Welcome to the MasterChef website. The Website (as defined below) is owned and operated by Endemol Shine UK Ltd., a company registered in England and Wales with its registered office at Shepherds Building Central, Charecroft Way, Shepherds Bush, London W14 0EE (company registration number: 06032269).
In these terms and conditions: “we”, “us” & “our” refers to Endemol Shine UK Ltd and its assignees and, where appropriate, to the creators of and contributors to the construction of the Website and/or MasterChef Sites; “you”, “your” & “yourself” refers to visitors to and users of the Website or MasterChef Sites and its content and, where appropriate, persons registering as a user thereof and persons submitting recipes, photographs and other material thereto.
These terms and conditions govern the use of the Website (and online platforms) relating to MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals in the UK (collectively the “Programme”) including without limitation the website with domain name: www.masterchef.com (the “Website”), any content and features therein (including without limitation any audio visual content, text, photographs, advertising, other services, embeddable media players and RSS feeds) (together, our “Services) and/or any MasterChef account or pages created and/or operated by Endemol Shine UK Ltd, on online platforms such as twitter.com, facebook.com and instagram.com using https://www.facebook.com/MasterChefUK/, https://twitter.com/masterchefuk and/or https://www.instagram.com/masterchefuk/ (the “MasterChef Pages(s)”). The Website, Services and MasterChef Pages are hereinafter collectively referred to as the “MasterChef Site(s)”.
We may update these terms and conditions at any time. Please review the terms and conditions regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes. Your continued access to and/or use of the MasterChef Site(s) after changes have been made to the terms and conditions indicates your agreement to be legally bound by the updated and/or amended terms and conditions.
The Website is operated by Endemol Shine UK Ltd, an associated company of Shine TV who are the producers of the Programme. This Website is not an official BBC website nor is its content endorsed or approved by the BBC.
Information published via the MasterChef Site(s) is intended solely for the purpose of providing general information and is not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. We do not warrant that any information is accurate or free from error and we disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any content on the MasterChef Site(s) by you or by anyone who may be informed of any of the contents of the MasterChef Site(s).
You acknowledge that when using the MasterChef Site(s) you may be exposed to information from a variety of sources and that we are not responsible for the content, truth, accuracy, usefulness or safety of such information. We do not endorse any User Content (defined below) or any opinion, recommendation or advice expressed in any User Content and we disclaim any and all liability in connection with such User Content or other material.
We aim to update the MasterChef Site(s) regularly and may change the content at any time. We may suspend access to our Services, Website and/or MasterChef Site(s) or close them indefinitely at any time at our sole discretion. The information may be out of date at any given time and we are under no obligation to update them. We do not warrant that the functions contained on the MasterChef Site(s) will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected or that our Services or the servers that makes them available are free of viruses or bugs.
You acknowledge that we are not responsible for the outcome of any recipe you try from the MasterChef Site(s), or any website or platform you link to from the Website or MasterChef Site(s). You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking ability. You should always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish. Recipes available on the MasterChef Site(s) may not been formally tested by us or for us and we do not provide any assurances nor accept any responsibility or liability with regard to their originality, efficacy, quality or safety.
Access and Use of our Services
In accessing the MasterChef Site(s) made available by us, you agree that you will do so only for your own personal, non-commercial use. To this end, you may access and review all pages of the MasterChef Site(s), and print individual pages (but you may NOT photocopy them or print multiple copies other than for your own personal, non-commercial use).
No licence is granted to use any intellectual property or other right in or to the MasterChef Site(s) in any manner whatsoever. Any copying, reproduction, lending or hiring, public performance, broadcasting or any other form of distribution of the content on the MasterChef Site(s) other than in accordance with these terms and conditions is prohibited and will constitute a copyright infringement. This includes downloading or printing material, or extracts from it, in a systematic or regular manner or otherwise so as to create a database in electronic or paper form comprising all or part of the material appearing on the MasterChef Site(s). The design, arrangement and look and feel of this Website is also the copyright of Endemol Shine UK Ltd and may not be copied or otherwise reproduced.
You agree to use the MasterChef Site(s) only for lawful purposes, in a manner which does not infringe the rights of, or improperly restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, the MasterChef Site(s) by any third party. Such restriction or inhibition includes, but is not limited to, conduct which is libellous, in breach of anyone’s privacy or which may harass, cause distress or inconvenience to any person and the transmission of obscene or offensive content or interruption of the normal flow of dialogue within the MasterChef Site(s).
If you are under 16 you will need to obtain your parent’s or guardian’s permission before using any interactive features of the MasterChef Site(s), such as transmitting or uploading any content onto the MasterChef Site(s). If you are under 16 you must not reveal any personal information about yourself or anyone else, including your telephone number, home address or email address, to us or to any other user of the MasterChef Site(s).
We make no representation that any of the content on the MasterChef Site(s) is appropriate or available for use in your country. You are responsible for ensuring that your use of the MasterChef Site(s) is in compliance with all applicable local laws and regulations.
You agree to comply with these terms and conditions when using our Services, Website and MasterChef Site(s) and all applicable laws and regulations, together with any specific rules which may be posted on the MasterChef Site(s) in relation to any material and content that you access via the MasterChef Site(s).
Registration is not required to browse the Website. However, you may be required to register your details for certain Services (for example, to register for a newsletter) and open a user account that you can then use to access and log on to use those Services. If you register your details for any such Services, you agree to provide true and accurate information about yourself as prompted by the registration form on the Website (the “Registration Information”) and promptly update any such Registration Information. You may change or update your user name and password or other details at any time via your account. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate or inappropriate or we have reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate or inappropriate or that you have registered, or attempted to register, more than once, we have the right to suspend, terminate, lock or delete your membership registration. We accept that you may make a mistake when registering information about you, and that you will need to correct such mistakes. However, we may suspend, lock, terminate and/or delete your membership if certain details about you (e.g. your age) are changed on more than one occasion.
You may only register once and you must not register, or attempt to register, more than once or attempt to achieve registration of more than one membership for yourself (e.g. by applying for multiple registrations or memberships by using different email addresses, different mailing address or variations on first or last name for the same person).
You understand and accept that if you register for certain Services and open a user account it is your sole responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of your password and that you are responsible for all activity that occurs under your user name and password. We will not be liable where your password is used by someone else. You should notify us immediately of any unauthorised use of your password and any breach of security as soon as you become aware of it.
Restrictions on your use of the Website and the Services:
You may not copy, reproduce, download, broadcast, transmit, publish, store, modify, or otherwise commercially exploit or use any of the MasterChef Site(s) (including without limitation any User Content (as defined below), web pages, computer codes of elements comprising the MasterChef Site(s) and/or any software provided to you by us), or permit or assist any third party to do the same without our prior written permission.
You agree that you will not use the MasterChef Site(s) in any way that may lead to the encouragement, procurement or carrying out of any criminal or unlawful activity, or cause distress, harm or inconvenience to any other person.
You will not do anything that may cause damage to the MasterChef Site(s) or our servers, systems or equipment or those of third parties, nor access or attempt to access any users’ data or penetrate or attempt to penetrate the MasterChef Site(s) security measures.
You agree to compensate us in respect of any damages or losses suffered by us as a result of any claim or legal action brought against us by any third party in respect of any matter arising from your use of the MasterChef Site(s) in breach of these terms and conditions or from your violation of any applicable law or regulation.
You agree not to give any indication that you have any commercial relationship with us or MasterChef, or that you are our agent or that we have endorsed any User Content (defined below) you may make.
We reserve the right to suspend, restrict or terminate your access to any, or all, of the MasterChef Site(s) at any time at our sole discretion.
We may also ban or suspend you (at our discretion) as a user of the MasterChef Site(s) if you do not comply with these terms and conditions.
All intellectual property rights in the MasterChef Site(s) (including but not limited to information, data, text, documents, graphics, logos, designs, images, pictures, photographs, videos, podcasts, weblogs, RSS feeds, widgets, embeddable media players, software, interactive features, advertisements or other content, services or materials (or any part of them) and the design, arrangement and look and feel of the Website) and all material or content made available by us and/or our partners via the MasterChef Site(s) (excluding any User Content (defined below)) shall remain at all times the property of Endemol Shine UK Ltd or Endemol Shine UK Ltd licensors.
Except as specifically permitted on the MasterChef Site(s), you undertake not to copy, store in any medium (including on any other website), distribute, transmit, re-transmit, re-publish, broadcast, modify, or show in public any part of the MasterChef Site(s) without our prior written permission (and the prior written consent of the owner of the relevant intellectual property rights as and if applicable) in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
The names, images and logos identifying us, companies in the Endemol Shine UK Ltd group, our partners or third parties and our/their products and services contained in the MasterChef Site(s) are proprietary marks and may not be reproduced or otherwise used without express permission.
Nothing contained in these terms and conditions shall be construed as conferring by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any licence or right to use any trade mark, patent, design right or copyright of Endemol Shine UK Limited or of any third party.
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY BEFORE UPLOADING OR OTHERWISE TRANSMITTING ANY USER CONTENT TO THE MASTERCHEF SITE(S). IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO GRANT US THE PERMISSIONS SET OUT IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE MASTERCHEF SITE(S)
The following terms and conditions apply to the submission by you of any material in whatever form, including without limitation recipes, photographs, graphics, video, audio, tweets, posts and/or other written material (together “User Content”) to the Services and/or upload on the MasterChef Site(s) (should the option to do so become available at any time). In particular to the following terms:
You promise that you are the original owner of any User Content you contribute or that you have the necessary licences, rights, consents, and permissions to authorise us to use your User Content on the MasterChef Site(s) and Services and in accordance with the paragraph below. In particular, you promise that you are the copyright owner of any User Content you contribute (or are validly authorised by the copyright owner to make the relevant use of the material forming such User Content) and have obtained the permission of all of the people featured or referred to in such User Content (and if they are under 18 their parents or guardians as well) to include them in such User Content and to allow the use by us of your User Content on the MasterChef Site(s) and in accordance with the paragraph below. You agree to give us evidence of all such licences, rights, consents, and permissions immediately on request by us or otherwise you shall, and will procure that any necessary third parties shall, do all such further acts and execute and deliver all such other documents as may be reasonably requested by us to confirm the licences and rights granted under these terms and conditions. You acknowledge that the contents of any User Content which you choose to place on the MasterChef Site(s) will be considered non-confidential.
By submitting User Content and in consideration of us making available to you the opportunity to upload any User Content (which you acknowledge as a sufficient benefit to you), you irrevocably and unconditionally grant us a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free and transferable licence (with the right to sub-license) to use, edit, reproduce, record, modify, translate, distribute, play, perform, and otherwise make available (including to other users), prepare derivative works of and to include your User Content (whether in whole or in part or copies of the same) on the MasterChef Site(s) and/or Website and/or Services and/or as part of any other work (including without limitation as part of any of our and our partners’ profiles on third party platforms such as Twitter and Facebook) in any and all media and by any method whether now known or later developed throughout the world for the full term of copyright and any other rights and all renewals revivals and extensions thereof. You also agree to waive your moral rights in your User Content. You understand and agree that once you submit User Content we shall be unable to modify or remove it from the MasterChef Site(s), Website or Services or such other work.
You further authorise us to grant and we hereby grant to each user of the MasterChef Site(s) a non-exclusive licence to view, hear, read, stream, download, link to and otherwise access your User Content to the MasterChef Site(s) through the MasterChef Site(s) and otherwise to use such User Content as permitted through the functionality of the MasterChef Site(s) and in accordance with these terms and conditions.
You are responsible for the contents of any User Content you make and the consequences arising from its use on the MasterChef Site(s). (Please note that we cannot accept any User Content containing any music, save where expressly permitted by us.) You agree that you will not upload to the MasterChef Site(s) any material or content which is in any way defamatory, obscene, unlawful, harmful, offensive or inappropriate or infringes the rights of a third party or may have the effect of being insulting, harassing, threatening, abusive or hateful or which otherwise degrades or may be seen to intimidate an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age or disability. You agree not to infringe any laws in order to produce or submit any User Content. We have the right to disclose relevant information to any third party who is claiming that any material posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, their right to privacy or any UK or other applicable law or regulation. You agree not to transfer files which contain viruses or other harmful programs. Further, you must not endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks in order to produce or make available any User Content.
You also agree not to advertise or promote third parties’ or your own goods or services on or by means of the MasterChef Site(s) or your User Content including by way of the distribution of “spam” email. In particular, you agree not to use the MasterChef Site(s) to provide links to third party websites. We do not guarantee or endorse any User Content or opinion, recommendation or advice posted on the MasterChef Site(s) by users, and we expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with such material.
We may accept your User Content, modify your User Content, or refuse to display your User Content at any time in our sole and absolute discretion. We may also withdraw your User Content and/or suspend, restrict, revoke your registration (where applicable) and/or terminate the Services provided under these terms and conditions immediately without notice to you for any reason, including, without limitation, where we suspect your User Content to be in any way defamatory, obscene, unlawful, harmful, insulting, offensive, inappropriate or to infringe the rights of a third party. We have no obligation to modify or remove any inappropriate, offensive or unlawful content.
Links on the MasterChef Site(s)
The MasterChef Site(s) may contain links/ hyperlinks to other third party websites and services operated by third parties. These links are provided for your ease of reference, convenience and enjoyment only. We have no control over the content, services or availability on such third party. If you visit any linked site, you do so entirely at your own risk. Unless stated otherwise, we are not responsible or liable (directly or indirectly) for any contents, advertising, products, services, views expressed or information on or available from third party websites (including without limitation payment for and delivery of any products or services) or for any damage, loss or offence caused by or in connection with your access to and use of such third party sites and any available services. Any terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with any dealings on any third party sites are solely between you and the relevant provider of that site and/or any relevant service of any linked website (including any goods or services offered or supplied through such a website) or any hyperlink contained in the linked website. It is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses or other destructive elements.
You agree that we will not be party to any transaction or contract with a third party that you may enter into and we will not be liable to you for any loss or damage which you may suffer by using any third party websites and services. You agree that you will not involve us in any dispute you may have with such third party websites and services.
The inclusion of any link does not imply any endorsement of the linked website by us. We do not endorse or in any way adopt representations made by advertisers on any linked website. We strongly encourage you to make whatever investigation you feel necessary or appropriate before proceeding with any online or offline transaction with any third parties
Linking to the MasterChef Site(s)
Any links to our Website or MasterChef Site(s) must be made in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it. You must not establish a link in any way that suggests any form of association, representation, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. Links to the MasterChef Site(s) do not imply that we endorse, are affiliated with or are associated with any linked site or that any linked site is authorised to use any of our trademarks, trade names, brands, logos or copyright symbols or those of any of our affiliates or licensors.
Links to the MasterChef Sites are not permitted from any website that incites, promotes, encourages and/ or facilitates any type of discrimination, infringement, hate, violence or any time of offensive, obscene or illegal behaviour or activity. Together, the “Excluded Site(s).
Our Legal Obligations and our Limits on Liability
All Services on the MasterChef Site(s) are provided on an ‘as is’ and ‘as available’ basis. We do not guarantee which Services will be on the Website. We cannot promise that the MasterChef Site(s) will be free from errors or omissions nor that they will be available uninterrupted and in a fully operating condition. The MasterChef Site(s) may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair or for reasons beyond our reasonable control, or otherwise at our sole discretion. We will not be liable to you or to any other person in the event that all or any part of the MasterChef Site(s), the Services or Website are discontinued, modified or changed in any way.
The views expressed in any content or material which is uploaded and/or contributed by you or other users of the MasterChef Site(s) (including without limitation any User Content) do not reflect Endemol Shine UK Ltd’s views.
We do not represent or warrant that the information accessible via the MasterChef Site(s) is accurate, complete or current.
We reserve the right to change the MasterChef Site(s) or delete or add or modify content and/or features and/or any of the Services in any way, at any time, and/or for any reason as we may elect from time to time.
To the extent permitted by law, we do not accept any liability for: (i) any damage or loss caused to you where you are not entering into these terms and conditions as a consumer; (ii) any loss or damage which may result from the use of the MasterChef Site(s) including, without limitation, loss due to any computer virus or viruses which may infect your computer equipment as a result of your access to or use of the MasterChef Site(s) or your downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video or audio from the MasterChef Site(s) (as appropriate); (iii) any failure, any suspension and/or any termination of access to the MasterChef Site(s) or any content in connection with or arising out of a force majeure event (in these terms and conditions, a “force majeure” event shall include, without limitation, strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disputes, nuclear accident or acts of God, war or terrorist activity, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any law or government order, rule regulation or direction, accident or breakdown of plant or machinery, fire, flood, storm or default of suppliers, and where they are beyond our reasonable control, any other acts, events, omissions or accidents); and/ or (iv) any claims brought against you by a third party.
These terms and conditions shall not make us responsible for any damage or loss caused to you where such damage or loss is not reasonably foreseeable to you and us when you use the MasterChef Site(s), including where the damage or loss results from our breach of these terms and conditions.
Nothing in these terms and conditions will restrict your statutory rights as a consumer or limit our liability for death or personal injury resulting directly from our negligence or for fraud.
Certain of the MasterChef Site(s) use security technology to protect the material and content made available on the MasterChef Site(s). You may not attempt to, or assist, any other person to remove or otherwise alter or interfere with any security technology used in connection with the MasterChef Site(s), nor may you permit or assist in any way any third party to use the material or content made available by us via the MasterChef Site(s) in an unlawful manner or in a manner which could infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the MasterChef Site(s) by, any third party.
We advise you not to reveal any personal information about yourself or anyone else (for example, your telephone number, home address, e-mail address or any other details that would allow you to be personally identified) on the MasterChef Site(s). You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your details when using the MasterChef Site(s).
Privacy and Data Protection
Viruses, Hacking and Other Offence
You must not misuse the MasterChef Site(s) by introducing, transmitting or arranging the sending of any viruses, corrupt file, cancelbot, Trojan horse, worm, time or logic bomb, keystroke logger, spyware, adware or other material designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or interfere with, wrongly intercept or expropriate any data or personal information. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to the MasterChef Site(s), the servers on which they are stored or any server, computer or database connected to the MasterChef Site(s). You must not attack the MasterChef Site(s) via a denial-of-service, distributed denial-of service or other type of attack.
Any breach of this provision constitutes a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use the MasterChef Site(s) will cease immediately.
We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our Services, your downloading of any information on the MasterChef Site(s) or on any materials on any other website linked to it.
RSS Feeds, Widgets and Embeddable Media Players
By downloading an RSS feed from the MasterChef Site(s) or by adding our widgets or embeddable media players to a website you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions, including for the avoidance of doubt the terms set out in this “RSS Feeds, Widgets and Embeddable Media Players” section and the terms set out in the section above headed “Linking to the MasterChef Site(s)”.
Subject to these terms and conditions, we grant you a non-transferable, non-sub-licensable, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to display on your website (“Your Website”) the active links or other source identifiers and other information or materials that you specifically select to receive either from us via an RSS feed or via our widgets or embeddable media players (Our Content).
YOU MAY NOT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY CHARGE USERS SPECIFICALLY FOR ACCESSING OUR CONTENT OR OTHERWISE COMMERCIALISE SUCH CONTENT, NOR ATTEMPT TO RE-SELL OUR CONTENT IN ANY WAY. RSS FEEDS AND/OR WIDGETS AND/OR EMBEDDABLE MEDIA PLAYERS MAY NOT BE USED IN CONNECTION WITH COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES.
You may not directly or indirectly change, edit, add to or produce summaries of Our Content or any content on the MasterChef Site(s) nor place any of Our Content in an HTML frame-set.
We may restrict, suspend or terminate our RSS feeds, the content fed to our widgets or embeddable media players, the licence granted herein or your use or access to the RSS feeds, widgets or embeddable media players or Our Content at any time without liability. You agree to destroy all copies of the RSS feeds, widgets or embeddable media players and all Our Content upon receiving notice of termination from us.
You promise that:
(a) Your Website is not an Excluded Site and does not contain material which is libellous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or which may bring us or the BBC into disrepute, or which is in breach of any third party intellectual property rights; and
(b) users of Your Website are required to comply with terms that are equivalent to these terms and conditions in relation to their use of Our Content.
If any provision of these terms and conditions is found by any court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable such invalidity shall not affect the other provisions of these terms and conditions which shall remain in full force and effect.
Law and Jurisdiction
These terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the English Courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes.
Other Terms and Conditions
You may be asked to agree to further terms and conditions when using specific Services (for example submitting materials or when subscribing to a newsletter). If there is any inconsistency between these terms and conditions and any such terms and conditions, the latter terms and conditions shall prevail.
These terms and conditions were last updated on 4 August 2017. Please note that we may update and amend these terms and conditions from time to time and any changes will be posted on the MasterChef Site(s). However, it is your responsibility to ensure you review these terms and conditions regularly to familiarise yourself with any changes. We will not file or store a copy of these terms for each transaction by you via the MasterChef Site(s). We therefore recommend that you print and store or save a copy of these terms and conditions for future reference.
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