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Conditions of the Use of Materials available on the Hong Kong Observatory Website for Non-commercial Purposes

You may be authorised to disseminate, reproduce, adapt, distribute or print the contents available on this website (the “Materials”) of the Hong Kong Observatory (the “Observatory”) or make available copies of the Materials to the public or build hyperlink by surface linking to this website of the Observatory for non-commercial purposes on a free-of-charge basis on the following conditions (the “Conditions”):

  1. The authorisation only applies to the use of the Materials prepared by the Observatory and owned by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the “Government”).
  2. The intellectual property rights in the Materials are solely owned by the Government or have been licensed to the Government by the intellectual property rights’ owner(s) of the Materials to deal with such Materials for the purposes of all activities contemplated on the Observatory’s website.
  3. The Materials must be reproduced accurately and must not be used in a misleading context or in any manner adversely affecting the moral rights of the Government.
  4. In all copies made by you including but not limited to paper copies, digital copies and copies placed on other websites:
    (a) The Government must be acknowledged as the intellectual property rights’ owner of the Materials;
    (b) Acknowledgement must be given to the Observatory and its website https://www.weather.gov.hk or https://www.hko.gov.hk as the source of the Materials; and
    (c) The Intellectual Property Rights Notice and the Conditions herein must be reproduced.
  5. You shall indemnify the Government against all costs, losses, damages and liabilities of whatsoever nature arising directly or indirectly from any allegations or claims that your use, reproduction and/or distribution of the Materials infringe any rights including but not limited to the intellectual property rights of any person.
  6. You shall display the following Disclaimer or the Trade Mark of the Observatory (https://www.weather.gov.hk/abouthko/logoexplain/logoexplaine2.htm) which also means the agreement to the Disclaimer prominently with any Materials that is distributed or reproduced by you:-
    Disclaimer
    This website / product / service contains information that is copied or extracted from data made available on the websites of the Hong Kong Observatory (the “Observatory”) including https://www.weather.gov.hk, https://www.hko.gov.hk, and the subdomains of “weather.gov.hk” and “hko.gov.hk”. The provision of the information copied or extracted from or a link to the Observatory’s websites on this website shall not be constituted as any form of co-operation or affiliation by the Observatory with any person in relation to this website, the products or the services or any contents herein. Nothing in this website, the product or the service shall give rise to any representation, warranty or implication that the Observatory agrees with, approves of, recommends or endorses the products or the services or any contents of this website. The Observatory does not have any liability, obligation or responsibility whatsoever for any loss, destruction or damages (including without limitation consequential loss, destruction or damages) howsoever arising from or in respect of your use or misuse of or reliance on or inability to use any contents herein
  7. Sale or exchange of any part of the Materials for any benefit, gain, profit or reward by you is absolutely prohibited in all circumstances.
  8. You shall not in any circumstances acquire any intellectual property rights in the Materials.
  9. You shall not, by making use of the Materials, defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
  10. You shall not use the Materials in any inappropriate, defamatory, obscene, or unlawful manner.
  11. You shall not use the Materials in connection with other contents or materials that may infringe the intellectual property rights or in any manner that may adversely affect any rights of any person.
  12. You shall not make any changes to or deletion of any part of the Materials including but not limited to author attribution, trade mark or legend.
  13. You are permitted to build hyperlink to this website by surface linking provided that your website shall not present the contents of this website as your own, or otherwise misrepresent the contents of this website, or misinform any users about the origin or ownership of the contents of this website.
  14. The Government does not permit a website to build hyperlink to this website if it contains any material which is libellous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene, or is in any way in breach of the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or infringes any intellectual property rights and moral rights. The Government may, in its sole discretion, require any websites to remove any hyperlink to this website at any time.
  15. The “Conditions” may be revised and/or amended from time to time by the Observatory without prior notice to any person. You shall check the “Conditions” regularly for any revisions and/or amendments which may be made.
  16. The Government reserves the right to withdraw any permission given herein at any time without any prior notice to you.
  17. For privacy issues, please refer to https://www.weather.gov.hk/privacy/policy.htm.
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