reproduction of NBME’s materials, constitutes copyright infringement and is strictly prohibited. Any violation of NBME’s copyrights and trademarks can not only lead to legal sanctions, but can also have professional consequences. Medical students and medical school graduates, prospective students, examinees of the USMLE and NBME self-assessment examinations and subject examinations are reminded that they are bound to the terms they agreed to follow regarding disclosure of intellectual property prior to the administration of one of these examinations. Failure to adhere to the terms of these policies will subject an individual to various penalties up to and including being barred from future USMLE examinations.

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"Fair use" of copyrighted materials is permitted. For example, posters may quote relevant text from articles, trade materials that are considered freely distributable, and advertise re-sellable items in the classifieds area.

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We ask that discussion of study materials be limited to those materials that can be obtained through legal means. We do not endorse the use of pirated study aids, such as scans and recordings of copyrighted works (including but not limited to "Goljan Audio"), and threads concerning their content or how to obtain them are no longer permitted in this forum.
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