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Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions of use

Welcome to The Ferret’s digital information network.

These are our terms and conditions for use of the network, which you may access in several ways, including but not limited to the World Wide Web via theferret.scot, digital television, PDA, mobile phone and RSS feeds.

In these terms and conditions, when we say the “The Ferret Site” we mean the digital information network operated by or on behalf of The Ferret Media Limited or its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively “The Ferret”).

Regardless of how you access the network, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Our terms and conditions also includes our privacy policy.

1. Registration

You may access areas of the The Ferret Site that require registration by becoming a registered member and creating an account with us.

You agree to be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your passwords or other account identifiers which you choose and all activities that occur under your account.

By registering on the The Ferret Site, you agree that:

(i) your account and password are personal to you and may not be used by anyone else to access the The Ferret Site;

(ii) you will not do anything which would assist anyone who is not a registered user to gain access to any registration area of the The Ferret Site; and

(iii) you will not create registration accounts for the purpose of abusing the functionality of the site, or other users; nor will you seek to pass yourself off as another user.

You agree to notify us immediately if you become aware any unauthorised use of your password or account identifiers by others.

The Ferret is a co-operative society. When you subscribe to The Ferret on our website your registration will also be treated as your application to become a Reader Member of The Ferret Media Ltd.

Membership is not compulsory. If you wish to subscribe but opt out of membership you should contact us to tell us using this form: https://theferret.scot/contact/

The Directors of The Ferret Media ltd will consider each application for membership at a board meeting.

Nobody shall be admitted into membership of The Ferret Media Ltd unless they have attained the age of 16.

All those wishing to become a Member must support the objects of The Ferret Media Ltd – “to promote and publish multi-media journalism.”

All Members agree to attend general meetings and take an active interest in the operation and development of The Ferret Media Ltd and its business.

Members have a duty to respect the confidential nature of the business decisions of The Ferret Media Ltd.

Members are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the governing rules of The Ferret Media Ltd.

2. Termination of registration

If you no longer wish to have a registered account, you may terminate your account by contacting us at: https://theferret.scot/contact/

If you no longer accept these terms and conditions, or any future modification to these terms and conditions, you must cease using the The Ferret Site.

Continued use of the The Ferret Site indicates your continued acceptance of these terms and conditions.

If, for any reason, we believe that you have not complied with these terms and conditions, we may, at our sole discretion, cancel your access to the registration areas of The Ferret Site immediately and without prior notice. This does not mean that you automatically cease to be a member of the co-operative.

A Member shall cease to be a Member of The Ferret Media ltd immediately that they:

(a) Are no longer eligible for membership; or

(b) Fail to pay the subscription (if any) within 3 months of it falling due; or

(c) Fail to hold the minimum shareholding; or

(d) Resign in Writing to the Secretary; or

(e) Are expelled from membership in accordance with The Ferret Rules; or

(f) Die, are wound up or go into liquidation.

For the avoidance of doubt, a member may be expelled where it has been established that they have not complied with these terms and conditions.

3. Use of material appearing on the The Ferret Site

Your use of the The Ferret Site is for your own personal and non-commercial use only.

You acknowledge that, except for user content or creative commons licensed content, The Ferret is the sole owner of all content on the The Ferret Site, including, without limitation, all applicable copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, trade names, logos, and other intellectual property rights thereto, as well as text, images, graphics, logos, audio, video and other material appearing on the The Ferret Site (“The Ferret Content”).

The Ferret Site and the The Ferret Content are protected by the copyright laws and other intellectual property laws of the United Kingdom, and are protected globally by applicable international copyright treaties.

You may download and print extracts from the The Ferret Content for your own personal and non-commercial use only, provided you maintain and abide by any author attribution, copyright or trademark notice or restriction in any material that you download or print.

You may not use any The Ferret Content for any other purpose without our prior written approval. Except as expressly authorised by the The Ferret, you are not allowed to create a database in electronic or paper form comprising all or part of the material appearing on the The Ferret Site.

If you wish to synidcate or use our content other than as permitted by these terms and conditions, please contact us at https://theferret.scot/contact/

4. Disclaimer of liability

To the extent permitted at law, we do not accept any responsibility for any statement in the The Ferret Content.

Nothing in the The Ferret Content is provided for any specific purpose or at the request of any particular person.

For the avoidance of confusion, we will not be liable for any loss caused as a result of your doing, or not doing, anything as a result of viewing, reading or listening to the The Ferret Content or any part of it.

You can access other sites via links from the The Ferret Site. These sites are not under our control and we are not responsible in any way for any of their contents.

We give no warranties of any kind concerning the The Ferret Site or the The Ferret Content.

In particular, we do not warrant that the The Ferret Site or any of its contents is virus free. You must take your own precautions in this respect as we accept no responsibility for any infection by virus or other contamination or by anything which has destructive properties.

Although we will do our best to provide constant, uninterrupted access to the The Ferret Site, we do not guarantee this. We accept no responsibility or liability for any interruption or delay.

5. User content

Users of our site may be permitted to submit content for publication in various areas of the The Ferret Site.

When you submit content to us, you agree and represent that you have created that content, or you have received permission from, or are authorised by, the owner of any part of the content to submit it to the The Ferret Site.

You or the owner of the content still own the copyright in the content sent to us, but by submitting content to us, you are granting us an unconditional, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully transferable, perpetual worldwide licence to use, publish and/or transmit, and to authorise third-parties to use, publish and/or transmit your content in any format and on any platform, either now known or hereinafter invented.

You acknowledge and agree that when you post content on the The Ferret Site or view content provided by others, you are doing so at your own discretion and risk, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, of that content.

You further acknowledge and agree that the views expressed by you and other users in that content do not necessarily reflect the views of The Ferret, and we do not support or endorse any user content.

You acknowledge that we have no obligation to pre-screen, monitor, review, or edit any content posted by you and other users on the The Ferret Site.

We, or authorised third parties, reserve the right to cut, crop, edit or refuse to publish, your content at our or their sole discretion. We may remove your content from use at any time.

We accept no liability in respect of any content submitted by users and published by us or by authorised third parties.

You warrant that the content you submit to us is not obscene, threatening, harassing, libellous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another’s privacy, offensive, defamatory of any person or illegal.

You warrant that the content you submit to us does not infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual or proprietary or privacy right of any party or individual.

You agree not to:

(i) post content which is deliberately intended to upset or harm other users;

(ii) use the The Ferret Site to post or otherwise transmit content that victimises, harasses, degrades, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals on the basis of any impermissible classification, including, without limitation, religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, military status or disability;

(iii) post or otherwise transmit any content that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of the The Ferret Site or any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;

(iv) upload or otherwise transmit any content, or take any other actions with respect to your use of the The Ferret Site, that would constitute, or would otherwise encourage, criminal conduct or give rise to civil liability; or

(v) use the The Ferret Site for commercial purposes, including, without limitation, submitting any material to solicit funds or to promote, advertise or solicit the sale of any goods or services.

You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the The Ferret Site may involve (i) transmissions over various networks; and (ii) changes to content to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.

The Ferret assumes no responsibility for the deletion or failure to store postings of content or other information submitted by you or other users to the The Ferret Site.

If you are under 16, you confirm that you have permission of your parent or The Ferret to submit content.

Any queries regarding copyright and your content should be directed in the first instance to https://theferret.scot/contact/

6. Privacy and Data protection

The Ferret is committed to maintaining your privacy and collects only the minimum information we need about you to provide our services.

The Ferret does not share your information with other organisations for marketing purposes.

We will collect and use individual user details only if we have your permission or we have sensible business reasons for doing so, such as collecting enough information to manage subscriptions and provide statutory services to our members.

We can access and release personal information to keep to relevant laws and government requests, to operate our systems properly and to protect both us and our members.

Any other organisations who access your information in the course of providing services on our behalf will be governed by strict contractual restrictions to make sure that they protect your information and keep to data-protection and privacy laws which apply.

Some of our webpages use plug-ins or code provided by other organisations. For example, this could include embedded media from Facebook or Twitter. If you browse our website, whilst also being logged into an account with these companies they may be able to link your use of The Ferret website to your account with them.

We use a service provided by OneSignal to provide optional browser based push-notifications.

If you opt-in to receive these notifications, some information will be passed to OneSignal. You can find the OneSignal privacy policy here: https://onesignal.com/privacy_policy

You may opt-out of OneSignal related data collection by revoking push notification permissions on your device and by modifying the ad tracking settings on your device, or by sending OneSignal a message through their contact form at https://onesignal.wufoo.com/forms/z16j8an40nfirat/.

When you become a subscriber we may automatically add you to mailing lists in order to send you notifications about The Ferret Media ltd content and to help us administer the Co-operative efficiently.

A link will always be included in these emails, allowing you to opt-out of further communications. If you unsubscribe you should be aware that you may not receive some important member communications.

On our website, all registered subscribers are provided with an “account” page, where you can manage and edit key personal information we hold about you. If you do not update this information you may not receive important communications.

We use a service provided by Mailchimp to deliver our email alerts and manage our email lists. You can find the Mailchimp privacy policy here: http://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/

When you subscribe to The Ferret, online payments are managed on our behalf by Stripe. Although Stripe do make some of your personal details available to us, they do not share your payment card details with us. You can find the Stripe privacy policy here: https://stripe.com/gb/privacy

7. Use of Cookies

The Ferret uses cookies for a number of different reasons.

Google Analytics is used to track visitors to our website. If you do not want Google Analytics to track you, you can install the Google Analytics Opt-out browser extension.

We use Google Analytics for statistical reasons. For example, it tells us how many users we have and how often they visit our websites. We collect information listing which of our pages are most frequently visited, and by which types of users and from which countries.

8. Changes to these terms and conditions of use

Please note that we may change these terms and conditions from time to time at our sole discretion and we reserve the right to do without your consent. Any revised terms and conditions will be applicable at the time of posting.

Please ensure that you review these terms and conditions regularly as you will be deemed to have accepted a variation if you continue to use the The Ferret Site after it has been posted.

9. Governing law & jurisdiction

These terms and conditions are governed by Scottish law and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish courts.

10. Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless The Ferret, its subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, and employees from any and all claims, liabilities, costs, and expenses, including, but not limited to, legal fees and expenses, arising out a breach by you or any user of your account of these terms and conditions or privacy policy or arising out of a breach of your obligations, representation and warranties under these terms and conditions.

11. No waiver

Our failure to insist upon or enforce any provision of these terms of service shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right of The Ferret.