The repository takes ethical and legal issues related to the archiving of multimodal data seriously.
This means that although the situation may vary from countries to countries and resources to resources, we have to respect two types of moral and/or legal rights:
- The individual rights of persons to privacy that have been recorded or otherwise contributed with, perhaps sensitive or private, materials. Under no circumstances may a person be harmed in any way by the archiving of data about him or her or their relatives.
- The intellectual property rights or copyrights, etc., of the persons recorded and of the collectors and/or members of the research projects who have spent time and effort in producing annotations, analyses and metadata.
We kindly inquire of all persons accessing any of the materials, whether freely available or not: Please respect these rights and act ethically. This means, in particular, that if you use any of these materials, you will always acknowledge authorship and cite the materials by reference to their original place.
Violation of Access Permissions
If a violation of the access rights is detected, the original data provider is contacted and informed of the incident. If necessary, the respective research community will be made aware of the abuse.
If the violator can be identified, further misuse by this person/institution is prevented as far as technically possible (e.g. by blocking IP addresses or IP ranges). If possible, the violator and the violator’s home institution will be contacted personally.