DNASTAR Legal Information

This page provides the terms of use and policies governing this site, as well as trademark and copyright information for the site and DNASTAR products, logos and services.

Copyright, Acknowledgements and References
  • Copyright © 2014, DNASTAR, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Documents published by DNASTAR on this website may not be copied other than for non-commercial individual reference, with all copyright or other proprietary notices retained, and thereafter may not be recopied, reproduced or otherwise distributed.
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Request for Permission to Reprint and Acknowledgment

DNASTAR may grant permission to republish or reprint its copyrighted materials. Requests should be submitted to DNASTAR support electronically or by mail to DNASTAR, Inc., 3801 Regent Street, Madison, WI 53705, Attention: General Manager.
Please include an acknowledgement "Reprinted with permission from DNASTAR, Inc., Madison, WI", when granted permission to reprint DNASTAR copyrighted materials.

Privacy Policy

DNASTAR is committed to providing you with excellent service. As part of our commitment, we recognize your right to privacy, and have developed this Privacy Statement to inform you about our privacy practices.

Information We Gather from You

Personal Information
We do not collect any personal information from a visitor to our site unless that visitor explicitly and intentionally provides it. If you are simply browsing our site, we do not gather any personal information about you. We use links throughout our site to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions, request information and materials, request demonstration software, or provide comments and suggestions. The information provided, such as your name and telephone number, will be used to help us satisfy your request, as described below.

Statistical Information About Your Visit
When you visit our site, our computers may automatically collect statistics about your visit. This information does not identify you personally, but rather about a visit to our site. We may monitor statistics such as how many people visit our site, the user's IP address, which pages people visit on our site, from which domains our visitors reach our site, and which browsers people use. We use these statistics about your visit for aggregation purposes only. These statistics are used to help us improve the performance of our website.

From time-to-time we may request information from customers via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use of, and satisfaction with this website, and improving our customer service and product offerings.

Use of Cookies
We only use "cookies" as described in this section. A "cookie" is a piece of information that our website sends to your browser, which then stores this information on your system. Use of cookies is essential for certain parts of our website. Without enabling cookies, some sections of www.dnastar.com may not function properly. Our website uses cookies to "remember" your log-in information in order to help you navigate the website as seamlessly as possible. The cookie will be removed when you log-out or after 24 hours. You should be aware that cookies contain no more information than you volunteer, and they are not able to "invade" your hard drive and return to the sender with personal or other information from your computer.

How We Use the Information We Gather

Responding to Requests
We generally respond to any questions, requests for product information, and other inquiries that we receive. Our response may be in the form of an e-mail, telephone call, fax, or letter. We may retain this correspondence to improve our products, services, and website, and for other disclosed purposes.

We provide an "Opt-in" e-mail service for regular updates on our products and services. However, we may, from time-to-time, use additional contact information, such as e-mail addresses, mailing addresses and phone numbers, to share important product announcements. We retain contact information so that we can send individuals updates or other important information about our services and products.

Facilitating the support, renewal, and purchase of our products and services
We may use the information you submit to contact you to discuss the support, renewal, and purchase of our products and services. We may also provide the information you have submitted to us to a licensed distributor of DNASTAR products and services. Our distributors help us to provide our non-U.S.-based customers with support, assistance, and the provision of our products and services in their local markets. You may receive a communication directly from one of our representatives. Please be assured that if you are contacted by one or more of these entities for one of these purposes, they have agreed to use the information we supply only in accordance with a confidentiality agreement. If you would like to find the names and location of DNASTAR distributors, please click here.

Privacy Statement for DNASTAR’s Usage Logging Feature

DNASTAR is also committed to understanding and anticipating user needs and continuously improving its software to meet those needs.  Some of DNASTAR’s products may invite you to opt-in to DNASTAR’s Usage Logging Feature, which gathers information for that purpose.  DNASTAR has developed this Privacy Statement for DNASTAR’s Usage Logging Feature.

Information We Gather from You

No personal information will be collected and participation status may be changed at any time.  DNASTAR’s Usage Logging Feature is completely voluntary and users may opt out at any time.

By default, DNASTAR’s Usage Logging Feature is enabled in Lasergene version 11 and later. If a user decides to opt out, they may do so from the Lasergene preferences within DNASTAR Navigator. Alternatively, users or network administrators can create an opt-out preference file stored on the user’s system to disable DNASTAR’s Usage Logging Feature. For instructions on opting out of the usage logging feature in earlier versions of Lasergene, please contact DNASTAR support.

Customers who choose to participate agree to share information regarding computer hardware, operating systems, and DNASTAR product usage including, the name and version of the DNASTAR application being used, the date and time the application was launched and quit, basic system information (version, architecture, available RAM), the DNASTAR subscriber number or other unique device identifier, and type of DNASTAR license in use (e.g., standalone, free trial, or network).

How We Use the Information We Gather

Information will be recorded to a log file stored on a user’s machine when DNASTAR applications are launched and shut down.  Once every day, the log will be transmitted to DNASTAR via an Internet connection.

If the computer is not connected to a network or the log is otherwise unable to be transmitted to DNASTAR, information will continue to be stored in the log file, and an attempt will be made to resend the information after the next seven-day interval. 

Because no personally identifiable information is gathered as part of DNASTAR’s Usage Logging Feature, the information will not be meaningful to anyone other than specific DNASTAR software or product teams.  Further, DNASTAR strives to protect information that is gathered.  For example, we store the information gathered on computer systems with limited access located in controlled facilities in the United States or any other country in which DNASTAR or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or agents maintain facilities.  However, despite DNASTAR’s efforts, no security controls are 100% effective and DNASTAR cannot ensure or warrant the security of gathered information.

DNASTAR uses the information to improve its software products and applications over time.  DNASTAR may share gathered information with partners or other companies providing limited services on its behalf, but these partners and other companies are required to maintain the confidentiality of the information and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.

DNASTAR may need to access or disclose the gathered information to comply with the laws or legal process and to exercise its legal rights or defend against legal claims.  DNASTAR may also share gathered information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential safety threats, violations of DNASTAR’s terms of use, or as otherwise required by law.

Terms of Use

This website has been designed to provide general information about DNASTAR, Inc. and its affiliates. DNASTAR has attempted to provide accurate and current information on this website; however, DNASTAR makes no representations about the suitability of the information contained or published on this website for any purpose. All such information is provided "AS IS" without warranty of any kind. No warranty or representation is made, express or implied, that the information contained or referenced herein is accurate, current or complete. Furthermore, DNASTAR shall not be liable in any manner whatsoever for direct, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages resulting from the use of, or inability to use, this information or any information provided through linked websites.

This website may contain third party information. Such information is, wherever reasonably possible, marked with the name of the source. Such third party information does not represent the views or opinions of DNASTAR and DNASTAR takes no responsibility whatsoever for such information.

This website also contains links to third party websites. DNASTAR is providing these links only as a convenience and the inclusion of any such links does not imply endorsement by DNASTAR of such third party websites. DNASTAR does not have any knowledge of or control over the information contained in such third party websites, and therefore, does not take any responsibility whatsoever for any information or content contained in such third-party websites, links contained on such third-party websites or changes to such third-party websites.

Should any viewer of this website provide DNASTAR feedback, information or data, whether in the form of questions, comments, suggestions or otherwise, such information shall be deemed to be non-confidential. DNASTAR shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to such information, and shall be free to use any information, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in such information for any purpose whatsoever and to reproduce, use, disclose and distribute such information to third parties without limitation. (Note that personal contact information is covered by our privacy policy above).

DNASTAR reserves the right to alter the content of its website in any way, at any time and for any reason, without prior notification, and will not be liable in any way for possible consequences of such changes or for inaccuracies, typographical errors or omissions in the contents hereof.

Nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring by implication, estoppel or otherwise any license or right under any patent or trademark of DNASTAR or any third party. Except as expressly provided above, nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring any right or license under any DNASTAR copyrights. The use or misuse of any such trademarks, patents or copyrights provided hereunder, except as permitted herein, is expressly prohibited and may be in violation of patent law, trademark law or copyright law, the law of slander and libel, the law of privacy and publicity and communications regulations and statutes. Please be advised that DNASTAR actively and aggressively enforces its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law.

Trademark Information

This section contains the most current information on DNASTAR trademarks. The absence of a name or logo in this list does not constitute a waiver of any intellectual property rights that DNASTAR, Inc. has established in any of our product, feature, or service names or logos.


DNASTAR®, DNA*®, Lasergene®, Lasergene99, GeneMan™, MapDraw™, the Method Curtain™, Seq-Easy®, StarBlast®, EditSeq™ (©1988-2014), SeqMan™/SeqMan II™/SeqMan Pro™ (©1988-2014), Protean™ (©1992-2014), MegAlign™ (©1993-2014), PrimerSelect™ (©1993-2014), GeneQuest™ (©1998-2014), GenVision™ (©2000-2014), SeqMan NGen® (©2001-2014), SeqBuilder™ (©2004-2014), ArrayStar® and QSeq® (©2005-2014), Navigator™ (©2010-2014), Protean 3D™ (©2011-2014), SeqNinja™ (©2012-2014), MegAlign Pro™ (©2013-2014), NovaFold® (©2013-2014), and DNASTAR Cloud™ (©2013-2014) are registered trademarks or trademarks of DNASTAR, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, USA. 

Microsoft®, Windows® and Windows Vista® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp.  Intel® and Pentium® are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.   Macintosh®, Mac OS® and BootCamp® are registered trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc.  Parallels Desktop® is a registered trademark of Parallels, Inc.  Adobe® Illustrator® and Adobe® PostScript® are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems, Inc.  Linux® is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  Ubuntu® is a registered trademark of the Ubuntu Project .  CentOS compliments of the Community Enterprise Operating System.

Affymetrix®, NetAffx™, Expression Console™, and Affymetrix GeneChip-compatible™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Affymetrix, Inc.  NimbleGen™ is a trademark of Roche NimbleGen, Inc.  Illumina® and BeadStudio™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Illumina, Inc.  454™ is a trademark of the Roche Diagnostics Corporation.  Agilent® is a registered trademark of Agilent.  PacBio and Pacific Biosciences are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. GCG® is a registered trademark of Accelrys Inc.  MacVector™ is a trademark of MacVector, Inc. Sequencher® is a registered trademark of Gene Codes Corporation.  SOLiD™ is a trademark of Applied Biosystems.  pGEM is a registered trademark of Promega Corporation.  GenePix® is a registered trademark of MDS Analytical Technologies™. 

The following products are registered trademarks, trademarks or copyrighted materials of Life  Technologies™: Ion Torrent™, Ion AmpliSeq™ Cancer Panel, pENTR, Lumio, DEST, pcDNA, pDONR, BioEase, GeneBLAzer, BLOCK-iT, Gus, Xpress, Zeocin, pCR, CAT, HisMax.  Life Technologies Corporation is the assignee of numerous patents related to aspects of GateWay® and TOPO® cloning technologies.  Use of GateWay® and TOPO® vectors and reagents to perform in vitro or in vivo experiments that are simulated using DNASTAR’s Lasergene software may require a license from Life Technologies Corporation.  Contact Life Technologies Corporation at (760) 603-7200 in the United States or via their website to obtain more information regarding their requirements in this regard.

DNASTAR is authorized by Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) S.A.  to incorporate PROSITE® data into Lasergene.  PROSITE® is a registered trademark of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and GeneBio has been granted exclusive rights by the SIB for the licensing of PROSITE.  Access to PROSITE® via Lasergene requires a user license which can be obtained by contacting GeneBio at sib-db@genebio.com or info@genebio.com.

The A List is copyrighted material of Kyle Hammond © 1997-2001. 

Apache Commons IO (© 2002-2011, The Apache Software Foundation; all rights reserved) and Guava (© 2009-2012, Google Inc. and contributing authors; all rights reserved) are licensed under the Apache License Version 2.0.

BioJava (©2000-2011, BioJava and contributing authors; all rights reserved) is licensed under the LGPL Version 2.1.  Java Native Access (JNA, © 2006-2011, Timothy Wall, Wayne Meissner and contributing authors; all rights reserved) is licensed under the LGPL Version 2.1.  The Chemistry Development Kit (CDK) (© 1997-2012, the CDK Development Team, all rights reserved) is licensed under the LGPL Version 2.1. Java OpenGL (JOGL, © 2003-2007, Sun Microsystems, Inc.; all rights reserved) is licensed under the BSD license.  KSDSSP courtesy of the University of California-San Francisco under an open source software licenseYale Morph Server courtesy of Mark Gerstein and Yale University.  The Protein Data Bank courtesy of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB). 

Clustal Omega (© 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc.).

LIBSVM (© 2000-2012, Chih-Chung Chang and Chih-Jen Lin; all rights reserved), ANTLR (© 2010, Terence Parr; all rights reserved), and Prefuse (© 2004-2011, Regents of the University of California; all rights reserved) are licensed under the BSD license.

Property List Library (© 2011, Yørn de Jong; all rights reserved) and JTS Topology Suite (© 2002-2011, Vivid Solutions Inc.; all rights reserved) are licensed under the LGPL Version 2.1. Monte Media Library (© 2012, Werner Randelshofer; all rights reserved) is licensed under the LGPL Version 3.

MAFFT: multiple sequence alignment program is copyrighted ©2006 Kazutaka Katoh.

Mauve is licensed under the GNU General Purpose License.

Mesa 3D Graphics Library (© 1999-2007, Brian Paul; all rights reserved) is licensed under the MIT license.

Darling AE, Mau B, and Perna NT (2010). "progressiveMauve: Multiple Genome Alignment with Gene Gain, Loss, and Rearrangement." PLoS One. 5(6):e11147.

TM-align (© 2005-2012, Yang Zhang and Jeffrey Skolnick; all rights reserved) and EDTSurf (© 2009-2012, Dong Xu and Yang Zhang; all rights reserved) are licensed under an open-source license.

The license management portion of this Licensed Technology is based on SentinelLM®, (© 1989-2012, SafeNet, Inc.; all rights reserved).  Sentinel® is a registered trademark of SafeNet, Inc.  KeyServer®, KeyAccess®, and KeyVerify® are registered trademarks of Sassafras Software Inc.  VMware® is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc.  Some DNASTAR applications use the Eclipse platform, supplied by the Eclipse Foundation under an Eclipse Public License (EPL).

All other copyrights, trademarks, and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  DNASTAR, Inc. does not encourage the infringement of any patents owned by any other party.

Disclaimer & Liability:

DNASTAR software is for research use only. It is not intended for diagnostic use.

DNASTAR, Inc. makes no warranties, expressed or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, regarding the software.  DNASTAR does not warrant, guaranty, or make any representation regarding the use or the results of the use of the software in terms of correctness, accuracy, reliability, up-to-date status, or otherwise.  The entire risk as to the results and performance of the software is assumed by you.  The exclusion of implied warranties is not permitted by some states.  The above exclusion may not apply to you.

In no event will DNASTAR, Inc. and their directors, officers, employees, or agents (collectively DNASTAR) be liable to the licensee of ArrayStar for any consequential, incidental or indirect damages (including damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information and the like) arising out of the use of, or the inability to use the software even if DNASTAR, Inc. has been advised of the possibility of such damages.  Because some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, the above limitations may not apply to you.

DNASTAR, Inc. reserves the right to revise this publication and to make changes to it from time to time without obligation of DNASTAR, Inc. to notify any person or organization of such revision or changes.  The screen and other illustrations in this publication are meant to be representative of those that appear on your monitor or printer.