Date updated: November 19, 2021
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Interacting with TED sites and platforms
Copyright issues and licenses
Legal Risk and responsibilities
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Interacting with TED sites and platforms
3. TED Accounts. In some areas of TED Sites, 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, or 16 and older in the EU unless we have parental consent. 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 TED Sites 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.
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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 edited parts of that content for other purposes.
Copyright issues and licenses
5. DMCA Notice. TED postsTED Talks and Content from around the world. While TED strives to ensure all ideas posted are credible, based on facts and do not infringe on other people’s intellectual property rights, there may be an occasion when Content is provided by other parties, and/or may include material that infringes on the copyright of 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 Site infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that Content on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or sent by mail:
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Most of TED Content is licensed under Creative Commons (viewing for personal educational use only). We ask that you review our Usage Policy to see how to manage commercial use or to understand our licensing terms.
Additionally, the TED-Ed website (ed.ted.com) uses YouTube API Services to allow users to find videos across youtube.com and feature them in user-created TED-Ed Lessons. The YouTube API is also used to update the view count for the videos featured on ed.ted.com. In order to use this app, you need to consent to be bound to YouTube's terms of service https://www.youtube.com/t/terms.
8. Podcasts. Any MP3, MP4 audio files and XML files that are developed by TED, 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.
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Legal risk and responsibilities
13. 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 represent 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, or from any usage or performance of TED’s Healthy Internet Project extension tool, or during ad-free video experiences that may be subscribed on a user’s iOS device or on TED.com.
All content TED provides, including our browser extension tool or ad-free experiences are offered "as is," so we can't guarantee everything will be accurate, complete or entirely error-free. Please use our content thoughtfully and responsibly.
You agree to be responsible for any issues you may have resulting from your use of TED content.
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Under no circumstance can TED be blamed for any damages you may have related to your use of TED and our platforms.