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RIPE NCC Certification Repository Terms and Conditions


The RIPE NCC publishes all Certificates, Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs), and RPKI-signed objects of Certificate Holders who chose the Hosted CA setup in the Certification Repository (hereinafter: the “Repository”). The Repository is available to anyone under these Terms and Conditions. 

Article 1 - Definitions

In the Terms and Conditions, the following terms shall be understood to have the meanings assigned to them below:

RIPE NCC - Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre, a membership association under Dutch law, operating from its registered office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

User – Anyone who downloads the Repository and/or accesses or uses the data contained therein.

RIPE NCC Certification Service – The RIPE NCC service through which the Certificates are generated and RPKI signed-objects are created.

Certificate – Digitally signed data object generated by the RIPE NCC Certification Service.

Certificate Holder – RIPE NCC Member or End User who uses the RIPE NCC Certification Service.

Internet number resources – Globally unique IP addresses (IPv4 and IPv6) and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) registered with any Internet Number Registry.

RPKI-signed objects – Digitally signed data objects created using the Certificate, such as Route Origin Authorisation (ROA) objects. 

CA – Certification Authority. CA is an entity that issues, publishes and revokes the Certificates.

Hosted CA – Type of CA setup technically hosted in the secure infrastructure of the RIPE NCC. The RIPE NCC as Hosted CA is responsible for all cryptographic operations of the RIPE NCC Certification Service, as well as for hosting the Certificate Holder's public and private key pair.

Repository – A publicly accessible location where the RIPE NCC publishes all Certificates, CRLs and RPKI-signed objects of the Certificate Holders who chose the Hosted CA setup and makes it available for download by Users under these Terms and Conditions.  

Article 2 – General

2.1. The User is able to download, access or use the Repository and the data contained therein, to the extent permitted by these Terms and Conditions and provided these Terms and Conditions are followed.

2.2. By downloading the Repository and accessing and using the data contained therein, the User agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

Article 3 – Use of the Repository

3.1. Users shall be permitted to download the Repository and to access and use the data contained therein, only in order to validate Certificates, CRLs and RPKI-signed objects, or for scientific research purposes. Download of the Repository, access to or use of the data contained therein for any other purpose, including but not limited to identification purposes, advertising, direct marketing, marketing research, or any other commercial purpose, for example selling the data or services based on the data or similar purposes, is strictly forbidden.

3.2. The use of the Certificate does not support claims of alleged “ownership” of Internet number resources. Internet number resources registered by the RIPE NCC are subject to and exclusively governed by the policies adopted by the RIPE community.

3.3. Users should always check revocation information when using a Certificate or RPKI-signed object and should always ensure that they are using the latest version of the data in the Repository, which is updated every 24 hours. The Repository will be available for download on a best effort basis and the RIPE NCC may suspend its operation or liability to the User for technical, legal, anti-abuse or any other reasons within the scope of managing the operations of the Repository.

Article 4 – Liability

4.1. Download of the Repository, access and use of the data contained therein is at the User's own risk.

4.2. The Certificate Holder is liable for all aspects of the use of the Certificate and the creation of the RPKI-signed objects.

4.3. The RIPE NCC is in no way liable for any direct or indirect damages, including, but not limited to, damages to the User's business, loss of profit, damages to third parties, personal injury or damages to property, except in cases involving willful misconduct or gross negligence on the part of the RIPE NCC.

4.4. Users are responsible for making decisions based on the latest version of the data in the Repository. The RIPE NCC is not liable for any decisions made based on an outdated version of the data in the Repository.

4.5. The RIPE NCC shall, in any event, not be liable for non-performance or damages due to force majeure, including but not limited to industrial action, strikes, occupations and sit-ins, blockades, embargoes, governmental measures, denial of service attacks, war, revolutions or comparable situations, power failures, defects in electronic lines of communication, fire, explosions, damage caused by water, floods and earthquakes.

4.6. The RIPE NCC is not liable in the case that local legislation prohibits the use of any technical aspects of the Repository and the data contained therein.

4.7. Any right on the part of the User towards the RIPE NCC in connection with the download of the Repository, the access and use of the data contained therein shall finally and unconditionally lapse one year from the date on which the User became aware of (or could in all fairness have been aware of) the existence of such rights and entitlements. This one-year term can only be barred or interrupted by actual legal action instituted by the User against the RIPE NCC.

Article 5 – Miscellaneous

5.1. The RIPE NCC's intellectual property (agreements, documents, software, databases, website, etc.) may only be used, reproduced and made available to third parties upon prior written authorisation from the RIPE NCC.

5.2. If any provision contained in the Terms and Conditions is held to be invalid by a court of law, this shall not in any way affect the validity of the remaining provisions.

5.3. The titles appearing next to the articles of these Terms and Conditions are for convenience only and shall not be taken into account for the interpretation of the articles.

Article 6 – Governing Law

6.1. These Terms and Conditions shall be exclusively governed by the laws of the Netherlands.

6.2. The competent court in Amsterdam shall have exclusive jurisdiction with regard to disputes arising from these Terms and Conditions.