Access Permissions

The repository takes ethical and legal questions related to archiving language data seriously.

This means that, although the situation may vary from country to country and from resource to resource, we have to respect two kinds of moral and/or juridical rights:
  • The individual rights of privacy of the persons that have been recorded or in other ways contributed with, perhaps sensitive or private, materials. By no means a person should be harmed in any way by having data about them or their relatives archived.
  • The intellectual property rights or rights of authorship etc. of the persons that have been recorded and of the collectors and/or the members of the research projects who contributed time and effort in creating annotation, analysis and metadata.
We urge all persons that access any of the materials: please respect these rights and behave ethically. This means, in particular, if you make use of some of these materials, always recognize the authorship and cite the materials, referring to the original location.


In case a violation of the access permissions is observed the original data provider will be contacted and informed about the incident. If appropriate, the respective research community will be made aware of the misuse.

In case the violator can be identified, further misuse by this person/institution will be prevented if technically possible (e.g. by blocking of IP-adresses or IP-ranges). If feasible, the violator and the violator's home institution will be contacted on the issue personally.