Terms of Use

Any user who accesses the collections website or the associated services (hereinafter called the “User”) accepts and agrees to comply with these terms of use (hereinafter called the “Terms of Use”) without any limitation or qualification.  

The applicable Terms of Use are those which can be accessed on-line on the collections website when the User accesses said website.

They are applicable to each access and for the duration thereof and, if need be, throughout the period of re-use of the content of the collections website by the User.

The Musée du Louvre reserves the right to edit the Terms of Use at any time, without notice, and, in particular, to adapt them to changes in the legislation and regulations or to any new functionality on the collections website which may be offered to Users. The new version of the Terms of Use will be published on-line on the collections website. The date of the latest update is indicated at the end of this page. Users are advised to regularly consult the latest version of the Terms of Use available on the collections website.

ARTICLE 1: Purpose
ARTICLE 2 : Description of collections website
ARTICLE 3: Terms and conditions of access
ARTICLE 4: Intellectual property - Re-use of content
ARTICLE 5: Hyperlinks
ARTICLE 6: Respecting the Musée du Louvre’s image
ARTICLE 7: Liability
ARTICLE 8: Legal information and terms of use
ARTICLE 9: Invalidity of a provision
ARTICLE 10: Applicable law - disputes

ARTICLE 1: Purpose

The purpose of these Terms of Use is to define the following:
- the terms and conditions of User access to the collections website and to the content and data published on the website;
- the terms and conditions of re-use by the User of the content and data published on the collections website.

 

ARTICLE 2 : Description of collections website

The Public Establishment of the Musée du Louvre (hereinafter called the “Musée du Louvre”) is responsible for the curation, study and presentation to the public of the national collections entrusted to the museum. The Musée National Eugène Delacroix and the Tuileries and Carrousel Gardens are also attached to the Musée du Louvre. 

The Public Establishment of the Musée du Louvre is responsible for works relating to different scientific fields: Near Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, the Islamic Arts, Paintings, Mediaeval, Renaissance and Modern Sculptures, Mediaeval, Renaissance and Modern Decorative Arts, Prints and Drawings, History of the Louvre, Garden Sculptures and so-called “MNR” works recovered at the end of the Second World War and deposited by the Private Property Office until they can be restored to their legitimate owners. The Musée du Louvre also houses works on long-term loan from other institutions.  

The collections website is aimed at providing the public, via the Internet, with information on the works (entries) contained in collections managed by the Musée du Louvre. It combines data from two collection management and documentation databases maintained by the Museum’s scientific staff. 

 

ARTICLE 3: Terms and conditions of access

To use the collections website, an Internet connection and a device that can connect to the Internet are required. It should be noted that the Internet connection is not provided by the Musée du Louvre. 

Access to the collections website and its content is free of charge dependant on acceptance and compliance with these Terms of Use. 

 

ARTICLE 4: Intellectual property - Re-use of content

4.1    Content published on the collections website

Content published on the collections website (photos, text, etc.) may be protected by intellectual property rights. 

Free access to the website and any re-use rights granted to the User do not confer any intellectual property rights upon the User in relation to the general structure of the collections website or its content.
Downloading or re-use by the User of content on the collections website is possible, however, under the terms and conditions set out in articles 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 below. 
The uses mentioned in article 4.1.1 below only concern the representation and reproduction rights attached to the images when considered as photographic works. The reproduction and/or representation of works, especially graphic and/or plastic works, protected by copyright, require(s) the prior permission of the rightholders, which must be obtained by the User. Examples are the works of Anselm Kiefer, Elias Crespin, Cy Twombly, François Morellet, Georges Braque, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Joseph Kosuth, and I. M. Pei, in addition to all works the photographs of which are indicated as being protected by “Adagp”. This list is not exhaustive.

Whatever the case, the User must always include the credits or sources set out in articles 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 below whenever content is re-used.
 
4.1.1    Photographs representing works that are not protected by copyright

a.    Re-use free of charge

The downloading and re-use of medium-format photographs published on the collections website representing works that are not protected by copyright (hereinafter called the “Photographs”) are permitted, free of charge, for any non-collective use within a strictly private context and for the following exhaustively-listed museographic, scientific and educational purposes:
-    projection and distribution for the purpose of museographic, pedagogic and scientific activities, such as their reproduction on labels and exhibition signs, the presentation of guided tours, the running of educational workshops, the delivery of teaching and training sessions and the holding of symposia and seminars;
-    publication of exhibition and permanent collection catalogues, scientific papers and Ph.D. theses for publishers whose registered office is in the European Union, within a limit of one thousand five hundred (1500) copies, republication included:
-    digital scientific and educational publications.


Any use of one or more Photograph(s) must include photographic credits such as those provided on the collections website in addition to a permalink to the description of the work (entry) on the page on which the Photograph was downloaded. 


b.    Re-use against payment

The use for any purpose other than those exhaustively listed in article 4.1.1 a. above, and particularly any commecial use such as the manufacture and distribution of derivative products, audiovisual and multimedia production and printed publications other than those referred to in article 4.1.1, must be the subject of a written request sent by the User to Rmn-GP via the website of its photography agency, photo.rmn.fr, or by email to agence_photo@rmngp.fr. 
The request must indicate the use or uses envisaged. 

The above uses are granted against payment, at the rates practised by Rmn-GP. 


4.1.2    Textual content

The textual content of the entries and the thematic albums presented on the collections website is deemed to be public information made available under the “Etalab” Open Licence (hereinafter called the “Information”). 

The User has a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free right to use the Information, whether for commercial or other purposes, subject to the conditions of said licence. 

In particular, the User is free to:
- re-use the Information, by reproducing, copying, adapting, modifying, retrieving and transforming it to create derivative information, products or services, 
- share, disseminate, redistribute, publish and transmit the Information,
- exploit the Information commercially, for example by combining it with other information or by including it in the User’s own product or application.

The User may enjoy the above-mentioned rights provided the authorship of the Information is acknowledged, together with its source (at least by mentioning the Musée du Louvre) and the date of the most recent update.
The User can satisfy this condition by using a hypertext link to point to the source of the Information concerned and thus effectively acknowledging authorship thereof. 
Acknowledging authorship shall not confer any official status on the re-use of the Information, and must not suggest that the Musée du Louvre ou any other public entity recognises or endorses the User or the User’s re-use of the Information.

It should be noted that the Etalab licence is compatible with any free licence that requires, at the least, an acknowledgement of authorship, and more specifically with its previous version 1.0. It is also compatible with the United Kingdom’s “Open Government Licence” (OGL), the Creative Commons “Creative Commons Attribution” (CC-BY) licence and the Open Knowledge Foundation’s “Open Data Commons Attribution” (ODC-BY) licence.

4.2    General structure of the collections website

The general structure of the collections website is the exclusive property of the Musée du Louvre. Any reproduction or representation, in whole or in part, any use, adaptation, provision or modification by any process, person or means whatsoever (particularly sales, marketing or rental) without the express authorisation of the museum, the authors, where applicable, or their representatives, is strictly prohibited and constitutes a violation of the French Intellectual Property Code. 

Notwithstanding, the use of screen captures of pages on the collections website by way of a short quotation, is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged by any appropriate means, such as a link to the page cited (or, if this is not possible, to the home page) or, in the case of reproduction on a physical medium, by mentioning the Musée du Louvre and the URL address of the page cited.

4.3    Trademarks and logos 

The trademarks of the Musée du Louvre and its partners, as well as the logos published on the collections website, are filed and registered with the INPI (French National Institute of Industrial Property) and, as such, are protected by industrial property law.
Any reproduction, in whole or in part, of these trademarks and/or logos based on elements published on the website without the express permission of their owners is strictly prohibited and constitutes a violation of the French Intellectual Property Code

 

ARTICLE 5: Hyperlinks

The collections website authorises the use of hypertext links to its content provided there is no confusion as to the source of the services and/or content produced and/or owned by the Musée du Louvre and provided that:
-    deep linking is not used, i.e. pages from the collections website must not be embedded within the pages of another site, but should be accessible by opening a new window.
-    the source is mentioned when a hypertext link points directly to the content.

The information must be used under the terms and conditions set out in these Terms of Use and, more specifically, in article 4 “Intellectual property”. 

Warning! This authorisation does not apply to websites containing controversial, pornographic or xenophobic content or any other content that may, in a broader sense, be deemed offensive to the general public, or to websites that may interfere with the material and moral interests of the Musée du Louvre.

 

ARTICLE 6: Respecting the Musée du Louvre’s image

The User must respect the image and brand awareness of the Musée du Louvre and shall refrain from any action or communication which could be prejudicial, either directly or indirectly, to the said identity, image and brand awareness of the museum and its interests.

 

ARTICLE 7: Liability

7.1     Liability in relation to content

The content on the collections website is published in the form in which it is produced or received by the Musée du Louvre, without any express or tacit guarantee of any kind.

The Musée du Louvre does not guarantee the absence of any inaccuracies or errors in the content nor its ongoing publication. 

The Musée du Louvre may not be held liable for any damage or loss of any kind caused to third parties arising from their re-use of the content on the collections website. The User is solely responsible for any re-use of the said content on their part. 


7.2     Liability relating to hypertext links to third party websites

The collections website may contain hypertext links to existing websites managed by third parties. The said web pages are not part of the collections website.

The Musée du Louvre may not be held liable for the access conditions, content, advertising and/or services offered by said websites, nor their use by the User. It may not be held liable for any damage or loss arising from acces by the User to said websites or use thereof. 

7.3  Liability relating to access to the collections website

The Musée du Louvre may not be held liable for any difficulty or impossibility in accessing the collections website caused by interruption of the telecommunications network, the limits of the Internet network and the electronic connections, external circumstances or cases of force majeure in the meaning of the French Code of Civil Law and case law.

The User is hereby informed that the collections website is subject to interruption in service due to maintenance in particular. 

In no event shall the Musée du Louvre be held liable for any technical damage of any kind which may arise from the User’s access to the collections website. The Musée du Louvre shall not be held liable in any way in the case of contamination by viruses of the User’s data and/or computer systems or intrusions into their computer systems.

However, the Musée du Louvre shall do everything possible to prevent illegal intrusions and ensure maximum availability of the service.

 

ARTICLE 8: Legal information and terms of use

8.1    Publishing of collections website

Musée du Louvre
75058 PARIS CEDEX 01
Siret 180 046 237 00012 APE 9103Z
Tel : 01 40 20 50 50
Director of publication: Jean-Luc MARTINEZ, CEO

The Musée du Louvre is a public administrative establishment, comprising the Musée National du Louvre and the Musée National Eugène Delacroix, in pursuance of the provisions of French decree no 92-1338 of 22 December 1992 as amended, creating the Public Establishment of the Musée du Louvre.


8.2    Web hosting of collections website

CLARANET SAS
2 rue Bréguet
75011 Paris
Trade Register n°:
Tel: 01 85 65 32 52
Email: info@fr.clara.net

 
8.3    Drafting of collections website

Musée du Louvre
75058 Paris cedex 01
France

 

ARTICLE 9: Invalidity of a provision

The invalidity, illegality or inapplicability of one or more provisions of these Terms of Use shall not affect the validity, legality or applicability of any other provision.

 

ARTICLE 10: Applicable law – disputes

10.1    Applicable law and language

These Terms of Use are governed by the laws of France.
If they are translated into other languages, the French text alone shall be valid.

10.2    Disputes

If there is any dispute as to the interpretation or performance of these Terms of Use, the User and the Musée du Louvre shall do their utmost to settle the matter out of court. If the disagreement should persist, the Paris Courts of Law shall be competent.
This provision shall apply even in the case of an application for interim relief, multiple respondents or emergency proceedings.  

 

Date of most recent update of the Terms of Use of the collections website: 23rd March 2021.