SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
ELECTRONIC DICTIONARY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT GROUP
GENERAL DICTIONARY LICENCE STATEMENT
Copyright (C) 2003 The Electronic Dictionary Research and Development
Group, Monash University.
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In March 2000, James William Breen assigned ownership of the copyright of
the dictionary files assembled, coordinated and edited by him to the The
Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University
(hereafter "the Group"), on the understanding that the Group will foster the
development of the dictionary files, and will utilize all monies received
for use of the files for the further development of the files, and for
research into computer lexicography and electronic dictionaries.
This document outlines the licence arrangement put in place by The Group for
usage of the files. It replaces all previous copyright and licence
statements applying to the files.
This licence statement and copyright notice applies to the following
dictionary files, the associated documentation files, and any data files
which are derived from them.
JMDICT - Japanese-Multilingual Dictionary File - the Japanese and
English components (the German, French and Russian translational equivalents
are covered by separate copyright held by the compilers of that material.)
EDICT - Japanese-English Electronic DICTionary File
ENAMDICT - Japanese Names File
COMPDIC - Japanese-English Computing and
Telecommunications Terminology File
KANJIDIC - File of Information about the 6,355 Kanji in the JIS X
0208 Standard (special conditions apply)
KANJD212 - File of Information about the 5,801 Supplementary Kanji
in the JIS X 0212 Standard
EDICT-R - romanized version of the EDICT file. (NB: this file has
been withdrawn from circulation, and all sites carrying it are requested to
remove their copies.)
Copyright over the documents covered by this statement is held by James
William BREEN and The Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group
at Monash University.
3. Usage, Copying and Distribution Permission and Restrictions
Any person or organization in possession of a copy of any of the files
covered by this statement, whether they have received the copy via free
distribution or purchase:
must as part of the receiving of the copy undertake to be bound by
all the conditions in this document relating to the distribution or usage of
must undertake not to assert copyright over any portion of the files.
may use the file for personal purposes such as to assist
with reading texts, research, translation services, etc.
may supply extracts or small portions of the files to other persons
or organizations in the form of written documents, electronic mail, etc.
may make and distribute verbatim copies of these files provided the
full documentation of the files and this copyright notice and permission
notice are distributed with all copies.
may place copies of these files on WWW, ftp and equivalent servers
for subsequent distribution provided the full documentation of the files and
this copyright notice and permission notice are also made available on the
servers, and are given equivalent notification to potential down-loaders of
the files. For WWW distribution, there must be links to either local copies
of the documentation and licence files or to the locations of the files at
Monash University, and acknowledgement must be made of the source of the
may make and distribute extracts or subsets of the files, or files
in other formats and codings containing material selected from the files,
under the same conditions applying to verbatim copies. Where a subset of a
file is being made, either by reducing the number of entries or by reducing
the amount of information in entries or both, the nature of the subset must
be made clear in documentation accompanying the distribution of the subset.
must either make every endeavour to ensure that the versions of the
files they distribute are the most recent available, or must make the
version and date clear and prominent in their documentation, WWW page, etc.
and supply information as to where and how the most recent version may be
may translate elements of the files into other languages, and to
make and distribute copies of those translations under the same conditions
applying to verbatim copies.
may use these files as part of, or in association with a software
package or system. Full acknowledgement of the source of the files must be
made both in the promotional material, WWW pages and software documentation,
and where the files play a major part in the package, e.g. in the case of
the package being a dictionary system based on the files, prominent
reference to the source and status of the files must be made on any GUI
screens, etc. associated with using the files. In the case of the EDICT,
JMdict and KANJIDIC files, the following URLs must be used or quoted:
may publish all or part of the files on paper or digital media such as
CD-ROM, provided clear and prominent acknowledgement of the source is made
in the publication.
Note that in all cases, the addition of material to the files or to extracts
from the files does not remove or in any way diminish the Group's copyright
over the files.
Note also that there is no restriction placed on commercial use of the
files. Where use of the files results in a financial return to the user, it
is suggested that the user make a donation to the Group to assist with the
continued development of the files.
4. Warranty and Liability
While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information
in the files, it is possible that errors may still be included. The files
are made available without any warranty whatsoever as to their accuracy or
suitability for a particular application.
Any individual or organization making use of the files must agree:
to assume all liability for the use or misuse of the files, and
must agree not to hold Monash University or the Group liable for any actions
or events resulting from use of the files.
to refrain from bringing action or suit or claim against Monash
University or the Group on the basis of the use of the files, or any
information included in the files.
to indemnify Monash University or the Group in the case of action
by a third party on the basis of the use of the files, or any information
included in the files.
Every effort has been made in the compilation of these files to ensure that
the copyright of other compilers of dictionaries and lexicographic material
has not been infringed. The Group asserts its intention to rectify
immediately any breach of copyright brought to its attention.
Any individual or organization in possession of copies of the files, upon
becoming aware that a possible copyright infringement may be present in the
files, must undertake to contact the Group immediately with details of the
6. Prior Permission
All permissions for use of the files granted by James William Breen prior to
March 2000 will be honoured and maintained, however the placing of the
KANJD212 and EDICTH files under the GNU GPL has been withdrawn as of 25
7. Special Conditions for the KANJIDIC File
In addition to licensing arrangements described above, the following
additional conditions apply to the KANJIDIC file.
The following people have granted permission for material for which they
hold copyright to be included in the files, and distributed under the above
conditions, while retaining their copyright over that material:
Jack HALPERN: The SKIP codes and Frequency codes in the KANJIDIC file.
With regard to the Frequency codes, Mr Halpern has stated as follows: "The
commercial utilization of the frequency numbers is prohibited without
written permission from Jack Halpern. Use by individuals and small groups
for reference and research purposes is permitted, on condition that
acknowledgement of the source and this notice are included."
With regard to the SKIP codes, Mr Halpern draws your attention to the
statement he has prepared on the matter.
Christian WITTERN and Koichi YASUOKA: The Pinyin information in the KANJIDIC
Urs APP: the Four Corner codes and the Morohashi information in the KANJIDIC
Mark SPAHN and Wolfgang HADAMITZKY: the kanji descriptors from their
Charles MULLER: the Korean readings.
Joseph DE ROO: the De Roo codes.
All enquiries to:
The Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group
(Attn: Assoc. Prof. Jim Breen)
School of Computer Science and Software Engineering
CLAYTON VIC 3168