General Terms of Use


NOTE: All use of this website for teaching, learning or research purposes arising from your association with a school, college, or university (“Academic Use” ) are governed by the Ethnologue ACADEMIC TERMS OF USE.

If you use this website for non-Academic Use, these GENERAL 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 (in either case, “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 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. You may not republish, reproduce or reuse any Content from Ethnologue’s website unless there is an express exception or separate license granted by Ethnologue. All Content and Technology used on the website belong to Ethnologue and any attempt to scrape, dissemble and reassemble, or any other unlawful use will result in Your Account being terminated and You being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If there are any disputes regarding the use of any Content, the Platform, or this Agreement, You agree those disputes will be submitted to binding and final arbitration to be held in English and under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, with the laws of the state of Texas (U.S.A) applied. You further agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction and venue of any court in Texas chosen by Ethnologue. Ethnologue will not be liable for Your use of this website or its Content. Ethnologue’s Privacy Policy is located in a separate document for your review.

  1. 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.

  2. Republication. Republication of any Content is expressly prohibited without the written consent of Ethnologue. You may link to Content with proper attribution and in accordance with the Fair Use provisions in Paragraph 1, 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; 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 with the right to access Your Account or Account ID. Any transactions completed through any Account or under any Account ID will be deemed to have been lawfully completed by You. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 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.

  7. Termination and Suspension. This Agreement may be terminated by either party at any time. Your Content 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 any other Entity.

  15. Disputes.

    15.1 Agreement to Arbitrate. Except as otherwise provided in Section 15.2, the parties to this Agreement will attempt to resolve all disputes or claims arising under, out of or relating to this Agreement, and the arbitrability of the issues and non-contractual claims relating to this Agreement (each, a “Dispute”) through discussion. If any Dispute cannot be resolved through negotiations between the parties within 5 days of notice from one party to the other of the Dispute, either party may submit such Dispute for final settlement through binding arbitration under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) then in effect (the “Rules”). Either party may commence the arbitration by delivering a request for arbitration as specified in the Rules. The arbitration will be conducted before a sole neutral arbitrator, selected as provided in the Rules. The arbitration will be conducted in the English language at a site specified by Ethnologue in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. The arbitrator will apply the law set forth in Section 15.3 to arbitration and shall have the power to award any remedy available at law or in equity; provided, however, that the arbitrator shall have no jurisdiction to amend this Agreement or grant any relief not permitted herein. The award of the arbitrator will be the exclusive remedy of the parties for all claims, counterclaims, issues or accountings presented. The award of the arbitrator will require the non-prevailing party to pay the prevailing party’s costs, fees and expenses (including attorneys’ fees). Judgment upon the award may be entered in any court or governmental body having jurisdiction thereof.

    15.2 Exception to Arbitration. You agree that if Ethnologue reasonably believes You have, in any manner, violated or threatened to infringe Ethnologue’s IPR, then Ethnologue may seek emergency, preliminary or other appropriate interim relief in the federal courts located in Dallas, Texas.

    Governing Law and Venue. The interpretation of the rights and obligations of the parties under this Agreement, including, to the extent applicable, any arbitrations or other proceeding, will be governed in all respects exclusively by the laws of the State of Texas (U.S.A.) as such laws apply to contracts between Texas residents performed entirely within Texas, without regard to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods shall not apply to this Agreement, and the parties hereby disclaim the application thereof. You irrevocably submit to the personal jurisdiction and venue of any federal court in Dallas, Texas (U.S.A.) and any action or proceeding brought in such courts by Ethnologue.

  16. 15.3 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.

  17. Government Entity: Applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations. This Agreement contains Ethnologue's commercial terms and conditions. Your rights in the IPR are strictly limited to the uses granted by this Agreement pursuant to FAR 12.211, FAR 12.212, and DFARS 227.7202. In the event any court, arbitrator, or board holds that the U.S. Government has greater rights to any portion of the IPR, such rights shall extend only to the portion(s) affected and use, duplication, or disclosure by the U.S. Government is subject to restrictions as provided in FAR 52.227-19 (Dec 2007), FAR 52.227-14 (May 2014), DFARS 252.227-7015 (Feb 2014), or NFS 1852.227-86 (Apr 2015), as applicable. No other license terms or conditions shall apply unless expressly agreed in writing by You and Ethnologue. Ethnologue IPR samples are unpublished and all rights reserved under copyright laws of the United States.

  18. 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.