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The World Bank Terms and Conditions

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The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and its officers, agents, employees, and content providers (referred to below as “The World Bank” or “we” or “us” or “our”) maintain this web site (the "Site") as part of efforts to provide broad public access to information. We encourage you to use the information and data it contains (the "Materials") as well as communications tools designed to facilitate this use. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the Site, the Materials, those communications tools, and any new tools made available by us that alter or improve your use of the Site or the Materials shall be subject to this agreement (these “Terms and Conditions”), and by using the Site you consent to be bound hereby.

For some of the Materials, such as the Datasets listed in The World Bank Data Catalog or the Publications made available in the Open Knowledge Repository, The World Bank has specific terms of use, all of which are hereby incorporated by reference. Those specific terms of use are available on the pages through which the relevant Materials are accessible, and are also collected here:

http://www.worldbank.org/terms-of-use-datasets

http://www.worldbank.org/terms-of-use-okr

For the remainder of the Materials, you may make non-commercial uses thereof, but you may not make any commercial use, including without limitation reselling them, charging to access them, charging to redistribute them, or charging for derivative works based on them. The foregoing license is conditioned upon your providing proper attribution to The World Bank and its content providers in the following format: “The World Bank: The World Bank authorizes the use of this material subject to the terms and conditions on its website, http://www.worldbank.org/terms.”

The World Bank administers this Site. The World Bank Group is comprised of IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development), IDA (International Development Association), IFC (International Finance Corporation), MIGA (Multilateral Guarantee Agency), and ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes). All Materials on this Site from the various members of The World Bank Group, and other content providers, appear subject to these Terms and Conditions. In addition, the members of The World Bank Group and such content providers may have additional terms and conditions that govern the use of their material.

Unless expressly stated otherwise, the findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in the Materials in this Site are those of the various authors of the Materials and are not necessarily those of The World Bank Group's Boards of Executive Directors or its member countries.

No Endorsement

You may not publicly represent or imply that The World Bank is participating in, or has sponsored, approved, or endorsed the manner or purpose of your use or reproduction of the Materials. The World Bank will prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, any use of World Bank Materials in a manner that falsifies, misrepresents, disparages, or fraudulently uses the Materials.

No Association

You may not use any trademark, official mark, official emblem, or logo of The World Bank, or any of its other means of promotion or publicity, without The World Bank's prior written consent nor in any event to represent or imply an association or affiliation with The World Bank.

Usernames and Interactive Tools

In order to access certain portions and features of the Site, you may have to create a “username” and complete an account registration process. If you do so, you agree to provide accurate, current, and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Site's registration forms. You also agree to update your account information in a prompt manner in order to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account password and username, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or username. Please immediately notify The World Bank of any unauthorized use of your password or username or any other breach of security.

If this Site contains tools that enable you to “Post” (i.e., upload, post, make available, communicate, send, share, or transmit) Materials (collectively referred to as “Interactive Tools”), you agree not to use the Interactive Tools to do any of the following:

  • > Violate any applicable law or encourage or provide instructions to another to do so.
  • > Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
  • > Post any infringing, obscene, indecent, or unlawful material or information.
  • > Misrepresent your identity.
  • > Collect or store personal information about anyone.
  • > Send “spam” email messages to anyone.
  • > Upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer.
  • > Delete any author attributions, legal notices, or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded.
  • > Falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.
  • > Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, or conduct or forward surveys, contests, or chain letters on the Site.
  • > Download any file posted by another User that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.

You acknowledge that exchanges using Interactive Tools are public and not private communications. Further, you acknowledge that Postings by other users are not endorsed by The World Bank, and such Postings should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by The World Bank. The World Bank reserves the right for any or no reason to remove without notice any Materials or Posts received from users.

You grant The World Bank a royalty-free, irrevocable, transferrable, sublicensable, and non-exclusive perpetual license throughout the universe for use in any and all media whether now known or hereafter devised to use and exploit (including without limitation by reproduction, distribution, public display, adaptation, and/or public performance) any and all Materials that you Post.

Application Program Interfaces

The World Bank Application Programming Interfaces (“APIs”) are tools that allow you to retrieve and use certain Materials. The World Bank APIs enable retrieval of various Materials, grouped generally into calls to retrieve Materials found on the Site.

For use of the APIs in connection with some of the Materials (such as Datasets listed in The World Bank Data Catalog), The World Bank has specific terms of use, all of which are hereby incorporated by reference. Those specific terms of use are available on the pages through which the relevant Materials are accessible, and are also collected here: http://www.worldbank.org/terms-datasets. For use of the APIs in connection with other Materials, you may use the APIs to facilitate non-commercial uses of the Materials, but you may not use the APIs to facilitate commercial uses of the Materials, including without limitation reselling them, charging to access them, charging to redistribute them, or charging to create derivative works based on them.

The World Bank may release updated versions of the APIs at its sole discretion. New versions may not be compatible with previous implementations, and you agree to use the most recently updated version.

You agree not to modify, distribute, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any portion of the APIs or any software of The World Bank.

You may not use the APIs in a manner that exceeds reasonable request volume or constitutes excessive or abusive usage, as determined by The World Bank at its sole discretion.

You may not use the APIs in a manner that is unlawful or that harms The World Bank, its service providers, its content providers, or any other person, as determined by The World Bank at its sole discretion.

The World Bank may monitor your use of the APIs. You may not use any technical means to interfere with such monitoring, and we may use technical means to overcome any such interference.

You agree not to facilitate access to Materials by using our APIs without entering into binding agreements with users of the Materials which limit use of the Materials in a manner that is consistent with these Terms and Conditions.

Please contact The World Bank at API data@worldbank.org with any questions regarding the APIs.

Procedure for Sending Complaints Regarding Materials

If you believe that your rights, or the rights of a third party, including any intellectual property rights, are being violated in any way by any Materials on the Site, please contact us at:

Complaints:
The World Bank Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20433
Tel: 202 458 1530
Fax: 202 522 1589
email: legalhelpdesk@worldbank.org

We will work to prevent unlawful activity from taking place on or through the Site.

Procedure for Sending Copyright Notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

If you have a good faith belief that your copyright is being infringed by any Materials on the Site and you want to provide The World Bank with a notification of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), please send a Notice of Claimed Infringement, including the information listed below, to The World Bank’s Designated Copyright Agent:

Designated Copyright Agent:
The World Bank Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20433
Tel: 202 458 1530
Fax: 202 522 1589
email: legalhelpdesk@worldbank.org

The World Bank has instituted a policy designed to enable, at The World Bank’s sole discretion, the expeditious removal of infringing material and the termination of the usernames and access of users who qualify as repeat infringers. Please make sure that any Notice of Claimed Infringement you send to The World Bank’s Designated Copyright Agent includes all of the following:

  • > A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  • > An identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works.
  • > An identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material.
  • > Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted.
  • > A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  • > A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Disclaimers, Releases, and Limitations on Liability

YOU USE THE SITE, MATERIALS AND API AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE WORLD BANK PROVIDES THE SITE, MATERIALS, AND APIS "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE". THE WORLD BANK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND RELATED TO THE SITE, MATERIALS, AND APIS, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE, MATERIALS, OR APIS. THE WORLD BANK MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (1) THE SITE, MATERIALS, OR APIS WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (2) THE SITE, MATERIALS OR APIS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE; (3) THE RESULTS OF THE SITE, MATERIALS, OR APIS WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE; (4) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, OR MATERIAL OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS; OR (5) THE SITE, ITS SERVERS, THE MATERIALS, OR APIS, OR COMMUNICATIONS SENT FROM THE WORLD BANK WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. NO INFORMATION OBTAINED BY YOU FROM THE WORLD BANK OR THROUGH THE SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

The World Bank may or may not review Materials that you Post, but it shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to review, reject, or remove any and all Materials at any time for any or no reason whatsoever with or without notice to you.

The World Bank reserves the right, at its sole discretion for any reason or no reason at any time and from time to time and with or without notice to you, to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Site (or any part thereof) or to terminate your username and account and/or your access to the Site (or any part thereof). Under no circumstances shall The World Bank be liable for any loss, damage, liability, or expense incurred or suffered which is claimed to result from your use of this Site, including without limitation, any fault, error, omission, interruption, or delay with respect thereto.

Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall The World Bank or ANY ENTITY THAT IS A MEMBER OF THE WORLD BANK GROUP, or any other content provider, be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, EXEMPLARY, or consequential damages, even if The World Bank has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

You specifically acknowledge and agree that The World Bank is not liable for any conduct of any User. You hereby release The World Bank from claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with the conduct of any User. You also waive California Civil Code §1542, which says: "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor." You also waive any and all benefits and rights that would otherwise accrue to you by reason of the provisions of any federal or state statute or principle of common law of any state of the United States, or any political entity or nation, province, or local law or regulation that may govern this release, which statute, regulation, law, or principle provides in substance something similar to California Civil Code § 1542.

This Site may contain advice, opinions, and statements of various content providers. The World Bank does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement, or other information provided by any content provider, or any User of this site, or other person or entity. Reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement, or other information shall also be at your own risk. The World Bank shall not be liable to any you or anyone else for any inaccuracy, error, omission, interruption, timeliness, completeness, deletion, defect, failure of performance, computer virus, communication line failure, alteration of, or use of any content herein, regardless of cause, for any damages resulting therefrom.

As a condition of use of this Site, you agree to indemnify The World Bank and other members of The World Bank Group from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of your use of this Site, including without limitation any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by you of these Terms and Conditions. You will cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any such claim. The World Bank reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and you shall not in any event settle any matter without the written consent of The World Bank.

Other parties may have ownership interests in some of the Materials contained on the Site. The World Bank in no way represents or warrants that it owns or controls all rights in all Materials, and The World Bank will not be liable to you for any claims brought against you by third parties in connection with your use of any Materials.

Nothing in this Site or any Materials shall be construed, implicitly or explicitly, as containing any investment recommendations. The World Bank is not registered under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Accordingly, nothing in such Site, or in such Materials, constitutes an offer of or an invitation by or on behalf of The World Bank to purchase or sell any shares or securities, nor should it be considered as investment advice.

This Site may contain links to third-party web sites. The linked sites are not under the control of The World Bank, which is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The World Bank does not endorse the linked to sites.

You acknowledge that these Terms and Conditions constitute a non-exclusive agreement. The World Bank may develop products or services that compete with products or services that you offer without incurring any liability.

Governing Law

Any dispute between The World Bank and you arising out of, or in connection with, the Site or your use of the Site which cannot be amicably settled between the parties to such dispute shall be arbitrated in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect by one arbitrator appointed in accordance with those rules. The arbitration shall take place in the District of Columbia. Any resulting arbitration decision shall be final and binding on both parties. Judgment upon any arbitration award in favor of The World Bank may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The World Bank Terms and Conditions and the relationship between you and The World Bank shall be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia as an agreement wholly performed therein without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Preservation of Immunities

Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development or of any World Bank Group entity, which are specifically reserved.

Miscellaneous

These Terms and Conditions may be amended by The World Bank from time to time at our sole discretion. Upon amendment, we will place a notice on our homepage. Please periodically review the controlling version of these Terms and Conditions. By continuing to use the Site subsequent to The World Bank making available an amended version of these Terms and Conditions, you thereby acknowledge, agree, and consent to such amendment.

These Terms and Conditions include The World Bank Privacy Policy, available at http://www.worldbank.org/privacy, which is hereby incorporated by reference.

The failure of The World Bank to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. No waiver by The World Bank of any provision of this Agreement shall be binding except as set forth in writing and signed by its duly authorized representative.

These Terms and Conditions are fully assignable by The World Bank and will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of our successors and assigns.

No agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer, or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by these Terms and Conditions. You agree not make any public statements that assert or imply any relationship with The World Bank, unless you have The World Bank's prior written approval.

If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the court should nevertheless endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these Terms and Conditions remain in full force and effect.

The World Bank reserves all rights not expressly granted under these Terms and Conditions, and no other rights are granted by implication or estoppel or otherwise.

The headings in these Terms and Conditions are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.


Last updated: 2010-04-19




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