St Thomas Aquinas Springwood Parish

Blog Terms & Conditions

The St Thomas Aquinas Springwood Parish Youth Group invites you to comment on our blogs.

Blogs are expressed opinions and views of individuals. Posting a blog (or commenting on a blog) gives you a chance to share your views with a large audience. Any material is fair use for blogs as long as it conforms to the rules lied herein.

Conditions of Use

When posting a comment, you agree to the appropriate use of blogs as outlined in the Blog Acceptable Use Policy.

These blogs have potentially global audiences, so when publishing a comment, please ensure it:

  • Is considerate and respectful
  • Free of explicit, offensive or inappropriate language or reference to external sites containing offensive language or images
  • Does not defame, breach copyright or discloses personal/confidential information
  • Does not unlawfully discriminate on the grounds of sex, age, race, political/religious belief
  • Does not identify or name minors under the age of 18 without parental or guardian consent
  • Is respectful of the right of others
  • Is short and succinct (as these are more likely to be read)
  • Adds value to the discussion

The St Thomas Aquinas Springwood Parish Youth Group blog moderator(s) reserve the right to moderate and, if necessary, remove any comments deemed offensive, discriminatory, misleading or unlawful.

The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Communications Manager reserves the right to request the removal of any comment.


Material published on the Internet will be considered defamatory where it contains imputations which:

  • Injures the reputation of a person by exposing them to hatred, contempt or ridicule
  • Would tend to lower the person in the estimation of right thinking members of society
  • Would tend to make people shun and avoid the person

Defamatory communication can also comprise cartoons, caricatures, images and effigies which harm a person’s reputation. It is not necessary to identify a person by name. Reference to an address, geographic location, physical characteristics, mannerisms or social habits may be sufficient to identify someone, notwithstanding that the author may not have intended to identify that person.


Copyright is defined as “a bundle of exclusive rights in certain creative works such as text, artistic works, music, computer programs, sound recordings and films. The rights are granted to the copyright owner to reproduce the material and, for some material, the right to perform or show the work to the public. Copyright owners can prevent others from reproducing or communicating their work without the owner’s permission”.

Most content on the web (eg - text, images, software, podcasts, audio, games, movies, etc) is protected by copyright unless it has been refereed to as “public domain” material. That is, the period of copyright protection (usually 70 years) has expired. Unauthorised copying of a substantial part of copyright material without the copyright owner’s consent or licence is unlawful.

Material with a “creative commons” identifier may be used freely or according to the copyright owner’s terms and conditions.

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Disclosure of Private and Confidential Information

A person may sue for breach of confidence if:

  • A piece of information has a ‘quality of confidence’ about it
  • The information is disclosed to a person in circumstances or in a relationship giving rise to an obligation of confidence
  • That person disclosed or used that information without the authorisation and to the detriment of the person entitled to prevent.