Freethinker: Terms and Conditions of Membership

This agreement is between you, the member, and G.W. Foote & Co. Limited (“the Company”), the publisher of the Freethinker, an online magazine (“the Website”). 

A. Payment and cancellation terms

  1. Freethinker membership costs GBP £15 per year, including the transaction fee charged by the Company’s online payments system using its chosen payment provider or providers (currently the only payment provider is PayPal). 
  2. Once you have set up your membership using the Company’s online payments system, this will be taken from your account every year unless you cancel at least two weeks before the annual payment is due. 
  3. Once you have paid your annual membership fee, you will be entitled to a cooling-off period of two weeks during which you may choose to cancel. After that you will not be entitled to receive a refund for that year’s payment.
  4. If you cancel within the cooling-off period, the Company reserves the right to delete any events you have posted to the Events Calendar on the Website. 
  5. Any refund you receive will be minus any transaction fees charged by PayPal or any other payment provider that has been used to facilitate payment of your membership fees. 
  6. Any change in the cost of membership will be notified to you no less than two weeks before the date when the change becomes effective, and you will be entitled to cancel your membership prior to that date. 
  7. The Company reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to add or remove any payment providers with due notice to members. 

B. Benefits of membership

  1. As a member, you will have a Freethinker account with your own personal login details. Once logged into your account, you will be able to post comments on articles and post events to the Events Calendar, always on the Website. 
  2. In due course the Company may in its absolute discretion add new benefits of membership. The Company will inform you in a reasonable time of any such benefits if they become available. 

C. Rules for posting comments and events

  1. You agree to abide by the Community Guidelines (below) when posting comments or events on the Website.
  2. You agree that any events you post to the Events Calendar on the Website will be reasonably likely to be of interest to the Website’s readers. 
  3. Once you have posted anything, if you wish to delete it you will need to submit a request to the Company or its agents, editorial staff, employees or contractors (usually the Editor) to do so. It is within the Company’s absolute discretion whether it agrees to delete the post. 
  4. If you do not abide by the Community Guidelines, the Company is entitled in its absolute discretion and without giving reasons to suspend or cancel your membership at any time. You will not be refunded if the Company cancels your membership in these circumstances, subject to the cooling-off period (above). If  the Company suspends or cancels your membership it will notify you of the fact.
  5. You will be able to publish your posts directly to the Website. Once posted, these will be publicly visible to all visitors to the Website.  
  6. The Company reserves the right, within its absolute discretion, to delete any of your posts at any time without notifying you or giving reasons. 
  7. Comments will usually be allowed on articles. However, the Company reserves the right in its absolute discretion not to allow comments, or to close comments, on any particular article.
  8. Community Guidelines:

You agree to keep your posts to the Website within the limits of the applicable law and in accordance with the spirit of the Freethinker as set out in the Editor’s Letter. You agree not to post anything which violates these principles, including but not limited to: slander, libel, harassment, intimidation, incitement to violence, personal attacks, grossly offensive language, and spamming.  

Applicable law and jurisdiction

  1. This agreement and any non-contractual obligations arising of this agreement shall be governed by English law, and any dispute arising out of or relating to the same shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.  

Address for service

  1. The address for the service of any documents relating to this agreement or any legal proceedings shall be the Company’s registered office from time to time, currently:

409-411 Croydon Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3PP.

Limitation of liability

  1. Neither the Company nor any of its agents, employees, editorial staff or contractors, shall be liable to you for any monetary claims of any description arising out of or relating to this agreement. The agents, employees, editorial staff and contractors of the Company shall be entitled to enforce this clause pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.