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Terms & Conditions

PART 1 – WEBSITE TERMS OF USE

Welcome to our website terms of use for The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards in association with Vitality. Our website terms of use are important as they contain all the information you need to know about using our services, so please take a little time to read them and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SWOTY@news.co.uk and we will do our best to answer your questions.

Introduction

Our services are provided by and maintained by us for your personal entertainment, information and communication. The services offered by us include features, content, applications, competitions, prize draws and/or other promotions. By using these services either as a visitor or as a member of one of our membership packs, you may need to download software and/or content and/or agree to additional terms. If you choose to participate in any of our services you will be bound by any applicable and additional terms as well as these website terms of use.

Your agreement with us includes these website terms of use and in addition our:

  • Privacy Policy & Cookie Policy, which sets out the terms on which we process any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us and information about how your use of our services is monitored so that we are able to improve your user experience. By using our services, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate;
  • Membership Terms, which sets out the terms that will apply to your membership with us;
  • Cancellation Terms, which sets out how to cancel your membership; and
  • Participation Guidelines, which sets out our approach to community interaction and how we moderate your content, such as comments made in relation to our articles.

Accessing and using our services Parts of our services are only accessible to our members and not to visitors. In addition, we may not offer or make available all of our services or content to residents of certain countries.

Modifications
We may, at our discretion change, remove, suspend or discontinue any aspect of our services at any time including the availability of any content (e.g. a community forum may be withdrawn) where we have a valid reason to do so.

Our content
Our content, trademarks, copyright, patents, logos, domain names and other related intellectual property rights or other features of our brand belong to us or to our licensors. Your use of our services does not grant you any rights in and/or our licensor’s intellectual property whether for commercial or non-commercial use.

We grant our users a licence to access and use our services and intellectual property rights (subject to your ability to access our services as set out above) and to the following usage restrictions:

  • you may use our services for personal, private and non-commercial purposes; and
  • you must not commercially exploit, or sell any content appearing on our services (this does not apply to any user content posted by you and in which you retain ownership rights, see paragraph on user generated content below).

In consideration for the rights that we have granted you under these website terms of use, you permit us to provide advertising and other information to you, including permitting our third party affiliates to do the same.

Third Party Content
Third party content included as part of our services, is licensed to you either under these website terms of use or through such third party terms and conditions that will be made known to you as and when they become relevant (e.g. if you use any services provided by The Sunday Times Wine Club, you will also be required to accept their terms and conditions).

User Generated Content
Users of our services may be given an opportunity to interact with us and submit, post and/or upload content (including comments and pictures). In posting your content, you confirm to us that you are the owner or have consent from the owner to post the content and that the content complies with our Participation Guidelines and does not defame any person, company or business or violate the privacy rights, copyright and other intellectual property rights, contract rights or any other rights of any person.

By submitting content, you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, perpetual, royalty free worldwide licence to use any of the content that you post on or in connection with our services and you also irrevocably waive the benefit of any moral rights you may have in any such material. We do not claim any ownership rights in your content and you continue to retain all ownership rights in your content. If you believe that your rights have been infringed in relation to your content, please contactcommunity@thetimes.co.uk.

By submitting content, you also warrant that you have read and agree to be bound by our Participation Guidelines which are incorporated in these website terms of use and govern all interactions with us.
We do not endorse any user generated content nor do we guarantee the accuracy or authority of any user generated content. We reserve the right to remove your content and to remove, suspend or discontinue your opportunity to submit, post and/or upload content, at any time and for any reason at our sole discretion and without further recourse to you.

Costs of using our services
We provide our users (whether as a member or visitor) with a variety of services. To benefit fully from our services you will need to become a member as not all aspects of our services are made available to visitors. We may also occasionally require you to download our content and/or call our service providers. If there are charges associated to any of these services, we will make it clear before you incur any such charges and you will be responsible for any charges incurred from that point on.

Disclaimer
We will always aim to provide you with the best service we can, but our service is provided “as is” and we do not and cannot promise that all of the information provided in our services will always be 100% accurate. The information provided by our services is for information purposes only and does not constitute advice. All our services are provided without any warranties or guarantees.

Some of the information provided by our services is supplied to us by our third party partners. We have no control over third party content and we are unable to guarantee the accuracy of such third party content. You agree that you access any content at your own risk. Before relying on any information, whether it is from us or from our third party partners, we advise you to verify the accuracy of such information.

Whilst we will do our best to ensure that our service is fully operational at all times, we are not responsible for and shall not be liable to you for any problems or temporary interruptions in using our services arising from factors outside of our control (e.g. technical problems from traffic congestion on the internet) or for any problems arising from participating in or from downloading third party content.

To the extent permissible by law, we are not responsible for any loss or damage resulting from use of our services or from any content posted on or through our services.

Limitation of our liability to you
You agree, that to the extent permissible by law, your sole and only remedy for any problems, issues or concerns with our service is to stop using our services, whether as a member of one of our packs or as a visitor using one of our services.

Changes to our terms
We may amend these website terms of use at any time to ensure that we remain compliant with relevant laws and regulations and to ensure that we are constantly improving your experience in using our services, so please ensure that you check our website terms of use frequently. By continuing to use our services after any changes are made, you accept those changes and will be bound by them.

The law that governs our services
These website terms of use and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them (including non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. However, if your use of the website gave rise to a potential legal action when you were a resident of: (i) Ireland, these website terms of use are subject to Irish law and to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts; or (ii) Scotland, these website terms of use are subject to Scottish law and to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish courts.

Other information
In these website terms of use the following words and expressions will have the following meanings:
Our content means any text, files, images, photos, graphics, video, sounds, musical works, or any other materials that we publish or post on or through our services.

Third party content any text, files, images, photos, graphics, video, sounds, musical works, or any other materials published or posted on or through our services by our third party partners.

Us, our, we means The Times and The Sunday Times of Times Newspapers Limited (TNL), whose registered office is at 1 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9GF, the holding company of TNL and any subsidiary from time to time of TNL or its holding company.

Your content means any text, files, images, graphics, photos, video, sounds, musical works, or any other materials that a user posts on or through our services.

Important information about nominating & voting
You may only nominate or vote once in each award category. Should we reasonably believe that nominations or votes are a result of ‘block voting’ than any such votes will be disqualified and discounted from the final vote tally.

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