Kennel Club website for judge’s critiques

It’s been asked why the KC website to upload critiques hasn’t been mentioned? Frankly we weren’t sure what to say as the possible politics of it all are outstanding-and truly wonderful for the conspiracy theory devotees-and as we try (most of the time anyway) not to go along that route with anything it was, well, difficult to actually write anything that wasn’t boringly bland beyond words. A thought though was had, why not get somebody else to do it? Somebody even-handed, very level in thought and acknowledged as such by all. So we got the in-house lawyer to put finger to keyboard and it’s here below

On the 3rd of May 2018 The Kennel Club launched with a fan fare a new web site A place where critiques could be instantly uploaded & with the avowed intent of  making it possible to “view critiques in one place” . It obviously was  felt after the demise of Dog World that leaving breed club websites and Our Dogs together with other  commercial websites to  provide a critiques service was not enough even though Kennel Club rules still only ask for a critique to the dog press.

The KC site though raises a number of questions.  The launch announcement also said it was for breed judges, however it  does seem to be for all judges, breed or all-rounder. Nit picking perhaps but sloppy writing.

It assumes that all judges use computers and submit their critiques by email. Many do but there are still a lot who do not . Are they are excluded therefore from the KC site unless they can find someone to do it for them?

The Privacy Rules for the site, a hot topic under new Data protection regulations, are not really very clear as they appear to be the general rules that apply to the KC as a whole. Copyright in all text is said in the terms and conditions “except where expressly stated to the contrary” to belong to the KC ,so all judges really need to indicate the critique is their copyright. If they do not, the KC may choose to argue that it cannot be used elsewhere so forget about the year book, breed website, personal annual advert that often has highlights of a dog’s critique. As the originator of the material copyright belongs to the author and who they allow to use it and at what cost is their choice.

The site requires judges to register and provide email where they can be contacted. It also has complaint processes and warnings about defamation all of which seems to open up the opportunity for criticism of critiques rather than a frank discussion of opinions.

From an exhibitors perspective there may be some merit as critiques are listed by show and, given the search tools on computers, may be easier to find a particular show and also discover who the serial non critique writers are. Only time will tell how successful it will be and whether the Kennel Club will use their new resource to crack down on judges who let exhibitors down time and again.