Conditions of Use

Latest update: July 25th 2022

The Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (BAS) provides online access to speech resources and their metadata subject to the following Conditions of Use. The BAS may amend these Conditions of Use at any time by posting amended versions on this website.

  1. By downloading or accessing a BAS resource you acknowledge these 'Conditions of Use' as they were displayed at the time of access/download.
  2. BAS speech resources and their metadata can be accessed or downloaded depending on their license model:
    1. resources marked with PUB ('public') can be accessed/downloaded without any restrictions.
    2. resources marked with ACA ('free for science') can be accessed/downloaded by any member of an academic institution (i.e. can be authenticated via a Shibboleth authentication service; in case your institution does not provide such service, please obtain a CLARIN IDP account here); downloaded resources may only be used for research purposes, if not stated otherwise.
    3. resources marked with RES ('restricted') can only be accessed/downloaded by obtaining a BAS user license (contact to obtain a BAS user license, or if you already are in possession of a BAS user license and want to obtain an access code for this repository), and may be used according to the terms stated in your BAS user license.
    4. The BAS reserves the right to grant or deny access to the resource server any time.
  3. The copyright of the accessed or downloaded speech resources stay with their respective copyright holders as stated in the documentation of the resource.
  4. The transfer of the resource and parts of it to third parties is prohibited. The same applies to modified versions, versions with lower quality or different formats that can be used to replicate the original resource.
    This does not apply to metadata (OAI-DC or CMDI) which can be distributed without any restrictions.
    The transfer of derived data to third parties is permitted, if the data do not allow the re-engineering of the speech signal, e.g. trained models, feature vectors etc.
    Parts (max. 50%) of single recordings may be played back publicly (e.g. on conferences, demo sessions) and distributed as examples to third parties.
  5. The user agrees to protect the privacy of the recorded speakers of the resource and to avoid any non-ethical usage of the signals or meta data.
  6. The user will indemnify and hold the BAS harmless from any claim arising out of the use of the speech resources. Disclaimer: the use of the speech resources and their metadata is at own risk. All data are provided on an "as is" basis. The BAS expressively disclaims all warranties of any kind.
  7. For monitoring purposes each transaction on the BAS server will be logged internally and by an external non-public monitoring service of the CLARIN consortium. Internal logging information is confidential and will not be released to third parties. External logging information will be anonymized (stripped from personal information) and made accessible to partners of the CLARIN consortium for the purpose of deriving usage statistics regarding the webservices. The user agrees to these monitoring policies.
  8. Limitation of liability: the BAS will not be liable for any damages resulting from the use of the speech resources and their metadata.