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Summarized FRED® Services Terms of Use

FRED is a database of more than 500,000 economic data series from over 80 sources covering issues and information relating to banking, business, consumer and producer price indices, employment, population, exchange rates, gross domestic product, interest rates, trade and international transactions, and U.S. financial data. In general, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis encourages the use of FRED data, and associated materials, to support policymakers, researchers, journalists, teachers, students, businesses, and the general public.

FRED provides data and data services to the public for non-commercial, educational, and personal uses subject to a few prohibitions. Furthermore, other uses (e.g., commercial) are subject to additional restrictions. You are free to access and use FRED at no cost, subject to the full terms and conditions of the service.


How Can I Use the Data?

As long as you don’t engage in a prohibited/restricted use and do adhere to any applicable copyright restrictions, you are free to use FRED for your own non-commercial, educational, and personal uses.


I. Intended and Permissible Use

FRED allows you to do a lot of things for your own personal use without requesting permission from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, such as:

    • Include FRED graphs in a private presentation
    • Create graphs to teach about the data in a classroom setting
    • Include FRED graphs in your personal blog posts
    • Link directly to FRED graphs on the FRED website
    • Create individual visualizations of FRED data
    • View, download, and print FRED content
    • Create an app using a subset of FRED data through the free API; there are additional terms of use applicable to the FRED API
    • Conduct research, and support your own policy positions with FRED data on social media or a personal blog

For any of the above uses, please cite the source of the data and note that it was accessed via FRED. Also, be sure to include any copyright notices that appear with the data. We recommend using the citation provided in the series notes.


II. Prohibited Use

All use of FRED data—including non-commercial, educational, and personal use—is subject to the following prohibitions.

You may NOT…

    • Suggest the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis or FRED endorses your product, service, opinion, arguments, or conclusions.
    • Take all the data on FRED or related services and claim it is a unique product or service or otherwise provide the essential experience of the FRED website, data, or service.
    • Alter visualizations created on the FRED websites (e.g., graphs and maps), including but not limited to the FRED logo, data source(s), titles of graphs, and axis titles.
    • Engage, or otherwise participate, in the use of any data mining, mirroring, robots, scraping, or similar data-gathering or extraction methods except as expressly allowed by the terms of use applicable to the FRED API.
    • Redistribute any third party’s proprietary content, including any graphs, images, logos, data, or datasets, for commercial use without first obtaining express written permission from the data provider.

III. Use of Data with Copyright Restrictions

Copyright status can be found directly beneath each graph on FRED, and the notes below the graph provide more information. If you are unsure if a data series is under copyright, please contact us.

There are three (3) types of data series copyright status you will encounter in FRED:

 

These series are under copyright by a third party. Without first obtaining the express written permission of the copyright holder, the information may only be, these series may only be used for non-commercial educational or personal use. For any other use, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder and include proper attribution of ownership. Neither the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis nor FRED can provide permission(s) on behalf of copyright holders and will not request such permission(s) on your behalf. Link to these series.


These series are under copyright; but, provided you have not engaged in any prohibited uses, you may use these data series with proper attribution of the source and acknowledgment that you obtained the data from FRED (example, “Source: BLS via FRED”) when displaying or publishing it. We recommend using the citation provided in the series notes. Graphs downloaded from FRED are self-citing and do not require a separate citation. Link to these series.


These series may be under copyright or in the public domain and may be used without permission, provided you do not engage in any prohibited use. When using, please cite the data source and acknowledge that you obtained the data from FRED (example, “Source: BLS via FRED”) when displaying or publishing it. We recommend using the citation provided in the series notes. Graphs downloaded from FRED are self-citing and do not require a separate citation. Quite a few series are in the public domain. Link to these series.


IV. Commercial Use

Series with the following copyright labels—Public Domain: Citation requested and Copyrighted: Citation required—may be used for internal commercial uses and may be displayed in textbooks, newsletters, or reports to clients provided that appropriate attribution is given to FRED as well as the original source of the data.


Full FRED® Services Terms of Use

Summary

  • You are free to access and use FRED® at no cost for your own personal use subject to certain limitations summarized here. By using the FRED® Services, you agree to be bound by all of the terms of use and policies described below. Some FRED® Services may have additional terms listed separately from the General License.
  • You do not need a FRED® Account to view or use the FRED® Services or Content. If you are eligible to and choose to create a FRED® Account, please be aware of additional terms which cover the use of FRED Accounts.
  • Everything you see on FRED® belongs either to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis or a third party. A copyright notice on a FRED series indicates other parties may have ownership rights, and you must contact the data owner to obtain permission for any use other than your own personal use.
  • You must include proper attribution with the use of any FRED® Content.
  • You may not imply that the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis sponsors, is affiliated with, or endorses your product or service.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis makes no warranties with respect to the data and you agree the Bank shall not be liable to you in connection with your use of the data.

Introduction and Applicability

These terms of use apply to all of the “FRED® Services,” which include but are not limited to FRED®, ALFRED®, GeoFRED®, FRED® Graphs, FRED® Accounts, the FRED® Dashboards, the FRED® API, the FRED® mobile apps, and all add-ins, widgets, software, web pages, content, features, and other tools related to FRED®, whether they exist now or are created hereafter, owned and operated by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, P.O. Box 442, St. Louis, MO 63166-0442, USA (the “Bank”).

Some of the FRED® Services and Software are subject to additional terms, including but not limited to FRED® Accounts, FRED® Graphs, and the FRED® API.

The Bank’s website Legal Terms and Privacy Policy also apply to the FRED® Services.

By using the FRED® Services, you agree to be bound by all terms of these FRED® Services Terms of Use (the “Terms of Use”). If you disagree with any of the Terms of Use, the Bank does not grant you a license to use the FRED® Services. If you are dissatisfied with any part of FRED® Services, including the Terms of Use, any policy or practice of the Bank in operating any of the FRED® Services, or any content or information transmitted through the FRED® Services, your only recourse is to stop using the FRED® Services.

By using the FRED® Services you represent that you have full power, capacity, and authority to accept these Terms of Use. If you are accepting on behalf of your employer, or another entity, you represent that you have full legal authority to bind your employer or such entity to these Terms of Use. If you don't have the legal authority to bind, please ensure that an authorized person from your entity consents to and accepts the Terms of Use.

Changes to FRED® Services Terms of Use

The Terms of Use may be amended only by a written statement executed by the Bank. The Bank reserves the right to update, modify or change the Terms of Use from time to time without notice. You understand and agree that your continued use of the FRED® Services after the date on which the Terms of Use have changed constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Use. If a change is unacceptable to you, you may terminate the agreement by ceasing use of the FRED® Services. Although we may attempt to notify you when major changes are made to the Terms of Use, it is your responsibility to regularly check this site to determine if there have been changes to the Terms of Use and to review such changes.

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Property Rights and Licenses

All content on and available through the FRED® Services, including visual interfaces, designs, text, graphics, pictures, videos, information, data, charts, compilations, applications, software, computer code (including source code or object code), music, sound and other files, and their selection and arrangement, and the trademarks, service marks and logos contained therein (the "FRED® Content”) are the proprietary intellectual property of the Bank, its users or its licensors, with all rights reserved. The Terms of Use grant you no right, title, or interest in any FRED® Content.

Data series available through the FRED® Services, including but not limited to the FRED® and ALFRED® data series, may be owned by third parties and may be protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, international treaties, and/or other proprietary rights and laws of the U.S. and other countries. You agree to abide by all applicable proprietary rights laws and other laws, as well as any additional copyright notices or restrictions contained in the data series or the Terms of Use. Neither the Bank’s provision of the FRED® Services to you nor your use of the FRED Services override the data series owners' copyrights, requirements and restrictions. BEFORE USING DATA SERIES OWNED BY THIRD PARTIES FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE, YOU MUST CONTACT THE DATA OWNER TO OBTAIN PERMISSION. The Bank cannot give you such permission and making the data series available does not constitute such permission. You are solely responsible for complying with any requirements or restrictions imposed on usage of the data series by their respective owners.

Except as expressly provided in these Terms of Use, FRED® Content may not be modified, duplicated, copied, distributed, framed, reproduced, rebranded, republished, uploaded, downloaded, scraped, displayed, posted, transmitted on any Internet, Intranet or Extranet site, nor may the FRED® Content be incorporated in any other database or compilation or sold in any form or by any means, in whole or in part, without the Bank’s prior written permission, except that the foregoing does not apply to your own content and comments that you post on the FRED® Services legally and in compliance with the Terms of Use.

FRED® Services General License

You are granted a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, nonassignable, non-transferable, nonsublicenseable license to access and use the FRED® Services and the FRED® Content through a generally available web browser, mobile device or application, and to download or print a copy of any portion of the FRED® Content to which you have properly gained access solely for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that you keep all copyright or other proprietary notices intact. Any other use of the FRED® Content is strictly prohibited. Such license is subject to these Terms of Use, and does not permit use of any data mining, robots, scraping or similar data gathering or extraction methods. Any use of the FRED Services or the FRED® Content other than as expressly authorized in the Terms of Use, without the prior written permission of the Bank, is strictly prohibited and will terminate the license granted herein. Such unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws including copyright and trademark laws and applicable communications regulations and statutes.

FRED® Graphs License

Features of the FRED® Services allow you to create your own FRED® graphs. Subject to the rights of third parties in the underlying data contained in the graphs, the Bank grants you a non-exclusive, limited right and license to display and reproduce the charts and graphs , and to permit others to, publish, reproduce and distribute the charts and graphs in any and all manner and media whatsoever, free and clear of any and all claims for royalties, residuals, or other compensation, so long as your use is not excessive and does not attempt to replicate the FRED® Services. All rights not expressly granted by the Bank hereunder are hereby expressly reserved to the Bank.

You understand and agree that the Bank is the sole owner or holder of the rights granted herein to the charts and graphs; however, the charts and graphs may, in some cases, be based on data owned by third parties. The Bank cannot grant permission to use that underlying data, and you are solely responsible for acquiring from such third party owners whatever rights may be required to include such data in the charts and graphs

You warrant and represent that:

(a) You will not use (or permit the use of) the graphs or charts in any manner which is harmful, threatening, unlawful, defamatory, infringing, abusive, inflammatory, harassing, vulgar, obscene, fraudulent, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
(b) You have the authority to enter into this license and the consent of no other person or entity is required to enable you to make the representations and warranties contained herein;
(c) You will include and will not remove, obscure or deface the FRED® logo as generated on the chart by the FRED® Services; and
(d) You will include the following credit and legal notice wherever such graphs are placed, including but not limited to textbooks and other education material, blogs, periodicals, websites, and social media sites:

FRED® Graphs ©Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. document.write(new Date().getFullYear()) . All rights reserved. All FRED® Graphs appear courtesy of Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/

FRED® Software End User License

The Bank’s Economic Data Add-In (FRED® Add-In), FRED® Widget, the FRED® mobile apps, other FRED® Services software that may be offered from time to time, and any updates thereto (individually or collectively, the "Software") are licensed, not sold to you by the Bank for use only under the terms of this license. By using the Software, You consent to the terms of this license. If you do not consent to the terms of this license, do not use the Software.

The Bank grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the Software on any computer or device that you own or control, subject to the restrictions and requirements of this license.

Restrictions

You may not:

(a) Distribute, rent, lease, lend, sell, redistribute or sublicense the Software or make the Software available for download over a network without prior written permission from the Bank;
(b) Modify, create derivative works of, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the Software or any portion of it; or
(c) Use or export the Software except as authorized by United States law. In particular, but without limitation, the Software may not be exported or re-exported (a) into any U.S. embargoed countries or (b) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Department of Commerce Denied Person’s List or Entity List. By using the Software, You represent and warrant that you are not located in any such country or on any such list. You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons. Any attempt to do so is a violation of the rights of the Bank and any breach of these restrictions may subject you to prosecution and damages.

License Termination

This licenses set forth above are effective until terminated by you or the Bank. The licenses will terminate automatically without notice from the Bank if you fail to comply with any term of the licenses. Upon termination of the licenses, you shall cease all use of the FRED® Services, and destroy all copies, full or partial, of the FRED® Content.

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User-Generated Content in FRED® Services

In some Services, for example the FRED® Dashboards, content may be supplied by FRED® users.

The Bank exercises no control over any content you or other users submit while using the FRED® Services. The Bank has no obligation to verify the identity of any users when they are connected to the site or to supervise the content which has been provided by users.

The Bank does not endorse any user submission or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and the Bank expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with user submissions.

You understand that when using the FRED® Services, you may be exposed to user submissions from a variety of sources. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to user submissions that are inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable. The Bank is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, appropriateness, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such user submissions.

The FRED® Services may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by the Bank. The Bank has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites.

You agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against the Bank or the FRED® Services with respect to third party content or sites, and agree to indemnify and hold the Bank, its officers, employees and agents, harmless to the fullest extent allowed by law regarding all matters related to your use of the FRED® Services.

You are solely responsible for your interactions with other FRED® Services users. We reserve the right, but have no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other users.

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Prohibitions for FRED® Services

You may not:

(a) Use the FRED® Services in a manner that adversely impacts the stability, or in any other manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the FRED® Services or Bank servers;
(b) Upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make available any content, or use the FRED® Services for any application, product, service, or material that the Bank deems to be harmful, threatening, unlawful, defamatory, infringing, abusive, inflammatory, harassing, vulgar, obscene, fraudulent, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
(c) Upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make available any content, or use the FRED® Services for any application, product, service, or material or that constitutes, promotes or is used in connection with: spyware, adware, viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, or other malicious programs or code, counterfeit goods, items subject to U.S. embargo, unsolicited mass distribution of email ("spam"), multi-level marketing proposals, "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation hacking, surveillance, interception, descrambling equipment, prostitution, body parts and bodily fluids, stolen products and items used for theft, fireworks, explosives, and hazardous materials, government IDs, police items, gambling, professional services regulated by state licensing regimes, non-transferable items such as airline tickets or event tickets, weapons and accessories;
(d) Harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users from the FRED® Services by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications;
(e) Use the FRED® Services in any manner or for any purpose that violates any law or regulation, any right of any person, including but not limited to intellectual property rights, rights of privacy, or rights of personality;
(f) Solicit passwords or personally identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes;
(g) Use scrapers, bots, or similar technology to collect information from or otherwise interact with the FRED® Services;
(h) Except as expressly permitted by the Terms of Use, use the Bank’s logo or any trademark, service mark, trade name or any other mark of the Bank. No rights or licenses are granted except as expressly and unambiguously set forth herein;
(i) Remove, obscure, or alter any proprietary rights notices (including copyright and trademark notices) that may be affixed to content accessed or provided through the FRED® Services;
(j) Except as expressly authorized in the FRED® Terms of Service, use the FRED® Services for any commercial use without the prior written consent of the Bank.
(k) Engage in the use, copying, or distribution of any of the content of the FRED® Services other than expressly permitted herein, including any use, copying, or distribution of user submissions of third parties obtained through the FRED® Services for any commercial purposes.
(l) Replicate or attempt to replace the essential user experience of the FRED® Services.
(m) Frame the FRED® Services.
(n) Circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the FRED® Services or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content or enforce limitations on use of the FRED® Services or the content therein.

Any suspected fraudulent, abusive or illegal activity may be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities. These remedies are in addition to any other remedies the Bank may have at law or in equity.

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Additional Terms of Use for FRED® Accounts

You do not have to register for an FRED® account to use FRED®; however some functionality of FRED®, such as dashboards, data lists, saved graphs, saved maps and the FRED® API may require an account.

Account registration is void where prohibited. By registering for a FRED® account, you represent and warrant that you are eighteen (18) years of age or older, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and you have full power, capacity and authority to accept, abide by and comply with the Terms of Use, and that you have not been previously suspended or removed from a FRED® account by the Bank. In any event, you represent and warrant that you are over thirteen (13) years of age. FRED® accounts are not intended for children under 13. Any registration by, use of or access to a FRED® account by anyone under 13, is a violation of the Terms of Use.

Security Requirements

By registering for a FRED® account, you agree to that you will:

(a) Provide true, accurate, current and complete information about you and/or your company as may be prompted by any FRED® account registration forms ("Registration Data");
(b) Maintain and promptly update the Registration Data, and any other information you provide to the Bank, to keep it accurate, current and complete;
(c) Have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.
(d) Maintain the confidentiality and security of your password and identification; and
(e) Be solely and fully responsible for all use of your FRED® account and for any actions that take place using your FRED® account. If you have reason to believe that your account is no longer secure (e.g., in the event of a loss, theft or unauthorized disclosure or use of your account ID, password, or any other personal information), then you agree to immediately notify the Bank. You may be liable for the losses incurred by the Bank or others due to any unauthorized use of your Fred® account.

You agree not to:

(a) Create a FRED® account for anyone other than yourself without permission;
(b) Attempt to cloak or conceal your identity when registering to use or using a FRED® account.
(c) Use a FRED® account if you are under 13;
(d) Use a FRED® account if you are located in a country embargoed by the U.S., or are on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals;
(e) Share your password, let anyone else access your FRED® account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your FRED® account;
(f) Transfer your FRED® account to anyone without first getting the Bank’s written permission.
(g) Use or attempt to use another's account, service or system without authorization, create a false identity, impersonate another user, or falsely claim an affiliation with any person or entity.

Your User Submissions

As the holder of a FRED® account, you may have the opportunity to submit content and comments, collectively referred to as "User Submissions." You understand and agree that User Submissions are non-confidential.

You are solely responsible for your own User Submissions and the consequences of posting or publishing them. In connection with User Submissions, you affirm, represent, and/or warrant that:

(a) You own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and authorize the Bank to use all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to any and all User Submissions to enable inclusion and use of the User Submissions in the manner contemplated by the FRED® Services and these Terms of Use.
(b) Your User Submission is not confidential and does not and will not: (a) infringe, violate, or misappropriate any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right; (b) slander, defame, or libel any other person; (c) violate any contractual restrictions or other third party rights; or (d) violate these Terms of Use; and
(c) Your User Submission does not contain any viruses, adware, spyware, worms, or other malicious code.

You retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to the FRED® Services, you hereby grant the Bank a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the FRED® Services and the Bank's business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the FRED® Services (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels without acknowledgment or compensation to you. You understand and agree that the Bank may retain server copies of User Submissions that have been removed or deleted.

By submitting User Submissions to the FRED® Services, you also hereby grant each user of the FRED® Services a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the FRED® Services, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the FRED® Services and under these Terms of Service.

The above licenses granted by you in User Submissions are perpetual and irrevocable.

In connection with User Submissions, you further agree that:

(a) You will not submit material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant the Bank all of the license rights granted herein.
(b) You will not submit material that is contrary to the Terms of Use, which may be updated from time to time, or contrary to applicable local, national, and international laws and regulations.
(c) You will not upload, post, transmit, share, store or otherwise make publicly available on the FRED® Services any private information of any third party, including, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers and credit card numbers;
(d) The Bank is not responsible for a User’s misuse or misappropriation of any content or information you post.

The Bank reserves the right to decide whether a User Submission is appropriate and complies with these Terms of Use. The Bank may remove User Submissions and/or terminate a user's access for uploading material in violation of these Terms of Use at any time, without prior notice and at its sole discretion.

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FRED® Account Termination

Your license to use a FRED® account continues until it is terminated by either party. Upon termination, you lose access to those FRED® services and functions that require a FRED® account.

Your FRED® account may be terminated as follows:

(a) You may request the Bank terminate your FRED® account by contacting fred@stlouisfed.org.
(b) The Bank may terminate your FRED® account, or your use of the services requiring a FRED® account (or any part thereof) and remove and discard all or any part of your Registration Data, User profile, or User Content at any time without prior notice for any or no reason and at its sole discretion.
(c) Your rights to use a FRED® account terminate automatically if (i) you violate any of these terms, (ii) the Bank sends a written notice of termination to you, or (iii) the Bank disables your access to the FRED® account.
(d) The Bank may at any time may change, suspend, or discontinue the FRED® account services or any part thereof, with or without notice.
(e) The Bank may impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the FRED Services without notice or liability.

Additional Terms of Use for the FRED® API

These additional Terms of Use apply to your download and use of the FRED® application programming interface (the “FRED® API”), and other materials provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, all updates, revisions, modifications, and copies of the FRED® API made by or for you, and your use of the FRED® API to develop, reproduce and distribute applications that interoperate with the FRED® API. Before you use the FRED® API, you should read each of the documents comprising the Terms of Use, and print or save a local copy for your records.

Property Rights for FRED® API

Data series available through the FRED® API, may be owned by third parties and subject to copyright restrictions. Although the FRED® API can be used to provide you with access to FRED®, ALFRED® , or other data series, neither the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's provision of the FRED® API to you nor your use of the FRED® API override the data series owners' copyrights, requirements and restrictions. You are solely responsible for complying with any requirements or restrictions imposed on usage of the data series by their respective owners. Before using data series owned by third parties for anything other than your own personal use, you must contact the data owner to obtain permission. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis cannot give you such permission and making the data series available through the FRED® API does not constitute such permission.

Copyrighted series contain the word 'Copyright' in their notes. The list of copyrighted series can be found by either searching for the word 'copyright' on the FRED® website or searching for the word 'copyright' using the fred/series/search API request.

The FRED® API and all intellectual property rights in and to the FRED® API is and shall at all times remain the sole and exclusive property of the Bank and are protected by applicable intellectual property laws and treaties. The Bank’s rights apply to all output and executables of the FRED® API, excluding any software components developed by you which do not themselves incorporate the FRED® API or any output or executables of the FRED® API.

Changes and Upgrades

The Bank may change, suspend, or discontinue any aspect of the FRED® API at any time, including the availability of the FRED® API. The Bank may release subsequent versions of the FRED® API and may require you to obtain and use the most recent version.

Limitations

The Bank may impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the FRED® API or the FRED® Services without notice or liability. You acknowledge and agree that the Bank may impose or adjust the limit on the amount of bandwidth you may use or the number of transactions you may send or receive through the FRED® API; such fixed upper limits may be set by the Bank at any time, at the Bank’s discretion.

Prohibitions for FRED® API

You may not:

(a) Use the FRED® API for any application that replicates or attempts to replace the essential user experience of the FRED® API, or the FRED® Services.
(b) Attempt to cloak or conceal your identity or your application's identity when requesting authorization to use the FRED® API.
(c) Use an unreasonable amount of bandwidth, or use the FRED® API in a manner that adversely impacts the stability of Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis servers or adversely impacts the behavior of other applications using the FRED® API, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis web site or web services.
(d) Use FRED® API for any application, product, service, or material that constitutes, promotes or is used in connection with: spyware, adware, viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, or other malicious programs or code, counterfeit goods, items subject to U.S. embargo, unsolicited mass distribution of email ("spam"), multi-level marketing proposals, hate materials, hacking, surveillance, interception, descrambling equipment, libelous, defamatory, harassing, obscene, pornographic, abusive or otherwise offensive content, prostitution, body parts and bodily fluids, stolen products and items used for theft, fireworks, explosives, and hazardous materials, government IDs, police items, gambling, professional services regulated by state licensing regimes, non-transferable items such as airline tickets or event tickets, weapons and accessories.
(e) Use FRED® API in any manner or for any purpose that violates any law or regulation, any right of any person, including but not limited to intellectual property rights, rights of privacy, or rights of personality.
(f) Use "FRED®" or "ALFRED®" or “Federal Reserve Bank” or any variation thereof in the hostname of your application, i.e. FRED.mydomain.com.
(g) Except as expressly permitted in the Terms of Use, use the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis logo or any trademark, service mark, trade name or any other mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. No rights or licenses are granted except as expressly and unambiguously set forth herein.
(h) Remove, obscure, or alter any proprietary rights notices (including copyright and trademark notices) that may be affixed to data accessed or provided through the FRED® API.
(i) State or in any way imply that your application, web site or product is endorsed, recommended or favored by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

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Requirements for FRED® API

You must:

(a) Place the following notice prominently on your application: "This product uses the FRED® API but is not endorsed or certified by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis."
(b) Comply with all export laws and restrictions and regulations of the Department of Commerce, the United States Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"), or other United States or foreign agency or authority, and you shall not export, or allow the export or re-export of the FRED® API in violation of any such restrictions, laws or regulations. By downloading or using the FRED® API, you agree to the foregoing and represents and warrants that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any restricted country.
(c) Use the FRED® API only for purposes (a) that are permitted by the Terms of Use; (b) that are permitted by any applicable third party contract, law, or regulation in the relevant jurisdictions; and (c) that comply with all applicable policies or guidelines made available by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
(d) If you develop a FRED® API application for use by other users, display to the users of your application the link to these Terms of Use, and explicitly state in your application's terms of use that, by using your application, your users are agreeing to be bound by the FRED® API Terms of Use; and
(e) If you develop a FRED® API application for use by other users, protect the privacy and legal rights of those users. If your FRED® API application enables you or any party to gain access to information about users of the FRED® API, including but not limited to personally identifying information or non-personally identifying usage information, you or the party receiving the information must make publicly available, and must abide by, an appropriate privacy policy in your FRED® API application.

In order to use the FRED® API, you must have register for an API Key. You agree that any information you give to the Bank in connection with your registration or your continued use of the FRED® API will always be accurate, correct and up to date.

After supplying the Bank with your registration information, you will be issued an alphanumeric key assigned to you by the Bank that is uniquely associated with you. Your FRED® API implementation must use this key, and the Bank will block requests with an invalid key. You may only obtain and use a key in accordance with these Terms of Use and the FRED® API Documentation.

You agree that you will be solely responsible to the Bank for your use of the FRED® API. If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password, your account, or your API key, you agree to notify the Bank immediately.

Term and Termination

Your license to the FRED® API continues until it is terminated by either party. You may terminate the license by discontinuing use of the FRED® API. The Bank may terminate the license at any time for any reason. Your license to use the FRED® API terminates automatically if (i) you violate any of the Terms of Use, (ii) the Bank publicly posts a written notice of termination on http://api.stlouisfed.org (iii) the Bank sends a written notice of termination to you, or (iv) the Bank disables access to the FRED® API to you. Upon termination of your license to use the FRED® API for any reason, you shall destroy and remove from all computers, hard drives, networks, and other storage media all copies of the FRED® API, and shall so certify to the Bank that such actions have occurred.

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Additional Terms of Use for FREDCAST™

  1. Your use of FREDCAST™ is subject to the FRED® Services Terms of Use. Any use, reproduction, modification or distribution of FREDCAST not expressly authorized by the Terms of Use is expressly prohibited.
  2. You must be eligible for, register for, and log in with a FRED® Account to play FREDCAST.
  3. Subject to your agreement to and continuing compliance with the Terms of Use, you may use FREDCAST solely for your own non-commercial educational or entertainment purposes by accessing it through the FRED® Services. You may not use FREDCAST for any other purpose, or in connection with any other software.
  4. You agree that you will not, under any circumstances use cheats, automation software (bots), hacks, mods or any other unauthorized third-party software designed to modify the FREDCAST experience. You may not use or exploit errors in design, features which have not been documented, and/or "program bugs" to gain access that is otherwise not available, or to obtain a competitive advantage over other players.
  5. All rights and title to FREDCAST™, including without limitation, computer code, themes, objects, concepts, methods of operation, layout, moral rights, and any related documentation are owned by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. You agree that you have no right or title in or to any such content.
  6. THE BANK MAY SUSPEND, TERMINATE, MODIFY, OR DELETE ANY FRED ACCOUNT OR YOUR ABILITY TO PLAY FREDCAST AT ANY TIME FOR ANY REASON OR FOR NO REASON, WITH OR WITHOUT NOTICE TO YOU. ACCOUNTS TERMINATED BY BANK FOR ANY TYPE OF ABUSE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION A VIOLATION OF THE TERMS OF USE, WILL NOT BE REACTIVATED FOR ANY REASON.
  7. Rules Related to Usernames and League Designations:
    a. Each user will either select a username or “handle” or allow FREDCAST to select a user designation. Additionally, users may form "leagues" and such leagues will be required to choose a name. Your handle and league designation will be publicly viewable.
    b. Handles and league names may not be changed, except by the Bank as provided in subparagraph e for violation of the naming rules.
    c. When you choose a handle, create a league, or otherwise create a label that can be seen by other players using FREDCAST, you must abide by the following guidelines as well as the rules of common decency. If the Bank finds such a label to be offensive or improper, it may, in its sole and absolute discretion, change the handle or label, and/or suspend or terminate your use of FREDCAST and/or the FRED Services. In particular, you may not use any name:
    i. Belonging to another person with the intent to impersonate that person, including without limitation any other user or an employee or agent of Bank or the Federal Reserve System;
    ii. That incorporates vulgar language or which is otherwise offensive, defamatory, obscene, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
    iii. To harass or disrupt another individual or league;
    iv. That is disparaging, abusive, injurious, embarrassing, detrimental, derogatory to or critical of or to Bank or the Federal Reserve;
    v. Subject to the rights of any other person or entity;
    vi. That belongs to a popular culture figure, celebrity, or media personality;
    vii. That is, contains, or is substantially similar to a trademark or service mark, whether registered or not;
    viii. Belonging to any religious figure or deity;
    ix. Related to drugs, sex, alcohol, or criminal activity; or
    x. Referring to pop culture icons or personas (e.g. "Spiderman", "Puppymonkeybaby", “Octomom”.)
    d. You may not use a misspelling or an alternative spelling to circumvent the name rules listed above.
    e. If you violate the above name rules, the Bank may, without notice to you, change your name to an alphanumeric designation of its choosing, which name change shall be final.
    f. While not a rule, for your own privacy the Bank recommends you do not use your full name as a handle.
  8. FREDCAST is not intended for children under 13.

FREDCAST Beta Test:

  1. If you participate in the FREDCAST™ beta test, you understand that FREDCAST is prerelease and is not at the level of performance or compatibility of a final, generally available product offering. FREDCAST may not operate correctly and its accuracy and reliability are not guaranteed. FREDCAST may be substantially modified prior to release, or withdrawn.
  2. The Bank requests that you notify it of all problems you may encounter during the period of the Beta test (“Feedback”). You understand that any Feedback you may provide is not confidential and becomes the property of the Bank.

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Miscellaneous Terms

Support

The Bank may elect to provide you with support for the FRED® Services, in its sole discretion, and may terminate such support at any time without notice to you. The Terms of Use do not entitle you to any support for the FRED® Services.

Disclaimer

SOME OF THE FRED® SERVICES MAY BE EXPERIMENTAL AND NOT TESTED IN ANY MANNER. THE BANK DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE FRED® SERVICES ARE FREE OF INACCURACIES, ERRORS, BUGS, OR INTERRUPTIONS, OR ARE RELIABLE, ACCURATE, COMPLETE, OR OTHERWISE VALID.

THE FRED® SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND “AS AVAILABLE”, WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITH NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF ANY KIND AND THE BANK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AVAILABLILTIY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, ACCURACY, QUIET ENJOYMENT, SECURITY, TITLE AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS.

YOUR USE OF THE FRED® SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE THAT RESULTS FROM THE USE OF THE FRED® SERVICES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA.

THE BANK DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN, OR SERVICES PERFORMED OR PROVIDED BY, THE FRED® SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, THAT THE OPERATION OF THE FRED® SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE FRED® SERVICES WILL BE CORRECTED.YOU EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT USE OF THE FRED® SERVICES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK AND THAT THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO SATISFACTORY QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY AND EFFORT IS WITH YOU.

Limitation of Liability

THE BANK SHALL NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH USE OF THE FRED® SERVICES, WHETHER BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, PRODUCT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE) OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY, FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, LOST OR CORRUPTED DATA, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS, OR OTHER SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER PECUNIARY LOSS OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE FRED® SERVICES, EVEN IF THE BANK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGES AND WHETHER OR NOT SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGES ARE FORESEEABLE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE BANK BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY AMOUNT.

Exclusions and Limitations

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS LIABILITY AND DISCLAIMERS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Release and Waiver

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, you hereby release and waive all claims against the Bank, and its officers, agents, and employees from any and all liability for claims, damages (actual and/or consequential), costs and expenses (including litigation costs and attorneys' fees) of every kind and nature, arising from or in any way related to your use of the FRED® Services. If you are a California resident, you waive your rights under California Civil Code § 1542, which states, "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor." You understand that any fact relating to any matter covered by this release may be found to be other than now believed to be true and you accept and assume the risk of such possible differences in fact. In addition, you expressly waive and relinquish any and all rights and benefits which you may have under any other state or federal statute or common law principle of similar effect, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Hold Harmless and Indemnity

You agree that the Bank shall have no liability whatsoever for any use you make of the FRED® Services. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Bank and its officers, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs and fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from or in any way related to your use of the FRED® Services, including any liability or expense arising from all claims, losses, damages (actual and/or consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys' fees, of every kind and nature.

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Relationship of the Parties

Notwithstanding any provision hereof, for all purposes of the Terms of Use, you and the Bank shall be and act independently and not as partner, joint venturer, agent, employee or employer of the other. You shall not have any authority to assume or create any obligation for or on behalf of the Bank, express or implied, and you shall not attempt to bind the Bank to any contract.

Invalidity of Specific Terms

If any provision of the Terms of Use is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision and the other provisions of such documents remain in full force and effect.

Location of Lawsuit and Choice of Law

The Terms of Use and the relationship between you and the Bank shall be governed by the laws of the State of Missouri without regard to its conflict of law provisions or the United Nations Conventions for the International Sale of Goods. The exclusive venue and jurisdiction of any dispute or suit arising between the parties hereto shall be the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, each party irrevocably submits to the jurisdiction and venue of any such court in any such action or proceeding.

No Waiver of Rights

The Bank's failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

Government Use

If you are part of an agency, department, or other entity of the United States Government ("Government"), the use, duplication, reproduction, release, modification, disclosure or transfer of the FRED® Services is restricted in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations as applied to civilian agencies and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement as applied to military agencies. The FRED® Services are a "commercial item," "commercial computer software" and "commercial computer software documentation." In accordance with such provisions, any use of the FRED® Services by the Government shall be governed solely by the terms of these Terms of Use.

Miscellaneous

The section headings and subheadings contained in the Terms of Use are included for convenience only, and shall not limit or otherwise affect the terms of the Terms of Use. Any construction or interpretation to be made of the Terms of Use shall not be construed against the drafter. The Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between the Bank and you with respect to the subject matter hereof.

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Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Bank undertakes to obey all relevant copyright laws, and does not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on the FRED® Services. The Bank will review all claims of copyright infringement received and remove content deemed to have been posted or distributed in violation of any such laws.

The Bank will promptly terminate without notice any user's access to the FRED® Services if that user is determined by the Bank to be a "repeat infringer." A repeat infringer is a user who has been notified by the Bank of infringing activity violations more than twice and/or who has had their user-submitted content removed from the FRED® Services more than twice. The Bank may also at its sole discretion limit access to the FRED® Services and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

(a) If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any user submission or other content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing our Copyright Agent with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):
  1. A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or the person authorized to act on its behalf;
  2. A description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed; or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
  3. A description of the infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Bank to locate the material;
  4. Your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and email;
  5. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
(b) If you believe that your user submission that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the content in your user submission, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information:
  1. Your physical or electronic signature;
  2. Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
  3. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and
  4. Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in St. Louis, Missouri, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.
If a counter-notice is received by the Bank, the Bank may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at the Bank's sole discretion.
(c) Claims and counter-notices can be sent to fred@stlouisfed.org or Data Desk, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, P.O. Box 442, St. Louis, MO 63166-0442. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the above requirements of this Section, your DMCA notice or counter-notice may not be valid.

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