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Terms and Conditions of Use for lappi.fi/lapland.fi

 

WWW Pages maintained by the Regional Council of Lapland

Welcome to these lappi.fi/lapland.fi World Wide Web pages (the "WWW Pages") that are maintained by the Regional Council of Lapland. Please read carefully these terms and conditions of use (the "Terms") prior to any use of the WWW Pages.

By opening the WWW Pages you commit as a user (the "User") to comply with the Terms. No use of the WWW Pages whatsoever is permitted if you do not accept the Terms in their entirety.

1. Contents, Use and Changes of the WWW Pages

The WWW Pages comprise of several pages and sites that are produced and maintained by the Regional Council of Lapland or another content provider (the "Provider"). The primary purpose of the WWW Pages is to produce, maintain and provide information on Finnish Lapland. The WWW Pages may include (i) parts that require registration, (ii) marketing and advertising material, (iii) competitions and marketing researches, (iv) other kind of interactive sections, as well as (v) systems and market places created for offering, reserving and acquiring goods and services. In addition to the Terms, some parts of the WWW Pages may include additional terms and conditions (the "Additional Terms") concerning the contents, functions, products and services of such parts of the WWW Pages, which Additional Terms shall be observed in addition to the Terms.

The Regional Council of Lapland produces the WWW Pages at its sole discretion by the means the Regional Council of Lapland deems to be the best and the WWW Pages are provided "as they are". The WWW Pages may include factual and typographical errors as well as technical errors, defaults and inaccuracies. No personal, medical, legal, commercial, economical or any other kind of decisions whatsoever shall be made based upon the material contained in the WWW Pages but the User shall in regard to any matter of significance to the User make his/her decisions independently and by turning to possible experts on the matter in question. The Regional Council of Lapland or the Provider grant no guarantee whatsoever for (i) that any contents of the WWW Pages would be faultless, reliable, available, well timed, free of viruses or other harmful factors, applicable for the purposes of the User, or (ii) any outcome or successfulness of the measures possibly carried out on the basis of the contents of the WWW Pages.

The ownership of, and the intellectual property rights to, the material contained in the WWW Pages belong to the Regional Council of Lapland or the Provider having produced the material. The WWW Pages contain specifically material protected by copyright and the WWW Pages may also include trademarks, registered trade marks, designs, trade names, auxiliary business names, commercial symbols and other kind of objects protected by intellectual property rights. All the rights that are not expressly granted by the Terms or otherwise separately by a written agreement are reserved. Any activity being not in compliance with the Terms may lead to consequences under the civil law and the criminal law.

Any use of the WWW Pages and their contents is permitted only for private, non-commercial purposes of the User by printing on a paper or saving in an electronic form into an information media, unless otherwise expressly agreed on in writing in advance. The use of the press releases and alike contents clearly intended to be publicised is allowed for public communication. The use referred to in this paragraph is permitted presuming that (i) the source and the author shall be appropriately mentioned, (ii) any markings in the contents concerning copyright shall be preserved and repeated unchanged in each copy, and (iii) the contents shall not be changed or amended by any means. In no event shall the User without the prior written permission of the beneficiary copy, represent or alienate any contents of the WWW Pages nor grant any license thereto or create any derivative work thereof.

LM shall have at all times at its sole discretion the right, without making any notification thereof in advance, to change the contents and technologies of the WWW Pages as well as to stop producing and maintaining the WWW Pages or any part of the WWW Pages.

2. Geographical Restriction

The WWW Pages are primarily directed to Finland and intended to be used from and in Finland. In no event directs the Regional Council of Lapland through, or otherwise using, the WWW Pages any offers outside Finland, provide services outside Finland or make any agreement on providing services or other products elsewhere but in Finland.

A User located outside the European Union is entitled to use the WWW Pages only upon making of a separate written agreement thereof in advance with the Regional Council of Lapland or the Provider in question. Such use to take place outside Finland that could not be subject to the Terms in their entirety due to the international or national provisions on choice of law or due to any other provisions is prohibited.

3. Scope of Terms as to Parties

The Terms are primarily in force between the Regional Council of Lapland and the User. In addition to this the Terms shall be applicable to all relationships between the Providers and any other parties providing data contents or products by utilizing the WWW Pages, on the other hand, and the User, on the other hand, unless otherwise agreed on by and between the User and the other party in question; in relation to the terms and conditions possibly agreed on by and between the User and a third party the Terms shall be secondary. The Terms shall be applicable also to the relationship between the Regional Council of Lapland and a Provider insofar as, and to the extent, not otherwise agreed on by and between such parties in writing.

4. Information and Services Offered by Third Parties

The WWW Pages may contain parts that include contents provided by the Providers or other third parties as well as parts through which the Providers or other third parties are offering their products and services. The Regional Council of Lapland assumes no liability whatsoever or howsoever for data contents, products or services of the Providers or other possible third parties and the Regional Council of Lapland shall not be deemed to be a party to any agreement, commitment or obligation concerning any such object matter and, furthermore, the Regional Council of Lapland will not act as a supplier or agent for such object matter nor to represent any other statement whatsoever or howsoever thereof.

The Regional Council of Lapland shall be entitled, but not liable, anytime without notifying thereof in advance to remove or change the Providers' or other possible third parties' data contents on the WWW Pages as well as to set restrictions, amendments and requirements for them. However, the Regional Council of Lapland assumes no liability whatsoever or howsoever for producing or supervising the data contents of the parties referred to herein.

5. Privacy Protection and Handling of Personal Data

The Regional Council of Lapland endeavours in its part to carry out the WWW Pages so that nobody's privacy will be endangered and, furthermore, so that in regard to the WWW Pages the rules, the regulations of the authorities and the good practice will be observed. The use of certain parts of the WWW Pages may require registration, in which connection it may be possible to collect personal data by the means allowed by the Finnish Act on Personal Data. Furthermore, it may be possible to collect personal data by the means allowed by the Finnish Act on Personal Data in connection with certain competitions and campaigns carried out on the WWW Pages. The realisation of certain functions on the WWW Pages may require the use of so called "cookies".

You may find closer details concerning the privacy protection and use of the personal data in relation to the WWW Pages by accessing a separate notice thereof HERE. Through the said notice page you can also find a separate register account required by the Finnish Act on Personal Data.

6. Birth of Contractual Relationship

The starting point and the main rule shall be that the WWW Pages are produced and they shall be maintained only for informative purposes. Nothing contained or represented on the WWW Pages shall mean making of an offer, order or confirmation of an order nor otherwise making an agreement by and between the Regional Council of Lapland or a Provider, on the other hand, and the User or any other party, on the other hand, unless expressly and undeniably otherwise stated by the Regional Council of Lapland or the Provider in question in a certain specific part of the WWW Pages. In the event that the intention of the Regional Council of Lapland or a Provider is to enter into a contractual relationship with a User such intention shall be expressly and separately set forth in the part of the WWW Pages in question and any actual birth of a binding contractual relationship shall at all times be subject to making and signing a separate written agreement thereof unless expressly and undeniably otherwise stated in the part in question by the Regional Council of Laplandor the Provider concerned.

For a possible making of an order, offer, confirmation of an order and an agreement the User represents and warrants that the User is legally competent and, in the case of a natural person, that the User is at least 18 years old and a sovereign individual. A legally incompetent person shall not be entitled to enter into such commitments through the WWW Pages unless expressly otherwise stated in a certain part of the WWW Pages.

7. Use and Protection of Username and Password

The use of certain parts of the WWW Pages may require registration, in which case the User will be provided with a username and password for the log in purposes. The username and password are personal for each User and the functionalities and contents enabled by these are intended only for the original receiver of the username and password. The User represents and warrants that the User in connection with a registration provides correct and complete information and that the User alone shall be responsible for keeping the username and password in save and security.

The User shall see to, and be responsible for, that the username and password provided for the User shall not be expressed or alienated to a third party. The User shall be responsible for any and all use of the username and password provided for the User. The User commits to immediately notify the Regional Council of Lapland or the Provider in question of any unauthorized use of his/her username or password that the User has become aware of. Neither the Regional Council of Lapland nor the Provider in question shall be responsible for any damage caused to the User or a third party by unauthorized use of the username or password. The User shall be responsible for compensating to the Regional Council of Laplandand the Provider in question all the damage that is caused by unauthorized use of the username or password due to intent or negligence of the User.

8. Data Delivered to the Regional Council of Lapland or Provider through WWW Pages

The Regional Council of Lapland desires not to receive for itself or a Provider through the WWW Pages any confidential material or information of a User or any third party unless expressly otherwise separately agreed on. The User shall be responsible for all the material (the "Material") sent by the User to the servers used for maintaining the WWW Pages or otherwise delivered by the User through the WWW Pages to the Regional Council of Lapland, a Provider or another third party. Especially the User represents and warrants that the Material shall not infringe any third party's copyrights, other intellectual property rights, provisions, regulations of the authorities, the Terms and the good practice and, furthermore, that the Material shall not be confidential or otherwise unusable for publishing. The User shall be responsible for compensating to the Regional Council of Lapland and a Provider all the damage caused by breach of the User's obligations under this section.

By sending the Material the User represents and warrants that (i) prior to the sending the User has taken reasonable measures to ensure that the Material includes no viruses or other impure or harming elements, (ii) the Material belongs to the User or that the User is otherwise entitled to grant an unlimited license to use the Material, (iii) the Regional Council of Lapland or the Provider will be entitled to copy, amend, alienate, utilize and publish the Material as well as embed it to some other material without any liability to pay any consideration or assume for any other obligation whatsoever unless expressly otherwise agreed on with the User in writing prior to the delivery of the Material, (iv) neither the User nor any third party shall represent any claims against the Regional Council of Lapland or the Provider or a third party dealing with them related to the Material or its use being in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth herein, and (v) the User undertakes to compensate to the Regional Council of Lapland or the Provider in question all the expenses and damages that they incur due to claims represented by a third party in relation to the Material or due to faultiness of harmfulness of the Material. The Regional Council of Lapland and a Provider shall not be liable, but they shall be entitled, to carry out any inspection or supervision on the Material sent by the User and, furthermore, they shall be entitled, without reserving the User with the right to be heard, at any time at their sole discretion to remove the Material or otherwise prevent the use of the Material.

For the avoidance of any doubt it is stated herein that the term Material shall not be deemed to include the personal data concerning a User or other alike confidential information that the User provides for the Regional Council of Lapland or a Provider in connection with a registration or establishment of a contractual relationship or under a contractual relationship.

9. Intellectual Property Rights

In Section 1 of the Terms are generally explained the questions related to the WWW Pages and the intellectual property rights.

The fact that an access to the WWW Pages or to a part of the WWW Pages is permitted shall not mean any grant of license or any other kind of right whatsoever to any of the Regional Council of Lapland's, Provider's or any other third party's object matter protected by intellectual property rights but any grant of any such right shall at all times be subject to an express prior written agreement or consent therefore.

10. Prohibition Against Use Being Contrary to Law, Terms or Good Practice

Any kind of use of the WWW Pages being contrary to the provisions, the regulations of the authorities, the Terms, the Additional Terms or the good practice is strictly prohibited. The WWW Pages or the functionalities or the services accessible through the WWW Pages shall not be used by any such manner that could harm, overload, disturb or impair the WWW Pages or the functionalities or the services accessible through the WWW Pages.

The User commits, among other things, to that the User shall in no event (i) use the WWW Pages as a target or instrument for viruses, other harmful programs, files, chain letters, spamming or commercials, (ii) defame, disturb, threaten or otherwise insult any third party or the legal rights of such third party, (iii) deploy any inappropriate, defamatory, disparaging, obscene, illegal or otherwise unsuitable information or material, (iv) infringe any third party's intellectual property rights or cause any third party's exposure to being a party in such infringement, (v) aim to use the WWW Pages for any commercial or otherwise some other than private purposes without the express prior written agreement thereof with the Regional Council of Lapland, (vi) use the WWW Pages for any criminal or otherwise illegal activities, (vii) provide the Regional Council of Lapland or a Provider with any false information, or (viii) collect any information concerning the other Users, the number of users of the WWW Pages or any other matters related to use of the WWW Pages, which information do not directly concern the User himself/herself.

The User shall be responsible for compensating to the Regional Council of Laplandand the Provider in their entirety all the damages that are caused to these parties due to any activity of the User being against the prohibition set forth in this section or otherwise against the Terms or the Additional Terms.

11. Links to Third Party Web Sites, links to WWW Pages

The WWW Pages may contain links to World Wide Web pages of the Providers or other third parties (the "Link Pages"). When accessing the Link Pages the User shall get acquainted with the terms and conditions of use for such Link Pages and prior to any use of such Link Pages accept such terms and conditions. The Link Pages are not controlled by the Regional Council of Lapland or otherwise under any influence of the Regional Council of Lapland and, therefore, the Regional Council of Lapland cannot by any means affect the contents, function or terms and conditions of the Link Pages. The Regional Council of Lapland assumes no liability whatsoever for the contents or the functions of the Link Pages or any consequences or effects of any use of the Link Pages carried out by the User. The links on the WWW Pages are created merely to act as a technical solution which is available for the User and which may make it easier for the User to get information and, therefore, by creating such link the Regional Council of Lapland intends by no means to favour, advertise, recommend or support any of the Link Pages or any data contents, product or service offered on the Link Pages.

In the event that the User wants to create a link from its own World Wide Web page to the WWW Pages the link shall be carried out so that it leads to the front page of the WWW Pages. The creation of the link shall be carried out in accordance with the good practice so that it shall be totally clear for a user of the link that the User and the Regional Council of Lapland as well as the World Wide Web pages of these parties are totally independent of each other.

12. Expiration and Restriction of Use

The Regional Council of Lapland shall be entitled, but not liable, at all times without notifying thereof in advance to restrict or prohibit the User's or any other third party's access to the WWW Pages or any use of the WWW Pages or a part of the WWW Pages. In the event that the User acts against the Terms or the Additional Terms the User's right to use the WWW Pages expires immediately. The User is also requested to take into consideration that an access to certain parts of the WWW Pages requiring registration may expire immediately and finally in the event that the User has not logged in to the part in question within a certain period of time.

13. Limitation of Liability

The User's attention is hereby drawn to what has been stated above in Section 1 of the Terms, i.e. that (i) the WWW Pages are provided "as they are", (ii) the WWW Pages may include factual and typographical errors as well as technical errors, defaults and inaccuracies, (iii) no personal, medical, legal, commercial, economical or any other kind of decisions whatsoever shall be made based upon the material contained in the WWW Pages, and (iv) the Regional Council of Lapland or the Provider grant no guarantee whatsoever for that any contents of the WWW Pages would be faultless, reliable, available, well timed, free of viruses or other harmful factors, applicable for the purposes of the User, or for any outcome or successfulness of the measures possibly carried out on the basis of the contents of the WWW Pages. Furthermore, The User's attention is in this connection drawn to what has been stated above in Section 4 of the Terms. In general, the Regional Council of Lapland grants no guarantee, promise or commitment whatsoever as to any part or contents of the WWW Pages unless such guarantee has been exceptionally granted separately in writing in advance and, furthermore, the Regional Council of Lapland is not aware, and does not even aim to get information, of any specific intention or objective of the User concerning the use of the WWW Pages.

The Regional Council of Lapland or a Provider shall not be responsible for any direct, indirect, consequential, incidental or special loss or damage arising out of the use, failure to use, availability or interruption of availability of the WWW Pages or the contents, products or services contained therein even if the Regional Council of Laplandor a Provider has been notified of the possibility for such loss or damage. The responsibility of the Regional Council of Lapland and a Provider shall always be limited to the greatest extent presumed by the peremptory provisions of the laws of Finland.

For the avoidance of any doubt it is even specifically stated herein that all and every responsibility for the hardware, device, software, communication connections and other equipments as well as acquisition, maintaining, backup copying and protection of the information and files used by the User in relation to any use of the WWW Pages shall belong to the User alone. The User shall not be entitled to represent any claim whatsoever against the Regional Council of Lapland or a Provider based on the delays, malfunction, damaging or loss of the objects referred to in this paragraph.

In the event that the User is unsatisfied with the functionality or contents of the WWW Pages or the products or services offered through the WWW Pages the sole option of the User in relation to the Regional Council of Lapland is either to continue or to discontinue the use unless otherwise expressly and separately agreed on in writing in advance as to a certain part or service.

14. Order of Application

If the Regional Council of Lapland, on the other hand, and the User or the Provider, on the other hand, have made a separate agreement of which provisions are in contradiction with the provisions of the Terms, the provisions of such agreement shall be primarily applicable and, respectively, the provisions of the Terms shall be secondarily applicable. In the event that there is a contradiction between the Terms and the Additional Terms, the provisions of the Additional Terms shall be primarily applicable and, respectively, the provisions of the Terms shall be secondarily applicable.

15. Changes to Terms and Additional Terms

The Regional Council of Lapland may at any time without notifying thereof separately in advance make changes to the Terms and the Additional Terms. A change becomes valid immediately upon its publication and availability on the WWW Pages. The User shall be responsible for getting acquainted with the Terms and the Additional Terms regularly and any continuance of use after a change has been carried out shall be construed as an express notification of the User that the User has accepted the Terms and the Additional Terms in their changed form. In any event a change of the Terms and the Additional Terms shall be deemed to be binding on each and any User as soon as one month has expired of the moment when the change in question was for the first time available on the WWW Pages.

For the avoidance of any doubt it is stated herein that changing of the Terms or the Additional Terms shall not mean changing of a separately made written agreement between the Regional Council of Lapland, on the other hand, and a Provider or another third party, on the other hand, unless the written agreement in question includes an express provision stipulating that a change made by the Regional Council of Lapland to the Terms or the Additional Terms shall change also the provisions of the agreement in question.

16. Applicable Law and Settlement of Possible Disputes

The laws of Finland shall be applicable as to matters concerning the use of the WWW Pages as well as the interpretation of the Terms and the Additional Terms.

Any dispute concerning the use of the WWW Pages or the validity, legitimacy and interpretation of the Terms or the Additional Terms shall be dealt with by the general courts of law of Finland. In the event that the counter-party is another entity but a private consumer the Regional Council of Lapland is, however, entitled to require that the dispute shall be dealt with and settled in arbitration proceedings by one arbitrator. The arbitrator shall be appointed by the Board of Arbitration of the Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland and the rules of the said board shall be observed in these proceedings.