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It is the intention of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSARG) to support and encourage the use of Common Schemas (i.e. the information model of data elements and their corresponding XML schemas that have been aligned by the HKSARG). Unless otherwise specified, the HKSARG owns the copyright of all the Common Schemas and any other artefacts stored and published in this Registry of Data Standards (hereafter referred collectively as "Registry Artefacts"), which is managed by the HKSARG.
Where it is specified that the user of the Registry Artefact(s) needs to make a request to any third party copyright owner for the grant of a licence to copy, modify, develop, adapt, publish, distribute, issue or make available to others copies of or otherwise use in such other manners as intended by the user the Registry Artefact(s) in question which is/are derived from any third party copyright work(s) (Third Party Work(s)), NOTHING in this Copyright Statement or the Copyright Licence hereinbelow shall be taken as granting any licence in respect of the Third Party Works by the HKSARG to any users. In all such cases, the users shall themselves obtain all the necessary licence(s) for all their intended uses of such Registry Artefacts as derived from the Third Party Works from the relevant copyright owner(s) of the Third Party Works, and unless and until that has been done, no user is permitted to make use of such Registry Artefacts as derived from the Third Party Works for any purposes which may infringe the copyright of any party.
Subject to the above Copyright Statement, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSARG) hereby grants to all users of the Registry of Data Standards a nonexclusive, non-transferable and royalty-free right and licence to copy, issue to the public copies of, or make adaptations (including modifications) of the Registry Artefacts (as defined in the Copyright Statement for the Registry of Data Standards above).
The HKSARG hereby waives any claim of the copyright of any derivative works which may be created by a user as a result of the modification or adaptation of any Registry Artefacts. Nevertheless, the copyrights and any other intellectual property rights of such Registry Artefacts shall always remain vested in the HKSARG.
The HKSARG expressly disclaims any and all warranties regarding the Registry Artefacts, including, but not limited to, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, or title; that the contents of the Registry Artefacts are suitable for any purpose; or that the implementation of such Registry Artefacts will not infringe any third party patents, copyrights, trademarks or other rights. These Registry Artefacts are provided on an "as is" and "with all faults" bases, and without any express or implied warranty. Users are to exercise the rights and licences granted hereunder "at their own risks". The HKSARG will not be liable for any direct, indirect, general, special, incidental or consequential losses or damage whatsoever arising out of any uses of or inability to use the Registry Artefacts or any derivative works thereof by the users or by any other parties under this Copyright Licences or otherwise.
The HKSARG may terminate any licence hereunder at any time by posting a notice to that effect on this website or by any other means which the HKSARG considers effective. Such notice, where posted on the website, shall be deemed to have effect immediately at the time when it is so posted. Upon such termination of licence, the user shall do all such acts as may be directed by the HKSARG with respect to any copies of the Registry Artefacts in question which are in the possession or control of the user.
For the avoidance of doubt, nothing herein shall constitute any transfer or assignment of copyrights or other intellectual property rights of the Registry Artefacts to any users. All rights not specifically granted herein are expressly reserved to the Government.
This Copyright Statement and Copyright Licence shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the users or any parties under this Copyright Statement and Copyright Licence agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of HKSAR as regards any claim or matter arising under this Copyright Statement and Copyright Licence.