Terms of Service

Welcome to Annot.! Annot. (“we” or “us”), is a service whose goal is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop source code annotation under public domain or analyzed by users, and to disseminate it effectively and globally, free of charge. We welcome you (“you” or the “user”) as a reader, editor, or contributor of the Annot. projects, and we encourage you to join the Annot. community. Before you participate, however, we ask that you please read and agree to the following Terms of Service (“Terms of Service”).


These Terms of Service tell you about our services at Annot., our relationship to you as a user, and the rights and responsibilities that guide us both. All of our source code annotation content is contributed and made possible by users like yourself. Generally we do not contribute, monitor, or delete content (with the rare exception of policies like these Terms of Service or legal compliance). This means that editorial control is in the hands of you and your fellow users who create and manage the content. We merely host this content. The community – the network of users who are constantly contributing to projects – are the principal means through which the goal of the service is achieved. However, please be aware that you (or the “user”) are legally responsible for all of your contributions, edits, and re-use of Annot. content under laws of the country where you live or where you view or edit content. This means it is important that you use caution when posting content. We also include other important notices and disclaimers, so please read these Terms of Service in their entirety.

A. Our Service

There are a couple of things you should be aware of when considering our relationship to you, our service, and the other users:
  1. We do not take an editorial role:

    This means that we generally do not monitor or edit the content of our website, and we do not take any responsibility for this content. Similarly, we do not endorse any opinions expressed via our services, and we do not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any submitted community content. Instead, we simply provide access to the content that your fellow users have contributed and edited.

  2. You are responsible for your own actions:

    You are legally responsible for your edits and contributions on Annot., so for your own protection you should exercise caution and avoid contributing any content that may result in criminal or civil liability under any applicable laws.

B. Content We Host

You may find some material objectionable or erroneous:

Because we provide a wide array of content that is produced or gathered by fellow users, you may encounter material that you find offensive, erroneous, misleading, mislabeled, or otherwise objectionable. We therefore ask that you use common sense and proper judgment when using our services.

C. Refraining from Certain Activities

Certain activities, whether legal or illegal, may be harmful to other users and violate our rules, and some activities may also subject you to liability. Therefore, for your own protection and for that of other users, you may not engage in such activities on our sites. These activities include:

1. Harassing and Abusing Others

  • Engaging in harassment, threats, stalking, spamming, or vandalism; and
  • Transmitting chain mail, junk mail, or spam to other users.

2. Violating the Privacy of Others

  • Soliciting personally identifiable information for purposes of harassment, exploitation, violation of privacy, or any promotional or commercial purpose not explicitly approved by Annot.; and
  • Soliciting personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18 for an illegal purpose or violating any applicable law regarding the health or well-being of minors.

3. Engaging in False Statements, Impersonation, or Fraud

  • Intentionally or knowingly posting content that constitutes libel or defamation;
  • With the intent to deceive, posting content that is false or inaccurate;
  • Attempting to impersonate another user or individual, misrepresenting your affiliation with any individual or entity, or using the username of another user with the intent to deceive; and
  • Engaging in fraud.

4. Committing Infringement

  • Infringing copyrights, trademarks, patents, or other proprietary rights under applicable law.

5. Misusing Our Services for Other Illegal Purposes

  • Posting or trafficking in obscene material that is unlawful under applicable law; and
  • Using the services in a manner that is inconsistent with applicable law.

6. Engaging in Disruptive and Illegal Misuse of Facilities

  • Posting or distributing content that contains any viruses, malware, worms, Trojan horses, malicious code, or other device that could harm our technical infrastructure or system or that of our users;
  • Engaging in automated uses of the site that are abusive or disruptive of the services and have not been approved by Annot. community;
  • Knowingly accessing, tampering with, or using any of our non-public areas in our computer systems without authorization; and
  • Probing, scanning, or testing the vulnerability of any of our technical systems or networks unless all the following conditions are met:
    • such actions do not unduly abuse or disrupt our technical systems or networks;
    • such actions are not for personal gain (except for credit for your work);
    • you report any vulnerabilities to Annot. developers (or fix it yourself); and
    • you do not undertake such actions with malicious or destructive intent.

D. Password Security

You are responsible for safeguarding your own password and should never disclose it to any third party.

E. Licensing of Content

To grow the commons of free knowledge and free culture, all users contributing to Annot. are required to grant broad permissions to the general public to re-distribute and re-use their contributions freely, so long as that use is properly attributed and the same freedom to re-use and re-distribute is granted to any derivative works.

F. Management of Websites

We rarely intervene in community decisions about policy and its enforcement. In an unusual case, the need may arise, or the community may ask us, to address an especially problematic user because of significant disturbance or dangerous behavior. In such cases, we reserve the right, but do not have the obligation to:
  1. Investigate your use of the service (a) to determine whether a violation of these Terms of Service, project edition policy, or other applicable law or policy has occurred, or (b) to comply with any applicable law, legal process, or appropriate governmental request;
  2. Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues or respond to user support requests;
  3. Refuse, disable, or restrict access to the contribution of any user who violates these Terms of Service;
  4. Ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access for actions violating these Terms of Service, including repeat copyright infringement;
  5. Take legal action against users who violate these Terms of Service (including reports to law enforcement authorities); and
  6. Manage otherwise the project websites in a manner designed to facilitate their proper functioning and protect the rights, property, and safety of ourselves and our users, licensors, partners, and the public.
In the interests of our users and the projects, in the extreme circumstance that any individual has had his or her account or access blocked under this provision, he or she is prohibited from creating or using another account on or seeking access to the same project, unless we provide explicit permission. Without limiting the authority of the community, We will not ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access solely because of good faith criticism that does not result in actions otherwise violating these Terms of Service or community policies. Especially problematic users who have had accounts or access blocked on multiple project editions may be subject to a ban from all of the project editions, in accordance with the Global Ban Policy. In contrast to Board resolutions or these Terms of Service, policies established by the community, which may cover a single project edition or multiple projects editions (like the Global Ban Policy), may be modified by the relevant community according to its own procedures. The blocking of an account or access or the banning of a user under this provision shall be in accordance with Section 12 of these Terms of Service.

G. Termination

Though we hope you will stay and continue to contribute to the projects, you can stop using our services any time. In certain (hopefully unlikely) circumstances it may be necessary for us or our users to terminate part or all of our service, terminate these Terms of Service, block your account or access, or ban you as a user. If your account or access is blocked or otherwise terminated for any reason, your public contributions will remain publicly available (subject to applicable policies), and, unless we notify you otherwise, you may still access our public pages for the sole purpose of reading publicly available content on the projects. In such circumstances, however, you may not be able to access your account or settings. We reserve the right to suspend or end the services at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice.

H. Disclaimers

We provide our service on an "as is" and "as available" basis, and we expressly disclaim all express or implied warranties of all kinds, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, or that your information will be secure. We are not responsible for the content, data, or actions of third parties, and you release us, our directors, officers, and employees from any claims and damages, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any claim you have against any such third parties. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us or through or from our services creates any warranty not expressly stated in these Terms of Service. Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our services is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice. Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section, so they may not apply to you either in part or in full depending on the law.

I. Limitation on Liability

Annot. will not be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage.

J. Modifications to these Terms of Service

Just as your input is essential for the growth and maintenance of the projects, we believe that community input is essential for these Terms of Service to properly serve our users. It is also essential for a fair contract. Therefore, we will provide these Terms of Service, as well as any substantial future revisions of these Terms of Service, to the community for comment at least thirty (30) days before the end of the comment period. For changes for legal or administrative reasons, to correct an inaccurate statement, or changes in response to community comments, we will provide at least three (3) days' notice. Because it may be necessary to modify these Terms of Service from time to time, we will provide notice of such modifications and the opportunity to comment via our blog. However, we ask that you please periodically review the most up-to-date version of these Terms of Service. Your continued use of our services after the new Terms of Service become official following the notice and review period constitutes an acceptance of these Terms of Service on your part. For the protection of Annot. and other users like yourself, if you do not agree with our Terms of Service, you cannot use our services.

K. Other Terms

These Terms of Service do not create an employment, agency, partnership, or joint venture relationship between you and us, Annot. If you have not signed a separate agreement with us, these Terms of Service are the entire agreement between you and us. If there is any conflict between these Terms of Service and a signed written agreement between you and us, the signed agreement will control. You agree that we may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms of Service, by email, regular mail, or postings on project websites. If in any circumstance, we do not apply or enforce any provision of these Terms of Service, it is not a waiver of that provision. You understand that, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by us, you have no expectation of compensation for any activity, contribution, or idea that you provide to us, the community, or the Annot. projects or project editions. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in these Terms of Service, we (Annot.) and you agree not to modify the applicable terms and requirements of any free license that is employed on the projects or project editions when such free license is authorized by these Terms of Service. If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms of Service is found unlawful or void, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms of Service and will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and all other provisions of these Terms of Service will remain in full force and effect.