Terms of use

  1. Administrator of this website is the Hellenic Copyright Organization (OPI).
  2. The following definitions apply for purposes of these Terms of Use:
    • «Website»: The website “timestamp.gr”.
    • «User»: The user (a person acting either for himself or on behalf of a legal entity) of the Time Stamping service who submits a file for time stamping.
    • «Time Stamping Process»: It refers to the production of a sequence of characters or data that indicates with certainty the specific date and time at which the act of submission of the file by the user has taken place.
    • «Submitted File»: Total data in digital form submitted to the Service.
    • «Identity Document»: The digital file that contains the unique number generated by the system to identify the file submitted.
    • «Time Stamping Identity File»: The digital file that contains the date and time attributed to the Identity Document.
    • «Certificate»: The printable confirmation produced at the completion of the Time Stamping Process.
  3. The Service is subject to these Terms of Use which may be revised or updated at the discretion of OPI.
  4. The aim of the service is to provide a presumption in order to prove the specific time at which the (submitted) file existed. The completion of the Time Stamping procedure does not constitute any kind of proof that the submitted file is protected by copyright and/or related rights, or that the rightholder concerned derives any rights over it.
  5. The use of the service does not constitute any substantial or any other kind of precondition or prerequisite for the protection afforded by copyright law. See indicatively the following international conventions and treaties on copyright law protection as ratified by Greece:
    • Berne Convention for the protection of literary and artistic works as ratified by Greek law 100/1975 “On the validation of a) the Convention on the formation of the World Organization of protection of property of intellectual works, signed in Stockholm on July 14th, 1967 and b) the Diplomatic Conference of Paris, carried out in July 1971 for the revision of the Berne Convention of 1886.”
    • WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) as ratified by Greek law 3183/2003 “Validation of the Convention of the World Intellectual Property Organization on performances and phonograph recordings”,
    • WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) as ratified by Greek law 3084/2003 “Validation of the Convention of the World Intellectual Property Organization on copyright”
    • Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) as ratified by Greek law 2290/1995 “Validation of the Final Act, which includes the results of the multilateral commercial negotiations in the context of the Uruguay Round”, which have established the principle of automatic copyright protection, meaning that no formalities are applicable in order for a work to be copyright protected.
  6. After the completion of the time stamping process, the user receives a certificate in printable form along with the rest of the files generated by the system. The Certificate includes information with regard to the file submitted and the specific time that has been attributed to it. However, the verification of the time stamping process is exclusively concluded electronically through the website with the use of the Identity Document, the Time Stamping of Identity Document and the Submitted File. The Certificate does not, in any case, constitute an attestation of existence of copyright and/or related rights over the contents of the file submitted to the service.
  7. OPI uses for the purposes of the Service the certified infrastructure for time stamping as provided by the national portal “ERMIS” of the Ministry of Administrative Reform and e- Governance. If that service is interrupted by reason of any cause, and in particular due to technical problems beyond the control of OPI or the partners providing the service, OPI will address all its efforts for the immediate restoration of the problem. Nevertheless, OPI shall not be responsible or liable for any damage resulting or arising from the aforementioned reasons.
  8. Payments are made through the Eurobank bank system in line with the conditions under which the bank provides its services. OPI upholds exclusively the registration information engaged in the automated payment that is necessary for the issuing of the legal records of the transaction.
  9. The user is responsible for the correctness and completeness of the data filled in during the submission process, as well as for their update. The user shall also confirm that the submission of the file does not infringe any third party’s rights, while he/she undertakes liability for any litigation or extrajudicial costs incurred by OPI with regard to the time stamping process, as well as for any damages caused to OPI.
  10. Each file submitted shall be retained in the user’s personal storage medium under his own responsibility. OPI does not save the submitted file. In the case where the file is lost or modified, neither the verification of the time stamping of the specific file, nor the provision of a copy of the file are possible neither via the internet portal, nor by OPI.
  11. The Terms of Use of the website, as well as any amendments thereto, are governed and supplemented by the Greek Law, the EU Law and the relevant international treaties and conventions. Any term definitively determined as invalid or contrary to the aforementioned legal framework, or put out of force, shall automatically lapse without affecting, though, the validity of other conditions.
  12. This text constitutes the full entire agreement between OPI and the User and is binding only on those parties.
  13. Any amendment of these terms shall not be taken into account and shall not be binding upon the parties involved unless it is explicitly included in the Terms of Use of the website. As a result, any modification is applicable after its inclusion and appearance in this text.
  14. The User should regularly check the terms of the site for any changes.
  15. Disputes that may arise from the application of these terms and the general use of the service, unless resolved amicably, will be governed by Greek law and will be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of Athens.