Copyright licensing

Appreciation of fine art of Nihonto is based on an immense amount of knowledge in the subject of swordmaking, Japanese history, smiths, schools and styles. Being very specialized Japanese disciplines, history and appreciation of Nihonto lie in the domain of the enthusiasts and individual researchers, who are (for the reasons of their own) truly in love with the subject. There are hundreds of books and publications available, but many of them are out of print and/or exist only in Japanese. This makes lives of Nihonto researchers and collectors outside Japan difficult, yet exciting.

One of the primary goals of this site is to provide and share information about Nihonto freely and in a centralized fashion, with the ability to publish personalized content being the one of the key features.

Site-wide copyright license

Trying to contribute to the realm of Nihonto related resources in a way which encourages creativity and sharing, has chosen Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license.

The key points of this license are as follows:

You are free:

to Share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work
to Remix - to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.

Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.

Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.

Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.

The message in the footer of every page mentions this license as the main one, except cases where a different license was chosen by the Author.


Some areas (such as core services of Nihonto Club) can only be licensed under site-wide license:

  • Swordsmith Index (including smith schools)
  • Glossary
  • Weblink directory
  • Comments (replies) to articles/pages

Change of copyright licensing

Administration of reserves the right to change the site-wide license at any time. Sensible approach will always be followed. This change would not affect any content which had already been licensed.

Author’s choice of copyright licensing is guaranteed to remain unchanged.


Members’ feedback on copyright management is always welcome.