Terms of Use of the Language Bank of Finland


Last updated: 2022-02-10


The Language Bank of Finland (”The Language Bank”) is a service center maintained by the national FIN-CLARIN consortium for storing and sharing digital resources and tools especially for researchers. FIN-CLARIN is represented by the University of Helsinki (business ID 0313471-7, address Yliopistonkatu 3 / PL 4, 00014 Helsinki). The University of Helsinki is also responsible for obtaining content to the Language Bank of Finland. The services for storing content with the Language Bank are provided by CSC – IT Center for Science, located at Keilaranta 14, Espoo, Finland, hereinafter referred to as the ”CLARIN B Centre in Finland”. The services provided by the CLARIN B Centre in Finland and by CLARIN Centres in other countries will be referred to as ”CLARIN Services”.

FIN-CLARIN is part of the international research infrastructure CLARIN ERIC. Hereinafter, ”CLARIN” is represented by FIN-CLARIN. The mission of CLARIN is to provide as wide access as possible to research materials and tools around Europe. To achieve this goal, we set some ground rules in this document.

By accessing or using, and in consideration of the CLARIN Services, the end-user agrees to abide by the Terms of Use below (hereinafter referred to as ”the Agreement”), which can be updated or modified according to article 9. In addition to these Terms of Use, the end-user must comply with the General Terms of Use for CSC’s Services for Research and Education.

Terms of Use

1. Governing Terms

1.1 The access to and use of CLARIN Services are governed by this Agreement and by its terms and conditions, which are hereby incorporated into CLARIN End-User License Agreements. The end-user’s attention is drawn to the provisions limiting access to certain categories of resources.

1.2 Any use of the CLARIN Services by means of the User Identity granted by the local identity provider (e.g., by a university or a similar organization) also signifies the end-user’s acceptance of the Terms of Use and the end-user’s agreement to be bound by them.

2. Definitions

2.1 All terms used in this Agreement, unless specifically defined herein, will have the meanings attributed to them in this Agreement. The following terms shall have the following meaning:

”Authorised Use” means use by a end-user who is accessing the CLARIN Services via the identity provided by a national identity provider.

”Academic Use” means use by a end-user who fulfils the criteria set by the national identity providers for Academic users and defined by CLARIN.

”Non-Commercial Use” refers to any use that does not generate income or is not used to promote the generation of income.

”User Identity” refers to the identity granted by a local identity provider or a CLARIN Centre of type A or B.

3. Access to CLARIN Services

3.1 CLARIN hereby grants the end-user a limited non-exclusive non-transferable license to access and use CLARIN resources under the terms of this Agreement and via the chosen User Identity.

3.2 Access to certain features and databases may be restricted by CLARIN.

3.3 The end-user will be responsible for all access to CLARIN Services by means of the chosen User Identity whether or not the end-user has knowledge of such access and use. CLARIN reserves the right to cancel any User Identity without notice.

3.4 The end-user understands and acknowledges that the User Identity is for his or her use only and that the end-user is prohibited from permitting any third party from accessing CLARIN Services by means of the User Identity.

3.5 Content Categories

CLARIN offers content in three different main categories:

  • Public Content (PUB)
  • Academic Content (ACA)
  • Restricted Content (RES)

The end-user understands and acknowledges that depending on the content the access may be limited based on this categorization and the User Identity. CLARIN may also require acceptance of additional licensing or usage terms for Academic and Restricted Content. The end-user agrees to use the content according to the conditions.

3.6 Sub-categories

The offered content or resource may belong to certain sub-categories indicated by the following category labels:

Identification and Access conditions

  • ID: The end-user needs to be authenticated or identified.
  • AFFIL=x: In order to use the resource, the end-user must be affiliated with some community, e.g. a community of researchers through a university or research institution (x=EDU) or a community of language research and technology researchers more generally (x=META)
  • PERM: The end-user can only be given permission to use the resource on a case-by-case basis, such as a mandatory fee or a research plan.
  • FF: A fee will be charged for getting access to the resource.
  • PLAN: The end-user must present a research plan before the licence can be granted. The end-user may only use the resource for the purpose described in the research plan.

General conditions of use

  • BY: The Author(s) of the resource must be mentioned in connection with use.
  • NC: The resource may not be used for profit-making purposes. Research projects involving Business Finland, the Academy of Finland or other similar parties are not considered to involve profit-making purposes, even if some of the funding comes from companies.
  • INF: The end-user is required to inform the rightholder in case a publication is created on the basis of the resource.
  • LOC: The resource may only be used in a specific location, centre or service.
  • LRT: The content is available only for language research and technology development.
  • PRIV: There are personal data in the resource. The end-user must comply with the data processing terms and conditions of the resource. The end-user may process the personal data in the resource only as long as there is a legal purpose for the processing, after which the personal data must be deleted.

Distribution conditions

  • NORED: The resource may not be disclosed to third parties. However, the resource may be disclosed to subcontractors with whom appropriate agreements have been made concerning the subcontracted service and the processing of personal data. Subcontractors are only allowed to use the resource to perform the service.
  • DEP: Modified versions of the resource can be made available through the CLARIN service by separate agreement with CLARIN.
  • SA: Derivative works can be redistributed under similar conditions, i.e. the license is reciprocal.
  • ND: The end-user is not permitted to distribute derivative works, i.e. works containing copyrighted parts of the original.

Other conditions

  • *: There are other non-standard conditions in the license that the end-user should pay attention to.

The end-user agrees to adhere to these requirements.

3.7 Content-Specific Licenses

In addition to the aforementioned categories, some content has its own license (for example a Creative Commons license), which may set additional limitations and requirements. The end-user agrees to follow these limitations and requirements.

4. Research Ethics

The end-user agrees to observe best practices regarding research ethics. This includes treating colleagues, stakeholders, customers, suppliers and the public respectfully and professionally, taking into account confidentiality when appropriate, respecting cultural differences and having an open and explicit relationship with government, the public, the private sector and other funders.

5. Availability of Services

CLARIN disclaims all responsibility and liability for the availability, timeliness, security or reliability of the services, software or other content provided through the CLARIN Services. CLARIN reserves the right to modify, suspend, or discontinue the services or access to the services without any notice at any time and without any liability to you.

6. Governing Law

These terms are governed by the laws of Finland without regard to the rules of conflict of law that may cause the laws of another jurisdiction to apply. The end-user agrees to the sole and exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the Helsinki District Court of Law in the event of any dispute of any kind arising from or relating to the CLARIN Services in Finland, or the end-user’s use or review of them. However, CLARIN has the right to use the laws of another jurisdiction to get injunctive measures against the misuse of the CLARIN Services.

If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision or portion of these terms to be unenforceable, the remainder of the terms will continue in full force and effect.

7. Data Protection and Privacy

The end-user agrees to follow the data protection practices of the Language Bank.

8. Usage Statistics and Automated Querying

CLARIN maintains usage statistics as a measure of readership and other use of the CLARIN Services by authors and researchers. It is a violation of CLARIN policy for a party to directly or indirectly use a CLARIN Service with a view to affecting download and other usage statistics, or to encourage others to do so. As part of its general right to refuse or terminate service and remove or edit the content of the CLARIN Services, CLARIN reserves the right in its sole discretion to limit access, remove content, and adjust usage statistics to respond to any activity that appears likely to have such an effect.

9. Amendments

9.1 If these Terms of Use are modified for legal, administrative or any other reasons, the Language Bank shall notify the end-users about these amendments by publishing the relevant information on the Language Bank website without unreasonable delay.

9.2 If the end-user continues to use the services after being properly notified about the amendment of the Terms of Use, it implies his consent to the new Terms of Use.

10. Termination

If the end-user violates the letter or spirit of this Agreement, or otherwise creates a risk or possible legal exposure for CLARIN, CLARIN can stop providing all or part of CLARIN Services. The Language Bank will notify the end-user at the next time he or she attempts to access the CLARIN Services.

Hae Kielipankki-portaalista:
Lotta Leiwo
Kuukauden tutkija: Lotta Leiwo


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