Legal policies and disclaimers

Policy Statement / Disclaimer in relation to commercial activty

 As all members are aware, the To-ken Society of Great Britain was formed as a non-profit making organisation whose purpose remains the study and preservation of Japanese swords and associated items, such as Japanese armour and sword fittings. This includes the entire spectrum of collecting and preservation and naturally includes polishing, lacquering, tsukamaki, saya making etc. a considerable amount of of this activity is practised by highly skilled artisans, outside of Japan.

We would like to make it clear that we do not, as a Society, endorse or favour any dealers, restorers, agents or other bodies, which may be trading in this market. Of course, individually we may recommend a polisher, for instance, but this is a personal matter and based on an individuals experience, it is not the business of the Society  (the only exception to this may be when we publish a book review, which may be favourable or otherwise). Further, we will not be held responsible for any loss or damage, including financial loss, that any member may incur when transacting business with a commercial body or individual. It is up to each member to take the necessary precautions themselves and to exercise the necessary caution.

It may be that we occasionally accept a paid for advertisement from a trader, which may appear in printed form or on our website. These advertisements will be clearly separate from our normal editorial text. This also does not form an endorsement. Finally, providing a link on our website should also not be taken as any kind of endorsement or recommendation, rather it is a convenience to the membership.

IMPORTANT NOTICE relating to our online presence 

Our Facebook page and website are aimed at helping promote and foster education in the field of Japanese sword and fittings.

It was not created to enable individuals or companies to promote their commercial interests or businesses. Nor is it a vehicle for personal attacks, rudeness or abuse of any kind. Any posts involving such activities will be removed without notice and the individuals concerned will be barred.
Differences of opinion should be dealt with, with dignity and respect. Participants on this page must adhere to the Society’s code of conduct which can be viewed on this website and in our Magazine. The Society should be a platform for sharing, please remember to give rather than take, try and be generous with knowledge and education.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR DATA/MEDIA – When uploading posts to our website or social media, the author bears full responsibility for material uploaded or transmitted and confirms that the content, or material:
(1) Is NOT false or misleading.

(2) is NOT defamatory.

(3) does NOT invade another's privacy

(4) is NOT obscene, pornographic, or offensive.

(5) does NOT promote bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any individual or group.

(6) does NOT infringe another's rights, including any intellectual property rights or copyright

(7) does NOT promote illegal activity.

8) No business advertising, self-promotions or spam. Members, readers and contributors should not use the Society media presence or publications such as the magazine or social media pages or website as a vehicle for sales activity or promotion unless expressly authorised by the Committee.

(9) The Society and its committee do not accept any liability for or support any personal attacks – only make constructive criticism, be positive and respectful at all times.

DEFAMATION – PLEASE READ - Please refrain from any slander/libel or defamation statements, this is illegal and a serious crime according to UK law. Slander is an untrue spoken statement, while libel is publishing a falsehood about someone else. UK law encourages freedom of speech but does not allow telling lies, which could damage a person’s reputation or business. If defamation is proven in a civil action, significant damages can be awarded to the plaintiff.