Welcome to Talking is Medicine.
Our website, www.talkingismedicine.com, is owned and operated by Talking is Medicine Ltd.
These terms set out the rules that apply to you when you use our website.
We might change these terms from time to time, when our business or our services change, and so you should check back each time you use our website, as the updated terms will apply to you.
We may transfer our rights and obligations under these terms to another organisation.
Across our website we share our intellectual property with you. In a nutshell, intellectual property means the rights that are automatically granted to those that create anything.
There is intellectual property in everything on our website, from our photos, videos, blog posts and brand name, down to the designs in the website, the typographical arrangement, layout, text and graphics, and they are protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws across the world.
This intellectual property is either owned by us, or we have been granted a right to use it by our licensors, contributors or by you (where you have posted a comment on our website, as explained later).
What this means is that you’re not allowed to copy, reproduce, modify, distribute, display, publish, transmit, or create any derivative works based on the content found on our website.
You’re also not allowed to use our trademarks, logos or service marks found anywhere on our website, without our prior written consent.
You can print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any pages from our website for your own personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on our website.
That being said, you’re not allowed to modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photos, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.
You must not use any part of the content on our website for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.
You are welcome to share our content on social media, as long as you give us proper credit by tagging us and linking back to our website.
If you would like to use any of our content for commercial purposes, please contact us to request permission.
We take intellectual property rights seriously and will take appropriate legal action to protect our content from unauthorised use.
We respect your privacy, and so we process your personal data in accordance with data protection legislation.
This is all explained in detail within our privacy and cookies policy, which you can find on our website.
Acceptable use policy
Commenting on our blogs posts and forum
One of the key features of our website is the ability to post comments on our blog posts and online forum, and so when you do this you are engaging with us, other commenters, and with the world at large.
When you comment on our website, you must always follow our content standards.
By using our website, you agree that you will not use our website:
- in any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation
- in any way that is unlawful or fraudulent or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect
- to bully, insult, intimidate or humiliate any person
- to send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which doesn’t comply with our content standards (see later in these terms)
- to transmit any spam (i.e. any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional material)
- in any way that involves the abuse or exploitation of any person.
You promise to us that any comment you make complies with these standards, and you’ll be liable to us and indemnify us for any breach of that promise, meaning you will be responsible for any loss or damage we suffer as a result of your breach of your promise.
Any comment or content you upload to our website isn’t considered confidential or proprietary.
This means that you will retain ownership of your content, but you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, licence to use, reproduce, store and copy that content and to distribute and make it available to third parties or on other media, such as on our social media accounts, for our own commercial purposes.
We’re respectful of other people’s intellectual property, and so we have the right to disclose your identity to anyone who is claiming that any content you have posted or uploaded to our website is in breach of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.
As explained above, these standards apply to any comment you post on our website.
By interacting with our website, you promise that each comment will be accurate (where you are stating fact) and genuinely held (where you are stating an opinion).
In addition to this, all comments must not:
- be defamatory of any person, obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory, nor used to bully, insult, intimidate or humiliate anyone
- be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person, or deceive any person
- be threatening, abusive or an invasion of another's privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety
- promote sexually explicit material or include child sexual abuse material
- promote violence or any illegal content or activity
- promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age
- infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person
- breach any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence, or be in contempt of court
- impersonate any person or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person, including as passing yourself as working for or with us
- contain any advertising or promote any services or web links to other websites.
Although we do moderate the interactions on our website and do our best to remove any comments that breaches our standards, we can’t be held responsible for the opinions, comments, statement or activities of users of our website.
If you come across any comment you think is against our standards, we kindly ask that you notify us so we can take action to remove that comment.
On the flipside, if you breach our standards, we reserve the right to delete all comments you have posted without any liability or responsibility to you or any third party.
Other things you can’t do on our website
You’re not allowed to conduct, facilitate, authorise, or permit any text or data mining or web scraping in relation to our website or any services provided via, or in relation to, our website. This includes using (or permitting, authorising, or attempting the use of):
- Any robot, bot, scraper, spider, or other automated device, program, tool, algorithm, code, process, or methodology to access, obtain, copy, monitor or republish any portion of the website or any data, content, information, or services accessed via the same.
- Any automated analytical technique aimed at analysing text and data in digital form to generate information which includes but isn’t limited to patterns, trends, and correlations.
The provisions in this clause should be treated as an express reservation of our rights in this regard, including for the purposes of Article 4(3) of Digital Copyright Directive ((EU) 2019/790).
This clause shall not apply insofar as (but only to the extent that) we are unable to exclude or limit text or data mining or web scraping activity by contract under the laws which are applicable to us.
You’re not allowed to misuse our website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful.
You’re not allowed to attempt to gain unauthorised access to our website, the server on which our website is stored, or any server, computer or database connected to our website.
You are also not allowed to attack our website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.
By breaching this provision, you are committing a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
We will report any breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities, and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them.
If you breach this provision, your right to use our website will stop immediately.
Disclaimers and reliance
Our website is made available free of charge and is provided to you on an as-is and as-available basis.
We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of our website or the information, content, materials, or products included on our website.
You expressly agree that your use of our website is at your sole risk. We don’t warrant that our website, its servers, or any email sent from us are free of viruses or other harmful components.
You’re responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform to access our website.
You should use your own virus protection software. We won’t be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of our website, including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, and consequential damages.
The content on our website is provided for general information only, and is not intended to be any kind of advice that you can rely on. Where we have made any statements on our website, whether in our blog posts or anywhere else, these are our own opinion (unless stated otherwise).
You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our website.
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, or that our website, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted.
We may suspend or withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of our website for business and operational reasons.
Limitation of liability
Whether you are a consumer or a business user:
We don’t exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so.
This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of our employees, agents, or subcontractors and for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
Our liability to you under these terms is capped at £500.
If you are a business user:
We exclude all implied conditions, warranties, representations, or other terms that may apply to our website or any content on it.
We won’t be liable to you for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:
- use of, or inability to use, our website; or
- use of or reliance on any content displayed on our website. In particular, we won’t be liable for:
- loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
- business interruption;
- loss of anticipated savings;
- loss of business opportunity, goodwill, or reputation; or
- any indirect or consequential loss or damage.
If you are a consumer:
Please note that we only provide our website for domestic and private use.
You agree not to use our website for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.
Third party links
We have links on our website to other websites, including but not limited to our social media accounts.
These websites, and any content published on them, aren’t controlled by us and they will have their own terms and conditions and privacy policies that you should read before providing your personal data.
Including those links on our website doesn’t mean that we have approved them, or endorsed the company, or any goods or services they provide.
Links to our website
You can if you choose to add a link on your website to our home page only, as long as you do so in a way that is fair and legal and doesn’t damage our reputation or take advantage of it.
You’re not allowed to establish a link in a way that suggests that we are associated with you, or that we have approved or endorsed you or your goods or services, when it isn’t true.
You’re not allowed to establish a link to our website in any website that isn’t owned and operated by you.
Where you have linked to our website, and we aren’t agreeable to this, we reserve the right to withdraw our permission without notice and you agree to comply with this.
If you wish to link to or make any use of content on our website other than that set out above, please contact us by email.
Governing law and jurisdiction
These terms, and any non-contractual obligations arising hereunder, are governed by the laws of Ireland.
The courts of Ireland have exclusive jurisdiction over any matter and proceedings arising out of these terms.
If you need to contact us, you can reach us at email@example.com or by contacting us on one of our social media accounts.