Terms of Use

The Coastal Communities Network is a network specifically set up for linking together locally focused coastal communities around Scotland to connect, share ideas and collaborate to find solutions to conservation challenges. We want to build a friendly, safe and engaging community for all, and in order to make sure we do this we have put together guidelines for all to follow.

By using this Website, you agree to these terms of use, our community guidelines and our Privacy Policy.

Published Date: 20/09/2017

Last Update: 06/11/2017

Legal Information About Us

This website is facilitated on behalf of the Network by Fauna & Flora International (FFI), a limited company registered in England under company number 2677068 and a registered charity under charity number 1011102, whose registered office is at The David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge, England CB2 3QZ, with the Scotland office based at 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR, Scotland.

Acceptable Use

In accessing any part of this website, you agree:

  • not to use this website in such a way that disrupts, interferes with or restricts the use of this website by other users;
  • not to use this website in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation;
  • not to upload, display or transmit any materials through this website which are false, offensive, defamatory, threatening, obscene, unlawful or which infringe the rights of any other person anywhere in the world;
  • not to reverse engineer, decompile, copy or adapt any software or other code or scripts forming part of this website or attempt to transmit to or via this website any information that contains a virus, worm, Trojan horse or other harmful or disruptive component; and
  • not to change, modify, delete, interfere with or misuse data contained on this website and entered by or relating to any third party user of this website
  • not to share any content entered by or relating to any third party user of this website without their express prior consent.

Use of website from outside the UK

Whilst we welcome all visitors to this website, we cannot guarantee that the website is appropriate or available for use in any territory. Those who visit the website from outside the UK are responsible for complying with all applicable laws. If use of the website breaches any law in your jurisdiction(s), you may not use the website and you must exit immediately.

Intellectual property and use of content

We own or are licensed to use all intellectual property rights in and to this website, its content and all technical infrastructure relating to it.

The following individuals have licensed us the right to use the materials set out below subject to specific licence terms (“Third Party Content”). We are not permitted to sublicense the use of Third Party Content to you and your use of Third Party Content is subject to the restrictions contained in the licence terms set out at the links below and any other terms that the owners may apply. Third Party Content is used at your own risk and we shall not be liable for your use of Third Part Content. If you do not accept the terms of the below licences, you are not authorised to use or continue using Third Party Content;

All material contained in the open end of the website may be downloaded, viewed and printed for;

  • personal use or internal circulation within your organisation; and
  • for use in reporting in news publications provided that such material is not reproduced or exploited for commercial gain and such material is not modified, amended or altered in anyway or produced in a way that could mislead others and is accompanied by a written notice acknowledging that the material used has been obtained from this website and the copyright in such material is owned by us and provided that no trade mark, copyright or other proprietary notices contained in or appearing on such material are removed in whole or in part. Material contained in this website may not otherwise be copied, reproduced or redistributed in whole or in part without our prior written consent. In particular it must not be reproduced or exploited for commercial gain. We reserve all other rights in this website and its content.

This does not include the content added by other users within the network forums, which is governed by separate usage conditions, which follow.

Network Forums Content

Content added to the Website within forums, or comments made by the Website’s individual members, are not necessarily endorsed or reflective of the Network as a whole.

Please be mindful that the forums within the members’ area are password protected and restricted to those with a registered user account, in order for this to be a safe, private and respectful space for members to share their thoughts and experiences.  Please do not share any information from the forums outside of that space, without the prior consent of the author and any other contributors.  Where prior consent has been provided, be sure to share information within agreed parameters in terms of which information can be shared and on which platforms.  This may include removing the names of the authors, redacting certain details and/or sharing only within select agreed people or groups.  Those posting information of any kind of private, sensitive or restricted nature may wish to include a note to this effect, for the avoidance of any doubt.

If you choose to share any documents or images on the forum please ensure you are the owner of the document or image, or that you have the express permission of the owner of the document or image, and that you will not breach any copyright regulations by doing so.  Do not share any documents or images which are not available to others as open access and are available behind a paywall, subscription or any other payment requirement.  Please be sure that any documents or images you upload have the necessary copyright or accreditation information included and you have given clear indication of the terms of usage of these.

Do not reveal any other person’s personal data at any time and in any setting.  Doing so may constitute a breach of the data protection act and may be subject to further repercussions. If you choose to reveal your own personal data within the forums, you have the right to do so and this will be considered as informed consent, in such a case.  If you share information on the forums which you later seek to remove, please contact the moderators for assistance at info@communitiesforseas.scot.

Your account and password

If you choose, or are provided with a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party.

We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.

If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly notify us by email.

Uploading content to the site

Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload content to the site or to make contact with other users of the website, you must comply with the content standards set out above under the heading “Acceptable Use” and the terms of our Community Guidelines.

You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you will be liable to us and indemnify us for any breach of that warranty.

Any content you upload to the site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary, unless you state otherwise. You retain all of your ownership rights to your content, but, in the case of non-confidential content, you are required to grant us and the Collaborators and other users of the website an unlimited worldwide non-exclusive licence to use, store and copy that content and to distribute and make it available to third parties.

We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any content posted or uploaded by you to the site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any content posted by you or any other user of the website.

We have the right to remove any posting you make on the website if, in our opinion, your post does not comply with the content standards set out above.

The views expressed by other users on the website do not represent our views or values.

You are solely responsible for securing and backing up your content.

Personal details

If you supply us with personal details through this website, you consent to us maintaining, recording, holding and using such personal data in accordance with our privacy policy.

Data Rights and Removal

You have the right for your personal data to be removed from the Website at any time, should you wish to discontinue use of the Website. Please contact the moderators who will delete your user account and any associated data. You have the right to view and amend your personal data at any time and this can be done by editing your profile within the members’ area of the Website. You have the right to keep your user profile hidden from other users by selecting the relevant option within the ‘edit my profile’ page. You can opt out of any email correspondence at any time by contacting the moderators at info@communitiesforseas.scot.

Availability and our liability

Owing to the nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that this website or the websites to which it is linked will always be available to you. You should ensure that you have appropriate protection against viruses and other security arrangements in place whilst using the Internet.

Although every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website was accurate at the time of publication, this website and any information or other material contained in it are made available strictly on the basis that you accept it on an ‘as is’ and ‘as available’ basis and the content is provided for general information only. Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our website, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our website is accurate, complete or up-to-date. Where you rely on any information or other material contained in this website, you do so entirely at your own risk and you accept that all warranties, conditions and undertakings, express or implied, whether by common law, statute, trade usage, course of dealings or otherwise in respect of this website are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

We exclude all liability whatever, to the fullest extent permitted by law, in respect of any loss or damage resulting or arising from any non-availability or use of this website or of any other website linked to it, or from reliance on the contents of this website or any material or content accessed through it.

Links from this website are provided for information and convenience only and we have no control over and cannot therefore accept responsibility or liability for the content of any linked third party website.

Applicable Law

This website has been designed and these terms of use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law.  Any dispute arising out of the accessing or use of this website shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.