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BASTIS is a free, non-commercial information site initiated within the INTERREG IV B BalticSea Programme 2007-2013 project Agora 2.0. BASTIS is being published under the authority of the Baltic Sea Tourism Commission (BTC).


Copyright statute

Publicly available named sources

BASTIS compiles and cites information from sources that are publicly available. BASTIS will always name the source of its information. BASTIS makes no guarantee that the information provided is freely usable in your country and assumes no legal responsibility or liability of any kind for its copyright status. However, you must make sure to consult the copyright statute of the source itself. The presence of any third party information from publicly available sources on the BASTIS website or the fact, that BASTIS cites any third party information does not imply that this information can be used or distributed freely. The copyright statute of the original source has to be observed.

Not publicly available named sources

In certain cases, BASTIS uses information from sources which are not publicly available. In these cases, the copyright owner consented that BASTIS uses the information. However, the presence of any third party information from publicly not available sources on the BASTIS website or the fact, that BASTIS cites any third party information does not imply that this information can be used or distributed freely. The copyright statute of the original source has to be observed.

BASTIS proprietary content

Proprietary content produced by BASTIS authors is all content of this website which is not labelled with named sources. This information is under the copyright of the respective authors. You might use and distribute the information as long as you credit “BASTIS – Baltic Sea Heritage Tourism Information Service,” or the original author as the source. You must not, however, collect royalties for the information contained in BASTIS proprietary content or subdue this information under your own copyright statute (share alike).

Privacy Policy

We believe that maintaining and preserving the privacy of user data is an important value. Our Privacy Policy represents a committed effort to safeguard the security of the limited user information that is collected and retained on our servers. Nevertheless, we cannot guarantee that user information will remain private. We acknowledge that, in spite of our committed effort to protect private user information, determined individuals may still develop data-mining and other methods to uncover such information and disclose it. For this reason, we can make no guarantee against unauthorized access to information provided in the course of participating in BASTIS. [1]

If the opportunity for the input of personal or business data (e-mail addresses, name, addresses) is given, the input of these data takes place voluntarily. The use and payment of all offered services are permitted – if and so far technically possible and reasonable – without specification of any personal data or under specification of anonymized data or an alias. The use of published postal addresses, telephone or fax numbers and email addresses for marketing purposes is prohibited.

Client Data

When a visitor requests or reads a BASTIS-page, no more information is collected than is typically collected by web sites. BTC may keep raw logs of such transactions, but these will not be published or used to track legitimate users. When a page is edited by a logged-in editor, the server confidentially stores related IP information for a limited period of time. This information is automatically deleted after a set period. [1]


The sites set a temporary session cookie on a visitor's computer whenever a BASTIS-page is visited. Readers who do not intend to log in or edit may deny this cookie; it will be deleted at the end of the browser's session. More cookies may be set when one logs in to maintain logged-in status. If one saves a user name or password in one's browser, that information will be saved for up to 30 days, and this information will be resent to the server on every visit to BASTIS. Contributors using a public machine who do not wish to show their username to future users of the machine should clear these cookies after use. [1]



BTC reserves the right not to be responsible for the topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided. Liability claims regarding damage caused by the use of any information provided, including any kind of information which is incomplete or incorrect,will therefore be rejected.

The structure of BASTIS allows anyone with an Internet connection to alter its content. Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information. That is not to say that you will not find valuable and accurate information in BASTIS; most of the time you will. However, BASTIS cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields. Note that most other encyclopedias and reference works also have similar disclaimers. [2]

None of the contributors, sponsors, administrators, or anyone else connected with BASTIS in any way whatsoever can be responsible for the appearance of any inaccurate or libelous information or for your use of the information contained in or linked from these web pages. [2]

Please make sure that you understand that the information provided here is being provided freely, and that no kind of agreement or contract is created between you and the owners or users of this site, the owners of the servers upon which it is housed, the individual BASTIS contributors, any project administrators, sysops or anyone else who is in any way connected with this project. You are being granted a limited license to copy anything from this site; it does not create or imply any contractual or extracontractual liability on the part of BASTIS or any of its agents, members, organizers or other users. [2]

Referrals and Links

BTC is not responsible for any contents linked or referred to from BASTIS – unless it has full knowledge of illegal contents and would be able to prevent the visitors of the site from viewing those pages. If any damage occurs by the use of information presented there, only the author of the respective pages might be liable, not the one who has linked to these pages. Furthermore, BTC is not liable for any postings or messages published by users of discussion boards, guestbooks or mailinglists provided on this page.

Information and Publicity Measures

These documents have been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the editors of BASTIS and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

Legal validity of this disclaimer

This disclaimer is to be regarded as part of the internet publication which you were referred from. If sections or individual terms of this statement are not legal or correct, the content or validity of the other parts remain uninfluenced by this fact.


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Modified from [2]