The IISEE-UNESO LECTURE NOTES Project was initiated by the International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (hereafter "IISEE") with the cooperation of UNESCO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to post the lecture notes for the International Training on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering on the IISEE website provided by IISEE ("the Website").

It ultimately aims to help mitigate earthquake disasters in developing countries by disseminating information on the IISEE training courses and making the lecture contents available.

2. Purpose of these Guidelines

These guidelines include usage conditions and items for confirmation prior to use by persons ("Users") using course materials and any other information (the "Materials") contained in the website and made available via the Website.

There are two categories of the Materials.
Category A: The one users can view and download all the contents freely via the Website.
Category B: The one users can view only the table of contents.

The Materials in the Category A are provided by e-mail upon request from the User. The e-mail shall be sent to IISEE (iiseeocw@kenken.go.jp) including following items:
1) Describe “a request to send a lecture note”
2) Course title, name of lecturer, and course ID of the requested Material
3) Purpose of use
4) Your name, address, occupation, and e-mail address

IISEE licenses the use of the Materials on the condition that the User complies with these Guidelines, and in the event that a User uses the Materials, that user is deemed to have consented to the conditions listed in these Guidelines.

3. Usage License

(1) IISEE permits the Users to view, copy, and/or distribute the posted contents for personal study purposes or nonprofit and educational purposes. In the event that such contents are delivered via Internet, translated and/or modified, the Users must obtain prior approval from IISEE and the instructors of IISEE.

(2) IISEE hereby licenses the use of the Materials according to the preceding paragraph, for an unlimited period of time, in any country, and free of charge, on the condition that such usage is limited to non-exclusive, non-profit, educational purposes. (Hereinafter, a usage license based on these Guidelines shall be referred to as "This Usage License.")

4. Possession of rights, etc.

(1) Copyrights of this Websites belong to IISEE.

(2) Copyrights related to the Materials are, as a rule, owned by IISEE, the instructors of IISEE, or the owners of copyrights for copyrighted works quoted or otherwise reprinted in these Materials. (Hereinafter, all three of these parties shall be collectively referred to as "the Copyright Owners.")

(3) IISEE only licenses usage within the scope indicated in these Guidelines; all rights not indicated herein shall remain the property of the Copyright Owners. IISEE in no way whatsoever transfers to the User any copyrights or other intellectual property rights related to this Website or the Materials contained therein.

(4) IISEE may at any time add to, delete, or otherwise change the contents or addresses included in this Website, or the Materials contained therein.

5. Handling of third-party works included in these Materials

(1) The Materials may contain works for which usage has been licensed to IISEE or its instructors by a third party. (Hereinafter, these works shall be referred to as "Third Party Licensed Works.")

(2) These Guidelines do not authorize the User to use third-party works based on translation or modification by means other than translation.

(3) Even when these Materials are used in accordance with "3. Usage License" in these Guidelines, the User must receive authorization for use of the third-party works in question directly from the relevant rights owner.

(4) The User must abide by the stipulations of Paragraphs (2) and (3) of this Article, and must not use the third-party works in a manner that would infringe upon the copyrights of those works.

6. Declaration of copyrights, etc.

(1) In the event that a User uses the Materials for any purpose other than personal use, the User must clearly and appropriately indicate that the Copyrights for the Materials are owned by IISEE or the relevant Copyright Owner.

(2) The Declaration of Copyrights stipulated in the preceding paragraph must include the following:

(a) The name of the IISEE instructor who created the Materials in question; (b) the year that the Materials were published; (c) the title of the Materials; (d) the fact that the Materials are based on this Website; (e) mention that the Materials have been modified (in the event that such modifications were made); (f) the fact that the copyrights for the Materials belong to IISEE or other Copyright Owner; and (g) the following notation: "Copyright ?______ (year in which the Materials were published, as indicated in (b) above). For example, we recommend the following Declaration of Copyrights:

"These materials, which were included in the IISEE-UNESCO Lecture Notes series, are Course Materials for the Course "_______" (______(Year)) taught by IISEE instructor _______. Copyrights for these materials are owned by IISEE instructor _______. Copyright ? _______(year) IISEE instructor _______."

(3) With the exception of the Declaration of Copyrights stipulated in this Article, the User shall not use the names "International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Building Research Institute," "IISEE," the names of IISEE instructors, or any other trademarks belonging to IISEE, without first obtaining written authorization from IISEE.

(4) In the event that a request is received from IISEE or a IISEE instructor, the User must delete any names or trademarks as described in the previous paragraph from any materials created based on these Materials.

7. Format of usage

(1) The User shall not use these Materials in any way that would damage the good name or reputation of IISEE or an IISEE instructor.

(2) In using these Materials, the User may not propose to or impose upon a third party any conditions that would limit or change the provisions of these Guidelines.

8. Responsibilities of the User

In the handling of these Materials and any information contained in this Website, the User shall take full personal responsibility for complying with the copyright laws of each country and other applicable laws as well as usage conditions based on these Guidelines, and for complying with all applicable regulations with regard to Third Party Licensed Works and other relevant materials.

9. Exemption from liability

IISEE instructors shall make sincere efforts to ensure the accuracy and quality of the content of the Materials in accordance with the academic standards set by IISEE, but legally, IISEE instructors in no way make guarantees regarding the content of said Materials, including but not limited to the accuracy or quality of the Materials, their applicability to specified purposes, the potential for commercialization, or non-infringement upon any rights, and shall bear no responsibility for payment of damages or similar reparations under any circumstances whatsoever.

10. Termination of licensing

(1) The usage license for the Materials shall be deemed to have terminated at the completion of the term of copyright protection for all works by the relevant Copyright owners included in Materials used by the User. However, in the event that the User violates these Guidelines, the license shall be terminated at the time of said violation.

(2) In the event that any person receives from a User all or part of these Materials, or a modified version of these Materials, the usage license shall continue to apply to that person, as long as that person abides by the conditions included in these Guidelines.

(3) Even after the termination of the usage license, the following stipulations shall continue to be valid: "5. Handling of third-party works included in these Materials"; "7. Format of usage (1)"; "8. Responsibilities of the User"; "9. Exemption from liability"; "11. General provisions"; and "12. Governing laws and jurisdiction."

11. General provisions

(1) Even in the event that a part of the provisions of these Guidelines are deemed invalid or non-executable under the applicable laws of a given country, provisions that have automatically become invalid or non-executable, and which do not affect other provisions, shall undergo the minimum modifications necessary to become valid and executable.

(2) IISEE may change the content of these Guidelines according to methods described on the Website.

12. Governing laws and jurisdiction

With regard to these Materials and any other items related to the Website, the governing laws shall be the laws of Japan, and the 1st exclusive agreement jurisdictional court shall be the Mito District Court of Japan.

13. Supplementary provision

These guidelines shall become effective as of December 31, 2008.


This material was created by making some modifications to OCW@KU Guidelines with permission of Kyoto University. http://ocw.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/guideline.htm.