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The House Rules which appear below are divided into two sections. Violation of any of the rules in the first section is likely to lead to the immediate suspension of your account and could lead to legal action being taken against you by the authorities or an aggrieved party. Be aware that in exceptional circumstances WeBritish.co.uk could be legally obliged to reveal your registration information and/or IP address to the authorities.

Keep your contributions civil, tasteful and relevant. Please:

No defamatory comments. A defamatory comment is one that is capable of damaging the reputation of a person or organisation. If successfully sued you could be held liable for considerable damages and costs.

Avoid contempt of court which means not posting anything that risks prejudicing on-going or forthcoming court proceedings.

Do not incite people to commit any crime, including incitement of racial hatred.

Avoid breaking a court injunction (for example, naming an individual or speculating as to their current whereabouts after a court has issued an injunction against doing so).

Do not post content which you've copied from someone else and don't own the copyright.

Do not post messages that are unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or racially offensive.

Do not make multiple postings. So that we can publish comments from as many different people as possible, participants should keep their number of contributions per debate to a reasonable level. Multiple posts from one individual, or small number of individuals, discourages many others who might otherwise wish to take part.

Although breaking one of the house rules below is less likely to land you in court, the rules are still important for your own safety, the safety of others and to avoid causing offence. Violation of these rules may result in suspension of your membership.

No swearing. People of all ages read and contribute to Have Your Say. Please don't use profanities or other words which might offend them.

No spamming or flooding. Don't repost the same message, or very similar messages, more than once.

No personal information. It is not acceptable to publicise your or anyone else's contact details including address, place of employment, name of educational establishment, telephone or mobile number, email address, etc. This is for your own safety and that of everyone who uses this service.

Keep your posts relevant. Each Have Your Say debate is about a particular story or issue of the day. Posts which aren't relevant lower the value of the debate for everyone and may be removed.

No advertising, promotion of products or services, or posting of web links (URLs). If you know of a worthy web site relevant to the discussion, please inform the Have Your Say moderators via the Contact Us link.

Post in English only. Posts containing languages other than English may be removed. Common greetings and salutations in languages other than English may be acceptable.

No impersonating. Impersonating someone (including other members) is unacceptable.

No inappropriate usernames (vulgar, offensive, etc).

Abusing the complaints system
. Please don't abuse the complaints system. It exists to enable visitors to alert the Have Your Say moderators about content which breaks the above rules. The complaints system cannot be used to complain about specific BBC programmes or services, or BBC coverage in general. Please do not use the complaints system to alert us to multiple postings, spelling mistakes and so on. Anyone who abuses the complaints system repeatedly may have their account suspended.

Copyright and the law

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If you do not wish to grant such rights to WeBritish.co.uk, it is suggested that you do not submit your contribution to this site.

By submitting your contribution to this site, you also warrant that such contribution is:

• your own original work and that you have the right to make it available to WeBritish.co.uk for all the purposes specified above is not defamatory

• does not infringe any law

• You also agree to indemnify WeBritish.co.uk against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred by WeBritish.co.uk as a result of your breach of the above warranty.

You also agree to waive any moral rights in your contribution for the purposes of its submission to and publication on WeBritish.co.uk site and the other purposes specified above.

You may not post any defamatory or illegal material of any nature. This includes text, graphics, video, and/or audio. Posting a message with the intention of committing or condoning an illegal act is strictly prohibited.

You may not violate, plagiarise, or infringe on the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, or proprietary rights.

You can read more about copyright here. If there is any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and/or specific terms appearing elsewhere on this site relating to specific material then the latter shall prevail.