TDWG Terms Wiki:Terms of Use

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The present site is an on-line open-content collaborative knowledge base, created by a voluntary association of individuals and groups working to develop a common resource of human knowledge. The structure of the project allows many contributors to alter its content. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here.

None of the contributors, service sponsors, administrators, or anyone else connected with the project in any way whatsoever can be responsible for the appearance of any inaccurate or libelous information or for your use of the information contained in or linked from these web pages, other than the contributor who made the contribution himself or herself.

Where authors have affiliations to government or private institutions, the views and opinions expressed here are strictly those of the page authors. Unless otherwise stated, the content has not been reviewed or approved by the respective institution.

This disclaimer is to be considered as part of the Internet publication from which you were referred.

No contract – limited license

Please make sure that you understand that the information provided here is being provided freely, and that no kind of agreement or contract is created between you and the owners or users of this site, the owners of the servers upon which it is housed, the individual contributors, any project administrators, system operators or anyone else who is in any way connected with this project or sister projects subject to your claims against them directly. You are being granted a limited license to copy anything from this site; it does not create or imply any contractual or extra-contractual liability on the part of this project or any of its agents, members, organizers or other users.

There is no agreement or understanding between you and this project regarding your use or modification of this information beyond the Copyright and License conditions.


Any of the trademarks, service marks, collective marks, design rights or similar rights that are mentioned, used or cited in the articles are the property of their respective owners. Their use here does not imply that you may use them for any other purpose other than for the same or a similar informational use as contemplated by the original authors of these articles under the Creative Commons licensing scheme. Unless otherwise stated the project is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with any of the holders of any such rights and as such cannot grant any rights to use any otherwise protected materials. Your use of any such or similar incorporeal property is at your own risk.

Personality rights

The project may contain material which may portray an identifiable person who is alive or deceased recently. The use of images of living or recently deceased individuals is, in some jurisdictions, restricted by laws pertaining to personality rights, independent from their copyright status. Before using these types of content, please ensure that you have the right to use it under the laws which apply in the circumstances of your intended use. You are solely responsible for ensuring that you do not infringe someone else's personality rights.

Jurisdiction and legality of content

Publication of information found on pages of this project may be in violation of the laws of the country or jurisdiction from where you are viewing this information. The project database is stored on specific servers noted in About and is maintained in reference to the protections afforded under this jurisdiction. Laws in your country or jurisdiction may not protect or allow the same kinds of speech or distribution. The project does not encourage the violation of any laws; and cannot be responsible for any violations of such laws, should you link to this domain or use, reproduce, or republish the information contained herein.

The server providing this information is situated in Germany and under German jurisdiction. Information found here may be in violation of the laws of the jurisdiction from where you are viewing this information. We do not encourage the violation of laws and cannot be responsible for such violations.

If individual terms or sections of this statement are not legal or correct, the validity and content of the other parts remain uninfluenced by this fact.

Not professional advice

If you need specific advice (for example, medical, legal, financial, or risk management) please seek a professional who is licensed or knowledgeable in that area.


Links or references pointing to documents outside of this area are for the convenience and information of visitors only. Those connected with the project have no influence on the content of linked or referenced documents and neither implied nor explicit consent to the contents to those documents in the Internet is hereby given.

Convention on Biological Diversity and CITES

Any disclosure of information will comply to the terms and spirit of the Convention on Biological Diversity. No information is disclosed which may threaten wild populations of organisms protected under CITES.

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