Conditions of use

Welcome to the Big Smoke, which includes www.thebigsmoke.com.au, www.bellefordgroup.com.au and other websites or pages under the Big Smoke brand that are owned or operated by The Belleford Group Pty Ltd (“we”, “our” or “us”).

Your access to and use of The Big Smoke website and the services available through the The Big Smoke website are subject to:

a.  Our Privacy Statement and these terms;
b.  Copyright and Trade Mark Notice;
c.  Any other terms, conditions, notices or disclaimers displayed on individual pages of the Belleford or The Big Smoke website,

You must:

a. Comply with the Terms of Use outline in this page when using The Big Smoke website;
b. Use The Big Smoke website only for personal or domestic use; and
c. Not use The Big Smoke website that causes us loss or damage in any way.

The Terms of Use outlined are governed by the law in force in the State of New South Wales, Australia.

The Belleford Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to alter and change these Terms of Use at any time by publishing an updated version on The Big Smoke website. Your continued use of The Big Smoke website following any change will indicate your acceptance of the change. You must stop using the website and related sites immediately if you do not agree to the Terms of Use.

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Thebigsmoke.com.au, Belleford Group Pty Ltd, affiliates, employees, agents, third party information providers, service providers, licensors or the like and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, representatives, and third party providers to thebigsmoke.com.au from and against all losses, injuries, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from any violation of these Terms and Conditions by you.

We take pride in our work and always use reasonable care and skill in providing The Big Smoke website. However, we cannot promise that The Big Smoke will be continuously available or virus/fault free. We do not represent or warrant that the content on The Big Smoke website (including third party content) is accurate, reliable, suitable, complete or of a particular quality.

Opinions expressed on The Big Smoke do not necessarily align with the opinions of the Belleford Group Pty Ltd. Opinions and other statements expressed by users, writers and third parties (e.g., bloggers) are theirs alone, not opinions of the Belleford Group or The Big Smoke. Content created by third parties is the sole responsibility of the third parties and its accuracy and completeness are not endorsed or guaranteed. You acknowledge that by providing you with the ability to view and distribute content through our site, The Big Smoke is not undertaking any obligation or liability relating to the content. The Big Smoke and Belleford with its affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers and shareholders do not undertake or assume any duty to monitor our site for inappropriate or unlawful content. We assume no responsibility or liability which may arise from the content thereof including but not limited to, claims for defamation, libel, slander, infringement, invasion of privacy and publicity rights, obscenity, pornography, profanity, fraud, or misrepresentation. Belleford Group reserves the right to block or remove communications, postings or materials at any time at our sole discretion and as we deem fit.

Your Use

The Big Smoke reserves the right to remove posts or links if they break the terms of usage in particular but not limited to:

• Comments inciting hate or violence

• Use of offensive language or content including harassing others

• Advertising third party services or websites unless agreed to in writing by the Belleford Group.

• Abuse of the service provided by The Big Smoke and Belleford Group Pty Ltd.

Furthermore, we retain the right to take ownership of any comments for the purpose of promotional or editorial usage and may edit these comments.

You grant to us a non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty free, transferable licence to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish or communicate to the public your comments or activity in connection with The Big Smoke website and for the reasonable purposes of our business (including marketing) and the right to sub-license these rights.

Your activity on TBS must not;

a) be illegal or unlawful or cause a breach of law, code or an instrument which governs your conduct and/or our conduct;
b) be pornographic, sexually explicit, violent or obscene;
c) request personal information from a person who is under 18 years of age;
d) racist or hateful or promote racism or hatred towards another person or group of persons;
e) be threatening, abusive or harassing of another person or group of persons;
f) infringe any person’s intellectual property rights, including copyright or trade mark rights;
g) be malicious, defamatory or vilify;
h) be misleading or deceptive;
i) adversely affect or prejudice our reputation or brand;
j) transmit malware, viruses or other harmful computer code; or
k) send a commercial advertisement, an affiliate link or constitute any other form of solicitation to users of the service to buy or sell goods or services.

While we are not obliged to do so, we may monitor any content and/or commentary posted on the TBS website at any time.
If, in our sole opinion, your comment or activity breaches the Terms of Use, we may, without notice to you:

• refuse to publish your content, article or comment;
• take down your content;
• report your activity to relevant authorities; and/or
• take any other action we consider necessary to remedy the situation.

Posting comments that repeatedly violate the moderation policy may result in your account being banned from The Big Smoke.

If you find comments that may violate the moderation policy, you may report it to the moderators by clicking emailing editor@thebigsmoke.com.au

We strive to make our site a positive environment, and reserve the right to update the moderation policy as needed. We value your opinion, and thank you for contributing to the discussion.

Third Party Content

Much of the content provided via The Big Smoke (including via hyperlink) relates to third party products, services or information (“third party content”). We do not necessarily agree with the articles posted on this site and third party content is not provided or endorsed by us. Your use of third party content will be on the terms agreed between you and the relevant third party supplier. You must read all terms and conditions, make your own enquiries with the relevant supplier directly before relying on third party content or entering into a transaction in relation to any and all of the third party content. We may receive fees and/or commissions from third parties for third party content. You acknowledge and consent to us receiving the fees.

Intellectual Property

Except where expressly provided otherwise in the Conditions, you do not have any right, title or interest in or to any proprietary rights relating to the Belleford Group or The Big Smoke.
The Big Smoke contains Material that is protected by copyright, trademark and other laws. Except where expressly provided otherwise in the Conditions, you may reproduce and display the Material on the TBS site for your own personal, non-commercial use only. Except for the temporary copy held in your computer’s cache and a single permanent copy for your personal reference, the material may not otherwise be used, stored, reproduced, published, altered or transmitted in any form or by any means in whole or part without our prior written approval or the written approval of our licensor. In particular, you may not use any Material on TBS to establish, maintain or provide, or assist in establishing, maintaining or providing your own publications, Internet site or other means of distribution.
Nothing displayed on the TBS site should be construed as granting any right of use in relation to any logo, masthead or trade mark displayed on the Big Smoke without the express written consent of the relevant owner.

Contact us

If you have any feedback or questions regarding the terms of use on www.thebigsmoke.com.au we welcome you to contact us.

The Big Smoke
Belleford Group Pty Ltd
PO Box 286
Double Bay, NSW 1360
Email:lyn @ thebigsmoke.com.au

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