Terms of Use

These are the terms of use for the CATMA web application (accessible at https://app.catma.de, or https://portal.catma.de for version 5), our GitLab backend (accessible at https://git.catma.de) and our Mattermost instance (accessible at https://mattermost.fortext.net) – for terms pertaining to the CATMA website itself please refer to the Imprint. These terms should be read together with our Privacy Policy.

If you have additional questions or require more information about our Terms of Use, do not hesitate to Contact us.

By logging in to the CATMA web application or related services (mentioned above) you accept the following terms and conditions of usage of CATMA:

§1 Copyright legislation applicable

Every CATMA user acknowledges that he/she will observe the applicable paragraphs of German copyright law (UrhG) and jurisdiction (particularly §§ 106 ff.) as well as any applicable international copyright legislation. Alternatively, if indicated in a particular document, the legal rules of the Creative Commons Public License (CCPL) may apply. If a document or file from the CATMA sources and foundries is not explicitly distributed under the CCPL, German copyright law (UrhG) and jurisdiction shall apply. In this case, the document or file may only be redistributed or republished with the explicit permission of the author(s) or authorized licensor. For exceptions to these rules please refer to German copyright law (UrhG).

§2 Copyright on text uploaded to the CATMA web application or related services

CATMA does not accept any responsibility for breaches of copyright that may result from user initiated uploads onto, or any other use of, the CATMA platform or related services (as mentioned at the top of the page). The onus is therefore solely and explicitly on the CATMA user to make sure and to guarantee that no third party rights to any of the respective content is being violated. Special attention is drawn to the consequences of “sharing” documents in CATMA (see §5), allowing other systems/tools to access documents in CATMA (see §6) and exporting documents from CATMA (see §7).

Note that any user uploaded or generated content is automatically associated with a user account. Individual responsibility for every data upload is therefore recorded within CATMA and/or its related services. While CATMA neither monitors nor reviews user uploaded texts and corpora, and respects its users’ privacy rights without any reservations, a court of law might under certain conditions demand and also obtain access to this individualized information.

Materials that are subject to ordinary copyright may in many countries be distributed and used for scientific or teaching purposes, provided that they are accessible only to a defined, limited user group (such as seminars or research teams). However, as exceptions may apply to a specific material, the onus is on the CATMA user to clarify the applicable copyright conditions before uploading and/or sharing or distributing any materials via the CATMA platform or related services.

§3 Confidentiality and permissible uses of access credentials and tokens; user responsibility

Users agree to never share their access credentials (email address and password) with anyone else. Note that CATMA will never ask users for their password.

Users agree to never give a token to another natural person for the purpose of directly – or through the use of another system/tool – accessing, adding, modifying or deleting resources or meta data within CATMA. Users acknowledge that all natural persons are required to create and use their own user account for such purposes.

Users agree that they are legally responsible for the actions performed on their behalf through the use of a token, that they must keep created tokens secret and only share them with systems/tools that they know and trust, and that they must immediately revoke tokens – or contact the CATMA team to do so – if there is any reason to believe that a token was, is being, or will be used in an unauthorized manner or by unauthorized parties.

§4 Intellectual property rights concerning research data

Any meta data – such as: Tags, Properties, Tagsets, Annotations, Annotation Collections, Comments or similar – produced by a user with the help of CATMA remain the sole intellectual property of that user. For exclusions, see §5, §6, §8 and §9.

§5 Consequences of activating the “sharing” option

CATMA and its related services (as mentioned at the top of the page) provide the possibility to define resources or projects and their associated meta data as “shared” and invite other CATMA users to collaborate in their management, exploration, annotation and analysis.

User identities (usernames and/or email addresses) may be made visible / displayed to all users or members of the project involved. In addition, the contents of – and meta data associated with – the corresponding resources/projects may be made visible to / editable by others (according to the roles and permissions which are assigned, if applicable). Where the “writable/edit” permission is assigned, other users or members of the project are enabled to not only access, but also add, modify or delete resources or meta data, as well as add/remove users and manage roles and permissions.

The following conditions apply under all circumstances:

  • Upon activating the “sharing” option for resources or projects and their associated meta data, users automatically accept full legal responsibility for potential consequences concerning copyright restrictions or privacy laws. For example, under certain conditions declaring a text or a text corpus as “shared” may result in a breach of copyright pertaining to that material (see §2) if the original permission of the use of that material was granted on a personal basis, or for a limited number of users only.
  • Where a user has chosen to activate the “sharing” option, especially the “sharing” option in combination with the “writable/edit” permission, he/she automatically agrees to sharing his/her original intellectual property right in the meta data with the other users or members of the project whom directly or through the use of another system/tool contribute or edit such meta data. Where the point of origin of a particular contribution or edit of a meta data item can be traced in CATMA or related services, the intellectual property in that item will be deemed as shared between all active contributors recorded by CATMA or related services. Where an individual attribution to a user or project member is impossible, the property right in the meta data shall be deemed shared equally among all users or project members involved.
  • Users acknowledge that someone with whom they have shared resources or projects and their associated meta data may be able to further share such items without the original owner’s knowledge or explicit approval.

§6 Consequences of allowing other systems/tools to access data in CATMA or related services

CATMA and its related services (as mentioned at the top of the page) allow users to generate “Personal Access Tokens”, which can be used to allow another system/tool to act on the user’s behalf and access any and all information that the user themselves can access, as well as perform any action that the user themselves can perform, in accordance with the so-called scope of the token and the roles and permissions granted to the user for specific projects and their associated resources and meta data.

Tokens created through the CATMA interface have a scope of “read_api” by default, meaning that such tokens can be used to retrieve, but not modify, any information to which the corresponding user has access (projects and their associated resources and meta data). Furthermore, users may choose to create tokens that grant “write/edit” access, thus enabling other systems/tools to not only access, but also add, modify or delete projects, resources or meta data, as well as add/remove users and manage roles and permissions.

The following conditions apply under all circumstances:

  • Upon giving a token to another system/tool, users automatically accept full legal responsibility for potential consequences concerning copyright restrictions or privacy laws. For an example of how copyright might be breached, see §5 bullet point 1.
  • Where a user has chosen to give a token to another system/tool, especially a token that grants “write/edit” access, he/she automatically agrees that any action performed through the use of such token is deemed to have been performed by the user themselves, and that the same conditions with respect to intellectual property right as are listed in §5 bullet point 2 apply in this case.
  • Users acknowledge that by allowing another system/tool to access data on their behalf, they may be violating the privacy and/or intellectual property rights of other users, whether knowingly or not. This is due to the fact that the level of access afforded by a token makes no distinction between data owned by a user versus data to which he/she has access as a result of the “sharing” option having been used (see §5). Before giving a token to another system/tool, users agree to obtain the explicit permission of any other user whose rights could potentially be impacted as a result. Where another system/tool affords the user the opportunity to select specific projects, resources or meta data, users agree to only select those items for which they have obtained permission. In the event that such system/tool does not offer the aforementioned functionality, and/or users are unable to obtain the permission of all other relevant users, they agree not to proceed with giving a token to the system/tool. In such cases, users are encouraged to contact the CATMA team for help in finding a way to use the system/tool without violating the rights of other users.
  • In the event that the terms and conditions of another system/tool conflict with the terms and conditions detailed here, users agree not to proceed with giving a token to such system/tool, or to cease use of such system/tool, until any conflicts can be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved. The terms and conditions detailed here do not aim to override the terms and conditions of any other system/tool, nor can all possible scenarios be anticipated or resolved within the scope of these terms and conditions.

§7 Consequences of exporting data from CATMA or related services

CATMA and its related services (as mentioned at the top of the page) provide multiple ways through which data can be exported and downloaded to users’ own computers. This includes the contents of – and meta data associated with – resources/projects, as well as corresponding user identities.

The following conditions apply under all circumstances:

  • Upon exporting and downloading resources or projects and their associated meta data, users automatically accept full legal responsibility for potential consequences concerning copyright restrictions or privacy laws. For example, while the act of exporting and downloading a text or a text corpus is unlikely to cause a violation that isn’t already covered under §5, any further dissemination of such items could conceivably constitute a violation.
  • Users agree to take appropriate action to protect any exported and downloaded resources or projects and their associated meta data from unauthorized access in order to avoid any violations of copyright restrictions or privacy laws.

§8 Post-processing and analysis of data and meta data generated by users for the purpose of developing CATMA annotation functionalities

CATMA reserves the right to post-process and analyze as training data for machine learning purposes any data and meta data contributed or generated by a user. Any user generated data / meta data used for these purposes will be processed strictly in anonymized format only and will not be used to profile individual users under any circumstances.

Note that this clause does not apply to messages sent via, or meta data generated through the use of, our privately hosted Mattermost instance.

§9 Ownership of algorithms and routines developed by post processing user generated data and meta data

Any algorithms, routines, workflows, concepts, technologies or functionalities that may result from post-processing user generated data and meta data in accordance with §8 are deemed to be the sole property of CATMA.

§10 Illegal content

CATMA and its related services (as mentioned at the top of the page) may not be used to upload or distribute materials and contents that are themselves subject to prosecution, however technically realized in textual, graphic or audio format (§ 184 StGB, esp. clause 5; § 86 StGB, § 130 StGB).

§11 Permissible uses of the GitLab backend

CATMA’s GitLab backend may only be used for the storage and versioning of projects created with CATMA. Access to the GitLab backend is provided to allow for direct access to and modification of CATMA project data, including through the use of other systems/tools (see §6).

Users agree that they will not create GitLab groups or projects for any other purpose (for example, to host code or files not related to a CATMA project), and that any such groups or projects may be deleted by the administrators without warning. Furthermore, users agree not to use any GitLab features, integrations, settings or options that are not intended to be used in the normal course of working with CATMA or on CATMA project data. Changing certain settings or options in relation to groups or projects may also have unintended consequences, and could lead to a CATMA project being “broken” (for example, unable to be opened or worked on in CATMA). If users intend to use any GitLab feature, integration, setting or option for a purpose not specified here, or if they are unsure whether a certain use is permissible, they should Contact us first.

§12 Mattermost (Code of Conduct)

Our Mattermost instance is a shared space that is used for a variety of purposes, and as such we ask that you conduct yourself in a respectful and polite manner at all times. We reserve the right to edit or remove messages, or to block or completely remove you from this platform if you ignore these rules. We will not tolerate:

  • vulgar, abusive, racist or discriminatory language or content of any type
  • any form of harassment
  • any other action that shall, at the sole discretion of the CATMA team, be deemed to be offensive or not in line with the objectives of providing this platform to you

Please ask your questions in the appropriate public channels, and don’t send private messages to administrators or moderators unless you have been invited to do so first, or you need to make us aware of a violation of any of the aforementioned rules, terms or policies.

Mattermost Terms of Use

§13 Protection of personal rights

Users may not post or distribute any content that could be deemed to be personally offensive, defamatory or threatening via CATMA or related services (as mentioned at the top of the page) (§§ 185 ff. StGB). All users must respect each other’s privacy. Unauthorized access to data is strictly prohibited (§ 202a StGB).

§14 Protection of technical infrastructure

Users may not install, set up or use any applications or scripts that could have an adverse effect on the performance or security of the technical infrastructure of the CATMA web application, related services (as mentioned at the top of the page) or network facilities (§ 303a/b StGB).

§15 Invoking action by administrators; user liability

If the CATMA system administrators become aware of possible violations of the above terms and conditions, the user in question will normally receive a warning via email first. In case of continued violations, or serious violations that require immediate action, the administrators are authorized to terminate the user’s access to CATMA or related services (as mentioned at the top of the page) with immediate effect.

CATMA reserves the right to protect the web application, related services, technical infrastructure, network facilities and users against any unauthorized or unlawful use, access, attack, or similar, at all times.

If a violation of the above terms and conditions results in serious damage to the technical infrastructure of the CATMA web application, related services or network facilities, the user is liable to the extent that the fault was on his/her part.

§16 Disclaimer

All materials, links and information within the public or private sections of CATMA that the CATMA team accounts for are thoroughly selected and checked, with the aim to be correct and comprehensive. Nevertheless, there may still be some errors. CATMA does not accept any responsibility for the validity and/or correctness of the information provided. Hyperlinked content on external websites is not actively checked or monitored.

CATMA can not be held liable for:

  • any damages or disadvantages that may result from using the information provided, whether direct or consequential
  • contents linked or referred to on external websites
  • contents that users of CATMA upload to their projects/repositories or related services (as mentioned at the top of the page)
  • damage caused to client-side hardware or software through possible bugs or insufficiencies in the CATMA software, related services or hardware appliances