Terms & Conditions


Terms of Use

Welcome to MIT’s Center for MIT’s K12 website (the “Site”). You must read and agree to these Terms of Service and Privacy Policy (collectively, the “Terms”) prior to using any portion of this Site. These Terms are an agreement between you and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If you do not understand or do not agree to be bound by this Agreement, please immediately exit this Site.

MIT reserves the right to modify these Terms at any time and will publish notice of any such modifications online on this page for a reasonable period of time following such modifications, and by changing the effective date of these Terms. By continuing to access the Site after notice of such changes have been posted, you signify your agreement to be bound by them. Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of these Terms.

Description of MIT + K12 Site

This Site houses information about the MIT+K12 program, in addition to video content, blogs, and links to our other social media outlets. As part of this online community, you are sharing with people from many different cultures and countries, of many different ages. Please be respectful.

Creative Commons License

All content and projects on this Site are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. Therefore, by submitting any User Posting you hereby license it under the CC BY NC SA license.

You are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute, display, and perform the workto Remix — to make derivative works

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

With the understanding that:

  • Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
  • Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
    • Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations; The author's moral rights; Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.
  • Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.

MIT Interpretation of "Non-commercial"

Non-commercial use means that users may not sell, profit from, or commercialize MIT+K12 materials or works derived from them. The guidelines below are intended to help users determine whether or not their use of MIT+K12 materials would be permitted by MIT under the "non-commercial" restriction. Note that there are additional requirements (attribution and share alike) spelled out in our license.

Commercialization is prohibited. Users may not directly sell or profit from MIT+K12 materials or from works derived from MIT+K12 materials.

  • Example: A commercial education or training business may not offer courses based on MIT+K12 materials if students pay a fee for those courses and the business intends to profit as a result.

Determination of commercial vs. non-commercial purpose is based on the use, not the user. Materials may be used by individuals, institutions, governments, corporations, or other business whether for-profit or non-profit so long as the use itself is not a commercialization of the materials or a use that is directly intended to generate sales or profit.

  • Example: A corporation may use MIT+K12 materials for internal professional development and training purposes.
  • Example: Commercial advertising may not be displayed on a web page where MIT+K12 content appears.

Incidental charges to recover reasonable reproduction costs may be permitted. Recovery of nominal actual costs for copying small amounts (under 1000 copies) of MIT+K12 content on paper or CDs is allowed for educational purposes so long as there is no profit motive and so long as the intended use of the copies is in compliance with all license terms. Students must be informed that the materials are freely available on the MIT+K12 Web site and that their purchase of copied materials is optional.

  • Example: An institution in a remote area has limited Internet access and limited network infrastructure on campus, and a teacher offers to create CDs of MIT+K12 materials relevant to her course. The teacher may recover the costs of creating the CDs.

If you have questions about acceptable use of MIT+K12 materials, please contact us.

Community Guidelines

Do's

We need your help to make this community a supportive place for every member. Here is how you can help:

Be respectful. Help keep the site and our other social media outlets friendly. If you feel others would find a video or comment mean, insulting or otherwise inappropriate, please contact us.

Dont's

Part of being a good member of this Site’s community means that you agree that you will use the Site in compliance with these TOS and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations, including copyright laws and any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence and all United States export control laws. You understand that certain types of content and certain destructive actions listed below are strictly prohibited on the Site and you agree that you will not post any content or partake in any activity listed.

Prohibited Content

Content that defames, harasses, or threatens others. Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them. Content that infringes another's intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights, or trademarks. Any inappropriate, profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent, or unlawful content. Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation. Political content or content related to partisan political activitiesContent that contains intentional inaccurate information with the intent of misleading others.

Prohibited Activities

Viruses, trojan horses, worms, time bombs, corrupted files, malware, spyware, or any other similar software that may damage the operation of another’s computer or propertyScraping, or otherwise downloading in bulk, user-contributed content, a list or directory of users on the system, or other material.Using the Site in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden, or impair any MIT server, or the network(s) connected to any MIT server, or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Site.Attempting to gain unauthorized access to the Site, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any MIT server through hacking, password mining or any other means. Obtaining or attempting to obtain any materials or information stored on the Site, its servers, or associated computers through any means not intentionally made available through the Site.

Use of MIT Names and Trademarks

“MIT+ K12”, "MIT", "Massachusetts Institute of Technology", and its logos and seal are trademarks of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Except for purposes of attribution as required by our Creative Commons License, you may not use MIT’s names or logos, or any variations thereof, without prior written consent of MIT. You may not use the MIT name in any of its forms nor MIT seals or logos for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests, or in MIT's sole judgment gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by MIT.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”)

It is MIT’s policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Copyright owners who believe their material has been infringed on the Site should contact MIT's designated copyright agent at dcma-agent@mit.edu, or at 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138-4307 Attention: MIT DMCA Agent, W92-263A.

Notification must include:

Identification of the copyrighted work, or, in the case of multiple works at the same location, a representative list of such works at that site.Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. You must include sufficient information for us to locate the material (e.g., url, ip address, computer name).Information for us to be able to contact the complaining party (e.g., email address, phone number).A statement that the complaining party believes that the use of the material has not been authorized by the copyright owner or an authorized agent.A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Disclaimer of Warranty/Limitation of Liabilities

THE SITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR USE FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. MIT does not warrant the Site will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or that the Site is free of viruses or other harmful components. Use of information obtained from or through this Site is at your own risk. Your access to or download of videos, information, materials, or data through the Site or any reference sites is at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your property (including your computer system) or loss of data that results from the download or use of such material or data.

IN PARTICULAR, MIT WILL HAVE NO LIABILTY FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE, (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CLAIMS FOR DEFAMATION, ERRORS, LOSS OF DATA, OR INTERRUPTION IN AVAILABILITY OF DATA).

User Postings Disclaimer

You understand that when using the Site you will be exposed to User Postings from a variety of sources, and that MIT is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Postings. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Postings that are offensive, or objectionable, and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against MIT with respect thereto. MIT has no obligation to monitor any User Postings. However, MIT reserves the right to review User Postings and to edit or remove, in whole or in part, such User Postings in its sole discretion. If notified by a User or a content owner of a User Posting that allegedly does not conform to the TOS, MIT may investigate the allegation and determine in its sole discretion whether to remove the User Posting, which it reserves the right to do at any time and without notice.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, hold harmless and indemnify MIT, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from and against any third-party claims, actions or demands arising out of, resulting from or in any way related to your use of the Site, including any liability or expense arising from any and all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys' fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, MIT will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit or action.

Miscellaneous

Termination Rights. You agree that MIT, in its sole discretion, may terminate your use of the Site or your participation in it thereof, for any reason or no reason.

Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and MIT with respect to your use of the Site, superseding any prior agreements between you and MIT regarding your use of the Site.

Waiver and Severability of TOS. The failure of MIT to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms remain in full force and effect.

Choice of Law/Forum Selection. You agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to these Terms or any content posted to a Site will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You further consent to the personal jurisdiction of and exclusive venue in the federal and state courts located in and serving Boston, Massachusetts as the legal forum for any such dispute.

(Phew! You made it. tl;dr - be nice.)