Information is provided below in 2 main ways, through ‘tabs’ and ‘collapsibles’. Presentation of information through one way rather than another has been made somewhat arbitrarily and shall not be viewed as giving precedence to some information over other information.
DEFINITIONS AND CERTAIN ISSUES
A ‘Registered User’ is a person who has registered or been allocated a Username, Password and e-mail address with Stirnet and thereby has opened or been allocated a User Account with Stirnet. Registration of a Username requires agreement to these Terms & Conditions.
‘Members’ are Registered Users who have paid for or been granted a Membership Subscription Period which is still current. It is possible that different categories of Membership will be established in due course. Members become Guests on the expiry of their subscription.
‘Guests’ are Registered Users who do not have a current Membership.
2. Members & Guests who have logged-into this site may comment on a blog within Stirnet Histories. However, there is no obligation on Stirnet to publish that comment so that others may see it. Furthermore, Stirnet may delete that comment at any time for any reason or whim and are not obliged to notify the Member or Guest of that deletion.
Registered Users shall:
(i) respect the copyrights of Stirnet Limited and its contributors.
(ii) not advise any other party about any information that has been provided by Stirnet on a confidential basis. For the avoidance of doubt it is confirmed that this applies to any coupon code that may be or may have been provided to enable certain Members to obtain discounts on any products or services provided by Stirnet or any of Stirnet’s associates.
(iii) not distribute (or be involved in any way with the distribution of) an e-mail to Stirnet or to any associate of or contributor to Stirnet or to any (other) Member or Guest that contains abusive or pornographic content or which, in connection with other e-mails, may reasonably be viewed as unwanted or intrusive.
(iv) comply with any terms or conditions of participation that may be set for any part of the site..
(1) Membership may be cancelled by the Member at any time by e-mail sent to our main contact address. No refund of all or any part of a Membership Fee will be made except at our discretion in exceptional cases. Members will be deemed to have had adequate & sufficient opportunity to obtain, before they applied for Membership, such assurance as they required or may require that this site contained information which was likely to be of interest to them and that they are/were able to receive & operate this site in a way that is/was acceptable to them. Stirnet is not able to provide such assurance and accepts no obligation to do so.
(2) Guests may cancel their registration at any time by e-mail sent to our main contact address.
(3) Registration (and Membership) may be cancelled or revoked by Stirnet Limited at any time should the Registered User either breach any of these Terms & Conditions or behave in a manner which gives rise to serious complaint by Stirnet or another party and which may reasonably be deemed by Stirnet to be unacceptable. Stirnet may ban a person or organisation from Registration or Membership for such breach or behaviour and any subsequent subscription by that person or organisation shall be forfeit (in favour of Stirnet or such charitable cause as Stirnet may prefer) unless made in accordance with any conditions set by Stirnet.
(1) We will take reasonable steps to ensure that our site remains accessible through the Internet throughout the period of the Membership of a Registered User. However, we shall not be held responsible for loss or restriction of that access either if our Internet Service Provider fails to maintain that access or otherwise in circumstances not under our control.
(2) Subject to (1) just above, we reserve the right to suspend or withdraw this site at any time without notice.
* In order to comply with (1) just above, in a circumstance in which we have decided to withdraw the site from the Internet, we shall endeavour to keep this site accessible until all Memberships have expired.
* In the event that we have suspended the site temporarily, we shall endeavour to extend the subscription periods of affected Members to compensate for the period of suspension.
(2) When you have Registered a Username, logging-in will result in a cookie being sent to your computer that will enable our ISP’s server to see that you have logged-in and identify whether or not you have a current Membership. It is likely that most people’s computers/browsers will accept our cookie without problem as our cookie is a simple one, the same as or similar to the cookies used by other online membership schemes. However, if you have set your browser (or firewall) to exclude or act as a barrier to cookies then you will probably not be able to log-in properly as a Stirnet Member, thereby stopping you from enjoying the benefits of Membership. Such loss of benefits will be deemed to be a consequence of your voluntary action.
(1) The contents of this website are for your general information & use only and should not be viewed as providing or constituting legal or professional advice and shall not be relied upon as such. The contents are subject to change without notice. Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
(2) Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on the information on this site and, to the fullest extent permitted by English law, we exclude all liability for loss or damages direct or indirect arising from use of this site.
We are the owners or licensees of all intellectual property rights in our site and in the material published or displayed on it. This material includes but is not limited to the content, design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. The materials are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.
You must not use any part of the material on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors in advance and in writing. We do not mind Members using modest amounts of genealogical data from this site for their own private non-commercial purposes. However, we do require people who use more than a trivial amount of data from ANY PART of this site to identify this site as their source for that data.
* Part of the reason why we developed this site was to enable others to share the genealogical data we show in our Families Database. However, our willingness to share such data applies only to Members and applies only to the data, not to the specific method by which the data is displayed. Anyone who takes more than a modest extract from this site and passes it off as their own creation and/or use it for their own commercial benefit shall be deemed to have breached our Copyright. Anyone who is not sure whether or not the amount of information they wish to use from this site should Contact us and advise us of their wish.
(1) You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored, or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. Should you breach this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.
(2) We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.
We aim to update our site regularly and may change the content at any time. Any of the material on our site may be out of date at any given time. We have no obligation to update such material.
The scope of Copyright is very wide. For example: it covers the creativity used in taking a photograph so that, even though the photographer may not own the subject of the photo, he does have copyrights over the actual picture itself. A work may give rise to different copyrights to different people (eg. a film may be scripted by one person, directed by another, acted by another, recorded by another, and edited by another – in practice, the rights that each has is normally subjected to contractual agreement before work starts as otherwise arguments may arise !). ‘Creativity’ is not just restricted to ‘arty stuff’ but covers anything that has required elements of skill, labour or judgement. The key requirement is that THE WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL. Copying someone else’s work does not produce any rights over that copied work. Repeating work done earlier does not enable you to pretend that the new version is ‘original’. However, if you present old work in a new way then there may be elements of originality that may be copyrighted or otherwise protected from being copied by others.
Copyright does not apply to ideas for they are dealt with by Patent Law. Copyright applies only to work that has been produced in some viewable or measurable way. It does not apply to basic matters of fact. However, it does apply to works that involve the collation or display of such facts. Hence, although basic genealogical data is outside of the scope of copyright, an original compilation of a genealogical database does produce a right of ownership that is protected by law.
For more information:
– on relevant USA law: www.loc.gov/copyright
– comments by the World Trade Organisation: www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/trips_e/trips_e.htm
If you have any general queries about the subject of Copyright, or related Intellectual Property rights, DO NOT contact us but seek information yourself from the above-mentioned web sites, your lawyer, or another qualified source. Only contact us if you have a specific query about your use of material from our site.