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Terms of Service

Last Updated: [23/10/2023]

Welcome to ASPA - The Association of Self-Published Authors! We're thrilled to have you join our community dedicated to supporting self-published authors in their journey. Please carefully read and understand the following Terms of Service ("Terms") before using our website or participating in our community. By accessing or using ASPA's services, you agree to be bound by these Terms.

1. Acceptance of Terms

By using the services provided by ASPA, you agree to comply with and be bound by these Terms. If you do not agree with any part of these Terms, you may not access or use our services.

2. Description of Services

ASPA is a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK, providing a platform for self-published authors to connect, share knowledge, and support one another in the self-publishing process. Our services include, but are not limited to, forums, educational resources, and networking opportunities.

3. Membership

Membership with ASPA is free and open to self-published authors. By joining ASPA, you affirm that you are a self-published author or have a sincere interest in self-publishing.

4. User Responsibilities


a. You agree to use the Website and Services only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms. You are solely responsible for your conduct while using the Service.


b. You agree not to:


   i. Violate any applicable laws, regulations, or third-party rights.

   ii. Impersonate any person or entity or provide false information.

   iii. Engage in any activity that disrupts or interferes with the proper functioning of the Service.

   iv. Upload or transmit any material that is harmful, offensive, or violates the rights of others.

   v. Attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Service or any related systems or networks.


c. You understand and acknowledge that ASPA does not provide any guarantees or warranties regarding the success or outcome of your writing career or any specific results from using the Services or information offered. The information and resources provided on the Website are for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice.


d. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any login credentials associated with your account. You agree to notify ASPA immediately of any unauthorised use of your account or any other breach of security.

5. Community Guidelines

Members of ASPA are expected to conduct themselves respectfully and professionally. Harassment, hate speech, or any form of harmful behaviour will not be tolerated. ASPA reserves the right to remove any content or member that violates these guidelines.

6. Privacy Policy

ASPA is committed to protecting your privacy. Our Privacy Policy is available here and outlines how we collect, use, and disclose your personal information.

7. Intellectual Property

All content provided by ASPA, including but not limited to articles, forums, and resources, is protected by copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws. You may not use, modify, reproduce, or distribute any content without prior written consent from ASPA.

a. By submitting any content (such as comments, posts, or media) to the Website or Services, you grant ASPA a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, modify, publish, distribute, and display such content for the purpose of providing and promoting the Services. You represent and warrant that you have the necessary rights to grant this license.


b. ASPA respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects users of the Service to do the same. If you believe that your copyright or other intellectual property rights have been infringed upon, please contact us with the necessary information to investigate and address the issue.

8. Dispute Resolution

Any dispute arising from or relating to these Terms or your use of ASPA's services will be governed by the laws of the United Kingdom. Both parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the United Kingdom.

9. Modifications to Terms

ASPA reserves the right to modify these Terms at any time. Any changes will be effective immediately upon posting. It is your responsibility to review these Terms periodically for updates.

10. Termination of Service

ASPA may, in its sole discretion and without prior notice, terminate or suspend your access to all or part of our services for any reason, including, but not limited to, breach of these Terms.

11. Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about these Terms or ASPA's services, please contact us at [Contact Information].

Thank you for being a part of ASPA - Association of Self-Published Authors! We look forward to supporting you in your self-publishing journey.


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