THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE (the “Terms”) ARE A LEGAL AND BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC governing your use of this Service, www.nationalgeographic.com, which includes but is not limited to products, software and services offered by way of the website such as any “Video Player,” “Uploader,” and other applications that link to these Terms (the “Service”). “National Geographic” includes National Geographic Society, its subsidiaries, and its licensees that produce or distribute NG Products). A NG Product is defined as "a product of National Geographic, a subsidiary, affiliate, joint venturer, or licensee of National Geographic, in any language, over which National Geographic has Editorial Control.” For the purposes of this Agreement, "Editorial Control" means the right to review, consult regarding, formulate standards for, or to exercise a veto over the appearance, text, use, or promotion of the NG Product.
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In order to utilize certain functionality of the Service, you must complete a registration process. As a registered user of the Service, you agree to (a) provide true, accurate, current, and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service registration form ("Registration Data"), and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current, and complete. Upon completing the registration process, you shall receive confirmation of a password and user name. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and user name, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or user name. You agree to (a) immediately notify National Geographic of any unauthorized use of your password or user name or any other breach of security; (b) exit from your account at the end of each session; and (c) defend, indemnify, and hold harmless National Geographic from any loss or damage arising from unauthorized use of your password or user name.
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Intellectual Property Issues
The Service is owned by National Geographic. All of the content featured or displayed on the Service, including, but not limited to, still images, text, pictorial works, video images, still images of video, graphic designs, audio recordings, multimedia combinations, and computer programs, including web-based programs (“Content”) is owned or licensed by National Geographic.
Advertisements for third-party entities are not considered Content for the purposes of this Section. However, these advertisements are owned or licensed by their respective third-party entities and are subject to protections similar to those set forth in these Terms.
Pursuant to the copyright and trademark laws of the United States, you agree:
That you may only download Content that National Geographic designates as offered for download to any single computer a single copy of any Content for personal and noncommercial use.
To not reproduce, distribute, modify, re-post on another Service (regardless of the server on which the Content is stored), or sell any Content without specific written authorization from National Geographic, unless such use is pursuant to Educational Use of Content of this agreement.
To maintain any and all copyright or other proprietary notices embedded in or attached to any Content.
To refrain from framing, inline linking, or mirroring any portion of the Service.
You retain all of your ownership rights in material you upload, comments you post, or other content you provide to the Service (“Your Content”).
National Geographic will make no sale of Your Content to a third party unless and until you have expressly consented to be represented by National Geographic Image and Video Sales.
By uploading Your Content, however, you grant National Geographic (which includes its subsidiaries, affiliates, joint venturers, and licensees) the following rights: a worldwide, perpetual license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivatives of Your Content, in whole or in part, without further review or participation from you, in any medium now existing or subsequently developed, in editorial, commercial, promotional, and trade uses in connection with NG Products. National Geographic may license or sublicense, in whole or in part, to third parties rights in Your Content as appropriate to distribute, market, or promote such NG Products. You also grant National Geographic permission to use and authorize others to use your name and any profile picture you provide in association with Your Content for identification, editorially, publicity related to Your Content or the Service, and for similar institutional promotional purposes. You also agree that National Geographic may make Your Content available to users of the Service who may display and redistribute it in the same way that National Geographic makes all other Content available.
National Geographic may use Your Content, without compensation to you, in any NG Products that feature Your Content in the context of, in direct promotion of, or otherwise strongly identified with (beyond mere attribution), the special section or community of the Service to which it was submitted, such as “Your Shot,” My Shot,” or successor sections or communities of the service.
National Geographic may exercise its rights to use Your Content in NG Products other than described in sub-section c., immediately above (e.g. for an “App,” a book or e-book, merchandise, etc.), and will pay you at National Geographic’s rates. Certain NG Products in production prior to 1 June 2013 and scheduled for release after 1 June 2013 but before 31 December 2013, are exempt from this provision and use of Your Content in such NG Products is governed by the Terms in effect prior to 1 June 2013.
To enable National Geographic to use Your Content in NG Products, NG may request you to provide Your Content in other formats, and if technically possible, you agree to provide Your Content in such other formats so long as National Geographic pays you the reasonable out of pocket costs of providing Your Content in such other formats.
Any payment to you is conditioned upon you keeping your registration information up to date and you completing any paperwork that National Geographic requires to make payments to third parties. National Geographic also reserves the right not to make payment to you if National Geographic reasonably believes that to do so would violate applicable law.
Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512, notifications of claimed copyright infringement on the Service should be sent to our designated agent. If you believe that your work has been used in a way that may constitute copyright infringement, please provide National Geographic’s designated agent the following information:
An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Service (such as the URL);
Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
National Geographic’s designated agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on the Service is its Executive Vice President of Law, Business and Governmental Affairs who can be reached as follows:
Terrence B. Adamson
Executive Vice President, Law, Business and Governmental Affairs
NGT Library, Inc.
1145 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-4688
THIS CONTACT INFORMATION IS ONLY FOR REPORTING ALLEGED COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTS. CONTACT INFORMATION FOR OTHER MATTERS IS PROVIDED ELSEWHERE ON THE SITE.
You can use only the Content that we designate as available for download or other uses. If you do download or use Content, respect others’ rights.
We claim no ownership of anything you post or upload (for example, images, video, comments, editorial content, etc.), and we’ll never sell it to a third party without your permission. You retain all copyrights you have in Your Content that you post or upload.
You give us permission to display Your Content on technology platforms operated by us and our partners. You also allow us to identify you as the source of Your Content by name or your profile picture.
If we select Your Content for use in an NG Product that is that is not in the context of, in direct promotion of, or otherwise strongly identified with (beyond mere attribution), the special section or community of the Service to which it was submitted, we will pay you at our established rates (provided your contact email is up to date, you complete any necessary payment paperwork, and there is no US law that prohibits us from making a payment to you).
We take copyright very seriously. If you think you have suffered an infringement, please follow the instructions in the last section of these Terms of Service to notify us.
The National Geographic Archive
The National Geographic Archive online product is subject to all of these Terms of Service, including particularly the commitment that you will not reproduce, distribute, modify, re-post on another Service (regardless of the server on which the Content is stored), or sell any Content without specific written authorization from National Geographic. In addition, to the extent you are authorized to use the National Geographic Archive product through a login ID, such use is authorized only for personal and non-commercial purposes. Use by libraries, which include without limitation all academic, school (K-12), public, government, corporate and special libraries, worldwide, is prohibited.
Educational Use of Content
With respect to Content designated as available for download for educational purposes (“Downloadable Content”), Educators or Learners may download and exhibit such Downloadable Content on a stand-alone basis or embed in their own presentations, handouts, worksheets, other educational aids, homework, school reports, and other educational assignments or projects. For the purposes of this Agreement, “Educators or Learners” consists of librarians, teachers, support staff, administrators and other staff of educational institutions, students, and adults supporting such students’ learning. The following restrictions apply to all Downloadable Content:
Educators or Learners are prohibited from disseminating Downloadable Content beyond such Educator’s or Learner’s particular educational institution, organization, or home.
Under no circumstances may an Educator or Learner use Downloadable Content for commercial purposes.
Educators or Learners may make no modifications to Downloadable Content and must preserve all National Geographic or Licensor credits, copyright notices and other proprietary notices.
Educators or Learners may neither make use of nor allow or enable the use of Downloadable Content in a manner in which it is re-posted, framed, or mirrored on any other websites, regardless of educational use, but may store Downloadable Content on password-protected computer networks administered by the Educator’s or Learner’s school or school system.
Educators or Learners may post only products the Educator or Learner has created that contain Downloadable Content and only to a password-protected website administered by the Educator’s or Learner’s school or school system or by National Geographic.
Educators or Learners who embed Downloadable Content in the form of video material (e.g. through a video player) must also comply with the NG Terms of Service Your Conduct with respect to Video Players.
Educator and students may download Content for use in educational presentations, handouts, homework, projects, etc.
You cannot use this content for commercial purposes, or distribute beyond your school, organization or home.
You may post and store Downloadable Content only to password-protected school websites.
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You agree to be financially responsible for all purchases made by you or someone acting on your behalf through the Service. You agree to use the Service, and to purchase services or products through the Service, for legitimate, non-commercial purposes only. You also agree not to make any purchases for speculative, false or fraudulent purposes or for the purpose of anticipating demand for a particular product or service. You agree to only purchase goods or services for yourself or for another person for whom you are legally permitted to do so. When making a purchase for a third party that requires you to submit the third party's personal information to us or a merchant, you represent that you have obtained the express consent of such third party to provide such third party's personal information.
If you follow a link to a third party site for shopping or anything else, National Geographic has no responsibility for that third party. Surf safely.
The Service is provided for informational purposes only. The Service should not be used in any high risk activities where damage or injury to persons, property, environment, finances or business may result if an error occurs. You expressly assume all risk for such use.
Although National Geographic does not routinely monitor the postings to the Service, National Geographic reserves the right (but assumes no obligation) to delete, move, or edit any Your Content that comes to its attention that National Geographic considers in its sole discretion to be unacceptable or inappropriate, whether for legal or other reasons. Conduct by any user that, at the sole discretion of National Geographic, restricts or inhibits any other user from using or enjoying the Service will not be permitted. National Geographic reserves the right to refuse access to the Service to any user for any reason, including, without limitation, a reasonable belief that the user in question has violated these Terms, any other operating rules or terms currently posted on the Service, or any of the copyright or trademark laws of the United States.
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National Geographic wants to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas on the Service. You can expect the Service to include information and opinions from a variety of individuals and organizations other than National Geographic. National Geographic neither endorses nor guarantees the accuracy of any Your Content. National Geographic may review Your Content from time to time and may take steps to remove inappropriate Your Content that comes to its attention; however, National Geographic engages in no routine monitoring of Your Content on the Service. There is no substitute for healthy skepticism and your own good judgment.
You agree to assume full and sole responsibility for any Your Content you post to the Service, and you agree to:
Abide by the Community at National Geographic Rules for Members (which are fully incorporated into these Terms);
Post Your Content that is relevant to and appropriate for the specific topic and designed to help people share information and supports National Geographic's mission of inspiring people to care about the world;
Represent that you are the owner of Your Content, or are making your submission with express consent of the owner, that you have obtained all third party releases and permissions necessary for National Geographic’s use, in accordance with the license you grant in paragraph 5 of Intellectual Property Issues above, of any Your Content that you post, and nothing you post will infringe on the rights of others;
Neither post nor transmit any unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive Your Content, or Your Content that encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or any other Your Content that infringes on the ability of others to enjoy the Service or is otherwise inappropriate;
Refrain from posting any personal information of your own such as your email address, phone number, address, etc., and refrain from soliciting personal information from any user. However, if you do choose to post any personal information it means that you are making that information public and allowing everyone to use and access that information, and to associate it with you (i.e. your user name and if applicable any profile photo);
Neither post nor transmit through the Service any Your Content that constitutes advertising or solicitation with respect to any product or service;
Not post anonymously or impersonate any other person;
Use no automated means, including spiders, robots, offline readers, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to download or store data from the Service. Exception is made for publicly available Internet search engines (e.g., Google, Bing) and non-commercial public archives (e.g., archive.org) that comply with our Terms of Service but not for any archive that hosts, promotes, or links primarily to infringing or unauthorized content; and
Not to alter or modify any part of the Service, make no use that would interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, make no Your Content available (whether through upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise) that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment, and neither circumvent nor disable any security or data-protection measures implemented by National Geographic.
Not to translate, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, or attempt to discover any source code or underlying ideas or algorithms of the object code of any portion of the Service
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You must provide and are solely responsible for all hardware and/or software necessary to access the Service. You assume the entire cost of and responsibility for any damage to, and all necessary maintenance, repair or correction of, that hardware and/or software.
Do share freely. We encourage an open exchange of information and ideas.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless National Geographic; its affiliates and partners; and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, members, licensors, representatives, and third party providers to the Service from and against all losses, expenses, damages, and costs, including attorneys' fees, resulting from any violation of these Terms. National Geographic reserves the right to assume, at its sole expense, the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with National Geographic.
You agree to hold National Geographic, its affiliates and partners, harmless against any bad thing that happens as a result of any violation by you of these terms.
Any and all disputes, with the exception of copyright claims, arising out of, under or in connection with this Agreement, including without limitation, its validity, interpretation, performance, or breach, shall be settled by final and binding arbitration in Washington, D.C., pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Judgment upon any award rendered may be entered in the highest court of the forum, state or federal, having jurisdiction. This Agreement, its validity and effect, shall be interpreted under and governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to its conflict of laws provisions, and you agree that the arbitrators shall award all costs of arbitration, including reasonable attorneys’ fees plus legal rate of interest, to the successful party. Copyright claims shall be brought in the Federal court having jurisdiction. If you are an agent for or an employee of a non-United States company but operate in a place of business in the U.S. or its territories, you expressly agree that any dispute regarding this contract shall be adjudicated within the U.S. in the manner described here. If National Geographic is obligated to go to court, rather than arbitration, to enforce any of its rights, you agree to reimburse National Geographic for its respective legal fees, costs, and disbursements if National Geographic is successful.
These Terms and any other operating rules or terms currently posted on the Service constitute the entire agreement between National Geographic and the users of the Service, and supersede all previous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to such subject matter. No action of National Geographic may be construed as a waiver of any part of these Terms. Should any of the above paragraphs be unenforceable, the other paragraphs will remain in full force and effect.
All disputes regarding these Terms of Service, with the exception of copyright claims, will be settled by arbitration in Washington DC, under its laws.