Copyright and contributors notes

Ownership of material

When you contribute material to the Slugger O’Toole website, you are providing us with a worldwide licence to use that material for any purpose.

However, you retain ownership of the copyright in the material.

We hope to provide our contributors with a platform to promote their writing and their capacity to generate valuable content. For this reason, we will provide a comprehensive archive of your posts and will be happy to facilitate contacts with potential customers for your work.

All material should either be original or be sourced.  In respect of sourced information, it should only be contributed to the website under the appropriate licences and/or approvals, or be exempt from needing appropriate licences and/or approvals.  Take particular care in respect of photographs, as there can often be no “fair-dealing” defence. We urge all contributors to gain a full knowledge of copyright rules and in contributing to the site, you agree to indemnify us against any claims for copyright infringement which may brought by any third party against us in respect of your contribution.

Content of material

In general terms, you should not contribute material which constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise be contrary to the law of or infringe the rights of any third party, in any country in the world. In contributing to the site, you agree to indemnify us against all such claims arising from your postings.

Criminal Law

No material should be posted which is threatening, obscene, indecent, pornographic,  liable to incite racial or religious hatred, discriminatory, or is otherwise menacing.

Particular care must also be taken with material regarding ongoing court cases as this can be a contempt of court.

Publication of certain official information can also be an offence under Official Secrets legislation.

Civil Law

Defamatory material should not be published unless Slugger O’Toole Ltd has provided prior approval.  This is also the case with the potential publication of personal, private, or confidential information.


Also be careful to avoid loading any programs or attachments which could be technically harmful (including computer viruses, logic bombs, Trojan horses, worms, harmful components, corrupted data or other malicious software or harmful data).

Converting your text to HTML

You should be able to just copy-paste from Word or whichever editor you use. If you get problems with formatting and spaces you can clean your HTML code with this free online tool:

If you want to convert a whole Word or PDF document to HTML you can use Doc Converter Pro – Document Conversion.

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