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Terms and Conditions to access the Portuguese Web Archive.


The present Terms and Conditions regulate the conditions applicable to the usage of the Portuguese Web Archive (PWA) and the site that supports it.

If you do not agree with the present Terms and Conditions, please do not use the PWA.


For the purposes of the present Terms and Conditions, the following definitions are used:


The acronym of the Portuguese Web Archive, a service provided through the address and managed by FCT|FCCN. 

Its scope is the periodic archiving of Portuguese content made publicly available on the internet and subsequently making it available to the public through an integrated search engine.


Organic unit of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT). FCT|FCCN manages and operates the PWA according to article 3 paragraph 2n) of Decree-law 55/2013.


The person who accesses the contents made available through, regardless of the use that person makes of those contents.


All of the information, including text, image (namely, video, logos, photographs, design and graphics), sound, layout and any other data that is an integral part of the website to which the user has access through

Conditions of usage

Access to the contents is available free-of-charge and is intended to support for work of an educational, scientific or research nature. Use for commercial purposes is strictly forbidden.

Whenever the users reproduce or divulge part or all of the contents to which they have access through, they must, as well as complying with the present Terms and Conditions, cite the PWA as a source and mention the date on which the contents were accessed, according to the following format: [source: - the Portuguese Web Archive,, dd/mm/yyyy]. 

Users must scrupulously comply with the applicable law, including but not exclusively, in the field of Copyright. Users are fully responsible for any breach of law or unlawful use of the content.

The accessed contents may not be used for commercial purposes or for distribution, nor may they be modified or forwarded to other sites, except if there is a legal provision to the contrary.

Limitation of Liability

All of the contents and functions set out in the website are made available "as is".

FCT|FCCN is not responsible for the complete exactitude, completeness or updating of any contents, except if it has acted in a fraudulent or grossly negligent manner.

FCT|FCCN is not responsible for the contents that the user has access through, nor for the use that is made of these contents.

FCT|FCCN is not responsible for the possible cancellation or suspension of the PWA, namely if this results from a law, a judicial decision or an alteration of the FCT|FCCN strategic policy.

If FCT|FCCN has knowledge that it is storing contents that are manifestly illegal, it will proceed according to the terms of the Decree Law nr. 7/2004 of 7 January, making access to these impossible.

For the effects foreseen in the previous point, whenever the users have knowledge that a specific accessed content is illegal, they must inform the FCT|FCCN of this fact, using the contacts identified at

Usage of the website:

The insertion, alteration or suppression of the information or characteristics of the website, carried out by the user, as well as specifically interference with the computer system that supports it in order to stop or disturb its functioning and, in general, all behaviors that embody the practice of crimes related to computer systems are prohibited and punishable according to the terms of the law. FCT|FCCN shall initiate proceedings against the offender aiming for a civil and/or criminal conviction.

Cancellation and Suspension:

FCT|FCCN reserves the right to, at any time and without the need for prior notification, cancel the PWA or suspend it for an unspecified time. Among others, the PWA may be suspended due to the carrying out of maintenance activities or implementation of new developments. FCT|FCCN shall endeavor to create the lowest possible disturbance to its functioning.


Any litigation arising from these Terms and Conditions, will be settled by the competent court of law in Lisbon with express exclusion of any other.


The present Terms and Conditions of Service may be amended at any time and without prior notification.The date of the most recent amendment is mentioned at the end of this document.

Questions and additional information:

Any questions or additional information should be addressed to and will be responded as soon as possible.

1 December, 2015.
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