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Content policy

Applicable law

The archive of Software Heritage is under the responsibility of Inria, the french national institute for research in computer science and control.

As such, the applicable law is the French law.

Data storage

Software Heritage may use third-party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology required to run the Software Heritage services.

Personal data

The Software Heritage archive collects publicly available source code, and its development history, from a variety of public sources. Personal information may be contained in the source code or in the development history, and may hence be collected in the archive. All the content of the archive being publicly accessible, you may access this information directly from the archive.

Takedown notices

The Software Heritage archive collects publicly available source code, and its development history, from a variety of public sources. Software Heritage does not perform any screening of the collected source code and development history, hence illicit content present therein may hence become part of the Software Heritage archive. Conformant to the applicable french law, Software Heritage and Inria won’t be liable for copyright infringement as long as they offer legitimate right-holders a means to request it to be taken down. Notice that the terms of the french law are different from the ones found in the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act: in particular, no take down counter-notice mechanism is mandated by the law.

To request the removal of a content from the Software Heritage archive, you must file a formal request containing all of the following informations:

  1. the date of the request ;
  2. full identification
    • for a person: name, surname, activity, address, nationality, birth place and birth date;
    • for a legal entity: nature of the legal entity, name, address of headquarters and legal representative;
  3. description of the infringing information and its precise location ;
  4. the reasons why the content should be taken down, including the supporting articles of law and full justification of the alleged facts ;
  5. copy of the correspondence sent to the original author or editor of the allegedly infringing content, asking for its removal or modification; or justification of why they could not be contacted.

This request must be sent by mail to the following address

Inria
 Délégation aux Affaires Juridiques
 Domaine de Voluceau
 Rocquencourt B.P. 105
 78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
 France