Terms of Use and Policies

Last updated 1 July 2020

This page is an exhaustive list of all the various policies that govern how our websites work.

 

Preliminary matter

Application of policies

These policies and terms apply to iosef.org and skymann.net. Some policies, such as the comments and user-generated content policy, may also apply to related social media channels where we have control. These include Facebook and YouTube.

Amendment of policies

iosef.org and its editors reserve the right to change any policy listed on this page without notice unless such notice is required under Australian or ACT law. The date of the last amendments will be shown at the top of this page.

Responsible authority and jurisdiction

Joseph Mann is the sole proprietor, webmaster, and managing editor of the website and the ultimate responsible authority for carrying out the policies described in this document. He can be contacted by email at mann@iosef.org.

Our websites are managed from the Australian Capital Territory according to the Territory's laws. Our web servers are hosted by DreamHost in the United States.


Privacy Policy

iosef.org does not collect personally identifiable information about its users unless explicitly provided. However, some of our third-party partners may collect information through the use of single-sign on and tracking cookies.

DreamHost, our web host, logs your connection when you visit our websites. The logs are not accessed by DreamHost or iosef.org unless required to by law and are deleted after three days.

We ensure that every connection to our websites are carried over the more secure HTTPS protocol.

GDPR

If you are a citizen of a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area, the European Free Trade Area, the United Kingdom, or Switzerland, you may reqyest that an personal information we hold about you be erased or returned to you. We may also consider similar requests made by citizens from outside the GDPR area on a case-by-case basis.

Please make such requests to Joey Mann by email at mann@iosef.org with sufficient information to identify you including names, aliases and email addresses.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

We review all comments (see the comment policy) and we retain every single comment made on our website in perpetuity even if it is not eventually approved for display, unless a request to erase them has been made under the GDPR.

If you so chose, you can save the name, email address and URL you associate with your comments so that you do not need to re-enter this information when leaving additional comments. When you select this option, we place a cookie in your browser which expires after one year.

We also use reCAPTCHA in the comments for users who are not logged in to prevent spam. reCAPTCHA is provided by Google and use of it is governed according to the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here. After approval of your comment, your Gravatar image (or a randomly generated image) may be visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Advertising, social media and related external cookies

We use Google AdSense for advertising, which uses several cookies (including tracking cookies) to serve relevant advertising based on your browsing history. We only serve ads (and thus, Google ad cookies) to visitors who are not signed in to the website. The ad code is not loaded if you are signed in. You can find Google's privacy policy here and you can use these links to disable ad tracking cookies on Google and over 100 different ad networks.

Some videos on iosef.org and skymann.net are served with advertising from Dailymotion. Dailymotion mostly uses Google Ads for its advertising, but be sure to read Dailymotion's privacy policy if you have any questions, which is available here.

Pages that embed social media posts may result in cookies or other tracking files being left in your browser. All such embeds (and their associated tracking cookies) are placed after the 'read more' tag of the respective post and are only loaded if you affirmatively choose to read an article.

Signed in users

This section only applies to users who are logged in to iosef.org or skymann.net with an account

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Our site uses the Jetpack extension from Automattic to deliver some functionality.

To deliver some functionality and record activities around site management, the following information is captured: user email address, user role, user login, user display name, WordPress.com and local user IDs, the activity to be recorded, the WordPress.com-connected site ID of the site on which the activity takes place, the site’s Jetpack version, and the timestamp of the activity. Some activities may also include the actor’s IP address (login attempts, for example) and user agent.

While you are logged in to our sites, Jetpack collects the following information: Login attempts/actions, post and page update and publish actions, comment/pingback submission and management actions, plugin and theme management actions, widget updates, user management actions, and the modification of other various site settings and options. This data is retained for up to thirty days and only the twenty most recent events are accessible to iosef.org administrators.

The following information is sent to Automattic's servers to assist with managing our websites: Successful and failed login attempts, including the user's IP address and user agent.

Users logged in to an account linked to a WordPress.com account

If you are logged in to iosef.org or skymann.net with a WordPress.com account, the following information is tracked by Automattic while you are signed in: IP address, WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com username, WordPress.com-connected site ID and URL, Jetpack version, user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Some visitor-related information or activity may be sent to iosef.org's webmaster via this feature. This may include: email address, WordPress.com username, site URL, email address, comment content, follow actions, etc.

The following activities may also be tracked by Automattic: Sending notifications (i.e. when we send a notification to a particular user), opening notifications (i.e. when a user opens a notification that they receive), performing an action from within the notification panel (e.g. liking a comment or marking a comment as spam), and clicking on any link from within the notification panel/interface.

Email subscriptions

When you subscribe to iosef.org or skymann.net, or a comment thread on one of these websites, by email, the following information is used: subscriber’s email address and the ID of the post or comment (depending on the specific subscription being processed). In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page (REQUEST_URI and DOCUMENT_URI). This server data used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.

Activity Tracked: Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

Copyright notice-and-takedown provisions

When you submit a notice-and-takedown request, all the information in the request is retained for the purposes of processing the request, and for four years after the request is submitted.


Editorial Policies

Unsolicited submissions permitted

Feel free to make submissions for content to be posted on iosef.org websites. To get started contact Joey at mann@iosef.org. Submissions will be published at the discretion of the webmasters in consultation with writers/creators, on mutually agreed terms.

Copyright, and related rights, in submitted works

Authors retain all intellectual property rights to works they have submitted.

We generally require that you give us a perpetual license to use the works you submit.

We also require that you indemnify us for any claim of any civil tort or wrong that arises for your work.

Editorial voice

This policy pertains particularly to iosef.org

Authors submitting works for iosef.org should consider the editorial voice of the website which is set out below.

  1. Submissions must follow our community guidelines, especially the provisions concerning hate speech.

  2. Articles on political subjects are written in support of a left-wing and social democratic ideological framework. Articles submitted should reflect this framework. For clarity:

We will not publish anything that does not fit the editorial voice without a very good reason.

Fair comment about living persons

Authors are advised to, but are not required to, make requests for comment from living people, especially public figures, who are mentioned in articles for iosef.org. Authors are advised that any claim (especially negative claims) made about a person or business should be backed up by verifiable, and preferably publicly available, evidence that should be archived so that it is not retractable.

Articles that make imputations about people that cannot be justified may, in extreme circumstances, be removed.

If an article on this website mentions, or is about, you or your client and you wish to clarify any imputation made, you are invited to email Joey at mann@iosef.org. You will be informed about any action taken.

You may receive a response attempting to make clarifications if you read an imputation in to the article that was not the intended reader response. Any response will be considered in making a final decision.

Frivolous claims will not be considered.


Community Guidelines

These guidelines also inform how we moderate our comments on YouTube channels and other social media presences.

We review all comments posted on iosef.org to ensure that they do not contain content that falls within any category below. Unless we have to for legal reasons, we generally don't delete comments that violate these rules, we simply opt not to publish them.

We aim to approve comments within 10 hours of their submission.

Illegal content

Content which is illegal to distribute under the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia or the Australian Capital Territory will not be approved. Content which creates an unacceptable burden of liability will also not be approved.

This includes, among other things:

In Australia, using a "carriage service", including comment sections, to "menace, harass, or cause offence" is a criminal offence which potentially carries a penalty of 3 years imprisonment.

If administrators deem such action to be necessary, illegal content will be reported to the relevant authorities.

Hate speech

Content which constitutes hate speech will not be published.

Hate speech is a broad category, but in general if you are posting content that a reasonable person would deem to harass, intimidate, or offend a person or group of people based on immutable characteristics, you are posting hate speech.

Under section 750 of the Criminal Code 2002 (ACT), serious vilification of a person on a number of grounds in the context of a threatening act is a criminal offence in the Australian Capital Territory where this website is operated from.

What is an immutable characteristic?

Anything about a person that they cannot change or, failing that, shouldn't be expected to change in a society that upholds individual freedom.

Things that a person cannot change include but are not limited to:

As a general rule, if you're attacking a person and not their ideas, you're probably using hate speech.

Spam

Spam is any irrelevant or repetitive content sent without solicitation. If you're posting a comment which isn't relevant to the post that you're commenting on, or you copy-and-paste the same message repeatedly, it may be marked as spam.

Fake or false news is considered in most cases to be spam.

Your IP address may be blocked from accessing iosef.org if you consistently spam, which may potentially inconvenience users other than yourself.

Toxic or trolling behaviour

If your comment appears to be made merely to troll or cause drama, it will not be published.


Intellectual property policies

Copyright in works on our sites

All original works are copyright of their authors, unless otherwise specified.

Archiving of ephemeral copyrighted works

Sometimes we need to archive works that we do not have the rights to in order to preserve primary source information. We only make such archival works publicly accessible where absolutely necessary.

Enforcement of copyright law - notice and takedown

If you find your copyrighted material on our websites or social media and you wish for it to be removed, please email Joey Mann at mann@iosef.org with the following details:

  1. Your name and sufficient information to reply to your request.

  2. A description of the copyrighted material you allege that we infringed and evidence that you own, or represent the owner of, the copyright.

  3. Sufficient information to identify and locate the allegedly infringing material (URLs are preferred).

  4. You must make a positive representation or statement, preferrably a statutory declaration, that:

    1. you are the owner or an agent or exclusive licensor of an exclusive right that you allege has been infringed; and
    2. you have a good faith belief that the use of the material is not authorised by the owner of the exclusive right allegedly infringed, or by the law of Australia; and
    3. that you wish for access to the material to be disabled.
  5. You must sign the notice with a signature.

After you submit your notice, we will endeavour to act upon it as soon as is practicable. In most cases, the allegedly infringing content will be deleted from our servers. In a small number of cases, we will merely disable public access to the material. You will be informed when we act on your notice and what action was taken.

In some cases, a notice containing the copyright owner's name may appear in place of the original content that would read as follows:

This content has been removed at the request of [name], the copyright holder.

In some cases, you may receive a counter-notice in response giving reasons why the content should remain in place. Reasons can include:


Ecommerce Policies

These policies apply to e-commerce sites operated on iosef.org, on skymann.net, or on related websites.

No anonymous payments

When making a financial transaction through iosef.org websites, you must use a traceable payment method such as a credit or debit card in your own name. We do not accept anonymous payment methods, such as cryptocurrency.

Price listings

Prices on our websites are denoted in Australian dollars (AUD). This number may be a lot higher than you may be expecting if you shopping from the United States. Please check the exchange rates for your local currency.

Taxes we may collect from you

You may be charged Goods and Services Tax (GST) when purchasing goods or services, including digital goods and services, through our websites. Your receipt (called a tax invoice) will include the amount of tax collected from your purchase of the good or service supplied. The GST is currently set at 10% and is included in the price of the good or service.

In some jurisdictions, we may be required to collect similar taxes from you. Such taxes will be displayed on the review order page and on your tax invoice.

Donations made to iosef.org are not tax-deductible, as we are not a non-profit.

Compliance with sanctions

Under Australian law, we are prohibited from doing business with persons, governments or organisations listed on the Consolidated List, or with terror organisations and their members.

We will not do business with customers located in certain countries due to sanctions from the Australian government or other governments in jurisdictions where it is in our interest to comply with sanctions.

Our payment gateways may also prevent you from doing commercial business with us if you are located in certain sanctioned countries or in jurisdictions where these payment gateways do not process payments.

If we believe we have received money from a person or organisation on the Consolidated List, we are required by law to freeze the asset and contact law enforcement.

Donations

By making a donation through our platforms, you relinquish all rights to the amount of money donated and warrant that:

  1. you are donating your own money or money gained through a line of credit you are authorised to use for the purpose of making personal transactions; and
  2. you are making the donation in a personal capacity and not on behalf of any other person, or you are making the donation on behalf of an organisation with that organisation's written approval; and
  3. you are not sending money from or on behalf of someone from a country that is sanctioned; and
  4. you are not a member of a terrorist organisation prohibited under Australian law; and
  5. your donation is not made for the purpose of influencing, or otherwise gaining leverage over, the editorial or other output of our websites or platforms.

Donations are made out to Joseph Mann. Funds from donations will be directed towards meeting the costs of maintaining iosef.org and related websites first. After these costs are met, they may be directed to any person or organisation as Joseph Mann sees fit.

As stated above, donations are not tax-deductible.

If you donate more than AUD$1,000 within a financial year, we may disclose your name, the amount you have donated within the financial year, and the country listed in your billing address, in our yearly transparency reports.

A financial year in Australia starts on July 1 in one year and ends on June 30 in the next year.

Refunds

On the supply of goods and services, you are entitled to the guarantees made under the Australian Consumer Law.

We, and any manufacturer we work with, must guarantee that:

When we deliver a service, we guarantee that the service will be delivered with due care and skill, be fit for any described purpose, and will be supplied in a reasonable amount of time.

If these guarantees are not met, you may request a refund by emailing Joey at mann@iosef.org.

The list of guarantees above is not exhaustive. Please consult the Australian Consumer Law found in Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2011 (Cwth.) for more information.

We will not give refunds on donations except in cases of fraud, such as an unauthorised transaction or in cases where the donations policy has not been met.


Transparency Reports

The authors of iosef.org and related websites may publish a report describing certain actions or decisions made under these terms.


Miscellaneous Terms

Our sites are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. You understand and agree that you use our sites at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage or loss whatsoever that results from such use. We disclaim to the fullest extent permitted by law all guarantees, warranties or representations of merchantability, acceptable quality and fitness for any purpose, security, reliability, accuracy, timeliness, and performance of our websites and services and any content contained therein.