1. User Agreement
2. Account Creation and Maintenance
2.2 You are responsible for keeping your password secret and your account secure. You are solely responsible for any use of your account, even if your account is used by another person. If any use of your account violates the Terms of Service, your account may be suspended or deleted.
2.3 You may not use another person’s StudyCrafter account without permission granted by the account holder.
2.4 If you have reason to believe that your account is no longer secure, promptly change your password. If you cannot access your account to change your password, notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Rules of Usage
3.1 Northeastern University supports freedom of expression. However, StudyCrafter is intended for a wide audience, and some content is inappropriate for the StudyCrafter community. You may not use StudyCrafter in any way that:
- Promotes bigotry, discrimination, hatred, or violence against any individual or group;
- Threatens, harasses, or intimidates any other person, whether that person is a StudyCrafter account holder or not;
- Contains foul language or personal attacks;
- Contains sexually explicit or graphically violent material without warning;
- Provides instructions on how to commit illegal activities or obtain illegal products;
- Asks any other user for personally identifying information, contact information, or passwords; or
- Exposes any other person’s personally identifying information, contact information, or passwords without that person’s permission.
3.2 You agree that in the event your project contains necessary explicit content for the purpose of your research, that you label your research as having explicit content so other users are warned in advance. Northeastern University reserves the right to determine what constitutes necessary or unnecessary use of explicit content, and will remove projects that it judges to be inappropriate. If you believe that your content did not constitute unnecessary use of explicit content and was taken down in error, you may send a notification to email@example.com. Please include:
- Your StudyCrafter username and email address;
- The specific content you believe was taken down in error; and
- A brief statement of why you believe the use of explicit content is necessary for the purpose of your research.
3.3 You agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations when you use StudyCrafter. You may not use StudyCrafter in any unlawful way, including to harass, stalk, or defame any other person.
3.4 You may not impersonate, imitate, or pretend to be somebody else when using StudyCrafter.
3.5 You agree to not use StudyCrafter in any way intended to disrupt StudyCrafter, gain unauthorized access to StudyCrafter, or interfere with any other user’s ability to use StudyCrafter. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to:
- Posting content deliberately designed to crash the StudyCrafter website or editor;
- Linking to pages containing viruses or malware;
- Using administrator passwords or pretending to be an administrator;
- Repeatedly posting the same material, or “spamming”;
- Using alternate accounts or organizing voting groups to manipulate site statistics, such as purposely trying to get on the “Featured Projects” selection of the front page.
3.6 Commercial use of StudyCrafter, user-generated content, and support materials are permitted under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. However, Northeastern University reserves the right to block any commercial use of StudyCrafter that, in Northeastern University’s sole discretion, is harmful to the community. Harmful commercial use includes spamming or repeated advertisement through projects, comments, or forum posts.
4. User-Generated Content and Licensing
4.2 Northeastern University encourages everyone to foster creativity by freely sharing code, art, music, and other works. However, we also understand the need for individuals and companies to protect their intellectual property rights. By utilizing StudyCrafter, you are responsible for making sure you have the necessary rights, licenses, or permission for any user-generated content you submit to StudyCrafter. You further agree that all content you submit to StudyCrafter will not contain third party copyrighted material, or material that is subject to other third party proprietary rights, unless you have permission from the rightful owner of the material or you are otherwise legally entitled to post the material and to grant Northeastern University all of the license rights granted herein. Northeastern University does not permit copyright infringing activities nor infringement of intellectual property rights on StudyCrafter, and we will remove all content if properly notified that such content infringes on another’s intellectual property rights.
4.3 All user-generated content you submit to StudyCrafter is licensed to and through the Northeastern University and Services under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. This allows others to view and remix your content. This license also allows Northeastern University to display, distribute, and reproduce your content on the StudyCrafter website, through social media channels, and elsewhere. If you do not want to license your content under this license, then do not share it on StudyCrafter.
4.4 On StudyCrafter, you have the option to publish projects and their data as private, unlisted, or public to the StudyCrafter community. These options make it possible to have more control over who plays your projects and analyzes your project outcomes. However, in the end, this community is built on sharing, and we ask you to make your project and data public after completion of your study. One year after the project end date, we will send you a warning that we shall automatically make your project and its data public. You should not participate if you do not want this information made public. You may contest this action by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4.7 All user-generated content is provided “as-is.” Northeastern University makes no warranties about the accuracy or reliability of any user-generated content available through StudyCrafter. Northeastern University does not endorse any views, opinions, or advice expressed in user-generated content. You agree to indemnify the Northeastern Game Studio, StudyCrafter, and Northeastern University of any and all liability arising from your user-generated content.
5. StudyCrafter Content and Licensing
5.3 The content on and in StudyCrafter and the trademarks, service marks, and logos, including, but not limited to, the StudyCrafter name and StudyCrafter logo, and all copyrights are owned by or licensed to Northeastern University and subjected to copyright and other intellectual property rights under the law. The Northeastern University name and logo are trademarks owned and registered by Northeastern University. Unless you are licensed by Northeastern University under a specific licensing program or agreement, you may not use these logos to label, promote, or endorse any product or service.
6. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
6.1 If you are a copyright holder or an agent thereof and believe that any content on StudyCrafter infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by providing our Copyright Agent with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3) for further detail):
- 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 you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail;
- A statement that you have 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 you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
You may direct copyright infringement notification to our Copyright Agent at email@example.com or mail your notification to the following:
Meserve Hall 140
35 Leon Street
Boston, MA 02115
For clarity, only DMCA notices should go to the Copyright Agent; any other feedback, comments, requests for technical support, and other communications should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section 6, your DMCA notice may not be valid.
6.2 Northeastern University will promptly process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate actions under the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. Upon receipt of notices complying or substantially complying with the DMCA, Northeastern University may act expeditiously to remove or disable access to any material claimed to be infringing. Repeat infringers of third-party copyrights are subject to termination and/or removal in appropriate circumstances. We are required by the DMCA to disable access to our service to repeat copyright infringers. If we receive a DMCA compliant takedown notice against a person, and that person does not submit a counter-notification, a strike is added to their account. After three (3) strikes have been received, accounts belonging to the person will be blocked and standard measures will be taken to block their access to StudyCrafter. We assess strikes ten (10) business days after a DMCA takedown notice is received to ensure that no person is blocked before they have a chance to review the issue and submit a valid counter-notice.
6.4 In assessing whether or not a StudyCrafter user has violated your copyrights, please keep in mind that StudyCrafter is an educational and not-for-profit initiative, seeking to aid and promote learning and research by providing tools to learn and create using digital technology. Please also keep in mind the “Fair Use” doctrine incorporated into the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107.
6.5 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 the law, to post and use the material in your content, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent at email@example.com:
- Your physical or electronic signature
- Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
- A statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and
- Your name, address, telephone number, and email address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Massachusetts, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.
If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, Northeastern University may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at Northeastern University’s sole discretion.
7. Suspension and Termination of Accounts
7.2 If you decide to delete your account, you will have the option to either permanently delete your account or move it to a “ghost” account. A “ghost” account is an anonymous account in which all of your profile information and draft projects will be removed, but StudyCrafter will continue to display your published projects and any associated data under a “StudyGhost#” username, where the “#” is an automatically generated number.
7.3 If you do not login to the platform for a period of three years, we will send you a warning to the email associated to your account. One month after the warning is sent, your account will be deleted, unless you confirm that you want to keep your profile. Northeastern University will remove all of your profile information and draft projects but may continue to utilize and display your published projects and the collected data under a “StudyGhost#” account, where the “#” is an automatically generated number.
8. Third-Party Websites
8.1 Content on StudyCrafter, including user-generated content, may include links to third-party websites. Northeastern University is not responsible for reviewing or managing third-party websites, and assumes no responsibility for the privacy practices, content, or functionality of any third-party websites. You agree to release the Northeastern Game Studio and Northeastern University of any and all liability arising from third-party websites.
10. Disclaim of Warranty
10.1 You acknowledge that you are using StudyCrafter at your own risk. StudyCrafter is provided “as-is,” and the StudyCrafter Entities hereby expressly disclaim any and all warranties, express and implied, including but not limited to any warranties of accuracy, reliability, title, merchantability, non-infringement, fitness for a particular purpose or any other warranty, condition, guarantee or representation, whether oral, in writing or in electronic form, including but not limited to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained therein or provided by StudyCrafter. Without limiting the foregoing, the StudyCrafter Entities disclaim any and all warranties, express and implied, regarding user-generated content. The StudyCrafter Entities and their third-party services providers do not represent or warrant that access to StudyCrafter will be uninterrupted or that there will be no failures, errors or omissions or loss of transmitted information, or that no viruses will be transmitted through StudyCrafter.
11. Limitation of Liability
11.1 The StudyCrafter Entities shall not be liable to you or any third parties for any direct, indirect, special, consequential or punitive damages of any kind, regardless of the type of claim or the nature of the cause of action, even if Northeastern University has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Without limiting the foregoing, the StudyCrafter Entities shall have no liability to you or any third parties for damages or harms arising out of user-generated contents.
12. Funding Support
12.1 StudyCrafter was developed with funding from Northeastern University, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The views, opinions, and/or findings expressed are those of the creator and should not be interpreted as representing the official views or policies of the Department of Defense (DoD), DARPA, NSF, the U.S. Government, or Northeastern University.
13.1 StudyCrafter is offered by Northeastern University from its facilities in the United States. Northeastern University makes no representations that StudyCrafter is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use StudyCrafter are responsible for compliance with local law.
14. Choice of Law and Venue
14.2 If you are a federal, state, or local government entity in the United States using StudyCrafter in your official capacity and legally unable to accept the controlling law, jurisdiction, or venue clauses above, then those clauses do not apply to you. For such U.S. federal government entities, these Terms and any action related thereto will be governed by the laws of the United States of America (without reference to conflict of laws) and, in the absence of federal law and to the extent permitted under federal law, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (excluding choice of law).
15. Choice of Language
16. No Waiver
17. Entire Agreement