Content Policy

  1. Introduction
    1. This Content Policy sets out the terms upon which you may use the content on the Site, whether the content is provided by us or submitted to the Site by you or by others.
    2. This Content Policy also sets out the terms of use of services provided via the Site, including any forums, message boards or communities.
    3. Your use of the Site means that you accept, and agree to abide by, this Content Policy, which supplements the website Terms Of Use (“the Terms”).
  2. Submitting content to the Site
    1. Any information, material and content which you and other users post, contribute or otherwise submit to the Site is generally known as ‘user generated content’ (‘UGC’). Paragraphs 2.2 to 5.1 below set out the rules for contributing content, the ways in which we and other users may use your UGC, and how you can use their UGC.
    2. You agree to ensure that:
      1. any UGC that you submit or post does not contain any personal information about any other person. This includes any information that could potentially identify an individual, such as their last name, date of birth, email or home address, information about their family, or other contact information;
      2. all information that you submit or post is accurate, true and up-to-date in all respects at all times, and is not misleading in any way;
      3. after receiving a warning, you do not continue to post or submit comments that are not related to the topic being discussed or the subject matter of the page on which the comments are being posted (as applicable);
      4. any UGC you submit or post is not in breach of any copyright and, in the case of any content that you do not own, you have permission from the copyright owner to use and to permit its use as contemplated by this Content Policy and the Terms, and by any third parties that we may authorise under the Terms.
    3. Contributions must:
        1. Be accurate (where they state facts).
        2. Be genuinely held opinions (where they state opinions).
        3. Comply with all applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
    4. Contributions must not:
        1. Contain any material which is defamatory of any person.
        2. Contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory.
        3. Contain sexually explicit material.
        4. Promote violence.
        5. Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
        6. Infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person.
        7. Be likely to deceive any person.
        8. Be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence.
        9. Promote any illegal activity.
        10. Be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.
        11. Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person.
        12. Be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person.
        13. Give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case. Advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
    5. You may not:
      1. distribute or post links that open or run programs;
      2. distribute or post any messages in relation to a dispute about any decision we make concerning your conduct under these Terms;
      3. distribute or post spam, in particular by sending unsolicited marketing messages or other messages to anyone, or to submit or post chain letters or pyramid schemes;
      4. distribute viruses or any other technologies that may harm the Site or the interests of any users of the Site or otherwise interfere with or disrupt our systems;
      5. except as permitted under the Terms or under this Content Policy, copy, modify or distribute our content or trade marks, or any content or trade marks owned by a third party or other users of the Site, unless you have their explicit permission;
      6. impersonate another person or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
      7. harvest or otherwise collect or use information about others without their explicit consent;
      8. allow any other person or entity to use your log-in details or account for posting or viewing comments;
      9. continue to use the Site whilst your registration is temporarily suspended or after your registration has been permanently terminated;
      10. make, negotiate or enter into any arrangements or agreements through the Site;
      11. engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying any area of the Site, or which, in our judgment, exposes us to any liability or detriment of any type.
    6. We reserve the right (but we are not obliged) to do any or all of the following:-
      1. record the communications that are posted to us;
      2. investigate a claim that any one or more communication does not conform to the terms of this Content Policy or otherwise with the Terms and determine in our sole discretion what action to take in respect of such communication;
      3. delete without notice communications which are abusive, illegal, or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with this Content Policy;
      4. terminate a user’s registration with the Site;
      5. monitor, edit, or disclose any communication to the Site; and
      6. edit or remove any communication(s) posted on the Site, regardless of whether such communication(s) breaches these Terms.
  3. Your content
    1. By submitting or posting any UGC to the Site, whether text or pictures or otherwise, you are promising to us and to other users that:
      1. you either own all rights (including copyright) in that UGC or that you have obtained the necessary permissions to make the UGC available through the Site in accordance with this Content Policy and permit its use via the Site and by any third parties we authorise, and that you will provide us with evidence of such permissions should we require; and
      2. you will not be infringing anyone’s rights or breaching any law or regulation (including data protection and privacy laws), by contributing that UGC and by allowing it to be used in the ways described in this Content Policy.
  4. Who can use your UGC and how they can use it
    1. When you contribute UGC to the Site:
      1. you are granting us and any third parties we authorise unlimited, non-terminable and free permission (including the right to sublicense that permission) to use, re-use, copy, adapt, abridge, amend, distribute, modify, translate, publish, perform, display, develop, reproduce, communicate to the public and to make your UGC otherwise available in any form and/or by any media (whether now known or hereafter devised), including through any on-demand or broadcast service, whether on a commercial or non-commercial basis anywhere in the world. By way of example only, this will include permission to:
        1. make your UGC available through the Site to other users of the Site; and
        2. allow any third parties authorised by us to reproduce, display, publish, communicate, perform and/or embed your UGC on their platforms, including their websites and applications.
      2. you are granting to every other user of the Site unlimited, non-terminable and free permission to use all or any part of your UGC on the same terms as you are permitted to use their UGC, as described in paragraph 5.1 below.
  5. Your permitted use of UGC on the Site
    1. You are not, in any circumstances, permitted to:
      1. edit any such content without making clear to us and other users the modifications you have made;
      2. remove, obscure or otherwise tamper with any copyright and proprietary notices that relate to, or are contained within, the content.
  6. Suspension and termination
    1. We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of this Content Policy, in whole or in part, through your use of the Site. When a breach of this policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.
    2. Failure to comply with this Content Policy constitutes a material breach of Terms on which you are permitted to use the Site, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:
      1. immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use the Site;
      2. immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by you to the Site;
      3. issue of a warning to you;
      4. legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.
      5. further legal action against you;
      6. disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary.