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Legal and copyright


Copyright of material on PortCities London website and trade mark notice

The information - e.g. photographs, images and illustrations (such as paintings, watercolours, prints), maps and plans (including technical drawings), diagrams, newspaper extracts, manuscripts, 3D objects (e.g. ships models) and sound and video recordings, graphics, artwork, text, animation (collectively called 'Content') - contained in this website is protected by copyright laws.

These copyright laws are the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 as amended. Copyright is one of several Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) which also includes patents, trade marks and designs. Copyright can cover issues such as moral rights, database rights, publication rights, rental and lending rights, and performer's rights.

The content of the site comprises of Crown Copyright (which includes material created by Crown Court, County Court, Court of Appeal, etc) Non-Crown copyright and out of copyright material.

The names, marks, images and logos identifying PortCities London, New Opportunities Fund or third parties are proprietary marks of these organisations and may not be reproduced without their prior written permission. Anyone republishing material from the PortCities London website without permission is liable for any resulting infringement of copyright.

Every effort has been made to locate copyright holders of materials included on this website in order to obtain their permission to publish it. All known Copyright owners for this website are identified at the end of this page.

If you need to contact us the details are the bottom of this page.


Moral rights

It is the policy of the website and a moral right of an author to always be identified as the author of his or her own work. The author will always be identified if known.


Use of the London Port Cities website


Access to, and use of, the London Port Cities website (the 'Website') and related websites (PortCities UK, Liverpool PortCities, Hartlepool PortCities, Bristol PortCities, Southampton PortCities, National Maritime Museum) is provided subject to the following terms and conditions. Please read these terms carefully as your access to and use of the PortCities London website will be deemed as acceptance by you of the terms of use.

Unauthorised attempts to deny service, upload information, change information, or to attempt to access non public data from this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable to the full extent of the law of England and Wales.

Internet websites normally qualify for copyright protection and probably database right protection under UK law.  Each individual page is considered as a broadcast. In addition, any attempt to mount this material on another website will be considered an act of communicating the content to the public without the consent of the copyright owner which will infringe the Right of Communication to the Public.  Database right will also be an issue as the site itself constitutes a database regardless of the status of the individual items incorporated in it.

Copyright in a broadcast web pages covers the signal sent, whereas copyright and database right cover the contents, so copyright would be infringed by:

· Copying of screen pages onto a computer

· Photographing multiple pages from the screen

· Showing screen pages in public to a paying audience

· Including screen pages on another website


Non-permitted use

Other than as expressly permitted by these terms of use or, you may not copy, download, reproduce, publish, republish, post, transmit, modify, adapt, translate, manipulate, add to, delete from, adapt, distribute or otherwise use any Content in whole or in part, in any medium without prior written permission from PortCities London or the relevant copyright holder. In addition, users shall not be entitled to reproduce Content (or any part thereof) without any identification mark or other mark of origin relating hitherto.

No Content, or any part thereof, may be permanently copied or reproduced in any form or reproduced on any other system or website, or stored in or transmitted to or from any other electronic or digital form in whole or in part.

PortCities London reserves the right to require the removal of any link established by a third party between the website and any third party website.


Third party copyright

From time to time the Content may include certain third party materials for which the copyright is not owned by PortCities London. You may not store in any permanent form any items which state that copyright is not held by PortCities London.


Permitted use

Access to and use of the website is permitted only by individuals for personal  and / or educational use, non-commercial purposes. Subject to certain limitations there is no infringement by 'fair dealing', e.g. using material for research (non-commercial) or private study, criticism, or for news and current affairs.

You may access and download the Content and store a copy on a temporary basis for the sole purpose of viewing such Content without alteration or addition. You may print any Content (other than third party copyright) in whole or in part provided that such reproduction is to be used only for personal and educational purposes.


Public records / Crown Copyright

Any public record (e.g. ration books, discharge papers, official documents), published or unpublished, that is available to the public, can be copied and supplied without infringing copyright. This includes material in public record repositories such as the The National Archives (TNA) and designated places of deposit for public records (such as archives). Items can include census returns, deposited plans, tithe maps and apportionments. There are no problems with using such material that is still in copyright as long as acknowledgements are made. If using personal documents which happen to be held by the TNA but not of Crown Copyright e.g. personal letters between a sailor and his wife, personal diary entries of a naval officer, permission must be sought from the TNA.

Probate material post-1858 and pre-1858 material that was administered by ecclesiastical courts is also covered by Crown copyright, as are medical records created by the National Health Service and predecessor bodies up to 1990. For medical records created from 1990 onwards copyright rests with the individual bodies (such as Health Trusts).


Hyperlinking policy

You do not have to ask permission to link to this website as long as it is a link directly to our homepage. It is the responsibility of the linking site to direct the users to read and understand the conditions of use information on our website, before entering the site.

However we do not permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site. The PortCities London page must load into the user's entire window.

PortCities London does not sponsor, endorse or otherwise approve of any information or statements appearing in any website which may be linked to the Website (nor in sites referred to in or linked to such websites). Listings should not be taken as endorsement of any kind.

We are not responsible for the content or reliability of linked websites. We cannot guarantee that these links will work at all time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.



The Content included on the Website has been compiled by London Port Cities from a variety of sources and is subject to change without notice. Although every effort has been made to contact the copyright holders of materials included on this website, if visitors consider materials to be their copyright and have not been contacted by PortCities London or one of our associated partners, please contact PortCities London, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

The Website is provided for historical educational information purposes only and the Website and its content are made available "as is" and "as available".

PortCities London excludes to the fullest extent permitted by the law all warranties in relation to the website and content whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality and fitness for a particular purpose.

In no event shall PortCities London be liable for any damage to your computer equipment or software which may occur on account of your access to or use of the Website, or your downloading of materials, data, text, or images from the web site, whether caused by a virus, bug or otherwise.

PortCities London does not warrant:

  • That the information selected for the Website is comprehensive, complete, verified, organized or accurate
  • That it is licensed by the copyright owner of any third party Content to include or reproduce such Content in the website
  • That the website or its Content will be uninterrupted or error-free
  • That the server from which the website is available is free of viruses or bugs


Limitation of Liability

PortCities London shall not be liable for any losses or damages whatsoever, whether in contract, Tort (including negligence) or otherwise, arising from the content or the website.

PortCities London shall not be liable for any losses or damages whatsoever arising from the operation or content of such third party websites.

PortCities London, for the purposes of this notice, shall include its departments, employees, partners, principals, agents and representatives and any third-party providers or source of information or data.

Information on this Website may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. The information contained on the Web site may be changed at any time without prior notification or obligation.

Please note that the above legal and disclaimer notices may be updated by us from time to time. By browsing our Website you accept that you are bound by the current legal and disclaimer notices and therefore recommend that you check these each time you re-visit the PortCities London site.


Privacy statement

This website contains some personal information. It is our prime concern to ensure that we operate within the confines of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 1998.

The personal information we collect, e.g. a users name, address, hobbies etc., is information that users have given voluntarily. We have software on the website that collects statistics from IP data to determine what times of day people access our site, which country do they access the website from, how long they visit the site for etc. It is our policy not to pass this information on to any third party.

For a copy of the information we hold on you or if you feel any of the data on this site has caused or is likely to cause substantial damage or distress to you or any other living person, please contact us at the address below.


Copyright infringement

We have put in place technical solutions to track and trace all copyright infringement of this website. All instances of infringement will be pursued.

Further information and requests:

To request any permission or obtain further information in respect of the Website please

write to: Online Projects, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Copyright © National Maritime Museum  


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