Terms of Service

Terms of Use

These Terms of Use (“Terms”) govern your access to and use of Helsinki Design Lab’s websites (the “Website”), and any information, text, graphics, or other materials uploaded, downloaded or appearing on the Website (collectively referred to as “Content”). The Website is created and operated by Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund ("Sitra"). Your access to and use of the Website is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms. By accessing or using the Website you agree to be bound by these Terms.

The purpose of the Website

HelsinkiDesignLab.org is a place for the advancement of knowledge, capability, and achievement in strategic design. To find out more please see the About HDL pages.


Sitra makes every effort to keep the information on the Website correct and updated. However, Sitra provides the site without warranty of any kind and “as is”. The purpose of this site is purely informative, and under no circumstances will Sitra be liable for any direct or indirect damage, or damage caused by the use or trust in the information and contents presented on the Website, or loss of profit or income. Sitra does not guarantee that the Website can be used without interruption or errors. Sitra will not be liable for any damages that are caused by interruptions in the use of the Website or an inability to access the site.

The Website that Sitra provides is always evolving and may change from time to time without prior notice to you.

Basic Terms

You are responsible for your use of the Website, for any content you post to the Website, and for any consequences thereof. The Content you submit, post, or display will be able to be viewed by other users of the Website. You should only provide Content that you are comfortable sharing with others under these Terms.

You may use the Website only in compliance with these Terms and laws of Finland.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes our policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of your information. Sitra receives your information through this Website. When using our Website you consent to the collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information as described below. Irrespective of which country that you reside in or create information from, your information may be used by Sitra in Finland or any other country where this Website operates.

Information Collected Upon Registration: When you create or reconfigure an account on this Website you provide some personal information, such as your name, username, password, and email address. Some of this information, for example, your name, is listed publicly on our Website when you post comments.

Log Data: Our servers automatically record information ("Log Data") created by your use of the Services. Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, the referring domain, pages visited, and search terms.

Cookies: Like many websites, we use "cookie" technology to collect additional website usage data and to improve our Website. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your computer's hard disk. This Website may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our Website, to monitor aggregate usage by our users, and to improve our Website. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies. You can instruct your browser, by editing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit.

Your Rights

You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Website. By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Website, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).

You agree that this license includes the right for Sitra to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Sitra for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such Content on other media and services.

We may modify or adapt your Content in order to transmit, display or distribute it over computer networks and in various media and/or make changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to any requirements or limitations of any networks, devices, services or media.

You represent and warrant that you have all the rights, power and authority to submit the Content and authority to grant the rights granted herein to any Content that you submit. You are responsible for your use of the Website, for any Content you provide, and for any consequences thereof. You understand that your Content may be rebroadcasted by our partners and if you do not have the right to submit Content for such use, it may subject you to liability. You agree not to take action against us in relation to Content that you submit and you agree to indemnify us if any third party takes action against us in relation to the Content you submit. Sitra will not be responsible or liable for any use of your Content by Sitra in accordance with these Terms.

Restrictions on Content and Use of the Website

We reserve the right at all times to remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Website and to terminate users or reclaim usernames. Please review the Community Rules (which are part of these Terms) to better understand what is prohibited on the Website. We also reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as we reasonably believe is necessary to (i) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (ii) enforce the Terms, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (iii) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (iv) respond to user support requests, or (v) protect the rights, property or safety of Sitra, the Website users and the public.

Copyright Policy

Sitra respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects users of the Website to do the same.  We reserve the right to remove from the Website the Content alleged to be infringing copyright without prior notice and at our sole discretion.


The Website may contain links to third-party websites or resources. You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible or liable for: (i) the availability or accuracy of such websites or resources; or (ii) the content, products, or services on or available from such websites or resources. Links to such websites or resources do not imply any endorsement by Sitra of such websites or resources or the content, products, or services available from such websites or resources. You acknowledge sole responsibility for and assume all risk arising from your use of any such websites or resources.

Community Rules

We welcome open debate, but users of the Website (including its administrators) are expected to abide by the following Community Rules. Sitra reserves the right to immediately terminate your account and remove your Content without further notice in the event that, in its judgment, you violate these Rules or the Terms of Use.

  • No foul, aggressive, or abusive language will be tolerated. As a community of professionals, we will converse with each other in a civilized manner.
  • No personal attacks will be allowed. Disagreements are OK, but personal attacks on individuals (whether they are users of this Website or not) are not allowed.
  • No advertising or spamming. Helsinki Design Lab is run as a non-profit activity and we expect your use of the Website to uphold the same spirit. It is our goal to keep the Website free from advertising and spam. We do not allow companies or individuals to actively market products, services, or websites to board members.

Changing the Terms

These terms of use are effective from 15.4.2010 and they are valid until further notice. Sitra has the right to change or replace these Terms of use unilaterally. The date when the Terms have last been changed will be mentioned in connection with the Terms.

Governing law

These Terms and possible disputes over the Website or their content will be governed by the laws of Finland.

Updated 14.04.2010