Terms and Conditions

Last updated January 20, 2017

Teaching Channel Inc. (“Teaching Channel”, “we”, “us” or “our”), owns and operates web site properties located at www.teachingchannel.org (https://www.teachingchannel.org) and elsewhere on the Internet (collectively referred to as the “Sites”), and provides access to videos, teaching supplements, and other educational content (the Sites, together with any other products and services provided by Teaching Channel are collectively referred to as our “Services”). These Terms of Service (“Terms”) apply to your access to, and use of, our Services. By accessing or using our Services you agree to these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, including the mandatory arbitration provision and class action waiver in Section 17, do not access or use our Services. If you have any questions about these Terms or our Services, please contact us at help@teachingchannel.org.

1. Eligibility

You must be at least 13 years of age to access or use our Services. If you are under 18 years of age (or the age of legal majority where you live), you may only access or use our Services under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who agrees to be bound by these Terms. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a user under the age of 18 (or the age of legal majority), you agree to be fully responsible for the acts or omissions of such user in connection with our Services. If you are accessing or using our Services on behalf of another person or entity, you represent that you are authorized to accept these Terms on that person or entity’s behalf and that the person or entity agrees to be responsible to us if you or the other person or entity violates these Terms.

2. User Accounts and Account Security

You may need to register for an account to access some or all of our Services. For example, you must be a registered user to post to a discussion board, download supporting materials, and use the notes feature on our website. If you register for an account, you must provide accurate account information and promptly update this information if it changes. You also must maintain the security of your account and promptly notify us if you discover or suspect that someone has accessed your account without your permission. If you permit others to use your account credentials, you are responsible for the activities of such users that occur in connection with your account.

3. Privacy

Please refer to our Privacy Policy for information about how we collect, use, and disclose information about you.

4. Free Use Parameters

Subject to the license granted in Section 7, our Services and the text, graphics, images, photographs, videos, illustrations, trademarks, trade names, service marks, logos, slogans and other content contained therein (collectively, the “Teaching Channel Content”) are made available for free to educators (and aspiring educators) serving kindergarten through twelfth grade students (“K12 Educators”) for personal, educational, and non-commercial use; Teaching Channel Content may be used solely for the purposes of further educating K12 Educators in teaching techniques, consistent with the Teaching Channel Mission. Universities, higher education institutions, educator marketplaces, and all other non-K12 Educators (and representatives, faculty, employees or agents thereof) (“Prohibited Institutions”) may not curate Teaching Channel Content, provide links to the Services or Teaching Channel Content, embed Teaching Channel Content, publish a syllabus or other course list containing, embedding or linking to Teaching Channel Content, direct individuals or institutions to the Services or Teaching Channel Content or otherwise attempt to use or exploit the Services or any Teaching Channel Content for any purpose, including, without limitation, for the purpose of educating students or as part of or to supplement an educational course or curriculum, without a written license, executed by Teaching Channel. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, all Prohibited Institutions that charge user fees or tuition for users to take a course or access course curriculum, even if not specifically charging for a course or curriculum containing Teaching Channel Content, must obtain a written license, executed by Teaching Channel, in order to use or curate Teaching Channel Content, provide links to the Services or Teaching Channel Content, embed Teaching Channel Content, direct individuals or institutions to the Services or Teaching Channel Content or otherwise attempt to use or exploit the Services or any Teaching Channel Content. For more information on obtaining the necessary licenses, please contact Teaching Channel at licensing@teachingchannel.org.

5. User Content

Our Services may allow you and other users to create, post, store and share content, including messages, text, photos, videos, notes, discussion points, software and other materials (collectively, "User Content"). Except for the license you grant below, you retain all rights in and to your User Content, as between you and Teaching Channel.

You grant Teaching Channel a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, and sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, for any purpose, without compensation to you. When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your username or profile photo) will be visible to the public.

You may not create, post, store or share any User Content that violates these Terms and our Discussion Guidelines or for which you do not have all the rights necessary to grant us the license described above. Although we have no obligation to screen, edit or monitor User Content, we may delete or remove User Content at any time and for any reason.

6. Prohibited Conduct and Content

You will not violate any applicable law, contract, intellectual property or other third-party right or commit a tort, and you are solely responsible for your conduct while accessing or using our Services. You will not:

  • Engage in any harassing, threatening, intimidating, predatory or stalking conduct;
  • Use or attempt to use another user’s account without authorization from that user and Teaching Channel;
  • Use our Services in any manner that could interfere with, disrupt, negatively affect or inhibit other users from fully enjoying our Services or that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the functioning of our Services in any manner;
  • Reverse engineer any aspect of our Services or do anything that might discover source code or bypass or circumvent measures employed to prevent or limit access to any part of our Services;
  • Attempt to circumvent any content-filtering techniques we employ or attempt to access any feature or area of our Services that you are not authorized to access;
  • Develop or use any third-party applications that interact with our Services without our prior written consent, including any scripts designed to scrape or extract data from our Services;
  • Bypass or ignore instructions contained in our robots.txt file, accessible at http://teachingchannel.org/robots.txt, that controls automated access to portions of our Services; or
  • Use our Services for any illegal or unauthorized purpose, or engage in, encourage or promote any activity that violates these Terms.
  • You may also only post or otherwise share User Content that is non-confidential and you have all necessary rights to disclose. You may not create, post, store or share any User Content that:
  • Is unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, harassing, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory or fraudulent;
  • Would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party or otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national or international law;
  • May infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party;
  • Contains or depicts any statements, remarks or claims that do not reflect your honest views and experiences;
  • Impersonates, or misrepresents your affiliation with, any person or entity;
  • Contains any unsolicited promotions, political campaigning, advertising or solicitations;
  • Contains any private or personal information of a third party without such third party’s consent;
  • Contains any viruses, corrupted data or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files or content; or
  • Is, in our sole judgment, objectionable or that restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying our Services, or that may expose Teaching Channel or others to any harm or liability of any type.
  • In addition, although we have no obligation to screen, edit or monitor User Content, we may delete or remove User Content at any time and for any reason.

7. Limited License; Copyright and Trademark

Our Services and the Teaching Channel Content are owned by or licensed to Teaching Channel and are protected under both United States and foreign laws. Except as explicitly stated in these Terms, Teaching Channel and our licensors reserve all rights in and to our Services and the Teaching Channel Content. You are hereby granted a limited, personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, revocable license to access and use our Services and Teaching Channel Content for your own personal, private, non-commercial, educational use. You do not have any right to: (a) sell, resell or commercially use our Services or Teaching Channel Content; (b) copy, reproduce, distribute, publicly perform or publicly display Teaching Channel Content; (c) modify the Teaching Channel Content, remove any proprietary rights notices or markings, or otherwise make any derivative uses of our Services or Teaching Channel Content; (d) use any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods; (e) curate, link to, direct access to, embed, copy or otherwise attempt to use or exploit the Services or any Teaching Channel Content for any commercial purpose, which includes, without limitation, for the purpose of educating education students or as part of or to supplement an educational course or curriculum, or otherwise contravene the free use parameters set out in section 4 above; or (f) use our Services or Teaching Channel Content other than as permitted by these Terms. Any use of our Services or Teaching Channel Content other than as specifically authorized herein, without our prior written permission, is strictly prohibited and will terminate the license granted herein.

8. Third Party Content

Teaching Channel may provide third party content on the Services and may provide links to web pages and content of third parties (collectively the “Third Party Content“) as a service to those interested in this information. Teaching Channel does not control, endorse or adopt any Third Party Content and makes no representation or warranties of any kind regarding the Third Party Content, including without limitation regarding its accuracy, completeness, quality, content, nature or reliability. Teaching Channel provides these links and other Third Party Content to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link or other Third Party Content does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by Teaching Channel of any site or other Third Party Content. When you leave the Services, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which you navigate from the Services. You acknowledge and agree that Teaching Channel is not responsible or liable in any manner for any Third Party Content and undertakes no responsibility to update or review any Third Party Content. You use such Third Party Content contained therein at your own risk.

9. Feedback

Any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, original or creative materials or other information you submit about Teaching Channel or our products or Services (collectively, “Feedback”), is non-confidential and will become the sole property of Teaching Channel. We will own exclusive rights, including, without limitation, all intellectual property rights, in and to Feedback and will be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of Feedback for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.

10. Copyright Complaints

We have a policy of limiting access to our Services and terminating the accounts of users who infringe the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that anything on our Services infringes any copyright that you own or control, you may notify Teaching Channel’s Designated Agent as follows:

Designated Agent: Copyright Agent at Teaching Channel

Address: 2 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California, 94111

Telephone Number: (415) 735-6024

E-Mail Address: copyright@teachingchannel.org

Please see 17 U.S.C. §512(c)(3) for the requirements of a proper notification. Also, please note that if you knowingly misrepresent that any activity or material on our Services is infringing, you may be liable to Teaching Channel for certain costs and damages.

11. Electronic Communications

By creating a Teaching Channel account, you also consent to receive electronic communications from Teaching Channel (e.g., via email or by posting notices on our Services). These communications may include notices about your account (e.g., password changes) and are part of your relationship with us. You agree that any notices, agreements, disclosures or other communications that we send to you electronically will satisfy any legal communication requirements, including, but not limited to, that such communications be in writing.

12. Indemnification

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Teaching Channel and our officers, directors, agents, partners and employees (individually and collectively, the “Teaching Channel Parties”) from and against any loss, liability, claim, demand, damages, expenses or costs ("Claims") arising out of or related to: (a) your access to or use of our Services; (b) your User Content or Feedback; (c) your violation of these Terms; (d) your violation, misappropriation or infringement of any rights of another (including intellectual property rights or privacy rights); or (e) your conduct in connection with our Services. You agree to promptly notify Teaching Channel Parties of any third party Claims, cooperate with Teaching Channel Parties in defending such Claims and pay all fees, costs and expenses associated with defending such Claims (including, but not limited to, attorneys' fees). You also agree that the Teaching Channel Parties will have control of the defense or settlement of any third party Claims. This indemnity is in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other indemnities set forth in a written agreement between you and Teaching Channel or the other Teaching Channel Parties.

13. Disclaimers

We do not control, endorse or take responsibility for any User Content or third-party content available on or linked to by our Services. Your use of our Services is at your sole risk. Our Services are provided “as is” and “as available” without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, and non-infringement. In addition, Teaching Channel does not represent or warrant that our Services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. While Teaching Channel attempts to make your access to and use of our Services safe, we cannot and do not represent or warrant that our Services or servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. You assume the entire risk as to the quality and performance of the Services.

14. Limitation of Liability

Teaching Channel and the other Teaching Channel Parties will not be liable to you under any theory of liability — whether based in contract, tort, negligence, warranty, or otherwise—for any indirect, consequential, incidental, or special damages or lost profits, even if Teaching Channel or the other Teaching Channel Parties have been advised of the possibility of such damages. The total liability of Teaching Channel and the other Teaching Channel Parties, for any claim arising out of or relating to these Terms or our Services, regardless of the form of the action, is limited to the amount paid, if any, by you to access or use our Services. Additionally, some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.

15. Release

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you release Teaching Channel and the other Teaching Channel Parties from responsibility, liability, claims, demands, and/or damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown (including, but not limited to, claims of negligence), arising out of or related to disputes between users and the acts or omissions of third parties. You expressly waive any rights you may have under California Civil Code § 1542 as well as any other statute or common law principles that would otherwise limit the coverage of this release to include only those claims which you may know or suspect to exist in your favor at the time of agreeing to this release.

16. Transfer and Processing Data

By accessing or using our Services, you consent to the processing, transfer and storage of information about you in and to the United States and other countries, where you may not have the same rights and protections as you do under local law.

17. Dispute Resolution; Binding Arbitration

Please read the following section carefully because it requires you to arbitrate certain disputes and claims with Teaching Channel and limits the manner in which you can seek relief from us. Except for small claims disputes in which you or Teaching Channel seek to bring an individual action in small claims court located in the county of your billing address or disputes in which you or Teaching Channel seeks injunctive or other equitable relief for the alleged unlawful use of intellectual property, you and Teaching Channel waive your rights to a jury trial and to have any dispute arising out of or related to these Terms or our Services resolved in court. Instead, all disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms or our Services will be resolved through confidential binding arbitration held in Santa Clara County, California in accordance with the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures ("Rules") of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services ("JAMS"), which are available on the JAMS website and hereby incorporated by reference. You either acknowledge and agree that you have read and understand the rules of JAMS or waive your opportunity to read the rules of JAMS and any claim that the rules of JAMS are unfair or should not apply for any reason.

You and Teaching Channel agree that any dispute arising out of or related to these Terms or our Services is personal to you and Teaching Channel and that any dispute will be resolved solely through individual arbitration and will not be brought as a class arbitration, class action or any other type of representative proceeding.

You and Teaching Channel agree that these Terms affect interstate commerce and that the enforceability of this Section 17 will be substantively and procedurally governed by the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1, et seq. (the "FAA"), to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. As limited by the FAA, these Terms and the JAMS Rules, the arbitrator will have exclusive authority to make all procedural and substantive decisions regarding any dispute and to grant any remedy that would otherwise be available in court; provided, however, that the arbitrator does not have the authority to conduct a class arbitration or a representative action, which is prohibited by these Terms. The arbitrator may only conduct an individual arbitration and may not consolidate more than one individual’s claims, preside over any type of class or representative proceeding or preside over any proceeding involving more than one individual. You and Teaching Channel agree that for any arbitration you initiate, you will pay the filing fee and Teaching Channel will pay the remaining JAMS fees and costs. For any arbitration initiated by Teaching Channel, Teaching Channel will pay all JAMS fees and costs. You and Teaching Channel agree that the state or federal courts of the State of California and the United States sitting in Santa Clara County, California have exclusive jurisdiction over any appeals and the enforcement of an arbitration award.

ANY CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THESE TERMS OR OUR SERVICES MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE YEAR AFTER SUCH CLAIM AROSE; OTHERWISE, THE CLAIM IS PERMANENTLY BARRED, WHICH MEANS THAT YOU AND TEACHING CHANNEL WILL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASSERT THE CLAIM.

You have the right to opt out of binding arbitration within thirty (30) days of the date you first accepted the terms of this Section 17 by emailing legal@teachingchannel.org. In order to be effective, the opt out notice must include your full name and clearly indicate your intent to opt out of binding arbitration. By opting out of binding arbitration, you are agreeing to resolve Disputes in accordance with Section 18.

18. GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE

THESE TERMS AND YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF OUR SERVICES WILL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED AND ENFORCED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF CALIFORNIA, WITHOUT REGARD TO CONFLICT OF LAW RULES OR PRINCIPLES (WHETHER OF CALIFORNIA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION) THAT WOULD CAUSE THE APPLICATION OF THE LAWS OF ANY OTHER JURISDICTION. ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN THE PARTIES THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION OR CANNOT BE HEARD IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT WILL BE RESOLVED IN THE STATE OR FEDERAL COURTS OF CALIFORNIA AND THE UNITED STATES, RESPECTIVELY, SITTING IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA.

19. Changes to these Terms

We may make changes to these Terms from time to time. If we make changes, we will post the amended Terms to our Services and update the “Last Updated” date above. We may also attempt to notify you by sending an email notification to the address associated with your account or providing notice through our Services. Unless we say otherwise in our notice, the amended Terms will be effective immediately and your continued access to and use of our Services after we provide notice will confirm your acceptance of the changes. If you do not agree to the amended Terms, you must stop accessing and using our Services.

20. Termination

We reserve the right, without notice and in our sole discretion, to terminate your right to access or use our Services. We are not responsible for any loss or harm related to your inability to access or use our Services.

21. Severability

If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

22. Miscellaneous

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and Teaching Channel relating to your access to and use of our Services. The failure of Teaching Channel to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The section titles in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. Except as otherwise provided herein, these Terms are intended solely for the benefit of the parties and are not intended to confer third party beneficiary rights upon any other person or entity.