Oxford Dictionaries API Terms and Conditions

This Oxford Dictionaries API Licence Agreement (“Licence Agreement”) contains the terms and conditions that govern your access to and use of the Oxford Dictionaries API and Content (each as defined below).

  1. Definitions

    1. "We," "us," or "our" means Oxford University Press. "You" or "your" means the party seeking a licence to use the Oxford Dictionaries API.
    2. A "Product " means any website, application, mobile application or other digital product or service which you own, operate, or control on which you display Content, or which interfaces with the Oxford Dictionaries API.
    3. “Commercial Use” means use of the Oxford Dictionaries API or Content in a Product for commercial gain including, without limitation, obtaining payment for the Product directly or indirectly including via advertising revenue.
    4. “Non-Commercial Use” means use of the Oxford Dictionaries API or Content which is not Commercial Use.
    5. “Fair Use Policy” means the policy set out in clause 7.
    6. “Oxford Dictionaries Early Adopter Agreement” means an agreement to use the Oxford Dictionaries API under the Early Adopter Programme subject to separate terms and conditions.
    7. “Oxford Dictionaries API Website” means our website containing the registration forms, this Licence Agreement and the Specifications
    8. “Oxford Dictionaries API Website Legal Notice” means the website terms and conditions titled “Legal Notice” on the Oxford Dictionaries API Website.
    9. “Oxford Dictionaries API Website Privacy Policy” means the privacy policy on the Oxford Dictionaries API Website.
    10. “Definition” means the lexical content contained in any Content, including but not limited to any translation, definition, pronunciation information and spelling information.
  2. Accepting these Terms

    By checking the box indicating that you agree to the terms and conditions of this Licence Agreement, or by accessing or using the Oxford Dictionaries API and/or the Content:

    1. you agree to be bound by this Licence Agreement and any other agreements referred to below;
    2. you represent and warrant that you have capacity to enter into this Licence Agreement; and
    3. you represent and warrant that where this Licence Agreement is being entered into by a company or other legal entity, the person agreeing to this Licence Agreement on behalf of that legal entity has full authority and power to do so.
  3. Description of the Oxford Dictionaries API

    1. The purpose of this Licence Agreement is to permit you to make use of Content (as defined below) available through the Oxford Dictionaries API in your Product(s). Under this Licence Agreement we may make available to you our proprietary application programming interfaces and other tools (collectively, the “Oxford Dictionaries API”) that permit you to access and use certain lexical data, metadata and other content (collectively, “Content”).
    2. Any sample source code, libraries, user manuals, specifications, documentation, or other supporting material (“Specifications”) are made available under separate terms and conditions, the Oxford Dictionaries API Website Legal Notice. You hereby agree to be bound by the terms of the Oxford Dictionaries API Website Legal Notice in relation to your use of the Specifications.
    3. The term “Content”, as used in this Licence Agreement, excludes any Specifications.
  4. Grant of Rights

    1. When we provide you with your API credentials, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable licence to use the Oxford Dictionaries API to access, download, copy and reproduce the Content for the limited purposes set out in, and subject to the terms of, this Licence Agreement, as may be amended from time to time.
    2. You may make both Commercial and Non-Commercial Use of the Oxford Dictionaries API or Content.
  5. Product Restrictions and Requirements

    1. We ask for a description of your intended use of the Oxford Dictionaries API and/or Content in the registration process but do not grant access to the Oxford Dictionaries API based on this information. However, you are not permitted to use the Oxford Dictionaries API and/or Content in (or in relation to) any Product which:
      1. infringes the intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights of any other person;
      2. is used to knowingly transmit any data or material that contains or introduces viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful;
      3. promotes or contains sexually explicit materials, libellous or defamatory materials;
      4. promotes violence or contains violent materials;
      5. contains any material which is threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or
      6. is any way unlawful or fraudulent.
    2. Where your Product is a standalone dictionary lookup product or service (i.e. where the main purpose of the product or service is to enable the user to enter a word or phrase to search for a definition, translation or further information about that entry) you must contact us for approval prior to using the Oxford Dictionaries API and/or Content.
    3. Where you intend to cache Content locally (rather than making a new request to the Oxford Dictionaries API every time you need to use Content) you must contact us to discuss your requirements prior to using the Oxford Dictionaries API and/or Content. Caching is only permitted during periods for which you have selected a payment plan other than the free plan.
    4. You may use the phrase “Powered by Oxford Dictionaries” in your Product(s). You may not (except when complying with clause 6.2) use any of our trade marks, name and or branding without our express, prior written consent.
  6. Usage Requirements and Restrictions

    1. By making calls to the Oxford Dictionaries API or using Content, you agree to comply with the following requirements:
      1. You will not systematically copy and/or download any Content except as permitted by this Licence Agreement.
      2. You will not interfere, or attempt to interfere, in any manner with the functionality or proper working of the Oxford Dictionaries API.
      3. You will not use the Oxford Dictionaries API in any way that could harm it or impair anyone else’s use of it.
      4. You will not use the Oxford Dictionaries API to try to gain unauthorized access to any service, data, account or network by any means.
      5. You will not create or develop your own application programming interface which includes the Oxford Dictionaries API.
      6. You will not use the Oxford Dictionaries API in breach of the Fair Use Policy.
      7. You will not reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the Oxford Dictionaries API except and only to the extent that applicable law expressly permits, despite this limitation.
      8. You will use Content only in a lawful manner and in accordance with the terms of this Licence Agreement and within the express scope of the licence granted in clause 4.
      9. You will comply with all other documents and materials, including all Specifications, referenced in this Licence Agreement ("Operational Documentation").
      10. Although you may choose not to display all of the Content retrieved from an API call, you will not in any way alter any of the parts of the Content which you do choose to display to your users , except that you may truncate Definitions consisting of text in a manner that does not materially alter the meaning of the text or cause the text to become factually incorrect, misleading, or contrary to any law.
      11. You will promptly remove from your Product and delete or otherwise destroy any Content that we notify you is no longer available for your use.
      12. You will not compile or use Content for the purpose of direct marketing, spamming, unsolicited contacting of sellers or customers, or other advertising activities.
      13. You will not issue any press release or make any other public communication with respect to this Licence Agreement or your use of the Oxford Dictionaries API or Content without our prior written consent.
      14. You will not, without our express prior written approval, sell, resell, redistribute, sublicense, or transfer any Content. For example, you may not use Content on or within any application, platform, site, or service (including social networking sites) that requires you to sublicense or otherwise give any rights in or to Content to any other person or entity.
      15. You will ensure that all Product(s) comply with this Licence Agreement.
  7. Fair Use Policy

    1. In endeavouring to make the Oxford Dictionaries API stable for everyone to use, we place restrictions on the number of requests you can make to the Oxford Dictionaries API. The specific restrictions may change from time to time and shall be published on the documentation pages of the Oxford Dictionaries API Website.
    2. If you exceed the limits set out on the Oxford Dictionaries API Website from time to time we may throttle, suspend or terminate your access.
    3. The limit may be varied at any time by us updating the Oxford Dictionaries API Website with the new limits.
  8. Access

    1. If you complete the registration requirements on the Oxford Dictionaries API Website, we shall issue you with a username, password, App ID and App Key.
    2. You must keep your username, password, App ID and App Key secure and confidential. You agree not to disclose your App ID and/or App Key and any username and password you use in relation to the Oxford Dictionaries API to anyone else. If there has been a disclosure of any of this information, you shall promptly notify us of such disclosure so that we can take appropriate security measures and, if appropriate, provide you with replacements.
  9. Confidentiality

    1. The parties may use one another’s proprietary information and confidential information disclosed in connection with this Licence Agreement solely as necessary for the purposes stated in this Agreement. The parties will treat one another’s confidential information with the same degree of care that each treats its own sensitive, confidential information and neither party may, without the other party’s written consent, disclose the other party’s confidential information to any third party except to the receiving party’s legal or tax advisors and except as may be required by order of a court, arbitration panel or similar body or entity. This clause will survive the expiry or termination of this Licence Agreement and will continue indefinitely.
    2. No announcement or circular or other publicity in connection with the existence or subject matter of this Agreement shall be made by or on behalf of either party without the approval of the other as to the content, form and manner of publication of such publicity (such approval not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed).
  10. Intellectual Property Rights

    1. The Oxford Dictionaries API, Content and all related documentation are proprietary to us or our licensors. You acknowledge that any disclosure pursuant to this Licence Agreement shall not confer on you any intellectual property or other rights in relation to the Oxford Dictionaries API or the Content.
    2. In the event that you are notified by a third party that that party claims rights in the Oxford Dictionaries API or Content or that use of the Oxford Dictionaries API infringes any right of that third party, you agree to immediately notify us and immediately cease use of the Oxford Dictionaries API.
    3. Subject to clause 10.1, we acknowledge that, as between the parties, you own all intellectual property rights created by you in the Product.
  11. Technical Assistance / Warranty

    1. If you have any technical issues or queries regarding the Oxford Dictionaries API you should, in the first instance, contact us via the Oxford Dictionaries API Website.
    2. The Oxford Dictionaries API and Content are provided "as is". We, our affiliates and our licensors make no representation or warranties of any kind, whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise regarding the Oxford Dictionaries API and/or the Content including any warranty that your use of the Oxford Dictionaries API will be uninterrupted, error free or free from harmful components. For the avoidance of doubt, we, our affiliates and licensors disclaim all warranties, including any implied warranties of merchantability, satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement (including those of intellectual property) or quiet enjoyment and any warranties arising out of any course of dealing, trade or usage except to the extent prohibited by law.
    3. You acknowledge that the Oxford Dictionaries API is still in development. We may change the Content available and the scope and functionality of the Oxford Dictionaries API at any time.
  12. Limitation of Liability

    1. Except for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or for fraud, we, our affiliates and/or licensors will not be liable to you or to any other party in contract, tort or otherwise for any direct, indirect, consequential, special or exemplary damages or losses (including damages for loss of profits, goodwill, loss of opportunity, loss of use or loss of data) arising out of this License Agreement even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages and/or losses.
    2. You shall defend, indemnify and hold us harmless from and against any liabilities, costs or expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs we incur directly as a result of any third party claim, demand, litigation or proceeding arising out of your activities under this Licence Agreement and the manufacture, sale, possession or use of any of your Products.
  13. Feedback

    1. You are encouraged, but are not obliged to, provide any suggestions, feedback, comments, ideas, or other information relating to the Oxford Dictionaries API, Content and Specifications or modifications or enhancements thereto (the “Feedback”). Any Feedback is provided on a non-confidential basis regardless of any suggestion to the contrary in any accompanying communication, and you hereby grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, sub-licensable, transferable right and licence to exploit such Feedback in any manner without compensation or liability to you for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, enhancing, improving, promoting, and marketing our products and services.
  14. Notices and Information

    1. You hereby consent to us sending you emails relating to this Licence Agreement from time to time and monitoring, recording, using, and disclosing information about your Product and users of your Product that we obtain in connection with your use of Content (e.g., that a particular user of your Product searched for a list of words in sequence) in accordance with the Oxford Dictionaries API Privacy Policy, and monitoring, crawling, or otherwise investigating your Product to verify compliance with this Licence Agreement.
    2. You must inform users of your Products that the Content contained within those Products is protected by copyright. You must include appropriate terms and conditions to make clear to users of your Products that reuse of the Content is not permitted.
    3. You agree that you are responsible for:
      1. disclosing in your Product accurately and adequately, either through a privacy policy or otherwise, how you collect, use, store, and disclose data collected from users, including, where applicable, that third parties (including us) may serve content, collect information directly from users, and place or recognize cookies in connection with your Product; and
      2. any use that you make of the Oxford Dictionaries API and/or Content, whether or not permitted under this Licence Agreement.
    4. You agree that we are entitled to use your name and details about your Product(s) on the Oxford Dictionaries API Website and in related marketing.
  15. Term and Termination

    1. Subject to Clause 15.5, this Licence Agreement shall commence upon acceptance of these terms by you and/or use of the Oxford Dictionaries API or Content (whichever comes first) and shall remain in force unless terminated by either party in accordance with its terms.
    2. On termination or expiry of this Licence Agreement, you shall cease to use the Oxford Dictionaries API and/or any Content, including within any Products. You shall also remove all references to Oxford University Press, Oxford Dictionaries or the Content from your Product and any marketing materials within your control. You shall also delete and/or remove all Content downloaded and/or copied through use of the Oxford Dictionaries API which is in your possession, custody or control or in the possession, custody or control of any of your directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors or professional advisors and if requested by us, certify to us that this has been done no later than 21 days following termination or expiry of this agreement.
    3. During the Term, we may terminate this Licence Agreement immediately upon giving you written notice if you are in breach of any of your obligations under this Licence Agreement. Such right of termination shall be in addition to any other remedies we have in respect of your breach.
    4. Subject to Clause 15.5, this Licence Agreement constitutes the entire agreement of the parties about its subject matter, supersedes all prior communications, understandings and agreements (whether written or oral) relating to its subject matter, including (if relevant) the Oxford Dictionaries API Early Adopter Agreement and may not be amended or modified except by agreement in writing signed by both parties.
    5. Where you already have an Oxford Dictionaries API Early Adopter Agreement in place with us, that agreement will continue for its full term or, if sooner, until you transfer on to one of the business plans under this set of terms and conditions, at which point the Oxford Dictionaries API Early Adopter Agreement shall be superseded and replaced with this Licence Agreement.
    6. Any provision of this Licence Agreement that expressly or by implication is intended to come into or continue in force on or after termination or expiry of this Licence Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
    7. Termination or expiry of this Licence Agreement shall not affect any rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities of the parties that have accrued up to the date of termination or expiry, including the right to claim damages in respect of any breach of the Licence Agreement which existed at or before the date of termination or expiry.
  16. Payment

    1. Each month, you agree to pay the amount relating to the business plan you selected for that month, as directed by us.
    2. All amounts payable relating to the business plan you selected shall be interpreted as being amounts exclusive of value added tax, goods and services tax and any similar sales or excise tax ("Sales Tax"). Any Sales Tax payable in relation to any such amounts shall be added at the prevailing rate, as applicable, and paid by you on the due date for payment following delivery of a valid invoice from us.
    3. You shall pay all amounts due to us without any deduction and/or withholding other than such amount (if any) you are required to deduct and/or withhold by law and/or upon other direction of any tax authority. In the event you are required to make such deduction and/or withholding, you shall notify us before any such deduction and/or withholding is made and paid to the authority concerned and further shall at our written request, do all things in your power which may be necessary to enable or assist us to claim exemption or preferential rate therefrom under any double taxation and/or similar agreement and/or convention from time to time in force and shall provide us at the time of payment with such evidence as you may possess and as may be reasonably required by us as to the deduction and payment of the tax and/or of the sums withheld.
    4. If you fail to make payment within 14 days of us issuing an invoice to you for the relevant month, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate this Licence Agreement immediately without notice and without any liability to you.
  17. Ethical Conduct

    1. You represent and warrant that you shall not act, or omit to act, in such a way as to give rise to a breach by you, or any of your Affiliates, of any applicable law related to bribery, corruption or any related matter. You shall maintain adequate procedures designed to prevent any persons who perform services for you or on your behalf from undertaking any activities that constitute or could constitute a breach of any applicable law related to bribery or corruption in order to obtain or retain business or a business advantage for you. We shall have the right to terminate this Licence Agreement on no notice, without liability, for breach of this clause. In this clause, “Affiliate” shall mean, in relation to a party, a person who is, from time to time, a subsidiary or parent of that party, or is a subsidiary of that party’s parent.
  18. General

    1. You shall not assign or sub-contract or transfer this Licence Agreement or any or all of your rights or obligations under this Licence Agreement whether in whole or part, without first obtaining our written consent.
    2. We may amend these terms from time to time by giving notice to you either directly (using the details you have supplied to us) or by posting a notice on the Oxford Dictionaries API Website. Any other variation of this Licence Agreement shall not be effective unless it is in writing and signed by or on behalf of both parties.
    3. You agree to provide us with any information that we request to verify your compliance with this Licence Agreement.
    4. The relationship between the parties established by this Licence Agreement is that of independent parties and nothing contained in this Licence Agreement shall be construed or be deemed to create a partnership, joint venture or other joint undertaking; nor shall anything contained in this Licence Agreement be construed or deemed to create the relationship of principal and agent between the parties. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that you shall have no right or authority to bind or to make any representation or warranty on behalf of us.
    5. We shall process any data you submit via the Oxford Dictionaries API Website or otherwise provide to us in accordance with the Oxford Dictionaries API Website Privacy Policy, and you hereby consent to us doing so.
    6. You will comply with all applicable laws in connection with this Licence Agreement and your use of the Oxford Dictionaries API and/or Content.
    7. This Licence Agreement shall be interpreted and construed in accordance with English law and shall be under the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. However, we may enforce any breach by you of any of the terms and conditions set out herein in the courts of any jurisdiction.