Terms & Conditions

Unlocked Books (also referred to as ULB or unlockedbooks.com in these guidelines), offers this website platform and any other platform that ULB may provide from time to time, for people to submit content for publication. There are various categories of content to which you may wish to contribute. You might like to share stories, photographs and information of interesting people, family, communities and events. You might have poetry, diaries or letters that you would like to share. We look forward to receiving your content however, to be acceptable for publishing on ULB website, all content must be in accordance with the terms and conditions we have outlined below.

Terms and Conditions for your content to be published

  1. You should only provide your content to ULB if you are 18 years of age or over. Content provided by anyone under 18 years of age should be submitted by someone 18 years or older, with that person doing so by using their own unique email address. 
  2. In the event that you send content to ULB, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  3. ULB may change its terms and conditions at the sole discretion of ULB.
  4. ULB will, at its discretion, decide whether to publish (or remove from a site) any of your content.
  5. Any content that you provide that includes a link or links to other sites or email address of other parties, will be removed.
  6. ULB may edit your content in its discretion.
  7. You agree that ULB, at it’s discretion, may elect to promote your post via the ULB Facebook page and any other means that it may choose.
  8. Readers will be invited by ULB to read the content that authors post without charge. However, ULB at its sole discretion may elect in the future to charge a “fee for read”. In the event that ULB elects to charge a fee, 50% of all revenue paid by readers, will be paid to the author of that particular published article, less the cost of Goods and Services Tax or (VAT) where that may apply. ULB will not charge a Fee for Read without contacting the writer to advise of this. For the purpose of confirming the fee and the appropriate or preferred method or mode of payment, authors will be contacted by ULB via the registered contact details provided by the author when content was submitted to ULB. It is recommended that contributors provide an identifiable email address that is unique to them, in the interests of the contributors privacy. lf a contributor provides a shared email address, then ULB will not be responsible for any communication between ULB and the contributor being known to others sharing the email address.   
  9. You warrant that:
    1. you own your content and all rights in relation to your content;
    2. no other person or entity has any ownership , either wholly or shared, of the content you provide;
    3. you obtained your content in a manner which does not breach any laws or the rights of any person;
    4. your content is accurate and reflects actual people and events and you did not digitally alter images or footage in any way to create your content or impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity. If this is not the case, then reference to any changes should be addressed in the “profile” section preceding the submission of the story.
    5. where the content is fictional,  then this should be stated in the “profile” section preceding the submission of the story.  
    6. your content, your provision of your content to ULB and the use by ULB of your content, in each case as contemplated in these terms and conditions, does not breach any law (including laws relating to privacy, intellectual property and defamation) or the rights of any person or entity;
    7. your content, at the time you send it to ULB, contains no virus or other code or material embedded in it which will have a negative impact on ULB services or infrastructure.
    8. your content is not being provided for a commercial purpose (including that you are not soliciting funds or promoting particular goods or services). In the event that you solicit funds, or promote particular goods or services, ULB will remove your content from the website. Similarly, if you encourage readers to donate to charities or other organisations or institutions of your choice, ULB will remove your content.
    9. you did not forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or SMS. 
  10. Readers will be able to view content by contributors without payment. However, ULB at its discretion, can elect to charge a fee per read or view, based on the popularity of a story or contribution. ULB reserves the right to charge readers per read/view. Whenever this occurs, the income will be split 50%/50% between the Writer and ULB as outlined in item 7 above. 
  11. Whenever ULB elects to charge a fee per read/view, ULB will contact the author/contributor to nominate their preferred banking facility and mode of payment for payments to be deposited by ULB. Whilst authors/contributors can choose to post anonymously, or under a nom de plume, it is important that their registration contact details are accurate and bona fide to ensure that ULB can make contact about shared payments.  
  12. In the event of payments being due to authors/contributors, payments will be distributed on a monthly basis, within 21 days of the end of the month that revenue has been received. All reasonable effort will be made to contact authors via the registered email address or any other address details that may have been provided. If authors cannot be contacted or fail to respond, the authors share of revenue will be held in trust until claimed.  
  13. You acknowledge that ULB may use all intellectual property rights in your content throughout the world, in perpetuity, without restriction and without making payment to you, including publication of that material in hard copy publications or in electronic media, using your content in advertising and promotional material for ULB and permitting others to do any of these, including when ULB and others receive payment for this. 
  14. You agree to ULB owning all copyright and publishing rights of your content in all languages, including digital and hardcopy sales, as well as all media such as television, internet and movies. Authors will receive 50% of any after-cost revenue generated by ULB’s ownership of these rights.
  15. You waive all moral rights in your content and consent to anything which ULB (or any person permitted to do so by ULB) may do in relation to your content which would otherwise be in breach of your moral rights.
  16. ULB will be under no liability to you in respect of any loss or damage (including consequential loss or damage) which may be suffered or incurred or which may arise directly or indirectly in respect of your supply of your content to ULB, or the subsequent use of your content within goods or services supplied by ULB.
  17. On providing your content to ULB for publication in any media, you indemnify ULB and its officers, employees and agents against any damage or loss made against or suffered by any of those indemnified arising, in whole or in part, as a result of:
    1. the publication by ULB or a person permitted by ULB of your content; or
    2. a breach by you of these terms and conditions.
  18. When you provide ULB with your content ULB will collect certain personal information about you. We may contact you for reasons relating to your use of our site or the content you have submitted. For details of the information we collect and its uses, please see our privacy policy.
  19. These terms and conditions shall be governed by the laws of the state of Victoria, Australia. The parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts exercising jurisdiction there.
  20. Nothing in these terms and conditions has any impact on the terms and conditions of use which might apply to any future relevant ULB sites or other services.