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This license agreement supersedes all previous HydroSHEDS licenses. Please note that some of the data files are currently delivered with older (outdated) license files.
THE LICENSED MATERIALS (AS DEFINED BELOW) ARE PROVIDED UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS LICENSE ("LICENSE"). THE LICENSED MATERIALS ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT AND/OR OTHER APPLICABLE LAW. ANY USE OF THE LICENSED MATERIALS OTHER THAN AS AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS LICENSE OR COPYRIGHT LAW IS PROHIBITED.
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1.1. “Derivative Works” shall have the meaning set forth in the U.S. Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §101 et seq).
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1.4. “Licensed Materials” means WWF’s Hydrological data and maps based on SHuttle Elevation Derivatives at multiple Scales (“HydroSHEDS”) data for all regions and versions available as of the Effective Date and later developed during the term of this License, as further described in Exhibit A, not including any later versions or modifications.
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5.3. WWF will provide Licensee prompt notice of any actual or alleged Claim, provided, that the failure to give such notice shall not relieve Licensee of Licensee’s obligations hereunder except to the extent that Licensee was actually and materially prejudiced by such failure. Licensee shall have the option to defend such Claims provided that Licensee may not compromise or settle any Claim or consent to the entry of any judgment without WWF’s prior written consent, which WWF shall withhold in its sole discretion.
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7.1. Termination. This License and the rights granted hereunder will terminate (i) automatically upon any breach by Licensee of the terms of this License; or (ii) in the sole discretion of WWF.
7.2. Rights upon Termination. If this License is terminated, all licenses to distribute and sublicense the Licensed Materials granted hereunder shall terminate; however, any End User licenses for Derivative Works that incorporate Licensed Materials that were entered into prior to the date of termination, shall not be affected and shall continue in full force and effect.
7.3. Survival. The Parties’ rights and obligations under Sections 4 (No Warranty), 5 (Indemnification), 6 (Liability and Waiver of Damages), 7.2 (Rights Upon Termination), 9 (Notices) and 10 (Miscellaneous) shall survive any termination of this License.
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10.2. Severability. In the event any provision of this License is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of this License will remain in full force.
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10.4. Injunctive Relief. Licensee acknowledges that a breach of its obligations under this License would cause WWF irreparable damage. Accordingly, Licensee agrees that in the event of such breach or threatened breach, in addition to remedies at law, WWF shall have the right to injunctive or other equitable relief to prevent Licensee’s violations of its obligations hereunder.
10.5. No Agency, Partnership or Joint Venture. No agency, employment, partnership, joint venture, or other joint relationship is created hereby. Licensee and WWF are each independent contractors with respect to the other and neither has any authority to bind the other in any respect whatsoever.
10.6. Assignment. This License is binding on and inures to the benefit of the Parties and their respective successors and permitted assigns. Licensee may not assign this License except with the prior written consent of WWF. WWF shall be entitled to assign, transfer, delegate or otherwise dispose of, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, by operation of law or otherwise, this License and any of its rights or obligations under this License. Any attempted assignment, delegation, or transfer in contravention of this License shall be null and void.
10.7. Records. Licensee agrees to maintain complete, clear and accurate records for at least two (2) years backwards at any point in time of its activities under this License, including, without limitation, its sales of the Licensed Materials integrated with any Derivative Works and the identity and address of each End User, in accordance with standard business practices and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Licensee shall permit WWF or persons designated by WWF to inspect records pertaining to the Licensed Materials and any other materials provided to Licensee by WWF to ensure compliance by Licensee with its obligations to WWF. Any such inspection and audit shall be conducted during regular business hours and in such a manner as not to interfere unduly with normal business activities of Licensee.
10.8. Export Control. The Parties agree that the export of the Licensed Materials is subject to the export control laws of the United States of America, including, without limitation, any regulations promulgated by the Department of Commerce (or its successors) or the Department of Treasury and Licensee agrees to comply with all such laws and regulation in connection with its use, distribution or licensing of the Licensed Materials.
10.9. Headings. The section headings appearing in this License are inserted only as a matter of convenience and in no way define, limit, construe or describe the scope or intent of any such section nor in any way affect this License.
10.10. Entire Agreement; Amendment. This License, together with the Exhibits and Attachments hereto, constitutes the final, complete and exclusive agreement between the Parties relative to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous agreements or representations, written or oral, relating to its subject matter. This License shall also supersede all terms of any additional or unsigned license terms included in any package, media or electronic version of Licensed Materials provided under this License, including but not limited to any "shrink wrap", "click wrap" or "pop-up" license terms. This License shall not be changed, modified, supplemented or amended in any manner except as agreed to in a written instrument signed by authorized representatives of both Parties.
The Licensed Materials under this License include the HydroSHEDS (and HydroBASINS) data layers as listed in Table 1 below. Data layers are provided either in Raster or Vector format; Raster files are provided in ESRI’s GRID format and BIL format; Vector files are provided in ESRI’s Shapefile format. Data is provided in geographic projection (lat/long); resolutions include 3 arc-seconds (approximately 90m at the equator), 15 arc-seconds (approximately 500m at the equator) and 30 arc-seconds (approximately 1km at the equator).
Table 1: Licensed Materials
||HydroSHEDS data layer
||Void-filled elevation (DEM)
||3 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec
||Hydrologically conditioned elevation (CON)
||Drainage directions (DIR
||3 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec
||Flow accumulation (ACC)
||15 sec, 30 sec
||River network (RIV)
||15 sec, 30 sec
||Drainage basins (BAS
||15 sec, 30 sec
The spatial extent of the Licensed Materials includes the following continents (as defined in the HydroSHEDS and HydroBASINS Technical Documentations, available at http://www.hydrosheds.org):
Table 2: Spatial extent of Licensed Materials
||Asia (incl. Siberia)
||Europe and Middle East
||North America (incl. Arctic)
Data is provided as described in the HydroSHEDS and HydroBASINS Technical Documentations. All data include metadata files. Licensed Materials also include related online help files.
The following copyright statement must be displayed with, attached to or embodied in (in a reasonably prominent manner) the documentation or metadata of any Licensee Product or Program provided to an End User when utilizing the Licensed Materials:
This product [insert Licensee Derivative Product name] incorporates data from the HydroSHEDS database which is © World Wildlife Fund, Inc. (2006-2013) and has been used herein under license. WWF has not evaluated the data as altered and incorporated within [insert Licensee Derivative Product name], and therefore gives no warranty regarding its accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability for any particular purpose. Portions of the HydroSHEDS database incorporate data which are the intellectual property rights of © USGS (2006-2008), NASA (2000-2005), ESRI (1992-1998), CIAT (2004-2006), UNEP-WCMC (1993), WWF (2004), Commonwealth of Australia (2007), and Her Royal Majesty and the British Crown and are used under license. The HydroSHEDS database and more information are available at http://www.hydrosheds.org.
The scientific citation for the HydroSHEDS database is:
Lehner, B., Verdin, K., Jarvis, A. (2008): New global hydrography derived from spaceborne elevation data. Eos, Transactions, AGU, 89(10): 93-94.
The scientific citation for the HydroBASINS layers is:
Lehner, B., Grill G. (2013): Global river hydrography and network routing: baseline data and new approaches to study the world’s large river systems. Hydrological Processes, 27(15): 2171–2186.