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Thank you for using our Open Build Service! We're happy you're here. Please read this Terms of Service agreement carefully before accessing our openSUSE OBS instance. Because it is such an important contract between us and our users, we have tried to make it as clear as possible. For your convenience, we have presented these terms in a short non-binding summary followed by the full legal terms.


A. Definitions

Short version: We use these basic terms throughout the agreement, and they have specific meanings. You should know what we mean when we use each of the terms. There's not going to be a test on it, but it's still useful information.

1. An "Account" represents your legal relationship with openSUSE. A “User Account” represents an individual User’s authorization to log in to and use the Service and serves as a User’s identity anywhere on opensuse.org.

2. The “Agreement” refers, collectively, to all the terms, conditions, notices contained or referenced in this document (the “Terms of Service” or the "Terms") and all other operating rules, policies (including the Privacy Statement), and procedures that we may publish from time to time on the Website. Most of our site policies are available via the policies and guidelines category in our wiki.

3. “Content” refers to content featured or displayed through the Website, including without limitation code, text, data, articles, images, photographs, graphics, software, applications, packages, designs, features, and other materials that are available on the Website or otherwise available through the Service. "Content" also includes Services. “User-Generated Content” is Content, written or otherwise, created or uploaded by our Users. "Your Content" is Content that you create or own.

4. “openSUSE", “We,” and “Us” refer to the openSUSE community, represented by SUSE LCC, as well as our affiliates, directors, subsidiaries, contractors, licensors, officers, agents, and employees.

5. The “Service” refers to the applications, software, products, and services provided by openSUSE, including any Beta Previews.

6. “The User,” “You,” and “Your” refer to the individual person, company, or organization that has visited or is using our Websites or Services; that accesses or uses any part of the Account; or that directs the use of the Account in the performance of its functions. Because of legal restrictions, a User must be at least 13 years of age. Special terms may apply for business or government Accounts.

7. The “Website” refers to openSUSE's websites located at any subdomain at opensuse.org, and all content, services, and products provided by openSUSE at or through the Website. Occasionally, websites owned by openSUSE (or SUSE) may provide different or additional terms of service. If those additional terms conflict with this Agreement, the more specific terms apply to the relevant page or service.

8. "OBS" or the "openSUSE Build Service" refers to the public instance provided at https://build.opensuse.org/.

9. A "Project" in OBS defines a separate environment to build packages, products or images. Multiple packages can be combined in a Project. A Project can also contain build descriptions for Containers or Images.

B. Account Terms

Short version: User Accounts can have different administrative controls; a human must create your Account; you must be 13 or over; you must provide a valid email address; and you may not have more than one free Account. You alone are responsible for your Account and anything that happens while you are signed in to or using your Account. You are responsible for keeping your Account secure.

1. Account Controls

  • Users. Subject to these Terms, you retain ultimate administrative control over your User Account and the Content within it.
  • Groups. The "maintainer" of an Group that was created under these Terms has ultimate administrative control over that Group and the Content within it. Within the Service, a maintainer can manage User access to the Groups data and projects. A Group may have multiple maintainers, but there must be at least one User Account designated as a maintainer of an Group. If you are the maintainer of a Group under these Terms, we consider you responsible for the actions that are performed on or through that Group.
  • Maintainer. The word "maintainer" is used multiple times in OBS. In general, a Maintainer can be seen as Administrator of a specific Group, Project or Package. If you have a Maintainer status for a Project, we consider you responsible for the actions that are performed on or for that Project.


2. Required Information

You must provide a valid Email address in order to complete the signup process. Any other information requested, such as your real name, is optional, unless you are accepting these terms on behalf of a legal entity (in which case we need more information about the legal entity).

3. Account Requirements

We have a few simple rules for User Accounts on openSUSE's Services.

  • You must be a human to create an Account. Accounts registered by "bots" or other automated methods are not permitted.

We do permit machine accounts:

  • A machine account is an Account set up by an individual human who accepts the Terms on behalf of the Account, provides a valid Email address, and is responsible for its actions. A machine account is used exclusively for performing automated tasks. Multiple users may direct the actions of a machine account, but the owner of the Account is ultimately responsible for the machine's actions. You may maintain no more than one free machine account in addition to your free User Account.
  • One person or legal entity may maintain no more than one free Account (if you choose to control a machine account as well, that's fine, but it can only be used for running a machine).
  • You must be age 13 or older. While we are thrilled to see brilliant young coders get excited by learning to program, we must comply with Great Britain and European law. openSUSE does not target our Service to children under 13, and we do not permit any Users under 13 on our Service. If we learn of any User under the age of 13, we will terminate that User’s Account immediately. If you are a resident of a country outside the British our European states your country’s minimum age may be older; in such a case, you are responsible for complying with your country’s laws.
  • Your login may only be used by one person — i.e., a single login may not be shared by multiple people.

4. User Account Security

You are responsible for keeping your Account secure while you use our Service. We offer tools such as two-factor authentication to help you maintain your Account's security, but the content of your Account and its security are up to you.

  • You are responsible for all content posted and activity that occurs under your Account (even when content is posted by others who have Accounts under your Account: see machine accounts above).
  • You are responsible for maintaining the security of your Account and password. openSUSE cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage from your failure to comply with this security obligation.
  • You will promptly notify openSUSE if you become aware of any unauthorized use of, or access to, our Service through your Account, including any unauthorized use of your password or Account.

5. Additional Terms

In some situations, third parties' terms may apply to your use of openSUSE services. For example, you may be using our IRC channels, which are provided by another organization, which is not openSUSE. Or you may download an application that integrates with openSUSE or OBS; or you may use openSUSE to authenticate to another service. Please be aware that while these Terms are our full agreement with you, other parties' terms govern their relationships with you.

C. Acceptable Use

Short version: openSUSE hosts a wide variety of collaborative projects from all over the world, and that collaboration only works when our users are able to work together in good faith. While using the service, you must follow the terms of this section, which include some restrictions on content you can post, conduct on the service, and other limitations. In short, be excellent to each other.

Your use of OBS, our Websites and Services must not violate any applicable laws, including copyright or trademark laws, export control or sanctions laws, or other laws in your jurisdiction. You are responsible for making sure that your use of the Service is in compliance with laws and any applicable regulations.

You agree that you will not under any circumstances violate our Acceptable Use Policies or Community Guidelines.

D. User-Generated Content

Short version: You own content you create, but you allow us certain rights to it, so that we can display and share the content you post. You still have control over your content, and responsibility for it, and the rights you grant us are limited to those we need to provide the service. We have the right to remove content or close Accounts if we need to.

1. Responsibility for User-Generated Content

You may create or upload User-Generated Content while using the Service. You are solely responsible for the content of, and for any harm resulting from, any User-Generated Content that you post, upload, link to or otherwise make available via the Service, regardless of the form of that Content. We are not responsible for any public display or misuse of your User-Generated Content.

2. OBS May Remove Content

We have the right to refuse or remove any User-Generated Content that, in our sole discretion, violates any laws or openSUSE terms or policies. User-Generated Content displayed on OBS for mobile may be subject to mobile app stores' additional terms.

3. Ownership of Content, Right to Post, and License Grants

You retain ownership of and responsibility for Your Content. If you're posting anything you did not create yourself or do not own the rights to, you agree that you are responsible for any Content you post; that you will only submit Content that you have the right to post; and that you will fully comply with any third party licenses relating to Content you post.

Because you retain ownership of and responsibility for Your Content, we need you to grant us — and other openSUSE Users — certain legal permissions, listed in Sections D.4 — D.7. These license grants apply to Your Content. If you upload Content that already comes with a license granting openSUSE the permissions we need to run our Service, no additional license is required. You understand that you will not receive any payment for any of the rights granted in Sections D.4 — D.7. The licenses you grant to us will end when you remove Your Content from our servers, unless other Users have forked, copied or linked it.

4. License Grant to Us

We need the legal right to do things like host Your Content, publish it, and share it. You grant us and our legal successors the right to store, archive, parse, and display Your Content, and make incidental copies, as necessary to provide the Service, including improving the Service over time. This license includes the right to do things like copy it to our database and make backups; show it to you and other users; parse it into a search index or otherwise analyze it on our servers; share it with other users; and perform it, in case Your Content is something like music or video.

This license does not grant openSUSE the right to sell Your Content. It also does not grant openSUSE the right to otherwise distribute or use Your Content outside of our provision of the Service, except that as part of the right to archive Your Content, openSUSE may permit our partners to store and archive Your Content in public repositories or on connected Build Service instances.

5. License Grant to Other Users

Any User-Generated Content you post publicly, including issues, comments, and contributions to other Users' repositories, may be viewed by others. As your repositories are per default viewed publicly, you agree to allow others to view and "fork" your repositories (this means that others may make their own copies of Content from your repositories in repositories they control).

You grant each User of OBS a nonexclusive, worldwide license to use, display, and perform Your Content through OBS and to reproduce Your Content solely on OBS as permitted through OBS's functionality (for example, through forking). You may grant further rights if you adopt a license. If you are uploading Content you did not create or own, you are responsible for ensuring that the Content you upload is licensed under terms that grant these permissions to other OBS Users.

6. Contributions Under Repository License

Whenever you add Content to a repository containing notice of a license, you license that Content under the same terms, and you agree that you have the right to license that Content under those terms. If you have a separate agreement to license that Content under different terms, such as a contributor license agreement, that agreement will supersede.

Isn't this just how it works already? Yep. This is widely accepted as the norm in the open-source community; it's commonly referred to by the shorthand "inbound=outbound". We're just making it explicit.

7. Moral Rights

You retain all moral rights to Your Content that you upload, publish, or submit to any part of the Service, including the rights of integrity and attribution. However, you waive these rights and agree not to assert them against us, to enable us to reasonably exercise the rights granted in Section D.4, but not otherwise.

To the extent this agreement is not enforceable by applicable law, you grant openSUSE the rights we need to use Your Content without attribution and to make reasonable adaptations of Your Content as necessary to render the Website and provide the Service.

E. Private Repositories

Short version: We treat the your privacy as high as possible. But while we allow private repositories in other instances, there is no private repository available for our public OBS instance. If you really need a private repository, please get in touch with us - and we can offer you an account on other instances.

F. Copyright Infringement and application blacklist

If you believe that content on our website violates your copyright, please contact us in accordance with our Terms_of_site. Please contact us as well, if you get aware of any content, listed in our application blacklist.

There may be legal consequences for sending a false or frivolous takedown notice. Before sending a takedown request, you must consider legal uses such as fair use and licensed uses.

We will terminate the Accounts of repeat infringers of this policy.

G. Intellectual Property Notice

Short version: We own the service and all of our content. In order for you to use our content, we give you certain rights to it, but you may only use our content in the way we have allowed.

1. OBS's Rights to Content

OBS, openSUSE and our licensors, vendors, agents, and/or our content providers retain ownership of all intellectual property rights of any kind related to the Website and Service. We reserve all rights that are not expressly granted to you under this Agreement or by law. The look and feel of the Website and Service is copyright © openSUSE project. All rights reserved. You may not duplicate, copy, or reuse any portion of the HTML/CSS, Javascript, or visual design elements or concepts without express written permission from the openSUSE board.

2. OBS Trademarks and Logos

If you’d like to use OBS’s trademarks, you must follow all of the openSUSE trademark guidelines, including those on our Artwork guidelines.

3. License to OBS Policies

This Agreement is licensed under this Creative Commons Zero license.

H. API Terms

Short version: You agree to these Terms of Service, plus this Section H, when using any of OBS's APIs (Application Provider Interface), including use of the API through a third party product that accesses OBS.

Abuse or excessively frequent requests to OBS via the API may result in the temporary or permanent suspension of your Account's access to the API. OBS in our sole discretion, will determine abuse or excessive usage of the API. We will make a reasonable attempt to warn you via email prior to suspension.

You may not share API tokens to exceed OBS's rate limitations.

You may not use the API to download data or Content from OBS for spamming purposes, including for the purposes of selling OBS users' personal information, such as to recruiters, headhunters, and job boards.

All use of the OBS API is subject to these Terms of Service and the general terms of site.

I. openSUSE Additional Product Terms

Short version: You need to follow certain specific terms and conditions for OBS's various features and products, and you agree to the Supplemental Terms and Conditions when you agree to this Agreement.

Some Service features may be subject to additional terms specific to that feature or product. By accessing or using these Services, you also agree to the Supplemental Product Terms. We will notify you beforehand, in case you are in the process to start using these Services.

J. Beta Previews

Short version: Beta Previews may not be supported or may change at any time. You may receive confidential information through those programs that must remain confidential while the program is private. We'd love your feedback to make our Beta Previews better.

1. Subject to Change

Beta Previews may not be supported and may be changed at any time without notice. In addition, Beta Previews are not subject to the same security measures and auditing to which the Service has been and is subject. By using a Beta Preview, you use it at your own risk.

2. Confidentiality

As a user of Beta Previews, you may get access to special information that isn’t available to the rest of the world. Due to the sensitive nature of this information, it’s important for us to make sure that you keep that information secret.

Confidentiality Obligations. You agree that any non-public Beta Preview information we give you, such as information about a private Beta Preview, will be considered OBS’s confidential information (collectively, “Confidential Information”), regardless of whether it is marked or identified as such. You agree to only use such Confidential Information for the express purpose of testing and evaluating the Beta Preview (the “Purpose”), and not for any other purpose. You should use the same degree of care as you would with your own confidential information, but no less than reasonable precautions to prevent any unauthorized use, disclosure, publication, or dissemination of our Confidential Information. You promise not to disclose, publish, or disseminate any Confidential Information to any third party, unless we don’t otherwise prohibit or restrict such disclosure (for example, you might be part of a OBS-organized group discussion about a private Beta Preview feature).

Exceptions. Confidential Information will not include information that is: (a) or becomes publicly available without breach of this Agreement through no act or inaction on your part (such as when a private Beta Preview becomes a public Beta Preview); (b) known to you before we disclose it to you; (c) independently developed by you without breach of any confidentiality obligation to us or any third party; or (d) disclosed with permission from OBS. You will not violate the terms of this Agreement if you are required to disclose Confidential Information pursuant to operation of law, provided OBS has been given reasonable advance written notice to object, unless prohibited by law.

3. Feedback

We’re always trying to improve of products and services, and your feedback as a Beta Preview user and as normal user will help us do that. If you choose to give us any ideas, know-how, algorithms, code contributions, suggestions, enhancement requests, recommendations or any other feedback for our products or services (collectively, “Feedback”), you acknowledge and agree that OBS will have a royalty-free, fully paid-up, worldwide, transferable, sub-licensable, irrevocable and perpetual license to implement, use, modify, commercially exploit and/or incorporate the Feedback into our products, services, and documentation.

K. Payment

Short version: You are responsible for any fees associated with your use of OBS We are responsible for communicating those fees to you clearly and accurately, and letting you know well in advance if those prices change.

1. Pricing

OBS is currently free for use. Thanks to our Sponsors, we can offer the service for free.

L. Cancellation and Termination

Short version: You may close your Account at any time. If you do, we'll treat your information responsibly.

1. Account Cancellation

It is your responsibility to properly cancel your Account with OBS. You can cancel your Account at any time by going into your Settings at the IDP-Portal. The Account screen provides a simple, no questions asked cancellation link. We are not able to cancel Accounts in response to an email or phone request.

2. Upon Cancellation

We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements, but barring legal requirements, we will delete your full profile and the Content of your repositories within 90 days of cancellation or termination (though some information may remain in encrypted backups). This information can not be recovered once your Account is cancelled.

We will not delete Content that you have contributed to other Users' repositories or that other Users have forked.

Upon request, we will make a reasonable effort to provide an Account owner with a copy of your lawful, non-infringing Account contents after Account cancellation, termination, or downgrade. You must make this request within 90 days of cancellation, termination, or downgrade.

3. OBS May Terminate

OBS has the right to suspend or terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. OBS reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.

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