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Terms and Conditions

When you share your creation with us, we try to tell you exactly what we’re going to do with it. But that’s not always possible, so here’s what might happen…

When you post, upload or contribute a creation, we can:

a. Use, host or store it in BBC services and content

So you might see your creation on TV, on BBC Online, social media or on other sites who have our permission to feature some of our content.

b. Copy, change or translate it, or make things inspired by it

We will only edit your news related content where necessary. Read about how we use your news related comments and creations here.

c. Use it with our tools for making creations or remixing content

Some of our services feature tools for playing around with our content, writing your own code, and making things like games and visualisations.

These might:

  • Put your creations on display to inspire other people,
  • Invite others to use your creation to make their own creation.

d. Share it to do research

We do research activities and sometimes collaborate with research partners. Every now and then we share our content and data with them. But we’re careful about what we share and what our research partners can do with it.

e. Moderate it

Which means we can review, edit, remove or decide not to display it. And, if it breaks any laws, we can refer it to the police and other authorities.

f. And we can use it

  • Anywhere in the world
  • In any medium (for example TV, the internet, radio, social media and apps)
  • For as long as we want – even if you stop using our services.

And anyone we work with can do those things too.

For example, if you send an image to BBC News, we could share a news item featuring that image with a foreign broadcaster, who’d then be able to do all the things above.

They could also charge their users to see it.

Your Terms and Conditions section is like a contract between you and your customers. You make information and services available to your customers, and your customers must follow your rules. Common items in a terms and conditions agreement allow you to: Withdraw and cancel services, and make financial transactions. Manage customer expectations, such as liability for information errors or website downtime. Explain your copyright rules, such as attribution, adaptation, commercial or non-commercial use, etc. Set rules for user behavior, like forbidding unlawful behavior, hate speech, bullying, promotions, spam, etc. Disable user accounts. Write down any other terms or conditions that protect you or your audience.