Website Terms of Use

This page (together with the documents referred to on it and the acceptable use policy that can be found at the bottom of this page) tells you the terms of use (the “terms of use”) on which you may make use of our website (“site”). Please read these terms of use carefully before you start to use the site. By using our site, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please refrain from using our site.

Information about us is a site owned by the Union Européenne de Radio-Télévision/European Broadcasting Union (EBU) (“we”, “our” and/or “us”). We have our registered office at L’Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland.

We have appointed News Agenda Ltd, a company having its registered office at 148 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AT, United Kingdom to design, maintain and operate the site on our behalf.

You can make use of our site whether as a registered user via the website of News Agenda Ltd and/or via resources provided by News Agenda Ltd, or as a visitor.

Contact information. If you have any questions about these terms of use, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Thank you for visiting our site.

Accessing our site

Access to our site is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on our site without notice (see below). We will not be liable if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts of our site, or our entire site, to visitors and/or registered users.

When using our site, you must comply with the provisions of our acceptable use policy that you can find at the bottom of these terms of use. You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our site.  You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms, and that they comply with them. If the need arises, we may suspend access to our site, or close it indefinitely.

If you are provided with, a registered user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of the applicable security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and you must not disclose it to any third party. We have the right to disable any registered user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us (or by News Agenda Ltd), at any time, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.

Information about you and your visits to our site

When you use the site, we collect and/or process information and personal data about you in accordance with our privacy notice. By using our site, you consent to such collection and processing.

Transactions concluded through our site

We have appointed News Agenda Ltd to organize the News Xchange event (the “event”) on our behalf. As such, contracts and/or commitments that you will conclude with News Agenda Ltd (e.g. your registration to our site, your registration to the event, your bookings for the event, etc.) either formed through our site or as a result of visits made by you are governed by the conditions News Agenda Ltd and you will conclude, as our site will redirect you to News Agenda Ltd for these purposes.

Uploading material to our site

Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload material to our site (if any such feature exists on our site), or to make contact with other visitors and/or registered users of our site, you must comply with the content standards set out in our acceptable use policy that you can find at the bottom of these terms of use You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you indemnify us for any breach of that warranty. Any material you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary, and we have the right to use, copy, distribute and disclose to third parties any such material for any purpose. We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any material posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials posted by you or any other visitor and/or registered user of our site.

We have the right to remove any material or posting you make on our site if, in our opinion, such material does not comply with the content standards set out in our acceptable use policy that you can find at the bottom of these terms of use. If the need arises, we may suspend access to our site, or close it indefinitely.

Linking to our site

You are entitled to link to our site homepage, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. The website from which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in our acceptable use policy that you can find at the bottom of these terms of use. If the need arises, we may suspend access to our site, or close it indefinitely.

If you wish to make any use of material on our site other than that set out above, please address your request to [email protected].

Links and/or hyperlinks from our site

Where our site contains links and/or hyperlinks to third party websites (including News Agenda Ltd’s website) and resources provided by third parties (including by News Agenda Ltd), these links and/or hyperlinks are provided for your information and/or for your convenience only. We have no control over the contents of those third parties’ websites or resources and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. If you decide to use these links and/or hyperlinks, you will leave our site.

Reliance on information posted on our site

The content on our site is not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. Also, the content on our site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update such content.  The visitor and/or registered user agrees that the site is accessed and used under its own responsibility, and we therefore disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such content by any visitor and/or registered user to our site, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its content. If the need arises, we may suspend access to our site, or close it indefinitely.

Viruses, hacking and other offences

You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.

By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.

Intellectual property rights

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it.  Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world.  All such rights are reserved. The material published on our site should not be copied, reproduced, distributed, used, adapted or translated in part or in their entirety without the written authorisation of us, without prejudice to the possibility of downloading and printing elements from the site exclusively for personal, non-commercial purposes, provided that the content is not altered and the copyright and trademark instructions (if any) are maintained and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to material posted on our site. In doing so, you must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text. You must not use any part of the materials on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.

Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of material on our site must always be acknowledged.

If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will be suspended and/or will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

Our liability

The material displayed on our site is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. To the extent permitted by law, we, other members of our group of companies and/or third parties (including News Agenda Ltd) connected to us hereby expressly exclude:

  • All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity.
  • Any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it, including, without limitation any liability for:
  • loss of income or revenue;
  • loss of business;
  • loss of profits or contracts;
  • loss of anticipated savings;
  • loss of data;
  • loss of goodwill;
  • wasted management or office time; and
  • for any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable, provided that this condition shall not prevent claims for loss of or damage to your tangible property or any other claims for direct financial loss that are not excluded by any of the categories set out above.

This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

Variations And Precedence

We may revise these terms of use at any time by amending this page (together with the documents referred to on it). You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we made, as they are binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in these terms of use may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our site.

Jurisdiction and Applicable law

The terms of use and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them (together with the documents referred to on it) or their subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by Swiss law, so are for your access and your use of this site.

The courts of the Republic and Canton of Geneva are granted exclusive competence for all disputes linked to the terms of use and to your access to or the use of this site. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of the conditions of the terms of use in your country of residence.

Acceptable Use Policy

Your use of our site means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all conditions of this acceptable use policy, which supplement our website terms of use above.

The acceptable use policy applies to all visitors to, and registered users of, our site. The acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and us under which you may access our site.

Prohibited uses. You may use our site only for lawful purposes.  You may not use our site:

  • In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation.
  • In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect.
  • For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way.
  • To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards below.
  • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam).
  • To knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

You also agree:

  • Not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of our site in contravention of the provisions of our website terms of use above.
  • Not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt any part of our site; any equipment or network on which our site is stored; any software used in the provision of our site; or any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

Interactive services

We may from time to time provide interactive services on our site, including, without limitation:

  • Chat rooms
  • Direct messaging facilities
  • Live events with audience participation.

(the “interactive services”)

Where we do provide any interactive service, we will provide clear information to you about the kind of service offered, if it is moderated and what form of moderation is used (including whether it is human or technical).

We will do our best to assess any possible risks for visitors and/or registered users (and in particular, for minors) from third parties when they use any interactive service provided on our site, and we will decide in each case whether it is appropriate to use moderation of the relevant service (including what kind of moderation to use) in the light of those risks. However, we are under no obligation to oversee, monitor or moderate any interactive service we provide on our site, and we expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any interactive service by a visitor and/or registered user in contravention of our content standards, whether the service is moderated or not. Where we do moderate an interactive service, we will normally provide you with a means of contacting the moderator, should a concern or difficulty arise.

The use of any of our interactive services by a minor is subject to the consent of their parent or guardian. We advise parents who permit their children to use an interactive service that it is important that they communicate with their children about their safety online, as moderation is not fool proof. Minors who are using any interactive service should be made aware of the potential risks to them.

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (the “contributions”), and to any interactive services associated with it. You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

  • Be accurate (where they state facts).
  • Be genuinely held (where they state opinions).
  • Comply with applicable law in Switzerland and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

  • Contain any material which is defamatory of any person.
  • Contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory.
  • Promote sexually explicit material.
  • Promote violence.
  • Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • Infringe any copyright, database right or trademark of any other person.
  • Be likely to deceive any person.
  • Be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence.
  • Promote any illegal activity.
  • Be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.
  • Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person.
  • Be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person.
  • Give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case.
  • Advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Suspension and Termination, Liability

We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of this acceptable use policy through your use of our site.  When a breach of the acceptable use policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate. 

Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a breach of the website terms of use upon which you are permitted to use our site, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

  • Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to access and use our site.
  • Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by you to our site.
  • Issue of a warning to you.
  • Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.
  • Further legal action against you.
  • Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary.

We exclude liability for actions taken in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy.  The responses described in the acceptable use policy are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

Variations And Precedence

We may revise this acceptable use policy at any time by amending this page (together with the documents referred to on it). You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are legally binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in this acceptable use policy may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our site.