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Last updated: 23 February 2009

General introduction: 

Name: Centre national de documentation pédagogique (Réseau Canopé)
Registered company office: Téléport 1 @4, avenue du Futuroscope, BP 80158, 86961 Futuroscope CEDEX 
Tel. (standard) :     05 49 49 78 78
Fax:    05 49 49 78 16
Legal status: Public institution of an administrative nature under the authority of the French Ministry of Education 
Managing Editor: Jean-Marie Panazol, Director General
Lodging: Réseau Canopé
SIRET No.: 180 043 010 01 485


Privacy policy

Any person whose personal data appears on the site www.evolution-of-life.com as used within the context of sending newsletters and forums, has the right to access and rectify his/her information in accordance with the data protection law of 6 January 1978.

To exercise this right and receive correspondence on this information, please write to the institute’s data protection correspondent at the following address: cil@Réseau Canopé.fr

Any request to unsubscribe from a mailing list should be made through the webmaster's contact form

Intellectual property rights 

The presentation and content of the website www.evolution-of-life.com are protected by French and international intellectual property legislation. The content which is protected by copyright such as texts, photographs, graphics, videos and music are owned by Réseau Canopé and the partners which created this multimedia content.
The form (selection, plan, layout of materials, organisation of data, etc.) on the other hand is owned exclusively by the Réseau Canopé which holds the copyright and the database creator’s rights.

By virtue of this ownership, the Réseau Canopé may use these different components on its own or with the rightholders’ agreement, throughout the entire world.

Therefore, any reproduction or presentation in full or in part, on any format whatsoever, is not permitted without the prior consent of the Réseau Canopé and its partners in application of articles L122-4 and L.342-1 of the French intellectual property code. 

Exceptions for private use (see « terms and conditions »)

In accordance with article L.122-5 of the code, the works presented on this website are only intended for the website users’ private use. Subject to the prohibition of private copies of software and electronic databases according to law, any user has the right to store content from the website on a single personal computer for the purposes of viewing said content on a single screen and to make a single copy for back-up or printed on paper for private, non-collective use.

Exceptions for teaching purposes (see « terms and conditions »)

The Réseau Canopé and its partners expressly authorise all of the educational community (students, teaching personnel and higher education personnel) to use the website www.evolution-of-life.com and the written, photographic and audiovisual or sound recording works contained therein with a view to making copies and or free and collective public presentations in the classroom within the context of teaching activities or to reproduce the multimedia content on educational websites with the provision that the name of the site from which this content is taken and the name of the authors of said content are clearly stated. 

These rights are granted within the context of teaching uses by educational bodies.

Users agree to not damage the works, i.e. to not modify the works in any way in accordance with the author’s moral rights.


The Réseau Canopé, as author and creator of the database forming the website, is the owner of all rights pertaining to the database. 

Thus, in accordance with article L 342-1 and subsequent of the French intellectual property code, the Réseau Canopé prohibits downloading by permanent or temporary transfer on any format, by any means and in any form whatsoever of all or a substantial part of the website content, except for teaching purposes. 

Non-compliance with the exceptions authorised above, without the prior express agreement of the Réseau Canopé and its partners will constitute a violation of intellectual property rights. 
This violation may equally infringe upon copyright, upon database creator’s rights or upon both legal systems at once. This constitutes an act/acts of piracy which are punishable under articles L.335-2 and L.342-1 and subsequent of the French intellectual property code.
Any other use is subject to the express prior authorisation of the Réseau Canopé and its partners. 

These authorisations should be requested in writing by post to the following address: 

Director General of the Réseau Canopé,
Téléport 1 , Bâtiment @4,
B.P. 80158
86961 Futuroscope cedex

Prohibited uses 

Any use of the website’s original form and/or content in full or in part for commercial purposes by third parties using any format whatsoever is strictly prohibited.

Making the website content (audio, video, graphic and text elements) available to the public through sale, exchange or rental is strictly prohibited, even where the user is a member of the teaching community. 

Violation of these provisions exposes the offender to the civil and criminal penalties provided for by French law.


Links to the Réseau Canopé website
The Réseau Canopé website authorises setting up hyperlinks leading towards its content, subject to the following reservations:

- no use of illegal deep linking, meaning that the pages of the Réseau Canopé website must not overlap with pages of another site, but rather be accessible by opening another browser window where the address www.evolution-of-life.com appears.

- mention the pointer source using a hyperlink directly onto the desired content. The information used may only be for personal or teaching purposes; any use for commercial or advertising purposes is excluded. 

In any case, the Réseau Canopé reserves the right to delete the link at any time if it believes the link which has been set up with the linking site is harmful to the Réseau Canopé's interests.
Links to external websites 

The Réseau Canopé website may provide links leading to other sites, such as those belonging to the SCEREN network and official sites, but also towards sites in the internet, audiovisual and media sector which are of documentary and/or educational interest. 

These external web pages, whose addresses are regularly checked, do not form part of the website www.evolution-of-life.com: hence, the links set up by the Réseau Canopé towards these external sites cannot engage Réseau Canopé liability nor that of the editor and/or the editorial staff in relation to any link malfunction or the content of said sites.
For other uses, please contact us by filling out this form (click here)

Video-broadcasting platform 

The Réseau Canopé and its partners alone have the option to make use of online broadcasting platforms for public distribution of the abovementioned multimedia content. When the content has been uploaded onto these platforms, a hyperlink towards the Réseau Canopé site and/or its partners' sites is set up clearly marking the original source of the distributed content (URL address of the Réseau Canopé and/or its partners).

Trademarks and logos 

The trademarks and logos used on the website are Réseau Canopé property or its partners’ property. 

Therefore, any reproduction and/or use without the Réseau Canopé’s and/or its partners’ prior agreement will engage the user’s liability and will constitute a violation punishable by the penalties outlined in article L.335-2, L.713-2, L.713-3 et L.716-1 of the French intellectual property code.

Only reproduction and use of the trademarks and logos contained on the website for exclusively teaching information purposes can be made without prior authorisation.  

Contact the Réseau Canopé

For any requests or enquiries, please write to the director general of the Réseau Canopé at the following address:
Téléport 1, Bâtiment @4, B.P. 80158, 86961 Futuroscope cedex

Or e-mail using the contact form


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