Terms of use


§ 1 Subject of the Terms of Use


(1) The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab at the Technical University of Darmstadt (hereinafter referred to as the "Portal Operator") provides a platform at https://www.argumentext.de/de (hereinafter referred to as "the Portal") which searches document collections for natural language arguments and determines relevant pros and cons on any user-defined topic using artificial intelligence.


(2) These Terms of Use govern the provision of the Service by the Portal Operator and the use of these Services by you.


(3) Information on the Portal Operator can be found here .


§ 2 Amendments to the Terms of Use


The portal operator reserves the right to change these terms of use at any time.


§ 3 Authorization to register


(1) The use of the services available on the portal does not in principle require registration as a participant. Registration on our portal is offered as an option.


(2) For some of our services (e.g. search for arguments) we also offer you access via a programming interface (API). In this case a registration with name and e-mail address is necessary to generate a personalized key for the access to the programming interface.


(3) There is no right to registration and access to the programming interface. The portal operator is entitled to reject registration applications without giving reasons.


§ 4 Responsibility for access data


(1) During the registration process, you will be asked to provide a username and password. You can use this data to log in to the portal after your access has been activated.


(2) You must keep the access data, including the password and any API keys, secret and not make them accessible to unauthorised third parties.


(3) It is also your responsibility to ensure that your access to the Portal and the use of the services available on the Portal is exclusively by you or by persons authorized by you. If it is to be feared that unauthorised third parties have gained or will gain knowledge of your access data, the portal operator must be informed immediately.

You are liable for any use and/or other activity carried out under your access data in accordance with the statutory provisions.


§ 5 Updating the data


You are obliged to keep your data (including your contact details) up to date. If there is a change in the data provided during the period of your participation, you must notify us of the change by e-mail.

§ 6 Termination of participation


(1) You can cancel your access at any time by unsubscribing from the portal by e-mail.


(2) The portal operator is entitled to irretrievably delete all data created within the scope of your participation after 30 calendar days have elapsed after you have unsubscribed and after any statutory retention periods have elapsed.


§ 7 Range of services and availability of services


(1) The portal operator provides you with various information and other services on the portal for temporary use. Such a service can be the extraction of arguments from dynamic text sources such as news streams or social networks and their compilation.

The content and scope of the services are determined by the functionalities currently available on the portal.


(2) A claim to the use of the services available on the portal exists only within the framework of the technical and operational possibilities of the portal operator. The portal operator endeavours to ensure that its services can be used as uninterruptedly as possible. However, temporary restrictions or interruptions may occur due to technical faults (e.g. interruption of the power supply, hardware and software faults, technical problems in the data lines).


§ 8 Changes to services


The portal provider is entitled at any time to change services provided free of charge on the portal and/or to discontinue the provision of services free of charge. In this case the portal operator is entitled to irretrievably delete all data created.


§ 9 Protection of contents, responsibility for contents of third parties


(1) The contents available on the portal are predominantly protected by copyright or other protective rights and are the property of the portal operator or other third parties who have made the respective contents available.


(2) The Portal Operator does not check third-party content for completeness, correctness and legality and therefore assumes no responsibility or warranty for the completeness, correctness, legality and up-to-dateness of the third-party content. This also applies with regard to the quality of third-party content and its suitability for a specific purpose, and also insofar as third-party content on linked external websites is concerned.


(3) The compilation of the contents as such is protected as a database or database work iSd. Sec. 4 para. 2, Sec. 87a para. 1 UrhG (German Copyrights Act). You may only use them in accordance with these Terms of Use and within the framework specified on the Portal.


§ 10 Scope of permitted use


Your right of use is limited to access to the Portal and use of the services available on the Portal within the framework of the provisions of these Terms of Use.


§ 11 Prohibited activities


(1) The services available on the Portal are intended exclusively for non-commercial use by the Participants. Any use for or in connection with commercial purposes is prohibited, unless such use was previously expressly permitted in writing by the portal operator.


(2) You are prohibited from any activities on or in connection with the Portal that violate applicable law, violate the rights of third parties or violate the principles of the protection of minors.


(3) You are also prohibited from taking any action that could impair the smooth operation of the portal, in particular from placing an excessive load on the systems of the portal operator.


§ 12 Blocking of accesses


The Portal Operator may temporarily or permanently block your access to the Portal if there are concrete indications that you have violated or have violated these Terms of Use and/or applicable law, or if the Portal Operator has any other justified interest in the blocking. When deciding on a blocking, the portal operator will take your legitimate interests into account appropriately.


§ 13 Processing of your personal data


Details on the collection and processing of your data can be found in our data protection declaration.


§ 14 Limitation of liability


The services are provided free of charge. Should you suffer any damage through the use of services provided on the Portal (including the retrieval of free content), the Portal Operator shall only be liable to the extent that your damage has arisen as a result of the contractual use of the free content and/or services, and only in the event of intent (including fraudulent intent) and gross negligence on the part of the Portal Operator.


§ 15 Requirement of written form


Unless expressly stated otherwise in these Terms of Use, all declarations made in connection with participation in the Portal must be made in writing by e-mail. The e-mail address of the portal operator is info@argumentext.de. Contact details are subject to change without notice.


§ 16 Severability clause


Should any provision of these Terms of Use be or become invalid, this shall not affect the legal validity of the remaining provisions. In place of the invalid provision, a valid provision shall be deemed to have been agreed which comes closest in economic terms to the provision intended by the parties.


§ 17 Applicable law


These Terms of Use shall be governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany to the exclusion of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods (CISG).


§ 18 Place of jurisdiction


The exclusive place of jurisdiction for all disputes arising from these Terms of Use shall be the registered office of the portal operator, insofar as such an agreement on the place of jurisdiction is admissible.


In the event of conflict or inconsistency between the English and the German version of this agreement, the German original version shall prevail.



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