Academic Terms of Use


NOTE: All non-Academic Use of this website is governed by the Ethnologue GENERAL TERMS OF USE.

If you use this website for teaching, learning or research purposes arising from your association with a school, college, or university (“Academic Use”) these ACADEMIC TERMS OF USE (this "Agreement") apply to you. This Agreement, governs your use of all information, data, and other content (collectively “Content”) available via Ethnologue: Languages of the World’s website and online portal (collectively, the “Platform”) and are agreed to between you or, if you are accessing the Platform on behalf of an entity (“Entity”), that Entity, and the Authorized Users, as defined herein, on behalf of your Entity (in all cases and collectively, “You” or “Your”) and the Summer Institute of Linguistics, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “Ethnologue”)

By accessing or using any part of the Platform or any Content, or by signing or clicking “I agree” to this Agreement, You agree to enter into and be bound by this Agreement. If You are entering into this Agreement on behalf of an Entity, You represent and warrant that You have authority to bind that Entity. If You do not have such authority, or You do not agree to be bound by this Agreement, do not access the Platform. If You have entered into a separate agreement with Ethnologue specifically intended to govern Your use of the Platform and Content, that agreement shall supersede this Agreement and You shall be subject to the specifications of your agreement with Ethnologue.

This Agreement is written in plain language so that You understand Your obligations when using Ethnologue’s website. All Content and Technology used on the website belong to Ethnologue and any attempt to scrape, dissemble and reassemble, data mine, or any other unlawful use will result in Your Account being terminated and You being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Ethnologue will not be liable for Your use of this website or its Content.

  1. Authorized Users. An Entity entering into this Agreement may allow only its “Authorized Users” to access the Platform or Content. Authorized Users of the Platform or Content shall include the Entity’s currently enrolled students, emeritus and current faculty, current affiliated and visiting researchers, current regular and contract staff, and other users granted access to the Entity’s institutional network pursuant to the user’s scope of work for the Entity. Visitors not otherwise considered Authorized Users may be considered Authorized Users for the limited scope of use of the Platform or Content while physically on or at the Entity’s Premises, which shall mean those physical site locations owned and operated by the Entity, and shall not include remote virtual private networks or proxy access (“Premises”). Authorized Users do not include alumni.

  2. Fair Use. You may make copies of portions of the Content for research or educational purposes only in accordance with Ethnologue Fair Use Guidelines. Those guidelines stipulate in part that the total amount of the Content from this website that may be used under the terms of “fair use” may not exceed 1,000 words per project.

  3. Republication. You may link to Content with proper attribution and in accordance with the Fair Use provisions of U.S. Copyright Law, but mirroring, scraping or copying any Content, in part or whole, through any means, without the written consent of Ethnologue is expressly prohibited. In no event will You (a) alter, modify, reproduce, or create derivative works of any Content; (b) distribute, sell, resell, lend, loan, lease, license, sublicense or transfer any Content; (c) use any portion of the Content or Platform for data mining; or (c) alter, obscure or remove any copyright, trademark or any other notices that are provided on or in connection with any Content. To request consent for republication, please contact Ethnologue to request Copyright Permissions.

  4. Licensing. To use Ethnologue’s Content in your own research, products or services, or for use in any commercial or production purpose, you must acquire the appropriate license by contacting Ethnologue through the Data & Consulting link. Except as set forth in a separate agreement, You are granted no licenses or rights in or to any Content or any intellectual property rights therein or related to the Content. Electronic data products purchased from Ethnologue, such as the Ethnologue Global Dataset, are subject to licensing restrictions as specified for each product.

  5. Marking and Attribution. You are required to provide attribution by marking any reports, papers, or any other materials containing any of the Content with citations, copyright and trademark notices. Attribution shall include the full “Ethnologue: Languages of the World” name, hyperlinked when possible, and date the material was licensed.

  6. Term and Archives. Unless another period of time is specified, the Term of this Agreement shall be for an initial one (1) year period and shall automatically renew for successive one (1) year periods unless and until terminated in accordance with paragraph 9 herein (“Term”). Billing periods within the Term may recur in monthly increments upon mutual agreement of the parties. You will have access to the Platform and Content for the Term, which access shall cease upon termination. Your Entity will not retain access to any Content outside of the Platform and shall not retain archive copies.

  7. Your Account and Content. Before accessing certain portions of the Platform, You are required to establish an account on the Platform (an “Account”). Each Account and the user identification and password for each Account (the “Account ID”) is personal in nature. You may not distribute or transfer Your Account or Account ID or provide a third party or unauthorized user with the right to access Your Account or Account ID. Your Entity acknowledges that it has an obligation to inform Authorized Users of appropriate uses of the Platform and Content, and agrees to contact Ethnologue if any unauthorized use is suspected or detected by the Entity. Should You choose to provide and upload information via Your Account to the Ethnologue website (“Your Content”), You are granting Ethnologue a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, copy, store, reproduce, modify, display, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display Your Content throughout the world in any form.

  8. Annexes. Access to certain areas of the Platform, such as Maps and Graphics and Language Code Download Tables (each an “Annex”), may require you to agree to additional terms of use. In the event of a conflict between the terms of this Agreement and an Annex, the terms of the Annex will govern Your use of the portions of the Platform or items of Content to which the Annex applies, and this Agreement will govern in all other respects.

  9. Payment. You shall pay Ethnologue all fees in connection with Your access to and use of the Platform or Content (“Fees”). All recurring Fees will be due and payable by You in advance of the initial billing period and each renewal period. You grant Ethnologue the right to charge the payment account You provided to Ethnologue for all Fees incurred. All Fees will be non-refundable once paid to Ethnologue (including upon any termination or suspension of this Agreement). If You fail to pay the Fees, Ethnologue may suspend or terminate your Account until Fees are paid.

  10. Termination and Suspension. This Agreement may be terminated by either party at any time. Your Content, if any, may continue to exist on the Platform after termination of this Agreement unless You actively delete it or contact Ethnologue support and request deletion. Ethnologue may suspend access to Your Account and the Platform (including Your Content), without notice or refund, upon any actual, threatened, or suspected breach of this Agreement or applicable law or upon any other conduct deemed by Ethnologue to be inappropriate or detrimental to Ethnologue, the Platform or Content, or any other Ethnologue customer or user. You further agree to cooperate with Ethnologue to investigate and resolve any suspected inappropriate use.

  11. Platform Technology. The Platform, and the databases, software, hardware and other technology used by or on behalf of Ethnologue to operate the Platform, and the structure, organization, and underlying data, information and software code thereof (collectively, the “Technology”), may constitute valuable trade secrets of Ethnologue. You will not: (1) access or attempt to access the Technology; (2) use automated scripts to collect information from or otherwise interact with the Technology; (3) alter, modify, reproduce, create derivative works of the Technology; (4) reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile, or otherwise attempt to derive the method of operation of the Technology; (5) attempt to circumvent or overcome any technological protection measures intended to restrict access; (6) monitor the availability, performance or functionality of the Technology; or (7) interfere with the operation or hosting of the Technology.

  12. Ownership. Ethnologue retains all rights, title and interest, including, without limitation, all IPR (as defined below), in and to the Content, Platform, Technology and any additions, improvements, updates and modifications thereto. The Ethnologue name, logo and all product and service names associated with the Platform are trademarks of Ethnologue and its licensors and providers. For purposes of this Agreement, “IPR” means all intellectual property rights, proprietary rights, rights of publicity, rights of privacy, and any and all other legal rights protecting data, information or intangible property throughout the world, including, without limitation, any and all copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, patent rights, moral rights, sui generis rights in databases, and contract rights.

  13. Names and Trademarks. SIL® and related logos are trademarks or service marks and may not be used without Ethnologue’s written permission. Ethnologue: Languages of the World™ and related logos are trademarks or service marks and may not be used with Ethnologue’s written permission. Your marks or marks are Your property and will only be used by Ethnologue with Your written permission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Ethnologue may identify You as a customer of Ethnologue.

  14. Representations and Warranties. You represent and warrant to Ethnologue that: (a) You have the legal right and authority to enter into this Agreement; (b) this Agreement forms a binding legal obligation on Your behalf; and (c) Your use of and access to the Platform and Content, including Your Content, will comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations and will not cause Ethnologue itself to violate any applicable laws, rules, or regulations. While the Entity cannot control the behavior of all users on Your Premises, the Entity acknowledges that the Platform and Content are valuable business assets of Ethnologue and any misuse could negatively affect Ethnologue’s business. The Entity agrees to make reasonable efforts to prevent misuse of the Platform and Content.

  15. Disclaimers. Ethnologue does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, completeness or currency of any Content and is not responsible for any errors or omissions in any Content.Ethnologue expressly disclaims any and all warranties and representations of any kind, including, without limitation, any warranties of fitness for particular purpose, merchantability, title or non-infringement. No oral or written information provided by Ethnologue, its employees, agents or the Platform itself will create any warranty.

  16. Indemnity. You hereby agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Ethnologue and its officers, directors, shareholders, affiliates, employees, agents, contractors, assigns, users, customers, providers, licensees, and successors in interest (“Indemnified Parties”) from any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees, expenses and costs (including attorneys' fees, court costs, damage awards, and settlement amounts) that result from any claim or allegation against any Indemnified Party arising in any manner from: (1) Your access to or use of the Platform and Content; (2) Your Content; and (3) Your breach of any representation, warranty, or other provision of this Agreement. Ethnologue will provide You with notice of any such claim, and Ethnologue will have the right to participate in the defense of any such claim.

  17. Limitation on Liability. Ethnologue will not be liable for ANY damages, however caused, under ANY theory of liability, arising in connection with, or out of the use of, the Platform or the Content, even if Ethnologue has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Ethnologue’s total cumulative liability in connection with this Agreement and its provision of the Platform and all Content shall not exceed the greater of (1) Fees You actually paid to Ethnologue in the preceding 3 months or (2) $100.00 (USD). You acknowledge that Ethnologue would not enter into this Agreement without these Limitations on Liability. In jurisdictions where limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages is not permitted, Ethnologue’s liability is limited to the maximum extent permitted by law.

  18. Data Privacy. You expressly consent to the use and disclosure of Your personally identifiable information and Your Content as described in Ethnologue’s Privacy Policy located at (“Privacy Policy”). In addition, Ethnologue has the right to collect, extract and analyze non-personally identifiable data or information resulting from Your access to and use of the Platform for any lawful purpose without directly identifying You or Your Entity.

  19. Notices. Unless otherwise specified in this Agreement, any notices required or allowed under this Agreement will be provided to Ethnologue by postal mail to the address for Ethnologue listed on Ethnologue’s website. Ethnologue may provide You with any notices required under this Agreement by sending You an email to any email address You provide to Ethnologue in connection with Your Account or by posting on the Platform. Notices provided to Ethnologue will be deemed given when actually received by Ethnologue. Notice provided to You will be deemed given 24 hours after posting to the Platform or sending via e-mail, unless (as to e-mail) Ethnologue is notified that the e-mail address is invalid.

  20. Additional Terms. Ethnologue reserves the right to modify the Platform, Content, and Technology, as well as the terms of this Agreement, at any time. Any modifications will be effective upon posting to the Platform or delivery of such other notice. All waivers by Ethnologue under this Agreement must be in writing or later acknowledged by Ethnologue in writing. Any waiver or failure by Ethnologue to enforce any provision of this Agreement on one occasion will not be deemed a waiver by Ethnologue of any other provision or of such provision on any other occasion. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable, that provision will be removed to the extent necessary to comply with the law, replaced by a provision that most closely approximates the original intent and economic effect of the original to the extent consistent with the law, and the remaining provisions will remain in full force. The Platform may contain links to third-party sites that are not under the control of Ethnologue. You access any third-party site from Platform at Your own risk.