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§ 1 General

  1. Clio Caucasus is a Russian, German and English language scholarly resource, specialized in the history and culture—along with other subjects of the humanities—of the South Caucasus. It is a network for the exchange and dissemination of scholarly information, bringing together internet resources pertaining to the Caucasus, and serves as a platform for information, communication and publication.

  2. Clio Caucasus brings together current work conducted by historians, sociologists, anthropologists and conflict researches, and encourages coordination between them.

  3. To this end, sources are to be made accessible in the broadest sense of the word. Thus Clio Caucasus offers a platform for exchanging information, primary sources and results from research into the history of the region, as well as for the critical analysis of official historiography as presented in textbooks.

  4. The resources and materials contain no violent, hate-filled or racist propaganda. Clio Caucasus serves neither political nor commercial ends, and aims to improve the exchange of scholarly information and the qualification of research on the region.

  5. Terminology used must be duly founded in scholarship; descriptions and references to specific evens and persons must be backed up by scholarly sources. It is the responsibility of the author alone to ensure the lawful usage of materials (text, video, photos) and the conformity to copyright laws.

  6. Clio Caucasus insists on upholding the principles of scholarliness in the collection of materials for the portal. The project rejects the language of war, the use of propaganda, clichés and stereotypes.

  7. Before being published on Clio Caucasus, all materials must initially be approved by the regional editorial offices. In particularly contentious cases a council of experts (academic advisory committee) will act as mediator. The editors have no liability towards the authors as regards the final decision.

  8. Materials may be submitted in Russian, German or English. If the original is written in another language, it may be submitted additionally in that language.

  9. Clio Caucasus reserves the right to alter the terms and conditions mentioned herein.

  10. The Clio Caucasus project was set up with the support of the DAAD, within the framework of the “Conflict Prevention” programme of the Foreign Ministry of Federal Republic of Germany. It is run by:

--Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of History (Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Auch, Germany)

--Cultural and Academic Association EuroKaukAsia (Dr. Rasim Mirzayev, Germany)

--Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, UNESCO-Professorship for intercultural dialogue (Prof. Nino Tshikovani, Coordinator for Georgia)

--South Caucasus Centre for the Culture of Peace and Dialogue (Prof. Ali Abasov, Coordinator for Azerbaijan)

--“Tikali”-Association (Georgij Vanjan, Coordinator for the autonomous Regions of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno Karabakh)

  1. The project is guided by the terms and conditions and experience of the subject portal Clio-online (http://www.clio-online.de) and H-Soz-Kult (http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de).

§ 2 Liability

  1. Use of the portal is at one’s own risk; Clio Caucasus assumes no liability for any damage which may occur to the user’s hardware or software.

  2. Clio Caucasus assumes no responsibility for the publication of information (place, time, contents of events).

  3. With regard to direct or indirect references to external websites (“hyperlinks”), Clio Caucasus hereby expressly declares that at the time the links were made by the editorial board, no illegal contents were identifiable on the pages thus linked. Clio Caucasus has no influence over the current and future composition, content or authorship of the linked/connected pages.

  4. Liability for damages is generally excluded, except in cases where this is a binding provision of the legislature. In cases of gross negligence, liability is limited to such damages as are typically conceivable at the time of concluding the contract.

  5. Clio Caucasus assumes no liability for unsolicited submission of texts, images, books, electronic media, files etc.

  6. In the event that, in spite of the aforementioned regulations, on any legal ground whatsoever Clio Caucasus should be liable for something, this is limited to wilful intent and gross negligence.

§ 3 Data protection

  1. Clio Caucasus collects personal data when accepting contributions. Clio Caucasus assures that the collecting, saving, processing and using of such data as is received be done in accordance with the federal law on data protection (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz—BDSG) and the tele-services’ data protection law (Teledienstedatenschutzgesetz—TDDSG), insofar as this is necessary for the due implementation of the conditions of the contract. Clio Caucasus adheres to the principle not to sell or rent out data, and to only make data available according to the above stipulated conditions.

  2. When placing a listing in directories (researchers, institutions or similar) or  publishing contributions (articles, reports, reviews, news, sources or similar), personal data may be collected, but will only be published with the express permission of the author(s). By sending in a submission, the contributor(s) of said submission agree(s) to the Terms and Conditions with regard to the saving and publishing of their personal data, unless otherwise agreed upon with the editorial board.

§ 4 Copyright

  1. The services and contributions on offer are for the most part covered by copyright; conditions of use are set out in § 5. The user may avail his/herself of services and contributions only for personal use and only in such way as is herein defined.

  2. The contributions may be saved onto a medium only for the sole use of the user, and no changes or further copies may be made to them. The works may not be sent to third parties or made accessible to other persons in any way whatsoever.

  3. Third party use of services and contributions is possible only with the prior written permission of the editorial board of Clio Caucasus, the author(s) or publisher(s) and, where relevant, the cooperation partners. A copyright notice with the agreement of Clio Caucasus and the cooperation partners concerned must as a matter of principle be included.

§ 5 Rights of use (contributions)

  1. Contributions (inter alia articles, reports, essays, reviews, sources) may be made by registered users for the services of Clio Caucasus. The copyright of essays, reviews and articles, as well as all other texts and multimedia materials or objects which are prepared for publication with the direct participation of a Clio Caucasus editorial board, remains with the author of the contribution.

  2. The contributor(s) assures that they have the right to dispose of the work uploaded and that prior to this they have not received any directives which would oppose the granting of rights of the present agreement.  

  3. The contributor is to notify the editorial board in writing upon making a submission about any descriptions of persons or events in the submission which may entail a violation of the right of personal safety. S/he releases Clio Caucasus from any claims which could be made against the operators of the portal and the editorial board on the legal grounds of copyright violation or the violation of personality rights.

  4. Clio Caucasus reserves the right to final say in determining on a case-by-case basis the responsibility and rights of use before a contribution or object (work or other object of protection) can be uploaded. In such cases the author(s) shall, by means of a special form (terms of use and publication), grant Clio Caucasus the rights of use necessary for a planned publication.

  5. By making a submission by email the author(s) of the contribution as stated in § 5 (1) grant(s) Clio Caucasus the non-exclusive right to use the contribution in electronic or non-electronic form. This right includes all future and present forms of use. This simple term of use abides, independently of and without infringement by any other usage which the author(s) may intend for the contribution.

  6. For all other contributions which are sent in for publication without the request or collaboration of the Clio editorial board, the author(s) grant(s) via the act of submission of the contribution a right of use for all present and future services, corresponding to § 5 (2).

§ 6 Severability

  1. The validity of the present Terms and Conditions is unaffected by the potential invalidity of individual provisions. In the event of a provision of these Terms and Conditions proving to be wholly or partly invalid, it shall be replaced with a provision that corresponds as far as possible to the invalid condition in an economical and legally effective manner.

  2. Agreement is wholly subject to the law of the Federal Republic of Germany.

  3. (3) The place of jurisdiction for both parties is Berlin.