TED.com Terms of Use

Date updated: December 2016

TED is a not for profit organization. On any TED platform, we trust that our spaces are being used for legal, respectful and generally trustworthy purposes. While using any of these sites, you agree to abide by these terms and conditions. The policy is updated based on the date provided above. TED has full right to modify these terms based on our discretion. If you do not agree to any of the terms, provided herein, please do not participate on TED sites.

Terms of Use sections


TED's role

1. Scope of Terms. By visiting or accessing any TED sites -- including TED.com, TED applications, TED Connect, and or any sites created and managed by TED Conferences, LLC (“TED”) -- you agree to be bound by our: Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines, pertaining to your use of any Content provided, accessed or distributed by any TED platforms (“Content”). You must be at least 13 years of age to create a TED Account. If you are under the age of 13, you may not create a TED.com account but you are welcome to watch TED Talks and enjoy the site.


By interacting with TED and our platforms, you agree to our terms, conditions, policies and guidelines.

2. TED as Service Provider. TED may contain links to third party providers and to Content that is uploaded by organizations, including videos, images, descriptions, links and other Content. TED is not responsible or liable to these third party sites and you should review any terms of use when entering those sites or viewing their content.


You are responsible for reviewing any terms of third party sites that are linked through TED platforms.


Interacting with TED sites and platforms

3. TED Accounts. In some areas of TED, you may be asked to create an account, access information and or upload data to help use the TED site or application. These accounts are only available for individuals that are 13 and older. If you create an account, you are required to provide complete and accurate information. If you have created an account and do not wish to access TED Content, you may follow the user instructions applicable for that TED site or platform and or ask us to manually deactivate your account. In case you have created a password, you should keep this confidential at all times. All TED sites must be used based on our guidelines and policies and if TED determines in its sole discretion that you are not using the site in the way it was intended, we have the right to deactivate your account at any time.


When creating a TED account, please provide accurate information. If you do not abide by the guidelines provided, we have the right to deactivate your account at any time.

4. Posting Content. You represent and warrant that any material you post to TED, does not infringe an another party’s intellectual property rights or any federal, state, or local and country law that may apply regarding the posting of material. You also agree that any Content you post will not infringe on any third party right -- including copyright, trademark, patent, right of publicity or other intellectual property right, and will not slander, defame, libel or invade the right of privacy or publicity of any other person. If you submit any Content to TED (translations, questions, comments or otherwise) you understand and agree that it may be used by TED for any reason throughout the world without requirement or consent. You agree that you provide a license for TED to use your Content worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty free and perpetual non-revocable license for TED to use in whatever way TED deems appropriate throughout the world in whole or in part, in any media platforms available now or developed in the future. You are required to follow and be familiar with the Community Guidelines. If you post material or misuse TED in a way that infringes on another party’s intellectual property rights, or these policies, you understand that we may remove the posting and that you agree to indemnify TED based on the indemnification provided below.


We ask that you follow the guidelines, applicable law and respect the intellectual property of others when contributing publicly to any TED platform. We may use that content for other purposes.


5. DMCA Notice. TED sites post TED Talks and Content from around the world. While TED strives to ensure all ideas posted are credible, based on facts and does not infringe on other people’s intellectual property rights, there may be an occasion that Content is provided by other parties, and/or may include content that infringes on the copyright another third party. If this happens, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on any TED sites infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that materials hosted by TED sites infringes your copyright, you (or your agent) may send TED a notice requesting the material be removed or access to it blocked.

The notice must include the following information:


TED posts content from a variety of sources and while we respect the intellectual property of others, occasionally content may be posted that contains copyrighted content. If you find infringing content, please follow these steps in order to file a DMCA notice.

  • Your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address
  • Sufficient detail identifying the copyrighted work alleged to have been infringed
  • Identification of the material that you claim to be infringing and information reasonably sufficient to allow TED to locate the material on the Site
  • A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law such as “I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law.”
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed such as “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
  • An electronic or physical signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner that is allegedly infringed

All claims of copyright infringement should be emailed to dmca@ted.com, or sent by mail:
Attention: General Counsel
TED Conferences LLC
330 Hudson Street, 11th floor
New York, NY 10013

6. License to TED Content. TED Talks recordings are owned by TED, provided on TED.com and any other site that we manage or license to. Unless otherwise indicated on the website, audio and video files, transcripts and/or information about a speaker, are licensed via Creative Commons license (CC BY -- NC -- ND 4.0 International), which means that certain TED Content may be used for personal and/or educational purposes as long as the license terms and TED Talks Usage Policy are followed. Except as provided in the Usage Policy, you agree not to distribute any TED Content without TED’s prior written authorization, unless TED makes available the means for such distribution through functionality offered from the Talk Page at TED.com (such as the Embeddable Player).


A majority of TED Content is licensed under Creative Commons. We ask that you do not distribute our Content without prior permission. Please read our Usage Policy link for further terms.

7. License to third party Content. TED displays certain Content via the YouTube embed player on TED’s platforms. Any Content that is provided by YouTube is subject to their terms of use and license requirements. Please review their terms of use that apply for license and usage terms. If third party Content contains TED owned intellectual property, including any TED marks, such as TED, TEDx, TED-Ed, Ideas Worth Spreading, and or other marks, you are not permitted to publish, display, distribute or use these marks for any purposes without prior written authorization.


TED contains third party content like YouTube and as such, you may be subject to other terms of use.

8. Podcasts. Any MP3, MP4 audio files and XML files that are developed by TED or co-produced by TED as a podcast provided via a TED platform, or third party platform are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All rights to podcast(s) are as defined by the hosting provider, TED.com, and/or the applicable terms through a subscription or via a third party hosting provider. However in all instances TED podcasts are available for personal, noncommercial use only.

Unless otherwise indicated, you may only use the podcast for personal, noncommercial purposes, provided that:


TED podcasts may only be used for personal, non-commercial use within the terms listed.

  • You do not modify or delete any of the podcast Content nor individual audio files
  • You do not redistribute the audio files made available as part of the podcast
  • The use or display does not suggest that TED promotes or endorses any third party causes, ideas, products or services
  • Audio files made available for download are not to be reproduced, edited, re-transmitted, or in any way repurposed without prior consent from TED

TED reserves the right to discontinue providing podcast(s) and to require that you cease accessing or using the podcast(s) or any elements of the podcast at any time for any reason.


9. No Warranties. All Content (including but not limited to: TED Talks, animations, videos, transcripts, podcasts etc.) is made available AS IS and TED does not offer any warranty of any kind, or that the Content will be accurate, complete, or error-free. TED is not liable for the usage of, implementation of, impact from, or communication of the ideas presented in any Content.


All content TED provides is "as is," so we can't guarantee everything will be accurate, complete or entirely error-free. Please use our content thoughtfully and responsibly.

10. Release and Indemnity. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOU AGREE TO RELEASE AND WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND/OR LIABILITY AGAINST TED ARISING FROM CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF TED. YOU ALSO AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS TED, ITS PARENT ORGANIZATION, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND THIRD PARTY LICENSORS, FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DAMAGES, OBLIGATIONS, LOSSES, LIABILITIES, (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ATTORNEY'S FEES) ARISING FROM: (I) YOUR USE OF AND ACCESS TO THE TED CONTENT AND USE OF TED SITES; (II) YOUR VIOLATION OF ANY TERM OF THESE TERMS OF USE; (III) AND YOUR VIOLATION OF ANY THIRD PARTY RIGHT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY COPYRIGHT, PROPERTY, OR PRIVACY RIGHT.


You agree to be responsible for any issues you may have resulting from your use of TED content.

11. Limitation of Liability. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, SHALL TED OR ITS PARENT ORGANIZATION, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, PARTNERS, OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM THE ACCESS OF, USE OR INABILITY TO USE TED CONTENT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF OR RELIANCE ON INFORMATION, INTERRUPTIONS, ERRORS, DEFECTS, MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, DELETIONS OF FILES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, NON-DELIVERY OF INFORMATION, DISCLOSURE OF COMMUNICATIONS, OR ANY OTHER FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE.


Under no circumstance can TED be blamed for any damages you may have related to your use of TED and our platforms.

12. Entire Agreement. These terms of use constitute the entire agreement between users and the TED platforms, governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to conflict of laws principles. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within the county of New York, New York. Any headings or summaries provided on this page are used for reference purposes only and do not serve any legal effect. By accessing TED platforms, the TED sites and Content, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions herein.