Take down policy

Content Standards

These content standards apply to any and all materials which Judges contribute to the Website (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with them. Judges must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

The Kennel Club will consider action where contributions:

  • contain any material which is defamatory of any person
  • contain any material which compromises, undermines or otherwise negatively affects the welfare of dogs
  • contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory
  • 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
  • be likely to deceive any person
  • be threatening, abuse or invade another's privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety
  • be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person
  • give the impression that they emanate from the Kennel Club, if this is not the case
  • Removal of Content

We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of our acceptable use policy. Content which fails to comply with the above standards may result in our taking the actions:

  • immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by Judges to the Website; and
  • requiring Judges to re-submit redacted, amended or wholly changed material.

The responses described in this policy are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate, some of which are outlined in the Terms & Conditions.

Defamatory Content

For content that is alleged to be defamatory we will operate a take-down procedure under section 5 of the Defamation Act 2013 and accompanying Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013

The Kennel Club does not moderate any user-generated content that Judges upload and disclaims all liability for any statements in uploaded content. The Kennel Club will operate a take-down policy under section 5 of the Defamation Act 2013 and the notification procedure of the Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013 for any such material where provided with notice of a complaint setting out why a particular statement is believed to be defamatory. The Kennel Club may contact Judges whose content is subject to a complaint alleging a defamatory statement following s.5 of the Defamation Act 2013 and aforementioned Regulations.

For those wishing to make such a complaint, the notice of complaint must contain the following information:

  • Your name an email address at which you can be contacted;
  • Where on the website the statement complained of was posted;
  • What the statement complained of says and why it is defamatory of you;
  • What meaning you attribute to the statement complained of;
  • The aspects of the statement which you believe are factually inaccurate or opinions not supported by fact;
  • Confirmation that you do not have sufficient information about the person who posted the statement to bring proceedings against that person;
  • Confirmation of whether you consent to your name and/or email address being provided to the poster.

Complainants must send any complaints or requests for further information to judgescritiques@thekennelclub.org.uk