Terms of Use

THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS GOVERN YOUR USE OF THE SITE. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS SITE. By using the Site you signify your agreement to these terms and conditions (the "Terms").

PBS LearningMedia is an online educational service offering media resources appropriate for PreK-16 curriculum, for use in classrooms, homeschool, and informal educational environments, such as after-school, community facilities, and museums (the "Service"). This PBS LearningMedia site (including all services, functionality and content available through the domain name, collectively, the "Site") is owned and operated by WGBH Educational Foundation ("WGBH") and the Public Broadcasting Service ("PBS") (collectively, "we," "us," "our"). The Terms set forth herein apply to all information, online communications, services, text, video, audio files, graphics, still images, links, or other material and content that is or becomes available on the Site or is otherwise offered for the Service (collectively, "Content"). By accessing or using the Site, you specifically agree to abide by these Terms and any modifications thereto.


Certain components, portions, features, or services available on the Site may only be accessible and used after registration and creation of an account. When creating your account, you must provide true, accurate, and complete information, and maintain and promptly update this information. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, or incomplete, or if we have reasonable grounds to suspect that the information is untrue, inaccurate, or incomplete, we have the right to suspend or terminate your account and access to the Site. You may be asked to select a login name and a password or secret question and answer during the registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, secret question and answer, and login name, and are solely responsible for all activities that occur with your account. You must immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security. Although we will not be liable for your losses caused by any unauthorized use of your account, you may be liable for our losses or the losses of others due to such unauthorized use. You are responsible for obtaining access to the Site, which access may involve third party fees (such as Internet service provider charges). In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Site.

Restrictions on Use of Site and Content

Non-commercial, Educational Use Only. This Site and the Content therein may be used for bona fide non-commercial educational purposes only. You may not use this Content in a defamatory or derogatory manner. In addition, you may not use this Content for or in any commercial or for-profit manner without the prior written consent of WGBH and PBS. For clarity, this means the Content may not be used in any commercial tie-in (i.e., use of the content in connection with marketing merchandise or services and/or in connection with premiums or promotions, or use of the Site or Content in order to gain advertising or subscription revenue), you may not charge anyone for this content (e.g., charge for access to the Site or Content), you may not incorporate this content into a product that you sell for profit (e.g., selling ads on another site targeted to the Site or Content), you may not use the content to advertise or promote a product, nor may you use the content in any other manner that may be construed as an endorsement, express or implied, of any party, product, or other entity. Furthermore, you may not create, recreate, distribute, or advertise an index of any of the Content or Site unless authorized by WGBH and PBS in writing. You may not build a business utilizing the Content or Site, whether or not for profit. The Content covered by these restrictions includes without limitation any text, graphics, artwork, layout, interface, logos, links, photographs, audio files, video, and still images.

You may not remove, copy, alter, reproduce, modify, create derivative works of, republish, post, publicly perform, publicly display, broadcast, download, transmit, distribute, license, or commercially exploit, in whole or in part, the Content or this Site, except as expressly permitted by these Terms or by the respective content owner as indicated in any end user license agreement that accompanies such Content. We reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Site and the Content.

You may not circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security- related features of the Site or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content. You further agree not to reverse engineer or jeopardize the correct functioning of the Website or attempt to gain access to secured portions of the Site to which you do not possess access rights.

You may not collect or harvest any personally identifiable information from the Site, nor use the communications system provided by the Site (e.g., comments) for any commercial solicitation purposes. You may not use the Site to generate unsolicited email advertisements or spam, or to conduct or promote any illegal activity.

Permitted Uses of Content

Content on the Site is made available to Site users under four levels of non-commercial, educational permitted uses as described below. You may only copy, download, share, and/or modify the Content on the Site as designated. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.

0.    Stream only ("Stream Only") — You are permitted only to stream the Content from the Site. You may save links to this content in your PBS LearningMedia account and you may also incorporate html links to the URLs of the Resource Pages for this Content. You are not permitted to download this Content.

1.    Download to View ("Stream and Download") — You are permitted to download the Content to view it on your computer or other digital video device for your own personal use. You may not modify, redistribute, reproduce, edit, retransmit, or in any way repurpose the Content. When you download the Content, an attribution file will download along with the Content (together, the "Download Package"). Your use of the Content must conform to restrictions indicated in the Download Package. Read the full license.

2.    Download for Verbatim Use ("Stream, Download, and Share") — You are permitted to download the Content, make verbatim copies of the Content, incorporate the Content unmodified into a presentation (such as a PowerPoint, an essay, or Web page), and distribute verbatim copies of the Content, but you may not edit or alter the Content or create any derivative works of the Content. You must attribute the Content as indicated in the Download Package. Read the full license.

3.    Download to Re-edit and Distribute ("Stream, Download, Share, and Modify") — You are permitted to download, edit, distribute, and make derivative works of the Content. You must attribute the Content as indicated in the Download Package. Read the full license.

Ancillary Materials: The Content may include certain ancillary educational materials, such as lesson plans, background essays, student activity sheets, and other printouts. ("Ancillary Materials"). You may modify, alter, and revise certain designated Ancillary Materials to meet specific instructional needs, provided that the following statement is prominently displayed on all such revised Ancillary Materials, in addition to any other proprietary notices, and with the understanding that WGBH and/or PBS, or any other indicated copyright holder shall continue to own the Ancillary Materials: "Revised with the permission of WGBH Educational Foundation ('WGBH') and/or Public Broadcasting Service ('PBS') (or other copyright holder indicated on the page). WGBH and/or PBS (or other indicated copyright holder) is not responsible for the content or accuracy of the revision."

Attribution and Citations

In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution or publication of copyrighted material, you must keep intact all proprietary and copyright notices on the Content, and shall include proper attribution for all Content used in any presentation or derivative work you create with the Content. Watermarks, title names, and producer information within video content may not be changed, edited, removed or obstructed. Unless otherwise noted on the Content, reference to WGBH and PBS as the source of the Content is required for all Content including video clips, video stills, images, and lesson plans. Examples of proper citation format for video and images will be included as part of the Download Package that accompanies the resource.

You understand that when using the Site, you will be exposed to User Generated Content (defined below) from a variety of sources, and that we are not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Generated Content. Though we expect all users to adhere to our Terms, you understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Generated Content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and you hereby waive any legal or equitable rights or remedies you may have against us with respect thereto, and agree to indemnify and hold each of WGBH, PBS, and our employees, officers, trustees, affiliates, and/or licensors, harmless to the fullest extent allowed by law regarding all matters related to your use of the Site.

User Generated Content

This Site permits the submission of video, audio, textual, and other content submitted by you and other users ("User Generated Content") and the hosting, sharing and/or publishing of such User Generated Content. You understand that whether or not such User Generated Content is published, we do not guarantee confidentiality with respect to any such User Generated Content.

You shall be solely responsible for your own User Generated Content and the consequences of our posting or publishing them. By submitting your User Generated Content to us, you affirm, represent, and warrant that: (i) you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to upload, use, and authorize us to use all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, in and to any and all User Generated Content to enable inclusion, distribution and use of the User Generated Content in the manner contemplated by the Site and these Terms; (ii) you have the written consent, release, and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in the User Generated Content to use the name or likeness of each and every such identifiable individual person to enable inclusion, distribution and use of the User Generated Content in the manner contemplated by the Site and these Terms; (iii) the User Generated Content is your own original work or that you own or control the necessary rights to enable inclusion, distribution and use of the User Generated Content in the manner contemplated by the Site and these Terms; (iv) the User Generated Content does not in any way violate any Federal, state, or local laws or regulations, (v) the User Generated Content is not in any way libelous, slanderous, derogatory, abusive, defamatory, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, vulgar, profane, obscene, offensive, pornographic, threatening, harassing, racist, hateful, nor does it encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, or give rise to civil liability; (vi) the User Generated Content does not violate or infringe upon the rights of any person or entity whatsoever; and (vii) the User Generated Content is not an endorsement, express or implied, of any party, product, or other entity.

Unless you enter into a separate written agreement with WGBH and/or PBS, we do not claim ownership in User Generated Content you submit; however, by submitting the User Generated Content to us, you hereby waive any and all moral rights in connection with the User Generated Content and you automatically grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works of (including without limitation, to rename, edit, shorten, if video, split the videos into different segments, and use the entire User Generated Content or segments thereof), publish, transfer, transmit, publicly display, and publicly perform the User Generated Content on, through or in connection with the Site (including the advertisement and promotion thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels, or for any other non-commercial use of your User Generated Content. You also hereby grant each user of the Site a non-exclusive license to access your User Generated Content through the Site, and to use, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works of, publish, transfer, transmit, publicly display, and publicly perform such User Generated Content (in whole or in segments) as permitted through the functionality of the Site and under these Terms.

In connection with your User Generated Content, you further agree that you will not upload content, or distribute anything that may be harmful to minors or that violates these Terms.

We do not endorse any User Generated Content or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and we expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with User Generated Content. Opinions on the Site are not to be construed as assertions of fact. User Generated Content on the Site may contain links to third-party websites that are not owned or controlled by us. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites. By using the Site, you expressly relieve us from any and all liability from your use of any third-party website.

Your User Generated Content will remain on the Site until such time as you remove or delete such content from the Site. When you do remove your content, the license described above will automatically expire within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your User Generated Content from the Site.

Removal of Content

We do not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on this Site, and we will remove all Content (including User Generated Content) if properly notified - pursuant to the "Notification of Copyright Infringement" section - that such Content infringes on another's intellectual property rights. We reserve the right to remove Content, including User Generated Content without prior notice.

We reserve the right to decide whether Content or User Generated Content is appropriate and complies with these Terms for violations other than copyright infringement, such as, but not limited to, pornography, obscene or defamatory material, or excessive length. We may remove such User Generated Content and/or terminate a User's access for uploading such material in violation of these Terms at any time, without prior notice and at our sole discretion.

We reserve the right to change or discontinue temporarily or permanently any Content available through the Site at any time without notice. We will not be liable to you or any third party for any modification of the Service.

Consistent with California law, registered users who are California residents and are under 18 years old are entitled to request and obtain removal of content and information that they themselves post on the Site by contacting us at or Public Broadcasting Service, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.  In your request, please provide a description of the material that you want removed and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material, and include your name, email address, year of birth, mailing address (including city, state, and zip code), and the phrase “California Removal Request” so that we can process your request.  Please note that your request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the material.  For example, materials that you have posted may be republished or reposted by another user or third party.


The Download Packages on the Site (described in the Permitted Uses of Content section) are made available under the specific terms of a license agreement. Where any matter contained in these Terms or elsewhere on this Site may be read so as to alter, amend or supersede any part of such license agreement, then the license agreement shall be taken to be the definitive and over-ruling part of this agreement.


As among you, WGBH, and PBS, all rights including copyright and database rights, in this Site and its contents, including all text, images, software, illustrations, artwork, high resolution photography, video clips, audio clips, any after-sales material, and ancillary materials, but excluding User Generated Content (defined in the User Generated Content section), are owned by or licensed to WGBH and/or PBS, or otherwise used by us as permitted by applicable law or agreement.


Unless otherwise noted, all trademarks, service marks, and trade names are proprietary to WGBH and/or PBS. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring to you any license or right under any trademark or patent of WGBH and/or PBS.

Users' Obligation to Abide By Applicable Law

In connection with the use of the Site, you shall not engage in conduct or publish information which would infringe upon or injure the personal or property rights of any individual, group, or entity, including but not limited to defamation, harassment, invasion of privacy, tort, or disclosure of confidential or trade secrets. Furthermore, you shall not violate any law or treaty or intellectual property rights protected by law (such as copyright, patent and trademark rights). You acknowledge that the Content and materials available on the Site include intellectual property that is protected under the copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws of the United States and/or other countries ("Intellectual Property Laws"). Such Intellectual Property Laws generally prohibit the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of all text, photographic and graphic (art and electronic) images, music, sound samplings, and other protected materials. The violation of applicable Intellectual Property Laws may give rise to civil and/or criminal penalties.

Notification of Copyright Infringement

a. Notice: If you are a copyright owner or an agent of a copyright owner and believe that any Content on the Site infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification in writing to our designated agent pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") section 17 USC 512 (c) (3). All notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to our designated agent: Katherine Lauderdale, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Office of the General Counsel, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202-3785; e-mail:; facsimile: 703-837-3300. According to 17 USC section 512 (c)(3)(a), all copyright infringement notifications must include the following information:

  • - A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  • - 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;
  • - 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 the service provider to locate the material;
  • - Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;
  • - 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
  • - 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.
  • For clarity, only DMCA notices should go to the designated agent; any other feedback, comments, requests for technical support, and other communications should be sent to You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of Section (a), your notice may not be valid pursuant to the DMCA.
  • b. Counter-Notice: If you believe that your Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to law, to post and use the Content, then you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the designated agent identified in the Notification of Copyright Infringement Section (a):
  • - A physical or electronic signature.
  • - Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled.
  • - A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.
  • - Your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal courts in Virginia, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.

Disclosure of Online Communications

You are cautioned that any online communications may not be fully confidential. In addition, you should be aware that federal postal regulations do not protect electronic mail. You should be aware that some administrative personnel of WGBH and/or PBS may, in the course of their regular duties, have access to communications required by law. WGBH and/or PBS may also disclose any communications to the extent permitted or required by law.

Rogue Programming and Viruses

Neither WGBH nor PBS are responsible for any computer virus, trojan horse, timebomb, worm, or any other rogue programming ("Rogue Programming") that may be contained in any of the Content, material or software contained on the Site. We have no obligation to detect the presence of any Rogue Programming. Any downloading of software or other materials or any other use of the Content on the Site is at your risk, and you are advised to take adequate precautions to minimize any loss to your system caused by Rogue Programming, including use of anti-virus programs and proper backup of files. You agree not to post, transmit, or make available in any way through the Site any software or other materials that contain Rogue Programming.

Content of Information

You are responsible for the content of any information you put on the Site. We have no obligation to, and do not in the normal course, monitor, prescreen, or control any User Generated Content that is or becomes available on the Site. We reserve the right to review any User Generated Content that is or becomes available on the Site. We also reserve the right to refuse to post, to redact, edit or to move or remove any User Generated Content that is, in our sole discretion, unacceptable, undesirable, or in violation of these Terms. However, we have no obligation to exercise our reservations of rights and are not responsible for any failure or delay in removing such material.

Disclaimer of Warranties

The Site, the Content and other material on the Site are provided on an "As Is" basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation warranties of title, non-infringement, or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. We do not warrant that any Content is complete or accurate, that the Site will be uninterrupted or error free, or that any Content or material is free of Rogue Programming.

Limitation of Damages

Under no circumstance, including negligence, shall we be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages that may result from the use or inability to use the Site, including without limitation use of or reliance on Content available on the Site, interruptions, errors, defects, mistakes, omissions, deletions of files, delays in operation or transmission, non-delivery of Content, disclosure of communications, or any other failure of performance.

Release and Indemnity

Though we expect all users to adhere to our content policies in these Terms, you may be exposed to content that violates our policies or is otherwise offensive through the use of the Site. Your use of the Site is at your own risk. You agree that we are not liable for content that is provided by others. We take no responsibility for your exposure to content on the Site whether it violates our content policies or not. You understand that the information and opinions in content uploaded by third parties represent solely the thoughts of the author and is neither endorsed by nor does it necessarily reflect our beliefs. You hereby release and waive any and all claims and/or liability against each of WGBH, PBS, PBS member stations and our employees, officers, trustees, affiliates, and/or licensors, arising from or in connection with your use of the Site, the Content and/or any other material on the Site. You also agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless each of WGBH, PBS, PBS member stations and our employees, officers, trustees, affiliates, and/or licensors from and against any and all claims or liability, including costs and attorneys fees, arising from or in connection with your use of the Site, the Content and/or any other material on the Site, or failure to abide by applicable law.


These Terms and the Content may be revised, amended, or supplemented by WGBH and/or PBS without notice at any time for any reason. Continuing to use the Site after a change has been made will signify your acceptance of the changes. You should refer back to this page for future updates.

Privacy Policy

The Site's visitors' Privacy Policy provides additional terms and conditions that apply to your use of our Site. If you do not agree to the conditions therein, please do not use the Site.


These Terms will be governed by and interpreted in the English language pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States of America, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason, unenforceable then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

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