terms of service


  • All the text, images, marks, logomarks, and other content of the PAST Foundation website belong to the PAST Foundation [PAST] or is used with the owner’s permission or applicable regulations.
  • Individuals are welcome to view, download, and print PAST site content subject to the following condition:
    • Downloading and printing is solely for personal and/or non-commercial use as defined in the U.S. copyright laws.
  • Certain interactions with the PAST site are prohibited:
    • Downloading or printing site content for commercial use.
    • Removing any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices.
    • Modifying any PAST site content.

Permission to Reproduce PAST Website Content

  • To request permission to reproduce images from the PAST website, contact webmaster@pastfoundation.org.
  • PAST does not distribute nor permit reproduction of the website content except as expressly permitted in the terms of use.

Website Images

All images displayed in the PAST Foundation are either the property of The PAST Foundation and bear a registered Digimarc® or appear by express permission of the owner.


Forums may be provided on the PAST website for general discussion and for specific topic discussions as a medium of exchange of ideas and information. Submissions to the forums are monitored for language and pertinence to forum questions. PAST does not edit nor control accuracy of information or material submitted and distributed through the forums. PAST claims no proprietary rights of any kind regarding forum content and distribution of materials and information through the forums.

All individuals who post information and material on PAST forum(s) are responsible for information and materials posted. Issues of copyright and/or permission to post information and material of a third person or party are the responsibility of the individual posting on the forum(s). PAST requires individuals to obtain all necessary permissions before posting or distribution on the forum(s).

Bulletin Board

The PAST Foundation may provide a bulletin board to post events, conferences, seminars, workshops, and festivals. PAST monitors submissions for language and pertinence to the categories of the bulletin board. PAST does not edit nor control accuracy of the information posted on the bulletin board. PAST claims no proprietary rights of any kind for information distributed through the bulletin board.

Individuals who post events, conferences, seminars, workshops, and festivals pertaining to maritime issues are responsible for accuracy of information and completeness of information submitted for posting. Obtaining permission to post the event from the hosting organization is the responsibility of the individual submitting the bulletin board information and material.

Privacy Statement

The PAST Foundation respects the privacy of every individual visiting the PAST website.  Information about you may be collected when you visit the PAST website either by automatic tracking or more directly when you request a specific service.

PAST tracks how people use the website in terms of general statistics about visitors, traffic patterns, and related information in an anonymous form. To do this, PAST uses software integrated into the website that collects statistics from IP data. For example, the software records what time of day a visitor accesses the website, which country the visitor is from, how long the visitor stays at the website, and what type of browser the visitor is using. This information is used primarily to measure the popularity of various sectors of the website, allowing the curatorial staff to tailor future content.

Links to Third Party Websites

Links to third party websites appear in the various sections of the PAST website. The presence of a link to a third party website is not intended as an endorsement by PAST. PAST is not responsible for the availability of other websites or the content of any linked website. The intention of the link is solely for information and convenience and does not imply affiliation to PAST.

Warranty Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

The PAST Foundation makes every effort to carefully edit and maintain the PAST website, however, the site content is provided ‘AS IS’ and PAST expressly disclaims any and all warranties of merchantability of fitness of a particular use.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Compliance

The PAST Foundation complies with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act applicable to service providers (17 U.S.C. §512). Please refer any complaints or objects to materials used on the PAST website to the following address, www.pastfoundation.org.


Individuals using the PAST Foundation agree to indemnify, defend and hold PAST harmless from all claims, costs, expenses and fees, judgments, liabilities, and losses and damages arising from or relating to the use of or operation of the PAST website.

Linking to the PAST Innovation Lab

Educational and/or non-profit organizations and institutions are welcome to initiate a link to the PAST website. Commercial websites are welcome to apply for permission to link to PAST.