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Terms of Use of the Website of NAOJ

  1. Usage
  2. Waivers
  3. Scope and terms of use
  4. Unauthorized use
  5. Links to this site
  6. Privacy policy

1.Usage

All copyrighted works on this site are property of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan with exceptions. (Note 1)

Use of any text, images, audio, video, or other materials (“Copyrighted Work(s)” hereinafter) found on the site of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, National Institutes of Natural Sciences (“NAOJ” hereinafter) are subject to these Terms of Use. Viewing, downloading, linking, reposting, and any other action on this site shall be deemed consent to these Terms of Use.

These Terms of Use are subject to review and modification without notice. Notice of modifications and modified Terms of Use will be posted to this site.

(Note 1) Some copyrights are jointly owned by NAOJ and other institutions; others are not owned by NAOJ. Back

2.Waivers

NAOJ manages and operates this site with the utmost of care, but bears no liability for any damages incurred as a result of the use of this site or information contained on this site.

NAOJ may modify or delete information contained on this site without notice, and may suspend or terminate the operation of this site without notice. In such cases, NAOJ bears no liability for any inconvenience or other problems resulting therefrom.

NAOJ may link to the sites of other institutions and organizations (“External Site(s)” hereinafter) for the convenience of users. Use of linked External Sites is subject to the individual Terms of Use of the External Site (site policy).

3. Scope and terms of use

NOAJ Copyrighted Works on this site may be used within the following scope and subject to the following terms. Separate terms apply to copyrights that are jointly owned by NAOJ and other institutions and to copyrights that are not owned by NAOJ.

(1) Scope of use

Copyrighted Works may be used without obtaining the permission of the copyright holder provided such use is for educational activities at schools and other educational institutions or personal use as set forth in the general restrictions on rights in the Copyright Act of Japan. (Note 2)

Copyrighted Works may also be used without obtaining the permission of the copyright holder within the following scope. (Note 3)

For all other cases, the consent of the copyright holder is required prior to using the Copyrighted Works. However, even if the above conditions are satisfied, in the cases when the Copyrighted Works include the images or videos in which a person can be identified, prior request and permission are required. In addition, prior permission is required when NAOJ’s Copyrighted Work is the main material for the product or the logo is used. Parties desiring to use Copyrighted Works shall apply to NAOJ using the standard format.

Use of Copyrighted Works on this site in the following activities is expressly prohibited in all circumstances.

  1. Use for purposes in contravention of public order and morals
  2. Use under applications that submitted with false information
  3. Use that misleads regarding NAOJ and related undertakings, or other specific organizations or individuals; use that significantly undermines the image or credibility of NAOJ, related undertakings, or other specific organizations or individuals

NAOJ retains the right to prohibit use it deems to be inappropriate.

(Note 2) Article 30-Article 47-8 Back

(Note 3) Selling the Copyrighted Works on this site themselves (e.g. stock photography service) is not allowed without prior permission. Back

(2) Conditions on use

(Explicit credit)

Unless explicitly stated to the contrary, explicit credit shall be given to NAOJ when using Copyrighted Works on this site by, for example, including indications such as “(c) National Astronomical Observatory of Japan,” “(c) NAOJ,” “Courtesy of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan,” and “Courtesy of NAOJ.”

4. Unauthorized use

NAOJ retains the right to halt usage and the right to seek compensation for damages in the event that, in the reasonable judgment of NAOJ, the user has failed to comply with these Terms of Use.

5. Links to this Site

Links to this site may be made at will. However, the following actions are prohibited.

6. Privacy policy

(1) Scope, handling, and management of collected personal information

(Access logs)

This site records and keeps access logs such as access date and time, terminal information (hardware model, operating system, and browser), IP address, reference URL, etc. Access logs are used to preserve network security, to prevent fraud, to optimize network and computer resources, and to statistically analyze access trends and numbers.

For details on how we collect, use, and manage access logs, see “General Access Logging Policy in NAOJ (GALP)”.

The access log may be analyzed by processing it into aggregate statistical information so that the individual cannot be identified. The analysis results are used to see the access tendencies of the users and used as reference for site management. Analysis results may be announced.

Some of the NAOJ sites are analyzed by “Google Analytics.” For details, please refer to “(3) About the use of Cookies.”

(Collecting Personal information for various services)

This site collects the minimum necessary personal information for registrating to various services, contact forms, etc. The collected personal information is used for the purposes of that service only; it will not be used for other purposes. Also, we will properly and safely manage the personal information and use it in reasonable ways. We will delete the information after it has served its purpose and the required storage period expires.

(2) About the discloser, correction, use-stoppage, and deletion of the personal information

In principle, the personal information collected in this site will not be disclosed or provided to third parties except for the following cases.

When NAOJ is requested from users themselves, to disclose, correct, stop using, or delete personal information based on the provisions of laws and regulations, NAOJ follows the procedures specified by the National Institutes of Natural Sciences.

Contact information about personal information

ADC Network Operation Group Privacy Office
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
National Institutes of Natural Sciences

2-21-1 Mitaka, Osawa, Tokyo 181-8588, Japan

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(3) About the use of Cookies

Some of NAOJ’s websites use cookies to improve the convenience for the users.

Some of NAOJ’s websites analyze their access counts using the “Google Analytics” service, which uses cookies. Analysis results will be used to statistically understand the usage situation and will be used as reference for future website management.

For more information on Google Analytics, please visit Google’s website.

Cookies can be restricted by settings in the browser. For details, please refer to your browser’s documentaion.

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See also “Guide to Using NAOJ Website Copyrighted Materials”. This Guide explains how to use the Copyrighted Works on NAOJ’s website in an easy-to-understand manner. It also explains in more detail the “Terms of Use of the Website of NAOJ”.