Disclaimer of Liability

The Parliamentary Administration informs the public on the Website of the Austrian Parliament about parliamentary activities and the services provided by the Parliamentary Administration and provides free access to all parliamentary documentation. The editorial contributions and photographs published on this website are protected by copyright, and all rights are reserved. Reproduction for non-commercial purposes is permitted on condition that the source is stated. Photographs published in the Photo Gallery are subject to special conditions.

Utmost care has been taken to make this information available rapidly, truthfully and correctly.

Please note:

The Parliamentary Administration will, as a matter of principle, not be liable for the correctness, completeness and timeliness of the contents it makes available. However, this disclaimer of liability does not cover the parliamentary documents made available by way of the electronic legislative procedure. In respect of these, the correctness and completeness of the contents is guaranteed unless the document in question bears a notice stipulating the exclusion of liability or indicating departures from the original.

The website of the Austrian Parliament occasionally refers to external websites. The Parliamentary Administration has no control whatsoever over the contents and form of linked websites, does not appropriate for itself the intellectual and creative achievements presented on them and excludes any liability for the correctness of their contents. In this context it should also be noted that the Parliamentary Library, in particular, has, in compliance with its duty to provide extensive information, rounded off its internet presence by establishing various links with external computers. This does not automatically mean that the Library identifies itself with the contents of these sites. In view of the frequent changes on some internet sites the Parliamentary Library also does not assume any liability whatsoever for the contents of external sites.

Use of Photographs

The Austrian Parliament features on its website current and historical photographs descriptive of the Austrian Parliament and its activities. It has acquired from the authors all rights of use of copyrighted photographs bearing the inscription Copyright Parliamentary Administration (Parlamentsdirektion) and the name of the photographer. Accordingly, only photographs made available with the designation Copyright Parliamentary Administration/Name of photographer can be downloaded free of charge for purposes of political reporting, on condition that the copyright holder is named, and used for

  • publication in the press
  • publication in printed media
  • publication by film or television and
  • online or multimedia publication.

This holds also in respect of private non-commercial use as well as non-commercial use in the context of political education. Any commercial use exceeding the limits stipulated above, and in particular the use for advertising, is not permitted.

Also prohibited is any form of processing, remodelling or manipulation – other than colour correction, downsizing or the presentation of cutouts - of the digital pictures made available on the website of the Austrian Parliament, as well as the presentation of photographs downloaded from the Parliament’s website in a misleading or distorted context. For the rest, all requirements of copyright must be respected.

Use of Videos

The Austrian Parliament broadcasts the sessions of the National Council and the Federal Council live on the internet and also offers other videos in its media library. The rights of use to the videos offered are held by the Austrian Parliament.

The videos may be used for political reporting purpose:

  • Press publications
  • film and television publications
  • online and multimedia publications.

This also applies for private non-commercial purposes as well as for non-commercial purposes in the field of political education. Any further use for commercial purposes, in particular for advertising purposes, is not permitted.

The videos may not be reproduced in picture and/or sound in a context that distorts the meaning.

Any editing, redesign or manipulation of the images and / or sounds that goes beyond colour corrections, cropping and downsizing is not permitted and is only allowed with the prior written consent of the Austrian Parliament.

The recordings may not be distorted in image and / or sound or in any other form by conventional or electronic means.

The consent to the use of the visual material does not include the assurance that the persons depicted, the owners of the rights to depicted works or the owners of trademark and other property rights have given their consent to public reproduction. The user alone is responsible for obtaining the consent of third parties required in individual cases. He/she must observe the personal rights, copyrights, trademark rights and other protective rights of persons, works, objects or signs depicted. In the event of disregard of such rights, the user alone shall be liable for damages to any third parties.

When using the image and / or sound material of National Council and Federal Council meetings, "© Parliament" must be indicated as the copyright. For all other videos produced with an external partner, the copyright "© Parliament / name of partner" must be indicated. This also applies to electronic publications such as websites.

Biographies of Members of Parliament

Biographies from 1945 onwards are based in form and content on information obtained from the Members themselves. The Parliamentary Administration lacks resources that would permit it to check their statements.

Ready accessibility

The Parliamentary Administration endeavours to ensure that its internet presence can be used without hindrance by all those interested in its contents. It complies with WAI Guidelines of categories A and AA, and partly also AAA. As far as possible it refrains from using technologies that would render the use of our site difficult or impossible. Where this cannot be achieved, we try to offer alternatives to make sure that nobody is excluded from getting the desired information. We are constantly trying to make improvements and shall be grateful for your suggestions under info@parlament.gv.at.