Terms of Service

'Article Search Qross'(hereinafter referred to as 'this service') is a service provided by Atlas co. ltd (hereinafter referred to as 'Atlas'). To use this service, all the users of this service are required to consent to this Terms of Service (hereinafter referred to as 'TOS'). By using or accessing this service, you agree to this TOS. This TOS is subject to change. Please refer to the latest version of the TOS.


NOTE: This agreement was written in Japanese. To the extent any translated version of this agreement conflicts with the Japanese version, the Japanese version controls.

1: User and Registration

  1. The term 'user(s)' of this service is the general term for registered users and guest users.
  2. Registered users are individuals who entered and sent information required for user registration and then approved by Atlas.
  3. Guest users are individuals who utilize this service without registration.
  4. Users who wish to use this service can ask Atlas for registration by approving TOS and by providing certain information Atlas requires for registration in a way we provide.
  5. Registered users are responsible and liable for the personal information they provided.
  6. Registered users can change their personal information anytime.

2: Precautions for Use

  1. Registered users should keep and manage their email addresses and passwords on their own responsibility. We, Atlas, assume no responsibility for the loss or damage caused by the lost, theft or misuse of the email addresses or/and passwords by third parties.
  2. The data Atlas receives from users shall be handled properly in compliance with 'Date Use Policy’ which is provided separately.
  3. This service depends a part of the management feature of registered users on Facebook and thus there may be the case that users become unable to use this service when the user become unable to use Facebook. Users must approve before start using this service that we, Atlas, assume no responsibility for the loss or damage caused by the case stated above. Besides, we guarantee nothing in relation to Facebook.
  4. Registered users shall agree that Atlas will hold the information registered by users based on the basic account information on Facebook, even after Atlas stop using Facebook Platform or Atlas is suspended from using Facebook Platform.
  5. Registered users and guest users can use this service for free. However, users may be charged communication fees by communication service providers when using this service via PCs or mobile phones.

3: Withdrawal

If users wish to withdraw from this service, they can do it at Account Setting by canceling their account. When a user withdraws from this service, she/he will lose all the rights on this service and the account is removed irreversibly.

4: Personal Information

  1. Atlas shall handle personal information of users properly in compliance with our 'Privacy Policy'.
  2. Atlas does not disclose personal information of users to third parties besides cooperative enterprises with which Atlas sighed a non-disclosure agreement, except for the cases stated below:
    1. Cases in which Atlas reasonably judges that it is necessary to disclose personal information in accordance with laws and ordinances.
    2. Cases in which the disclosure of personal information is urgently required for the protection of the life, body, or property of an individual and in which we judge it is difficult to obtain the consent of the person.
    3. Cases in which the handling of personal information is specially necessary for improving public health or promoting the sound growth of children and in which we judge it is difficult to obtain the consent of the person.
    4. Cases in which the handling of personal information is necessary for cooperating with a state organ, a local government, or an individual or a business operator entrusted by either of the former two in executing the affairs prescribed by laws and regulations and in which obtaining the consent of the person is likely to impede the execution of the affairs concerned.
    5. Cases in which the service provider changes as a result of merger or otherwise, and we judge it is necessary to transfer personal information in order to continue this service.

5: Copyrights and other intellectual property rights

The copyrights of articles or indexes searched and shown in this service, or other intellectual property rights belong to the sites they are originally from, and/or to research institutes such as college, learned society, or other organizations, and/or to authors. Additionally, copyrights for compilation works on layouts and designs of this site belong to Atlas. Users are prohibited to utilize those sets of information except for the personal use.

6: Prohibitions

Upon the use of this service, Atlas prohibit the acts of users which do or may fall under the prohibitions stated below.

  1. Acts against the TOS or laws and ordinances
  2. Acts against public order and morals
  3. Acts results in or recommend/encourage criminal acts
  4. Acts of slander against other users or third parties or ones can cause disadvantage to others
  5. Acts of infringement of copyrights or intellectual property rights of Atlas or others
  6. Acts of infringement of property or privacy of Atlas or others
  7. Acts which can give disadvantage to Atlas or others
  8. Acts of slander against Atlas or others
  9. False registration of information upon the use of our service includes user registration
  10. Misuse of email addresses or passwords
  11. Acts of letting IDs/passwords of oneself or other registered users use by others by loan, transfer, name change as well as buying and selling them
  12. Acts of spoofing
  13. Acts of attacking this service, or deliberately place a load on the system of this service
  14. Wrongful acts which deliberately affect the operation of this service
  15. Acts which can produce financial interests
  16. Solicitation activities for organizations, services, activities which have nothing to do with this service
  17. Acts of advertisement, publicity, or solicitation toward third parties without Atlas's permission
  18. Other inappropriate acts under socially accepted conventions

7: Suspension/Stoppage of Service

  1. Atlas may stop or suspend providing all or part of this service without advance notice to registered users in the cases below:
    1. In case Atlas is required to do periodic or emergent inspection or maintenance of computer system related to this service
    2. In case computer or communication line is stopped because of an accident
    3. In case Atlas is unable to continue operating this service due to an act of God beyond our control such as fire, power failure or other natural disasters
    4. In case linked services outside of this service suffer a trouble, stoppage or suspension of service, or a lost linkage to this service or a change in specification
    5. In other cases in which Atlas judged that the stoppage or suspension of this service is needed
  2. Atlas may stop providing this service in its own decision. In this case, Atlas shall announce it to registered users in advance.
  3. Atlas assumes no responsibility for damages caused by actions it takes in accordance with this article.

8: Disclaimer

  1. Atlas, whatever the reason may be, assumes no responsibility for the damages users or third parties may suffer as a result of delay or suspension of this service.
  2. Atlas assumes no responsibility for the damages users or third parties may suffer as a result of registration, or refusal or cancellation of registration to this service.
  3. Atlas assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or the fitness, for a particular purpose, of the information we acquire through this service.
  4. Atlas assumes no responsibility for the damages users or third parties may suffer caused by the information they obtained from this service.
  5. Users of this service shall resolve dispute between users or users and third parties, which arises with regard to the information or contents of this service, by their own responsibility and expense and shall never cause damages to Atlas.
  6. Atlas assumes no responsibility for the harmful activities such as nuisances by an user of this service towards another user or a third party.
  7. Atlas assumes no responsibility for the troubles users or third parties may suffer on the disclosure of personal information of registered users pursuant to the second clause of Article 4 of TOS.
  8. Atlas may delete a part of, or all of the information without advance notice when transmission of the information by a user falls, or Atlas judges it may fall, under any of the items of Article 6. Atlas assumes no responsibility for the damages users may suffer caused by the measures we take based on this clause.

9: Restitution

If a user of this service violates this TOS, the user shall compensate Atlas for the damages it caused.

10: Applicable Law and Jurisdiction

This service shall be based upon the laws of Japan, and in the event of any dispute between the parties hereto regarding or arising out of this service, the Tokyo District Court, or the Tokyo Summary Court shall have the sole jurisdiction of first instance to the exclusion of all other courts that may otherwise have had jurisdiction.

11: Consultation

Any matter not stipulated in this TOS, or any doubt arising with respect to any provision of this TOS, shall be promptly resolved upon mutual consultation in good faith between Atlas and users.

Effective:March 25, 2013.