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Date of Last Revision: April 8, 2020
Code.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (“Code.org”). Our mission is to give every student the opportunity to learn computer science. As a part of that mission, Code.org operates the websites located at https://code.org, https://www.k12cs.org, https://hourofcode.com, other websites, information, text, curricula, videos, graphics, photos, APIs, email notifications and other materials and related products and services (the “Services”).
Please read these Terms of Service (“Terms”) carefully before accessing or using the Services. Accessing or using any part of the Services or clicking on an “I Agree” or “Sign Up” button that may be made available to you means that you agree to be bound by these Terms without modification.
These Terms are a legal contract between you and Code.org regarding your use of the Services. You may use the Services only if you can form a binding contract with Code.org and are not a person barred from receiving the Services under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdiction. If you are accepting these Terms and using the Services on behalf of a company, organization, school, government, or other legal entity, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to do so. You may use the Services only in compliance with these Terms and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations. Note: If you are a teacher creating an account on behalf of your students, you agree to be bound by this Terms of Service on behalf of the educational organization you work for, and are authorized to do so.
These Terms are subject to change. You are agreeing to be bound by such changes if you continue to use to the Services after these Terms change, so please check these Terms for changes periodically.
Some Services may be subject to additional posted guidelines, rules or terms of service (“Additional Terms”) and your use of such Services will be conditioned on your agreement to the Additional Terms. If there is any conflict between these Terms and the Additional Terms, the Additional Terms will control for that Service, unless the Additional Terms expressly state that these Terms will control.
If you are an Educator and you register an account for a student who is under the age of 13 (a “Child”), you represent and warrant that you or the educational organization you work for has proper permission to register the Child for Code.org, and that you have obtained the necessary parental consent for Code.org’s collection of the Child’s personal information for the use and benefit of the school and for no other commercial purpose. In addition, you agree to be bound by these Terms on behalf of the educational organization you work for.
If you create an account for Services, you are responsible for the security of your account and for keeping your own password safe. If you are using an account assigned to you by an Educator, your Educator may be able to access and disable your account.
In addition, if you are a student or teacher using Code.org in a primary or secondary school then our Data Privacy Addendum may govern the relationship between Code.org and your school with respect to our duties and responsibilities to protect Student Data transmitted to Code.org.
If you are a student that uses an account registered for you by a Educator or otherwise connected to an Educator, you agree that Code.org may disclose your information to the Educators associated with your account. If you are a Educator, you agree not to share Student Data you receive from Code.org with anybody other than authorized agents of the classroom, school district, or other educational establishment you represent. Code.org does not use Student Data for any targeted or behavioral advertising, profiling, or onward disclosure.
We help schools be compliant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) by facilitating a school’s access to student data in response to a request from a parent. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Teachers may contribute educational content, create answers to assessments, create derivative works (e.g., completion of assignments, projects, etc.), and transmit said data and content within the School’s systems through the Services (collectively, “Teacher Content”).
Schools and Users may submit feedback, comments or suggestions for improvements to the Services (in written, oral, or any other form) (“Feedback”).
By submitting or distributing User Content through the Services or directly to Code.org staff, you hereby grant to Code.org a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, assignable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to host, transfer, display, perform, reproduce, modify, distribute and redistribute, adapt, prepare derivative works of, use, make, have made, import, and otherwise exploit your User Content (which should not contain any Student’s Personal Information), under all intellectual property rights therein, in whole or in part, in any media formats and through any media channels (now known or hereafter developed).
In addition, by submitting or distributing User Content through the Services, you hereby grant to each user of the Services a non-exclusive license to access and use your User Content.
You hereby grant to Code.org a limited, non-exclusive, sublicensable (as necessary to provide the Services, including distributing Teacher Content), worldwide, royalty-free, and transferable (only to a successor) right and license to:
By uploading, creating, submitting or distributing User Content through the Services, you hereby grant other Users a non-exclusive, transferable (only to a successor), royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, create derivative works, publicly display and perform any of your User Content that is incorporated into that User's project, provided that Code.org shall not use or distribute your User Content on a stand alone basis if Code.org’s license grant has been terminated as set forth below. The foregoing license and restrictions does not limit Code.org rights under any third party or open source license in which your User Content may be licensed.
In addition to the rights, licenses and privileges referred to above, you agree that Code.org may use and refer to your User Content, first name and screenname that are posted publicly on the Code.org Website and not in private areas of our Service (“Public Content”) (including screen shots) in marketing materials, press releases, financial reports, presentations, website materials, customer lists and other media now known or hereafter discovered in connection with the marketing, advertising and promotion of the Service, and any products, goods, features, capabilities and/or services associated with the Service. This right will continue until your Public Content is deleted; provided however, that any Public Content previously printed in brochures, articles or other marketing materials that Code.org had prepared before any request for deletion was received will continue to be used.
The license User Content above will terminate when you or your School (i) delete any User Content containing intellectual property rights (like images or videos) or personally identifiable information (such as that in Student Data); or (ii) delete your account, unless your User Content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it. Such termination may not apply to User Content or Teacher Content, including Student Data or in messages sent through Code.org, that may be deemed an “education record” under the Family Education Rights Act (FERPA) or various other student privacy laws, and which a school controls (“Education Record(s)”). We will delete any Education Record upon receiving a valid request for deletion from your school. Please see our FAQ for more information. Additionally, such termination will not affect the license rights granted to other Users to use your User Content if they previously copied your User Content and they have not deleted it. When you or your School delete User Content it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle or trash bin on a computer. However, you understand that any removed User Content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time following deletion (but will not be available to others). Additionally, you understand and agree that User Content may continue to appear on Code.org, even after you have terminated your account or these Terms of Service, as portions of your User Content may be been copied by other users and/or incorporated into their coding projects.
You are solely responsible for User Content you post to the Services and the consequences of posting or publishing them. By uploading, submitting, creating, or publishing your User Content to or through the Services, you represent, and warrant that: (1) you are the creator and owner of your User Content and that you have the authority to use or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to publish the User Content you submit; (2) your User Content does not and will not: (a) infringe, violate, or misappropriate any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right or (b) slander, defame, libel, or invade the right of privacy, publicity or other property rights of any other person; (3) your User Content does not contain any viruses, adware, spyware, worms, or other malicious code.
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Code.org has no obligation to monitor User Content or other materials. You are responsible for evaluating all User Content including for accuracy, completeness and reliability, and you bear all risk of using such User Content. Code.org will not be responsible for any damages that you may incur as a result of the submission or use of any User Content.
Code.org may, but is not obligated to, monitor or review any Services where Educators communicate solely with each other, including but not limited to chat rooms, live chats, bulletin boards or other user forums, and the content of any such communications. You assume the risk of such communications, and Code.org has no liability related to the content or use of any such communications.
Users may include links to third party websites in User Content as long as the content of such websites does not violate these Terms. Clicking on such links is at your sole risk. Code.org is not responsible for the availability or the content of linked websites, including the advertising, products or other materials thereon.
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The celebrities and video “cast“ members appearing in Code.org tutorials and videos reserve all rights to their likeness and name. By allowing you to redistribute these videos or tutorials AS-IS, Code.org does not grant any additional rights to use of the likeness or name of these individuals.
The artwork used in our tutorials is copyrighted and use of these tutorials does not grant you any rights to use the artwork in any other manner. Plants vs. Zombies are © 2016 Electronic Arts Inc. Plants vs. Zombies and PopCap are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Angry Birds are © 2016 Rovio Entertainment Ltd. Angry Birds is a trademark of Rovio Entertainment Ltd. Scrat and Ice Age are trademarks and © Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising. Frozen is a trademark and © 2016 Disney. Star Wars is a trademark and © 2016 Lucasfilm and Disney. Minecraft is a trademark and © 2016 Microsoft. The Amazing World of Gumball is a trademark and © Cartoon Network.
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We reserve the right to remove Content alleged to be infringing without prior notice, at our sole discretion, and without liability to you. In appropriate circumstances, Code.org will also terminate a user’s account if the user is determined to be a repeat infringer. To report a copyright violation, please contact us. Our copyright agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached by directing an e-mail to the copyright agent at email@example.com.
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Code.org encourages software engineers to volunteer as mentors in the classroom to assist teachers in computer science education.
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