The website www.hfc-worlwide.org belongs to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport (hereinafter HMC) and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture (hereinafter HFC). This website, through technologically advanced internet infrastructure and open and closed source software applications, can offer everyone (hereinafter the visitor/user) free information services, participation, information and technological applications relating to the HMC and HFC under the following terms of use. The act of using/visiting, browsing, archiving/cataloguing the above services and applications, and of remaining on this website, both presupposes and constitutes a de facto and unconditional acceptance of the terms of use described below.

Using/visiting the aforementioned website, its electronic pages and services www.hfc-worlwide.org presupposes the careful reading of, unconditional agreement with, and acceptance of the following terms of use by the visitor/user prior to use. The terms of use apply to the entire contents of the site, including but not limited to files, documents, images, photographs, drawings, graphics, videos and software applications.

If the visitor/user does not agree with the content of this website, they are obliged not to use its services and content. The visitor/user is requested to check the content of the specific pages for possible changes. Continuing to use the website www.hfc-worlwide.org even after such changes implies the unconditional acceptance of these terms on the part of the visitor/user.

The terms and conditions of use of this website constitute the entire agreement between the HMC/HFC and the visitor/user of its pages and services and is binding on them alone. No modification of these terms of use will be taken into consideration and form part of this agreement if it is not made in writing and if it has not been incorporated into these terms of use. Unless otherwise specified, the following terms are in force immediately and in their entirety on this site.

The visitor/user of the website www.hfc-worlwide.org is obliged to use it in accordance with the law and these terms of use. Any use of this website must be solely for lawful purposes and must not restrict or prevent its use by third parties; the user/visitor must not commit any acts or omissions that may damage the site or cause it to malfunction and/or adversely affect or jeopardize the provision of the services it provides to the public through it.

Intellectual Property Rights

The entire contents of the website, including (but not limited to) documents, text, files, news, graphics, images, photographs, drawings, depictions, videos, cartoons, software and services, along with the terms and conditions of this website and any amendments made to them, are governed by Greek law, European Union law and relevant international conventions; they are the intellectual property of the HMC and HFC and are governed by the national and international law on intellectual property. Logos, names, brands and features included on the website belong to www.hfc-worlwide.org and/or the persons listed on the site as the owners of the rights in question, and are protected in accordance with the legislation in force on Industrial and Intellectual Property and related rights (Law 2121/1993).

Should it be found that any provision of these terms is contrary to the legal framework outlined above or rendered redundant by it, that provision will cease to hold and will be removed from the present document without this impacting on the validity of the remaining terms in any way.

The HMC and HFC have the right to upload, publicly display, reproduce, multiply, make available, exploit and otherwise use the site content listed above indicatively and not exhaustively in any way and through any conventional, electronic or digital means, even if such media are not referred to explicitly herein. The HMC and HFC have the right to change, modify, truncate, remove, vary and compose the content posted on the portal at any time, both in its entirety and component parts (text, images, videos, etc.).

The use of any other material protected by Law 2121/93 or any other relevant legislation, and which has been identified as the intellectual or industrial property of third parties, is not covered. For the use and exploitation of material belonging to third parties, the end user must apply to the owners of the Intellectual and Industrial Property rights in question to acquire the necessary permissions to use and exploit that material.

Works of Intellectual Property and related rights belonging to third parties which are included on www.hfc-worlwide.org have been used in good faith and for information and communication purposes. Needless to say, they will be removed if the owners of the intellectual property request it. Employees of the HMC, the HMC’s Regional and Special Regional Services and Public Museums are not considered third parties, irrespective of the nature of their work and/or areas of specialization; nor is anyone providing a service/working on a project relating to the digital photography/filming/cataloguing of monuments, sites or places, events , concerts, etc. of the HMC and HFC and, generally speaking, those who have assigned, granted and transferred in writing and in accordance with the provisions of the law on copyright their rights to the material posted on the www.hfc-worlwide.org website.

Any use, reproduction, republication, copying, storage, sale, transmission, distribution, publication, performance, download, translation and modification by any means of the content of www.hfc-worlwide.org and the services provided on that website is expressly forbidden without prior permission.

Exceptionally, individual instances of storing and copying, reproducing, republishing, transmitting or distributing parts of the content on a simple personal computer for strictly personal use, without any intention to exploit the material commercially for advertising or in any other way, without a direct or indirect financial or commercial goal or advertising goal, and always on the condition that the source of such content is acknowledged, without this implying in any way the granting of Intellectual Property rights belonging to the Greek State (HMC) or the HFC, is permitted. It is therefore forbidden for content posted on the website www.culture.gr to be wholly or partially sold or transferred or advertised or made available, granted, modified or ‘uploaded’ in any way.

The other products and/or services mentioned on the pages of this website which bear the marks of the respective organizations, companies, partners, associations or publications, constitute the intellectual and industrial property of these institutions and are therefore their responsibility.

Disclaimers and Limitations of Online Liability

www.hfc-worlwide.org and/or the persons listed as owners of the corresponding rights to the website and protected in accordance with the legislation in force on Industrial and Intellectual Property shall make every effort, and take all necessary measures, to ensure that all the content and information displayed and published on the site is accurate, clear, correct, complete, timely and available. Nonetheless, the HMC and HFC are not responsible for any spelling or other errors made during the republication of the information in question.

The website provides for communication forms, bulletin boards and interactive areas. The use of the above implies that the user/visitor is solely responsible for any communication they carry out and for any consequences stemming from the publication of this communication. The HMC and HFC are not responsible for the fidelity, accuracy or reliability of any material posted on any of the site’s interactive areas, or for the consequences of communication in interactive areas, or any consequences stemming from the use of the website. The HMC and HFC can under no circumstances be deemed to accept or endorse in any way the ideas, perceptions and actions of the user as these result from their communication. The HMC and HFC can verify, correct or delete the content of a user/visitor’s communication.

The user/visitor hereby grants permission to the HMC and HFC, as the owners of the website, to use all the works eligible for protection under Law 2121/1993 which arise out of the communication via the site’s tables, contact forms and interactive areas, as described above.

The HMC and HFC do not in any way guarantee—and therefore do not bear any legal, civil or criminal liability (even through negligence) for, or are in any way responsible for, redressing any damage (direct, special or consequential) that may indicatively consist in a loss of profits, data, lost profits, compensation, etc.) of the user/visitor of this or a third-party website on grounds relating to the operation or not, the use of the website, any failure to provide services/information included on that site, or to any unauthorized third-party interventions in products/services/information available through the site. It also provides content (e.g. files, texts, images, photographs, drawings, graphics, video, software, information, names, images, data, etc.), and the services made available through its web sites, “AS IS”, without any guarantee express or implied, including any implied obligation to guarantee satisfactory quality, suitability, compatibility, security and accuracy, in any way, all of which we explicitly deny.

The HMC and HFC make every effort to ensure the proper functioning of their Portal, but in no way do they guarantee that the functions of the site in question or its servers will be uninterrupted and free of errors, or that any defects will be corrected, free from viruses, malware and the like, whether in the case of its own website or another site or server through which it broadcasts its content.

Protection from Malicious Software/Viruses

The HMC and HFC make every possible effort to check the material they upload onto the aforementioned website, and to protect their servers and the servers that host the sites from malware (viruses).

Given the form and structure of the Internet, the HMC and HFC are not responsible, under any circumstances, for any damage, loss, corruption or destruction of data or software or hardware suffered by the user/visitor that may occur during or after their use of the Site’s pages, services, and options. Nor do they guarantee that any website associated with the Site, or the servers through which its services are made available to the user/visitor, does not contain viruses or other malicious software.

In any case, it is recommended that users use antivirus and anti-malware software every time they connect to the Internet.

Ruling out Incitement/Advice

No part of the content provided to users/visitors of the websites constitutes encouragement, guidance or advice to commit any act or omission—nor can it be considered to do so in any way, directly or indirectly; any actions or omissions on the part of users/visitors are at their discretion, the consequence of a personal evaluation and decision to act of their own free will, precluding our responsibility on our part.

Links

The Site may contain links to third-party websites with the sole purpose of informing/facilitating the user/visitor. Including a link to third-party websites does not imply the espousing of their opinions or actions in any way, nor does it indicate approval or acceptance of the content they express, publish or post; the websites to which we link are subject to their own terms of use. For obvious reasons, the availability, content, personal data protection policy, quality and completeness of sites linked to are not checked, nor is it possible to check whether the content of services of other web sites and pages to which we link by means of hyperlinks or advertising banners has been updated.

The HMC and HFC bear no responsibility for the content of these third-party sites, or for any damage caused by their use, since visitors access them at their own risk. The third-party operators responsible by law for given websites bear sole responsibility for the content of their websites or for any damage that may result from their use when the user/visitor of the www.hfc-worlwide.org website accesses them.

The user/visitor accepts that by visiting third-party websites, they leave www.hfc-worlwide.org and become subject to the conditions of use pertaining to a given third-party site.

Hyperlinks

The HMC and HFC encourage users to create hyperlinks to their website www.hfc-worlwide.org, and users are not required to obtain the permission of the HMC and HFC to create such links. However, they may not load HMC and HFC pages within frames on other websites. Every HMC and HFC web page hyperlinked to on another website should load in its own window.

Content Usage Rights

Content submitted and published by users/visitors remains their property, but they grant the website an unlimited, no fee license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly display and exploit the content at any time and by any means electronic or print which does not violate their moral rights. Additional use of the content posted on the www.hfc-worlwide.org website is always undertaken subject to the provisions relating to the protection of the individual with regard to the processing of personal data (Law 2472/1997, ΦΕΚ 50 Α’), as these apply at the given time.

User data

Through this website, the HMC and HFC may collect users/visitor’ personal data and information; such data and information is either sent by the users/visitors themselves or collected as they browse the site. Personal data and information is considered to be only such data and information that can be used to identify or communicate with users/visitors, and specifically such data as is collected by means of various Data Submission Forms. Such personal data is subject to the legal framework governing the privacy of personal data, and in particular Law 2472/1997 (with the amendments made by Law 3625/2007) and Law 3471/2006 on the protection of personal data. Such data is used only for the purpose for which they were sent. The user/visitor explicitly and unconditionally consents to make this personal data and information available to the www.hfc-worlwide.org website where this is required or requested.

The HMC and HFC may use personal data for informational purposes or to send out emails or bulletins/news to the registered user/visitor, unless the latter does not want it and communicates this explicitly to the HMC/HFC.

The HMC and HFC do not sell personal information relating to third parties or users/visitors of these websites. The HMC and HFC do not transfer or publish personal data relating to users/visitors of the website to third parties, unless a law provides otherwise or unless it is a contractual obligation essential for the proper functioning of the website and the implementation of its functions.

The HMC and HFC may process such information sent by users/visitors wholly or in part, for statistical purposes and to improve the services and information they provide. The user/visitor can communicate with the administrator of the www.hfc-worlwide.org website to check for the existence of a personal file and to correct, change or delete it.

The www.hfc-worlwide.org site may collect non-personal data identifying the users of these websites using technologies such as cookies, IP address monitoring and the like as such data results from the communication between the web browser and the server. Cookies are small text files stored on the hard disk of every user/visitor; they do not receive information about any document or file on the user’s computer, nor do they lead to the user’s computer being identified by anyone. Cookies are used to facilitate the user/visitor’s access to the site and their use of given services and/or pages, for statistical purposes, and in order to determine which areas of the Portal are useful or popular.

Non-personal information can also include the type of web browser used by the user/visitor, the type of computer, operating system, Internet service providers (ISP) and other such information.

The user/visitor of this website can adjust their web browser’s settings so they are notified in advance when cookies are used for a particular service, or to prevent the browser allowing the use of cookies.

Should the visitor/user of the services and pages in question not want cookies to be used to identify them, their access to some of the services, uses or functions provided by this website may be restricted. The collection of all data that falls into the category of personal data which the HMC and HFC receive by means of the website, and which are either sent by users or collected during their navigation and use of the website, is conducted in accordance with Law 2472/1997 and Law 3471/2006 on the protection of personal data, as applicable.

The HMC and HFC are not responsible for the privacy policies of third-party websites to which the user has access via hyperlinks from this Site.

Modifying Content and Services

The terms and conditions of use pertaining to the present website, along with any modifications or changes made to them, are subject to national and community law as well as the relevant international treaties. The terms and conditions of use of this website constitute the entire agreement between the HMC and HFC and the user/visitor of the websites and services, and is binding upon them. The HMC and HFC unilaterally reserve the right to modify, supplement and/or change the content or services of their website along with its terms of use, whenever they deem it necessary to do so, without prior notice, through this website and always in accordance with the applicable legislative and regulatory framework. The courts of Athens are competent to resolve any dispute that may arise; the applicable law is Greek law.

For any issues regarding the site, please contact [email protected]

at the HMC and [email protected]

at the HFC.