TERMS OF USE

 

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

These general terms of use ("General terms") regulate the use of the official Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Consortium website ("Website"), which can be accessed through the main address www.parmigiano-reggiano.it, as well as through the URL addresses www.parmigiano-reggiano.com, www.parmigianoreggiano.com, or through any other addresses that enable direct access to sections or pages of the Website.
This Website is property of the Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Consortium with registered office in Via Kennedy 18, 42124 Reggio Emilia, VAT and Tax ID no. 00621790351, Reggio Emilia Business Register no. 00621790351, Economic and Administrative Register 62834, Tel.: +39 0522 307741, Fax: +39 0522 307748 ("Consortium").
Data and information concerning the Consortium can also be viewed in the General Information section, accessible via the home page of this Website.

Detailed information on Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy can be viewed by clicking on the relevant item at the foot of every Website page.

2. PURPOSE

Through this Website, users have access to and may use the various contents and services made available by the Consortium.
The Website is designed to provide visitors and users with institutional, general and technical information on the Consortium's activity, which is aimed at protecting, promoting and supervising the Protected Designation of Origin Parmigiano-Reggiano, and at safeguarding consumers, in every stage of production and sale of the cheese for which use of the designation is permitted.

3. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Protected Designation of Origin, trademarks and distinctive marks The name Parmigiano-Reggiano, which appears constantly in this Website, is a Protected Designation of Origin pursuant to the provisions of Regulation (EU)1151/2012 , on the Protection of geographical indications and designation of origin of agricultural and food products. Accordingly, the Consortium is the sole, exclusive owner of this designation, which may only be used by producers operating in the production area and in accordance with the conditions described in the production specifications ("Specifications"). Therefore, use of the designation, in particular usurpation, imitation or evocation thereof, for products not complying with the Specifications is prohibited,  even if the designation is translated or accompanied by expressions such as "kind", "type", "method" or similar terms, unless prior, written, express consent has been obtained from the Consortium.
The Parmigiano-Reggiano designation, along with other distinctive marks (logos and terms) appearing in this Website, is protected by current national, European and international laws on trademarks and intellectual property. These distinctive marks are the exclusive property of the Consortium, therefore their use on the market is absolutely prohibited without prior, written, express authorisation by the Consortium. The same prohibition extends to marks that may be confused with said distinctive marks.

Domain names
As pointed out in the previous paragraph with respect to the Protected Designation of Origin Parmigiano-Reggiano and to the other distinctive marks, the domain name  www.parmigiano-reggiano.itand any other domain that enables direct or indirect access to this Website, among which  www.parmigiano-reggiano.com and www.parmigianoreggiano.com, are the exclusive property of the Consortium. Illegitimate use is a violation of property rights and shall be prosecuted to the full extent of current national and international laws.

Copyright
The contents, texts, pictures, drawings, logos, images, sounds, videos, animations, recordings, software, programme codes, games and, in general, any intellectual creation and/or property appearing in this Website, as well as the Website itself as a multimedia product, are protected by current regulations on copyright and intellectual property.

The Consortium holds exclusive rights over the reproduction, dissemination, distribution, modification and translation, as well as any other property right, on the contents indicated in the above paragraph.
In certain cases, the Consortium has been duly authorised to use specific contents by their legitimate owners.
All of the above is subject to the moral rights of the authors in accordance with current copyright and intellectual property regulations.

Personal use
Users are authorised by the Consortium to view, print, copy or store (on hardware or other media) the contents used in this Website, whether or not  protected by intellectual property rights, provided that these operations are carried out for personal and private use only, without commercial, distribution and/or dissemination purposes and without changing, altering or transforming said contents.

The right to personal use is granted only within the limits set out by regulations on intellectual property and shall not be construed as granting any licence rights to the user.
Any other use of the intellectual property or contents in this Website is subject to prior, written consent by the Consortium.

No implied license - Rights reserved

Use of the contents or services of this Website shall not be construed as granting any license to the user, neither with respect to intellectual property rights nor with respect to any other property right of the Consortium or of third parties.
Users of this Website undertake to respect the rights of the Consortium and of third parties, as well as avoid any conduct that violates such rights; the Consortium reserves the right to pursue legal proceedings to protect its rights.

Requirements for links to this Website
Physical or legal entities interested in establishing a link between a page in another website and any page in our Website, must meet the following requirements and obtain the authorisation of the Consortium in accordance with the provisions specified below.

  • All links must be to the Website's home page and may consist exclusively in the expressions “Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Consortium”, “Protected Designation of Origin Parmigiano-Reggiano”, “PDO Parmigiano-Reggiano”, “Parmigiano-Reggiano” or by the dotted line logo “PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO”, as it appears in the home page of the Website; the use of any other mark, logo, slogan or other distinctive mark, whether or not belonging to the Consortium, is prohibited.
  • It is not permitted to use "frames", "deep links", nor links consisting in images used in our Website, unless prior, express, written consent has been granted by the Consortium.
  • It is not permitted to include in the link any information, expression, content that is false, inaccurate, incorrect, offensive, controversial, in violation of any intellectual property right or other third party right or that in any other way breaches applicable regulations.
  • At any rate, the link cannot be created before a written application is sent to the Consortium by fax or email, using the contact details provided in the General Information section and clearly indicating the domain name of the website from which the link is to be established, the owners of the website as well as its contents. If a negative response from the Consortium is not received within 15 days from receipt of the above application, the link may be considered as having been authorised. The owner of the website authorised to create a link to the Websiteparmigiano-reggiano.itundertakes to inform to the Consortium of any change in the ownership or contents of its website.
  • The authorisation to create a link shall not imply the existence of any relationship between the Consortium and the owner of the website with which the link is established; the authorisation may be revoked at any time.
  • The creation of a link in breach of the above conditions may imply violation of the Consortium's intellectual property rights, protected under the terms set forth herein.

4. USER CONDUCT

It is prohibited for users to alter or attempt to modify the Website. Users shall refrain from using the Website and its services in a way that could make it inaccessible, overloading or affecting the correct operation of the Consortium's servers, or interfering with the use of the Website's services by other subjects, accounts, computers or networks connected to any of the Consortium's servers or to the Website using computer hacking operations, password violation or any other means. The user shall also refrain from obtaining or attempting to obtain materials or information using means that are not intentionally provided or made available through the Website.

Website users undertake to refrain from (i) posting comments that contain spam material or undesired, duplicated or unrequested messages, in breach of applicable laws; (ii) uploading or posting contents that are offensive, threatening, adverse, detrimental to third party rights and/or otherwise breaching applicable regulations; (iii) uploading or posting material containing viruses or other codes, files or any other programme or software that can affect the operation of the Website; or (iv) contact Website users for commercial purposes.

The user also accepts to refrain from eluding, disabling or otherwise interfering with the Website's security systems or with its features.

5. EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR CONTENT

Information and content: the information and contents included in this Website by the Consortium or by third parties are provided "as is", without any guarantee regarding its accuracy or up-to-dateness. Therefore, the Consortium shall not be liable for possible damage deriving from the use of such information and content by users.
The Consortium shall endeavour to prevent the inclusion on its Website of illicit content and to eliminate it or prevent access to it as soon as it becomes aware of it. Nonetheless, the Consortium cannot guarantee the lawfulness of the content provided on the basis of the information received from third parties, collaborators or users.

Errors: with respect to the above, the documents and information published could contain technical inaccuracies or unintentional printing errors, for which the Consortium shall not be liable.  In any case, the owner of this Website apologises for possible errors and undertakes to correct them as soon as possible. Please send your comments, correction requests or suggestions by email to  staff@parmigiano-reggiano.it.

Links to web pages outside this Website: the Consortium shall not be liable for content accessed through links to web pages outside this Website, nor for amendments made to them, for their use and, least of all, for their technical accessibility.
Nonetheless, the Consortium shall endeavour to ensure that its Website does not contain links to other websites hosting illicit content. Once aware of such circumstances, the Consortium shall immediately proceed to remove the link or to make it inaccessible.

These contract provisions do not exclude nor limit the liability of the Consortium for instances of fraud or gross negligence pursuant to article  1229 of the Italian Civil Code, as well as for instances of damage to consumers caused by actions or omissions of the Consortium, or in other liability cases with respect to which the applicable law does not admit exclusion or limitation.

6. APPLICABLE LAW AND JURISDICTION

These General Terms are governed by Italian law.
Any dispute arising out of the relationship with the Consortium's website, or out of the interpretation and/or application of these General Terms shall be subject to Italian laws, with the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Bologna, with the parties expressly waiving any other jurisdiction , except in the case of disputes involving a consumer user, in which case the court of jurisdiction shall be the one in the place of residence or elected domicile of the latter. For disputes involving consumers, you may also refer to the online platform http://ec.europa.eu/odr, available in the various languages of the European Union, and designed to handle the out-of-court settlement of disputes concerning the online purchase of products or services.

7. PRIVACY

If you have not already done so, we invite you to read the website's privacy information, which you may access through the following link: (https://www.parmigiano-reggiano.it/contatti/privacy.aspx )

In accordance with the provisions of articles 1341 and 1342 of the Italian Civil Code, the user specifically approves the clauses "Exclusion of liability for content" and "Applicable law and jurisdiction".