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Understanding Shakespeare API Terms and Conditions


The JSTOR Labs Understanding Shakespeare API (“Shakespeare API”) provides programmatic access to a database matching quoted text passages from articles in JSTOR to individual lines in online editions of Shakespeare plays provided by the Folger Shakespeare Library (“The Folger”). These Terms and Conditions of Use will apply to your use of the Shakespeare API and any content, features or functionality made available from or through this web site (“Shakespeare API Site”). By using the Shakespeare API, you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions of Use. JSTOR, which is a service of ITHAKA, reserves the right to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time. The most updated Terms and Conditions of Use will be posted on the Shakespeare API site.

  1. Permitted Uses

    Registered users of the Shakespeare API may
    1. query the Shakespeare API using the available methods;
    2. download resulting aggregated output to view, use and display;
    3. view document-level data; and
    4. develop and share applications to perform the foregoing functions.
  2. Prohibited Uses

    Users may not
    1. use the Shakespeare API and/or any output derived from it for commercial purposes or gains;
    2. attempt to override, circumvent, or disable any encryption features or software protections employed in the Shakespeare API;
    3. undertake any activity that may interfere with, disrupt or otherwise burden the Shakespeare API or Shakespeare API Site or any third-party server(s) being used or accessed in connection with either;
    4. distribute and/or make available a significant portion of downloaded Folger and/or JSTOR content as part of the creation and/or provision of a database that may be used independently from or as a substitute for the Shakespeare API or the JSTOR Labs Understanding Shakespeare site (https://labs.jstor.org/shakespeare/); or
    5. make any use, display, performance, reproduction, or distribution that exceeds or violates these Terms and Conditions of Use.
  3. Terms for User-Generated Applications

    We encourage users to develop their own applications for use in connection with the Shakespeare API (“User Generated Applications”) and to share these with our community. Links to these may be posted on a designated space at labs.jstor.org. Please note that any User Generated Application(s) that are shared must be shared in accordance with the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike 4.0 license.
  4. Attribution

    Users who display or otherwise distribute output or information obtained from or in connection with the Shakespeare API must credit JSTOR and Folger Digital Texts (“Courtesy of JSTOR and Folger Digital Texts”). In addition, any time you create a new version or distribute Folger Digital Texts in a form other than the ones we make available here, you must credit Folger Digital Texts as the original source, provide a link to the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported license [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/deed.en_US], and state whether any changes were made to the content.
  5. Privacy Policy

    Use of the Shakespeare API indicates acceptance of ITHAKA’s Privacy Policy available at http://ithaka.org/privacypolicy as it may be amended from time to time. ITHAKA does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information (“PII”) from anyone under the age of 13. If it is discovered that ITHAKA has collected PII from someone under the age of 13, ITHAKA will delete that information immediately.
  6. Warranty and Indemnity

    You represent and warrant that any User Generated Applications will not infringe any patent, copyright, trade secret or other proprietary right of any third party and will not contain a virus, spyware, or other harmful component. You agree to indemnify and hold ITHAKA and The Folger harmless from any and all liability and costs incurred in connection with any claim arising out of your breach of this representation and warranty and these Terms and Conditions of Use. You will cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any claim. ITHAKA and The Folger reserve the right, at their own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you.
  7. Disclaimers

    THE SHAKESPEARE API SITE, CONTENT, AND ACCESS SOFTWARE, INCLUDING USER GENERATED APPLICATIONS, ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS, AND ITHAKA, THE FOLGER AND ANY AND ALL THIRD PARTY CONTENT AND SOFTWARE PROVIDERS AND/OR LICENSORS ("CONTENT PROVIDERS") DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, CONDITIONS, OR REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND (EXPRESS, IMPLIED, ORAL, OR WRITTEN) RELATING TO THE SHAKESPEARE API, CONTENT, DOCUMENTATION, ACCESS SOFTWARE, OR ANY PARTS THEREOF, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, COMPATIBILITY, MERCHANTIBILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. ITHAKA AND THE FOLGER MAKE NO WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO ANY HARM THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY THE TRANSMISSION OF A COMPUTER VIRUS, WORM, TIME BOMB, LOGIC BOMB, OR OTHER SUCH COMPUTER PROGRAM. ITHAKA AND THE FOLGER FURTHER DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY AND MAKE NO WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS OR THIRD PARTY CLAIMS REGARDING THE CONTENT AND FURTHER DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY AND MAKES NO WARRANTY WITH RESPECT TO ANY CLAIMS AND/OR THREATENED CLAIMS (INCLUDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS CLAIMS AND/OR THREATENED CLAIMS) RELATING TO LINKS BETWEEN THE SHAKESPEARE API SITE AND OTHER SITES AND/OR THE CONTENT ON SUCH LINKED SITES AND ANY AND ALL USES OF THE CONTENT.
  8. Governing Law

    These Terms and Conditions of Use will be interpreted and construed according to United States law, excluding any such laws or conventions that might direct the application of the laws of another jurisdiction, and venue will lie exclusively in the federal and state courts of the United States, excluding any such laws to the contrary.
  9. Any use of the Shakespeare API beyond the scope or in violation of these Terms and Conditions of Use, or any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity, may be grounds for termination of your access to the Shakespeare API from your IP address, without notice and at ITHAKA's sole discretion. In addition, ITHAKA or the Folger may terminate access to the Shakespeare API for any reason or no reason in its discretion.
  10. DMCA Notifications

    If you believe that such content violates your copyright or otherwise violates your rights, please send a written notice to ITHAKA directed to the Office of the General Counsel, ITHAKA, 2 Rector St., New York, NY 10006 or send an email to the address listed at the U.S. Copyright Office DMCA Designated Agent Directory. Please provide with your notice the following information, consistent with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act:
    1. a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner;
    2. identification of the copyrighted work(s) claimed to have been infringed;
    3. identification of the infringing material and information that will permit JSTOR to locate the material;
    4. information that will permit us to contact you, including an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted;
    5. a statement by you that, in your good faith belief, use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
    6. a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. Upon such notification, or if ITHAKA learns of such a claim from another source, ITHAKA may remove such content pending the resolution of such claim.