End User Agreement

1. Introduction
The following Agreement governs your use of the Berne Union Web Platform (www.berneunion.org)  and the services and information provided by it as well as your relationship with the Berne Union and its membership. (“we/us"). The Berne Union Web Platform is provided by the Berne Union at 231 – 232 The Strand, London WC2R 1DA.

This Agreement shall be between us and you as a current employee of a current Berne Union member. References to "you" and "your" in this Agreement shall refer to you personally but also to your company.  If there are any updates to this Agreement, we will bring this to your attention on the home page of the Berne Union Web Platform.


2. Registration

If you apply to register with us, you confirm that you are a current employee of a current Berne Union member. You are responsible to ensure that details provided about yourself at registration they are correct and complete. You undertake to inform your designated Company Admin immediately of any changes to the information you provided when registering or by updating your personal details. You are required to inform your Company Admin immediately if you are no longer an employee of a current Berne Union member. You must keep your password confidential and must not disclose it, write it down or share it with anyone. You will be held responsible for activities which occur under your user account. If you know or suspect that someone else knows your password you should notify your Company Admin immediately.


3. Confidentiality

Access to the Berne Union community and resources must always be treated with the highest standard of ethics. It is an absolute requirement that you as a current employee of a current Berne Union member, use information gained from the community in a responsible manner; respecting the trust through which these resources have been provided and the integrity of the Berne Union and its rules.


The Berne Union Statutes state:

3.03     The members also agree to respect and maintain the confidentiality of information received from the Secretary-General and Secretariat, from other members and during meetings and, in particular, not to disclose this in any unauthorised way to third parties, subject to any Code of Conduct or Disclosure as may be in force.

3.04     The general meeting shall decide the action to be taken against any member who breaches the terms of Article 3.03, taking account of the nature of the breach and how often it has happened.


Preserving the access to information resources is a community effort that requires each user to act responsibly and guard against abuses. Therefore, both the community as a whole and each individual user have an obligation to abide by the above rules and:



Failure to comply with the appropriate use of the resources threatens the free exchange of information within the community and undermines the foundations of the Berne Union. Any staff of members of the Berne Union community found to be using information resources for unethical and unacceptable practices that violate Berne Union rules could be subject to further proceedings including the possibility of suspension from Berne Union meetings and information exchanges, as may be appropriate.


4. Use of Berne Union Web Platform

The Berne Union Web Platform is designed for your professional use in association with you being employed by a current Berne Union member. You may use the Berne Union Web Platform to display, download on any single computer, or print a single copy of any material for your professional use only, provided you do not further copy or modify the page including without limitation by removal of any notices. Permanent copying and/or storage of material or reproduction or incorporation of any part of it in any other work in whatever media is expressly prohibited.


6. Your Contributions 

You agree to use Berne Union Web Platform for lawful purposes only and that any information that you provide in connection with, or which forms part of the Berne Union Web Platform will be, as far as you are aware, true and accurate and will not infringe any copyright or trade mark, or any right of privacy, publicity or personality or any other right, whether registered or unregistered, of any other nature or any person, or be obscene or libellous or blasphemous or defamatory and you agree to indemnify us against all claims, proceedings, damages and liabilities. We cannot make any assurances about the information or contribution made by any other users and you should exercise caution before acting or otherwise relying upon any information you obtain via the Berne Union Web Platform.


7. Privacy

Information about you is obtained and stored on the Berne Union Web Platform in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Please see details under: www.berneunion.org/privacy


8. Intellectual Property 

The Berne Union Web Platform, its style and structure, and the materials and information are protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights, and may not be used by you except as expressly provided in this Agreement.


9. Our Liability 

We shall not be liable for any damages arising from the use or inability to use the Berne Union Web Platform or any information contained on it or from any action or decision taken as a result of using the Berne Union Web Platform or any such information. We disclaim all and will not be liable in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence) or otherwise arising in connection with this User Agreement or the Berne Union Web Platform for:
  (i) consequential, indirect or special loss or damage; or
  (ii) any loss of goodwill or reputation; or
  (iii) any economic losses (including loss of revenues, profits, contracts, business or anticipated savings), in each case, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage and howsoever incurred.


10. Your Liability

You are responsible for the use of your user account, your contact details and for alerting your Company Admin if you are concluding your employment with your company. Any losses or damages suffered by us as a result of any breach by you of any of these points in this Agreement could be subject to further proceedings.


11. Complaints 

If you believe that your intellectual property or other rights are being infringed by the Berne Union Web Platform, or if you are dissatisfied with the Berne Union Web Platform or any aspect of our service, in the first instance please contact bu-sec@berneunion.org or on +44 20 7841 1110.