Legal notices and terms of use

Website publisher: ICOM, International Council of Museums

Publication Director: Interim Director General of ICOM, Hanna Pennock

Operation: This website, accessible at, is operated by the association ICOM, which is headquartered at 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, FRANCE.

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Use of the ICOMMUNITY platform (available at the URL address is contingent on acceptance of the following terms and conditions. The International Council of Museums (hereinafter, “ICOM”) reserves the right to seek all remedies available by law for any violation of these terms of use, including any violation of ICOM's right to its names and trademarks and of its rights related to the information, documents, text, video or audio materials, or images (hereinafter referred to as the "Content") of ICOMMUNITY.



Access to the ICOMMUNITY platform is strictly reserved to ICOM members.

The Content of the ICOM website is selected on the basis of ICOM's own criteria and at its own discretion. ICOM reserves the right at any time to change or remove any aspect or feature of its website. ICOM accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of any element of the Content.


2. Collaborative tools available on ICOMMUNITY

ICOMMUNITY aims at fostering collaboration among the organisation’s members through tools such as forums, documents to be shared and commented on, access to mailing lists and a collaborative agenda, and other tools designed for communication among ICOM members.

Opinions and assertions from those various sources of information do not necessarily represent ICOM views.

The User commits to obeying the collaborative principles of ICOMMUNITY and is aware of the moderation systems implemented and described in these terms of use (see below). 


3. Use of cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. ICOMMUNITY uses cookies to identify visitors, their usage of the website, and their access preferences. Cookies also save the User from having to systematically enter their access codes. The user who does not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the ICOM website, with the drawback that certain features of the ICOM website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.


4. Maps and Use of Names

The use of particular designations of countries or territories as well as maps on the website does not imply any judgment by ICOM as to the legal status of such countries or territories, of their authorities and institutions or of the delimitation of their borders. ICOM refers to the member States of the United Nations and the designation given to them.
The mention of names of specific companies or products (registered as a brand or not) does not imply any intention to infringe upon proprietary rights, nor should it be construed as an endorsement or recommendation on the part of ICOM.


5. Privacy Policy

In order to identify the users who have access to ICOMMUNITY, ICOM uses personal data provided by members when they join ICOM.

The only information ICOM gathers during general browsing is from standard server logs. These include the user’s IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system, and information such as the website that referred the user to ICOM, the files downloaded, the pages visited, and the dates/times of those visits.

ICOM uses the personal information provided by the user only to:

  • Contact them, in particular in response to a query or suggestion. ICOM may also provide the information to ICOM National and International Committees so that they may contact the user as well;
  • “Remember” the user’s online profile;
  • Allow the user to access to the information concerning the Committees they belong to and insert their first and last names in the members list for the Committees they belong to.

Every user’s access codes are personal and are not communicated in any way by ICOM to any third party. The user is solely responsible for the preservation of the privacy of their password.


6. Intellectual Property and Rights Granted to Users

The name ICOM – International Council of Museums
The ICOM name and logo are the exclusive property of ICOM. ICOM benefits from the rights given by the international and Community registration of its trademark ICOM - Conseil international des musées – International Council of Museums – Consejo Internacional de Museos. ICOM name and emblem cannot be copied or reproduced in any way without the prior written permission of ICOM. Requests for permission should be sent to ICOM using the feedback form.

The name ICOMMUNITY is used to refer to the online collaborative platform designed for ICOM members. The platform name and logo cannot be copied or reproduced in any way without the prior written permission of ICOM. Requests for permission should be sent to ICOM using the feedback form.

ICOM offers its information on the Internet essentially for the benefit of individuals interested in its efforts to ensure the preservation, conservation and protection of cultural goods.
If the user wishes to mirror, reproduce, republish or translate any of the information for wider dissemination, they must request the written permission of ICOM using the feedback form with details of such proposed use, including the nature and size of the intended audience. The use of ICOM Internet content for any purpose is prohibited unless prior written permission is obtained. ICOM reserves all rights to its publications, their visual identity and their content, as well as to ICOMMUNITY, its Content and visual identity.

The Contents provided by members through the collaborative facilities are protected by copyright and remain the property of the signatory users. ICOM commits to systematically indicating, for all the content shared, the first and last names of the copyright holders.


7. Photography credits

The credits of the photographs published on ICOMMUNITY are listed below.

ICOM thanks all the people and organisations who have contributed to ICOMMUNITY.

When not otherwise acknowledged, the photographs on the website are the property of ICOM, and all rights are reserved. Reproduction of any photograph from this website without the consent of the right owner is prohibited by law.

When using any of the collaborative tools, users must obey the collaborative principles related to the photograph credits and copyright. 


© Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands (photo background)
© Hippocampe shortcuts


© Ask-SXC


© Baikhal-SXC 


© ICOM – Photo: Marie-Françoise Delval
© ICOM Brazil
© ICOM Italy


© Vierdrie-SXC


© Lusi-SXC
© Ela23-SXC


8. Disclaimer

ICOMMUNITY contains information provided by external partners and hyperlinks to other websites that have not been developed by ICOM. The Content available on the Website is provided for information purposes only. It should be used critically and with care. ICOM accepts no responsibility for the information, opinions or advice submitted by third parties.

ICOM disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from the use of ICOMMUNITY or the Content of ICOMMUNITY. ICOM, members of its staff, and volunteers who administrate the platform shall not be liable for any financial or other consequences whatsoever arising from the use of the Content of ICOMMUNITY, including the inappropriate, improper, or fraudulent use of such Content. ICOM disclaims responsibility for any infection by virus or any other contamination by any element with destructive properties.


9. Collaborative Principles

The collaborative principles are a tool designed to make moderators’ work easier and guide the users who want to contribute to it. ICOMMUNITY Users, whether they are moderators or contributors, must know and obey the following principles.

  1. Only ICOM members may access to the platform and contribute to it. The User is solely responsible for the preservation of the privacy of their password.
  1. Every website and, by extension, its Users, are subject to the legislation of the country where it is hosted. ICOMMUNITY and its Users must thus comply with French law.
  1. The collaborative activity on ICOMMUNITY is subject to moderation. Contribution spaces within ICOMMUNITY are meant to be open to all members and used with respect for people and the organisation, as well as the technical limits of the system. This aims to ensure and improve the quality of the exchanges.
  1. Within this framework, the moderators’ role is defined as follows:
  • Ensure that the community can exchange under optimal conditions and harmoniously
  • Ensure compliance with these terms of use
  • Create a climate of trust for Users toward all published content.
  1. Each moderator will be required to comply with a code of conduct, which includes respect for Users in every circumstance, User support, fairness and objectivity, the processing of alerts and queries sent by Users, the fostering of community spirit and more.
  1. Users shall not publish content such as:
  • Content that deals with the copy or exchange of files protected by intellectual property laws (copyright, links to illegal download websites, etc.),
  • Content that results from plagiarism or infringes upon copyright and intellectual property rights,
  • Content that is insulting or degrading, that jeopardises honour,
  • Content offensive to human dignity, to memory and to the standards of public decency,
  • Unauthorized advertising content,
  • Content published under a topic and not relevant to it,
  • Content that is not relevant to the discussion topic,
  • Repetitive content
  • Content that makes excessive use of capital letters
  • Content published under a fake identity or usurping a third party’s identity
  • Content that invades Users’ privacy ,
  • Content that denigrates or put at issue the organisation or one of its representatives,
  • Content that calls the moderation principles into question,
  • Content identified as spam or trolling ,
  • Content that does not comply with the basic principles of politeness and humility.

This list is not exhaustive and is subject  to change.

  1. Content published on ICOMMUNITY is subject to three types of moderation:
  • Modification of the contribution’s form. The substance will not be changed; but, given the technical aspect and the multilingualism of the platform, modifications such as rephrasing a sentence, resizing a picture or a text or adding a title might be made in order to keep a unified graphic aspect, make the reading easier and improving the clarity of content.
  • The deletion of content considered harmful, based on the aforementioned list of contents subject to deletion (see paragraph f).
  • The selection of content in order to keep only the most relevant to all members. In such a case, the selection criteria will generally be described in the section content, and it will be possible to discuss the reasons of the selection with the moderator.
  1. Moderations are not contestable, and it is forbidden to create a topic on a forum in order to criticise the moderation. However, the moderator remains available for a private discussion in order to explain their decision to the Contributor.