Big History Project Website Terms of Use

Effective Date: October 21, 2016

Welcome to the Big History Project, LLC’s ("BHP," "we," "us," or "our") websites (http://www.bighistoryproject.com and https://school.bighistoryproject.com) and related BHP webpages (the "Site"). The Site offers a free and open online history course to students, teachers, and the public. These Terms of Use ("Terms") are a legal agreement between you, a registrant or user of the site ("you" or "your"), and BHP that governs your use of the Site. Your access to the Site is conditioned upon your acceptance of these Terms and our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into these Terms by reference. Please read these Terms and our Privacy Policy carefully. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS, YOU SHOULD NOT USE OR REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT ON THE SITE.

IF YOU ARE A PARENT OR GUARDIAN AND YOU PROVIDE CONSENT FOR YOUR CHILD TO USE OR REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT WITH THE SITE, YOU ARE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND OUR PRIVACY POLICY IN RESPECT TO YOUR CHILD'S USE OF THE SITE.

1. Registration.

User Name and Password. If you register for an account on the Site, you must provide BHP with your current, complete, and accurate information. Your user name and password may only be used by you. You are responsible for keeping your user name and password confidential and you may not authorize any third party to use them. You agree that BHP may attribute all use of your user name to you and that you are responsible for all activity that occurs under your account. Please notify BHP immediately at: info@bighistoryproject.com if the security or your user name or password has been compromised.

Social Networking Services. BHP may permit you to register for and authenticate your account through a third party social networking service, such as Facebook or Twitter ("Social Networking Service"). By registering and authenticating your account using a Social Networking Service, you agree that BHP may access your account information from the Social Networking Service. You are solely responsible for your relationship with the Social Networking Service.

2. Privacy.

BHP's Privacy Policy is incorporated into these Terms by reference. Our Privacy Policy describes information relating to our collection, use, and disclosure of your information.

3. Third Party Websites and Links; Additional Terms.

The Site may contain links or references to third party websites that we think may be of interest to you. BHP does not endorse or sponsor any third party websites or the information, products, or services contained on any third party websites, and we have no control over these websites or their content. When you link to another site, that other site is governed by its own user agreement and privacy policy, which you should be sure to read. Access to and use of any third party website is solely at your own risk.

4. Permitted Use and Distribution.

You may copy or distribute the materials that appear on the Site only for non-commercial purposes, specifically, for research, teaching, learning, and other similar purposes. You may not use the Site materials for any commercial purpose or in any manner that disparages or discredits any person. All distributed copies must display the following copyright notice: Copyright Big History Project, LLC. Permission to copy or distribute any materials that appear on the Site that are owned or copyrighted by others must be obtained from the third party that owns such content.

5. Links, Frames, and Metatags.

You may link to the home page of the Site as long as you do not do so in a false or misleading manner. You may not frame the content of the Site. You may not use metatags or any other "hidden text" that incorporates the Site's contents without BHP's express written consent.

6. Site Availability.

You may access the Site if and when it is available. BHP does not guarantee availability of the Site or of materials on the Site. The Site may occasionally be down for service, upgrades, or for other reasons. To the maximum extent authorized under applicable law, BHP reserves the right to change, remove, delete, restrict, block access to, or stop providing any or all of the Site at any time and without notice.

7. Site Support.

BHP has no obligation to provide support in relation to the Site, materials on the Site, or your account.

8. Termination.

BHP reserves the right to terminate content, the Site, or access to the Site at any time, without notice, for any reason, including for your violation of any of the provisions of these Terms. All provisions which by their nature are intended to survive termination shall so survive, including without limitation, Sections 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19.

9. Disclaimer of Warranties.

THIS SITE, INCLUDING TEXT, GRAPHICS, LOGOS, AUDIO AND VIDEO CLIPS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND OTHER CONTENT, IS PROVIDED AS IS, AS AVAILABLE, AND WITH ALL FAULTS, AND WE DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE. ALTHOUGH WE WILL TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION OF VIRUSES, WORMS, "TROJAN HORSES" OR OTHER DESTRUCTIVE MATERIALS TO THE SITE, WE DO NOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR MATERIALS THAT MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE SITE ARE FREE FROM SUCH FEATURES.

10. Limitation of Liability.

WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, LOSS OR INJURY BASED ON ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS OR OTHER INACCURACIES IN THE SITE, NOR FOR ANY CLAIM, LOSS OR INJURY THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR YOUR BREACH OF ANY PROVISION OF THESE TERMS OF USE.

11. Exclusion of Certain Damages.

IN NO EVENT SHALL BHP BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE SITE OR THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW CERTAIN DAMAGE LIMITATIONS SUCH AS THE LIMITATION OF LOSS OR LIABILITY FROM INTENTIONAL ACTS (INCLUDING FRAUD, FRAUDULENT MISREPRESENTATION, AND FAILURE TO DISCLOSE DEFECTS), PRODUCT LIABILITY, OR FOR DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION WILL BE INTERPRETED AS EXCLUDING LIABILITY WHICH CANNOT UNDER APPLICABLE LAW BE EXCLUDED. IF YOU LIVE OR ARE OTHERWISE SUBJECT TO THE LAWS IN ONE OF THOSE JURISDICTIONS, ANY STATUTORY ENTITLEMENT AVAILABLE TO YOU WILL BE DEEMED LIMITED TO THE EXTENT (IF AT ALL) PERMISSIBLE UNDER THAT LAW AND, IF ANY LIMITATION IS NOT PERMITTED, THE EXCLUSIONS IN THIS SECTION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

12. Limitation of Direct Damages.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW AND TO THE EXTENT THEY ARE NOT EXCLUDED OR DISCLAIMED UNDER SECTION 11, BHP'S MAXIMUM, AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO YOU, AND YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY UNDER THESE TERMS FOR ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, INJURIES, AND LOSSES ARISING FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF, BASED ON, RESULTING FROM, OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THESE TERMS OR THE SITE SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE DOLLARS ($5.00). THE EXISTENCE OF MULTIPLE CLAIMS OR SUITS UNDER OR RELATED TO THESE TERMS OR THE PROGRAM WILL NOT ENLARGE OR EXTEND THE LIMITATION OF MONEY DAMAGES.

13. Indemnity.

You hereby agree to defend, indemnify, and hold BHP and its affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, members, managers, employees, agents, partners, suppliers, and licensors (“Indemnified Persons”) harmless and will keep them indemnified from any third party claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, relating to, arising from, or allegedly arising from (a) your use of the Site and activities occurring under your user name; (b) any violation of these Terms; or (c) your violation of any other party's rights or applicable law.

14. Copyright Infringement.

If you believe that your work has been used on our Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you should send written notice thereof, in accordance with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") to our Designated Copyright Agent, who can be reached as follows:

Big History Project, LLC
c/o PTSGE Corp.
925 4th Ave., Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98104
Email: info@bighistoryproject.com
Phone: 425-497-4300

Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 512(c), to be effective, the Notification must include the following:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an email address;
  5. A statement that the complaining party has 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; and
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

This process only relates to reporting a claim of copyright infringement. Messages related to other matters will not receive a response through this process. Please note that under Section 512(f) of the DMCA, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material is infringing may be subject to liability. If you are unsure whether material on the Site infringes your copyright, we suggest that you contact an attorney prior to sending notice.

15. Notices.

BHP may give you all required notices (including legal process) by any lawful method, including by posting notices on the Site or by sending notice to any email address you provide to BHP. You agree to send notices to BHP by mailing them to the following address:

Big History Project, LLC
c/o PTSGE Corp.
925 4th Ave., Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98104
Email: info@bighistoryproject.com
Phone: 425-497-4300

16. Modification to these Terms.

BHP reserves the right to change these Terms at any time, in our sole discretion, upon notice to you. We may give notice by posting updated Terms on the Site, sending you an email, or by any other reasonable means.

17. Copyright and Trademarks.

BHP owns or licenses the copyright in all the materials on the Site, including text, photographs, graphics, logos, button icons, audio, video and software. Those rights are protected by United States and international copyright laws and other intellectual property laws. "Big History Project" is a registered trademark of BHP and may be used only with our written permission. If you believe that your work has been copied or otherwise used in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or otherwise violates any of your intellectual property rights, please contact us as described in the "Copyright Infringement" section above.

18. Governing Law and Exclusive Jurisdiction and Venue.

These Terms and your use of the Site is governed by the laws of the State of Washington as applicable to contracts made and performed there, without reference to its conflict of laws provisions. You expressly agree that jurisdiction and venue for any dispute relating to or arising from these Terms, the Site, or the materials on the Site will reside in the State and Federal Courts of King County, Washington.

19. General.

If any provision of these Terms is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, invalid, or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in full force and effect. Section titles are only for convenience and have no legal or contractual significance. BHP may assign these Terms, in whole or in part, at any time, with or without notice to you. You may not assign, transfer, or sublicense your rights, if any, in your account. If, at any time, BHP fails to respond to a breach of these Terms by you or others, such failure will not waive BHP's right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. A waiver will only be binding on BHP if it is in writing and signed by BHP. These Terms (including any incorporated terms or policies) constitute the entire agreement between you and BHP with respect to your account, the Site, and materials on the Site. Both you and BHP warrant to each other that, in entering these Terms, neither BHP nor you have relied on or will have any right or remedy based upon any statement, representation, warranty, or assurance other than those expressly stated in these Terms. The preceding sentence will not limit or exclude any liability that cannot be limited or excluded under applicable law. No one other than you and BHP, Indemnified Persons or successors and permitted assigns of the foregoing, will have any right to enforce any of these Terms. YOU AND BHP AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE SITE OR SITE MATERIALS MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES; OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

20. Comments and Questions.

If you have questions, comments or concerns about the Site, including about the materials appearing on the Site, please contact us at: info@bighistoryproject.com.