Privacy Policy

BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project website terms of use

Who we are

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These general terms and conditions govern the use of and access to the website of BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project (“BAP”), a project of the BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Database at BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project, Miradolo Terme (PV), Italy, and the services made available to users at http://www.biotopeaquariumproject.com (“this website” or the “Site”).

Here users can found specific terms of use that are applicable to GoogleMaps (https://developers.google.com/maps/terms-20180207) API and WordPress (https://en.wordpress.com/tos/).

BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project (“BAP” or “we/us”) is domiciled Via G. Falcone 11, Miradolo Terme 27010 (PV), Italy, with tax number (P.Iva) 02726120187.

Contact. Any questions regarding , the Site, our services or these terms should be addressed via the online web form.

General use of the website

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Use of this website and corresponding services by any user (“you” or User”) entails full acceptance of these terms and any specific conditions published on the website. Accordingly, users are recommended to read carefully these terms and conditions and any instructions shown on the website each time they access the site.

BY ACCESSING OR USING THIS WEBSITE, MOBILE APPLICATION OR OTHER BAP PRODUCT OR SERVICE ON ANY COMPUTER, MOBILE PHONE, TABLET, CONSOLE OR OTHER DEVICE (COLLECTIVELY, “DEVICE”), YOU CONSENT TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY.

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By accessing the site, you agree to these terms.

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We reserve the right to modify or delete at any time and without notice any content, services and information that are published in this website, as well as limit or modify these terms and conditions. Any modification will take effect as from the date of publishing and will bind any user accessing the page subsequent to publication. These terms may be saved and printed by the user using the “Print” function of the browser.

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We may change these terms from time to time.

Intellectual Property Rights

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Independently of any free or open source software or content license that may apply to any works, and except for works that are in the public domain, all the elements of this website – including each individual work and the structure, arrangement and selection of those works – are covered by intellectual or industrial property rights. The rights in content, source code, form, design and name of the products, applications, tools, pages, brands, commercial names, logotypes, images, sounds and graphics, belong to, or have been granted to or are the object of a license in the name of, BAP. Authorship and the right to use these works in any manner, including reproduction, modification, distribution or public communication, are protected by law.

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All the materials on BAP are protected by copyright laws.

User Account

Registration

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To post content to BAP, you must create an account by completing the corresponding form with your details and agreeing to these Terms. The passwords are confidential and it is therefore your responsibility to safeguard and ensure their correct use. You agree to notify us immediately upon learning of any unauthorised use of your Account or any other breach of security known to you. On confirmation of the account, you are granted a limited, revocable, non-exclusive and non-transferable license to use the BAP services in accordance with these Terms. The privacy policy applicable to personal data collected and processed by BAP is set out below.

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To post content, you must register and create an account.

Term

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The account will be activated and remain in force unless terminated by either us or you hereunder. You may cancel your account at any time. All cancelations should be addressed to our online web form. We may suspend or cancel your registration immediately in case of breach by you of these Terms, by written notice. We may provide you 7 days notice of termination in any other circumstance. On termination for any reason, your access to your account and all of its content will be disabled and your personal data will be deleted, except as maintained in backups (for back-up retrieval purposes only or for any contingency). The content you have posted to the site will be reviewed and, at your option, may be deleted or kept online.

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Your account remains active, but we may suspend it if you breach these rules and your content may be removed.

Responsibility and Use

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You are responsible for all activities undertaken under your account. In addition, by using the account to upload content to BAP, or by using the BAP service to send content, you hereby expressly agree that other BAP users and third parties may view and share your content according to these terms. You agree not to use the BAP account for any illegal or unauthorized purpose or any activity that infringes third party rights. Unless otherwise agreed in writing with us, you may not use the BAP website portal for commercial purposes. You must not use the service in any manner that may deteriorate it or violates any laws (including but not limited to copyright laws). You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless to the fullest extent allowed by law regarding all matters related to your use of your BAP Account.

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You are responsible for activity under your account, and you agree to comply with these terms and the law.

Security

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You understand that the BAP account can be used for sharing of your content, and that during processing, your content, including name, text, photos, videos, metadata and certain account information may be transferred unencrypted over the internet.

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Note that transmissions of BAP over the Internet are open.

Interactive services and User content

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BAP provides services to users that allow them to post content on the web site (e.g. text and photo, video and metadata), links, chat rooms, newsgroups, forums, blogs, etc. (“interactive services”). Users must provide and use such content and services in accordance with current legislation, these terms and conditions, any specific conditions regarding the provision of these services, and ethical conduct. In particular but without limitation, users may not use this site in breach of any Intellectual and Industrial property rights (copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, etc.) nor of personal rights such as image, honor, and personal intimacy. Without limitation, you agree not to use such services to disclose, publish or disseminate any spam, illegal code/virus/malware, confidential or misleading information or advertising, or other harmful uses that may damage the systems, reputation and interests of BAP, its licensees or its users.

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Users can post text, photos, video, data, comments and other content on BAP. You agree that your content and behaviour on the site will comply with these terms and the law.

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Please note that BAP is a user community and network and to develop this community certain of your user activity (uploading, downloading, comments, bookmarks) is visible to others users. You may also send and receive private messages to/from users.

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Other users may see your activity on BAP.

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Text, photo, video and their metadata that are posted to the web are moderated by the community and experts, as regards their quality and appropriateness for the site described in http://www.biotopeaquariumproject.com/help/moderators/. We do control or supervise contributions made by users and other third parties to the web site for text, photo, video and their metadata, forum posts, user comments, etc., as required to by applicable law or competent court or administrative decision and shall remove spam and other irrelevant or harmful content. If users or moderators spot any illegal text, photo, video or metadata, or any other content they consider may be illegal or infringe these conditions, they should contact us via the online web form (link to contact form online) with a description of the issue and the URL of the content, or use the functionalities onsite for flagging content.

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We do review the text, photo, video and metadata posted to the site. The community as well is advised to control the content and may notify us.

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All third party content, announcement, comment, opinion, declaration or recommendation made within the interactive services shall exclusively be attributable to the User/s expressing such points of view. In no circumstances shall such announcements, comments, opinions, declarations or recommendations be attributable to BAP, which will be held harmless by the User from any claims that may arise in relation to such User using these interactive services for the purposes prohibited in these terms or otherwise by law.

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Only you are responsible for your posted content.

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We reserve the right to eliminate at any time any content or contribution that infringes or may infringe these conditions, or prevent the reproduction or public communication of any content/contribution until proof is provided of ownership of the material provided or the legality of the contribution. In particular, and for precautionary purposes, BAP may eliminate or suspend publication of such content when any contribution is reported to be illegal, infringe third party rights or not be sufficiently documented (without prejudice to BAP’s right to retain and keep on file internally a copy of the content in question while the legal situation is being verified and for the duration that is prescribed by law).

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We may remove content at any time if it breaches these rules.

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We also reserve the right to exclude any user from the interactive services and to suspend or close his/her account without prior warning should the user breach any of these terms.

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We may also exclude users who breach these rules.

Intellectual Property Rights in the Interactive Services And User Content

Inbound (general content, not text/photos/videos nor specifically related text/photos/videos metadata).

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Without prejudice to the specific rules for text/photos/videos and text/photos/videos metadata posted to BAP set out below, the posting or publication of messages, comments, descriptions, opinions, files or any other content to the website constitutes the grant in BAP’s favour to use and exploit such content under the terms of the Attribution 4.0 International (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) license.

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You provide us your content (other than text/photos/videos) under the CC BY 4.0 content license.

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a) the User grants BAP, BAP’s licensees and BAP’s users the right to use and exploit such texts/photos/video and metadata in accordance with the Attribution 4.0 International license/s indicated by the User. The license applied to a texts/photos/video applies also to associated metadata.

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You select the CC BY 4.0 license for your content.

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b) the User warrants to BAP that he/she has all necessary rights in the texts/photos/video and metadata to grant such license to BAP and the public and that the posting for publishing does not infringe any third party rights of any nature.

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You warrant that you legally can post the texts/photos/video to BAP.

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c) the User will indemnify and hold BAP, BAP’s licensees and users harmless against all loss or damage suffered by either or any of them, directly or indirectly, as a consequence of any breach of the above warranty and/or breach of third party intellectual property rights, trade secrets, privacy rights or other third party rights, by such posting.

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You will cover any costs if you breach other people’s IPR.

Comments

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When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

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User’s comments appear under the hid name.

Media

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If you upload the images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included to the website, we may extract any location data from images on the website.

 

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User’s photos with embedded location will appear under this location.

Outbound

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The texts/photos/video and texts/photos/video metadata published by BAP on the interactive services are distributed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license indicated for each item and chosen by the author or User. Unless otherwise indicated in this way, all other content on BAP site and platform is licensed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

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We indicate the license for the texts/photos/video and metadata. All other content is generally under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

Claims

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Any claims notified to us by users in relation to infringements of intellectual or industrial property rights relating to any of the content contained on this web site must be sent to us via the online web form.

Liabilities

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We do not guarantee the user the continued availability of BAP platform or the supply of information or of the various services offered through it. As a result, users will not hold us liable for any damage or expense in the event of interruptions in the service, delays, malfunctions and, in general, any inconvenience whose origin lies in causes beyond the control of BAP.

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We don’t warrant that all the data on the site is correct. We are not liable for information posted by users/experts/moderators on this site.

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BAP does not assume any liability arising from (a) use made by the user of the content of BAP’s website and services; (b) the content and opinions published by third parties herein; (c) any activity that constitutes breach by the user or third parties of these terms; or (d) for any damages that may be caused to the users’ equipment due to possible computer viruses contracted by the user in browsing the website or for any other damages incurred due to their browsing.

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We are not liable for third party users’ behaviour on the site.

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The User shall hold BAP harmless in the event of damages caused to third-parties as a result of the user’s rightful or wrongful use of the products, services, contents or tools available on the website.

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You will cover our costs caused by your incorrect behaviour.

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BAP will only be liable for loss or damages incurred by the user as a consequence of accessing the website or using the contents or tools on the platform when such damages are attributed to fraud or wilful misconduct on the part of BAP.

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We will only be liable for fraud or misconduct on our part.

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We reserve the right to modify, replace, update, renew, impede or restrict access, interrupt, block, temporarily suspend or cancel definitively any service, supply of information or any other content, either with regard to a specific user or in general, in particular when notified by any third party or administrative or judicial authority of any actual or potential breach of third party rights. Any potential breach should be notified using our online web form.

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We can change the site when we want and we will notify you.

Privacy policy

Responsibility

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The personal data provided will be stored in file called Research projects, development and innovation’, under the responsibility of BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project.

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The BAP is responsible for the private data collected on BAP.

Purposes

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The data is processed for the general purpose of carrying out research development and innovation studies, works or projects. In particular, but without limitation, the data is processed for the purpose of providing and managing the BAP services, communicating with BAP users regarding activities of the site and of the MTG, managing the user’s accounts, putting users in contact with each other, providing notices, newsletters and other electronic communications, and for any administrative and legal / judicial purposes.

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Data is processed for R+D purposes, to manage your account and to contact you.

Collection

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We collect personal data on creating user accounts and/or via contact forms, including name, surname, and email address. Users may voluntarily add other data in their profile. Only the data marked with a star is obligatory. Users must provide and maintain true and accurate personal profile data. Users must NOT upload any sensitive data regarding racial origin, trade union membership, religion, ideology and sexual life, the user’s or third party’s health, or relative to the commission of criminal offences or proceedings and associated penalties or fines.

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We expressly collect the data in the web forms only. You must not upload sensitive personal data.

Sharing information

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We may provide your information to our partners, vendors, distributors, and suppliers, some of which may be outside of the European Union. We may transfer your information to certain service providers in order to conduct our business operations. For example, service providers may handle web hosting, credit card processing, shipping, data management, email distribution, market research, information analysis, and promotions management. We may also share your information as is necessary to complete a transaction or provide a product, service, or feature that you have requested. These serve providers will only use your information for the purpose of carrying out the services provided to BAP and are required to keep all such information confidential.

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We may share your information to deliver the serveice you requested.

Childrens’ privacy

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We do not knowingly collect or solicit information online from children under 13 and we do not specifically target children under 13 in our marketing materials or other advertising.

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We do not specifically target children under 13.

Disclosure

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The data is kept confidential and not communicated to anyone. However, these data may be disclosed with your previous consent to entities that collaborate in the development of research activity and to third parties when such a disclosure is authorized by law.

We may share information to prevent illegal uses of BAP’s products and services or violations of the Terms of Use, or to defend ourselves against third-party claims. We may also share information with companies assisting in fraud protection or investigation.

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We keep your data confidential.

Confidentiality

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Technical and organizational measures have been adopted to preserve and protect users’ personal information from unauthorized use or access and from being altered, lost or misused, taking into account the technological state of art, the features of the information stored and the risks to which information is exposed.

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We apply security measures to keep this confidentiality.

User rights

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For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Rights to access, correct, cancel or object to data in these files may be also exercised by applying in writing, including a photocopy of your identity card or equivalent to: Private Data Department. BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project, Via G. Falcone 11, 27010 Miradolo Terme (PV), Italy.

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You may access and modify or delete your data by contacting us.

Consent

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By registering as user or sending a contact form, users expressly agree to this policy, including the sending of electronic communications.

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You agree to this processing of your data.

Cookies and Analytics

Cookies

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This website uses “cookies”, small data files generated in your computer and associated to users. The cookies used cannot read data from the hard disk. The cookies also enable recognition of the users only when they have been registered so that they do not have to register each time they visit or access areas or services that are reserved exclusively for them. They also provide information on the date and time of the last visit the user made to the website and the content selected in browsing. We use the following cookies:

  •    Google Analytics (as set out below)
  •    Session ID cookie (to detect your user login)
  •    A “last visited Forum” cookie to provide a colour coded view of non-read posts

Read our detailed cookies policy here.

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We use the cookies set out here on the site.

Google Analytics

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This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc., a Delaware company whose main offices are located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View (California), CA 94043, United States (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies.” These are text files which are located in the computer to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie regarding use of the website by the user (including the IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information on our behalf in order to keep track of your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties when required by law or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. All website visitors may refuse the processing of the data or information by rejecting the use of cookies. This can be done by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. By using this website visitors consent to the processing of data about them by Google in the manner and for the purposes described above.

 

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We use Google Analytics, that collects certain navigation data.

Other

Personal data of users provided through using the BAP website and services is processed in accordance with the following policy:

Links

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Our site contains links to third party Internet sites. We make no representation whatsoever nor accept any responsibility about such sites nor have any control over them. Any third-party content or a link to a third-party site is for informational purposes only. Unless otherwise expressly established in each case, BAP does not intervene, participate in or assume any guarantee regarding the services or products offered by third party providers that may be accessible through hyperlinks or advertisements.

 

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We link to other sites, but are not responsible for their content.

Embedded content from other websites

 

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Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

 

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We embed other sites, but are not responsible for their content.

Contact and notifications

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You agree to receive our email notifications related to the website and services. We will not share your email with 3rd parties. We may contact you for information and service notifications relevant to your account or when required by law. You hereby acknowledge and consent that such notices will be effective upon our posting them on our Sites or delivering them to You through e-mail. If you do not provide us with accurate information, we cannot be held liable if we fail to notify you.

 

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You agree to receive email notices from us.

Law and Jurisdiction

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These terms and conditions are governed by Italian Law. The parties expressly accept that any conflict arising out of or in relation to the application, interpretation or performance of these terms and the use of the services will be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent Court of Pavia, Italy.

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If we have a dispute, these terms are subject to Italian law and the dispute must be brought before the courts of Pavia, Italy.