1. User Agreement

1.1 These Terms of Use constitute an agreement between you and the StudyCrafter Team that governs your use of StudyCrafter.com and all associated services. The StudyCrafter Team is part of the Northeastern Game Studio at Northeastern University. Please read the Terms of Use carefully. By using StudyCrafter you affirm that you have read, understood, and accepted the terms and conditions in the Terms of Use. If you do not agree with any of these conditions, please do not use StudyCrafter.

1.2 Your privacy is important to us. Please read our Privacy Policy, which identifies how the StudyCrafter Team uses, collects, and stores information it collects through the Services. By using StudyCrafter, you additionally agree that you are comfortable with StudyCrafter’s Privacy Policy.

1.3 StudyCrafter is open to adults from 18 years of age and over, and we ask that you keep this in mind when using the StudyCrafter services. When you use StudyCrafter you agree to abide by the StudyCrafter Community Guidelines.

1.4 The StudyCrafter Team may change the Terms of Use from time to time. You can always find the latest version of the Terms of Use at https://StudyCrafter.com/terms-of-use. The date of the most recent revisions will appear on this page. Your continued use of the Services constitutes your acceptance of any changes to or revisions of the Terms of Use.

2. Account Creation and Maintenance

2.1 In order to use some features of the Services, you will need to register with StudyCrafter and create an account. Creating an account is optional, but without an account you will not be able to save or publish projects or post comments on StudyCrafter. When registering for a personal account, you will be asked to provide certain personal information, such as your email address, gender, birth month and year, and country. Please see StudyCrafter’s Privacy Policy for StudyCrafter’s data retention and usage policies.

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.

2.4 Account names cannot be changed. If you want a different account name, create a new account and copy your existing projects over by hand.

2.5 If you have reason to believe that your account is no longer secure (for example, in the event of a loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your password), promptly change your password. If you cannot access your account to change your password, notify us at help@studycrafter.com.

3. Rules of Usage

3.1 The StudyCrafter Team 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 the StudyCrafter service in any way, that:

  1. Promotes bigotry, discrimination, hatred, or violence against any individual or group;
  2. Threatens, harasses, or intimidates any other person, whether that person is a StudyCrafter user or not;
  3. Contains unnecessary sexually explicit or graphically violent material;
  4. Provides instructions on how to commit illegal activities or obtain illegal products;
  5. Asks any other user for personally identifying information, contact information, or passwords; or
  6. Exposes any others 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. The StudyCrafter Team 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 help@StudyCrafter.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 the Services.

3.5 You agree not to use StudyCrafter in any way intended to disrupt the service, gain unauthorized access to the service, or interfere with any other user’s ability to use the service. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Posting content deliberately designed to crash the StudyCrafter website or editor;
  2. Linking to pages containing viruses or malware;
  3. Using administrator passwords or pretending to be an administrator;
  4. Repeatedly posting the same material, or “spamming”;
  5. 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 is permitted under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. However, the StudyCrafter Team reserves the right to block any commercial use of StudyCrafter that, in the StudyCrafter Team’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

4.1 For the purposes of the Terms of Use, “user-generated content” includes any projects, comments, forum posts, or links to third party websites that a user submits to StudyCrafter.

4.2 The StudyCrafter Team 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. You are responsible for making sure you have the necessary rights, licenses, or permission for any user-generated content you submit to StudyCrafter.

4.3 All user-generated content you submit to StudyCrafter is licensed to and through StudyCrafter under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. This allows others to view and remix your content. This license also allows the StudyCrafter Team 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. 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 automatically make your project and data public. If there are valid reasons for not making your project and/or data public, you can respond with an explanation.

4.5 Although the StudyCrafter Team requires all users to comply with these Terms of Use, some inappropriate user-generated content may be submitted and displayed on the StudyCrafter website. You understand that when you use StudyCrafter you may be exposed to user-generated content that you find objectionable or offensive. If you see any content that violates the Community Guidelines or Terms of Use, please let us know by using the “Report this” button. You only need to report an item once.

4.6 In addition to reviewing reported user-generated content, the StudyCrafter Team reserves the right, but is not obligated, to monitor all uses of the StudyCrafter service. The StudyCrafter Team may edit, move, or delete any content that violates the Terms of Use or Community Guidelines, without notice.

4.7 All user-generated content is provided as-is. The StudyCrafter Team makes no warranties about the accuracy or reliability of any user-generated content available through StudyCrafter. The StudyCrafter Team does not endorse any views, opinions, or advice expressed in user-generated content. You agree to relieve the StudyCrafter Team of any and all liability arising from your user-generated content.

5. StudyCrafter Content and Licensing

5.1 Except for any user-generated content, the StudyCrafter Team owns and retains all rights in and to the StudyCrafter code, art, the design, functionality, and architecture of StudyCrafter, and any software or content provided through StudyCrafter (collectively “the StudyCrafter IP”). If you want to use StudyCrafter in a way that is not allowed by these Terms of Use, you must first contact the StudyCrafter Team. Except for any rights explicitly granted under these Terms of Use, you are not granted any rights in and to any StudyCrafter IP.

5.2 StudyCrafter provides support materials, including images, sounds, video, and sample code, to help users build projects. Support materials are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. You may also use screenshots of StudyCrafter under the same license. Please note that this does not apply to materials that are also trademarked by the StudyCrafter Team or other parties as described in parts 5.4 and 5.5, below.

The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license requires you to attribute any material you use to the original author. When you use StudyCrafter support materials, or screenshots of the StudyCrafter website, please use the following attribution: “StudyCrafter  is developed by the Northeastern Game Studio at Northeastern University. See https://StudyCrafter.com.”

5.3 The StudyCrafter name and StudyCrafter logo are Trademarks owned by the StudyCrafter Team. The Northeastern University name and logo are Trademarks owned by Northeastern University. Unless you are licensed by StudyCrafter under a specific licensing program or agreement, you may not use these logos to label, promote, or endorse any product or service. You may use the StudyCrafter Logo to refer to the StudyCrafter website and editor.

5.4 The StudyCrafter support materials library may contain images and sounds that are trademarked by third parties. The fact that materials are included in the StudyCrafter support materials library does not in any way limit or reduce intellectual property rights, including trademark rights, otherwise available to the materials’ owners. Nothing in these Terms of Use or the Creative Commons 2.0 license will be construed to limit or reduce any party’s rights in that party’s valid trademarks. You may not use these materials to label, promote, or endorse any product or service. You are solely responsible for any violation of a third party’s intellectual property rights caused by your misuse of these materials.

6. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

6.1 If you are a copyright holder and believe that content on StudyCrafter violates your rights, you may send a DMCA notification to copyright@StudyCrafter.com. For more information, including the information that must be included in a DMCA notification, see our full DMCA Policy and the text of the DMCA, 17 U.S.C. § 512.

6.2 If you are a StudyCrafter user and you believe that your content did not constitute a copyright violation and was taken down in error, you may send a notification to  copyright@StudyCrafter.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 there was no copyright violation (e.g., the content was not copyrighted, you had permission to use the content, or your use of the content was a “fair use”).

7. Suspension and Termination of Accounts

7.1 StudyCrafter has the right to suspend your account for violations of the Terms of Use or Community Guidelines. Repeat violators may have their account deleted. The StudyCrafter Team reserves the sole right to determine what constitutes a violation of the Terms of Use or Community Guidelines. The StudyCrafter Team also reserves the right to terminate any account used to circumvent prior enforcement of the Terms of Use.

7.2 If you delete your account, the StudyCrafter Team will remove all your profile information and draft projects but continue your published projects and the collected data under a “StudyGhost#” account, 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 and delete your account one month after – unless you confirm that you want to keep your profile. Following 7.2, you account will also continue as “StudyGhost#” account.  

8. Third Party Websites

8.1 Content on StudyCrafter, including user-generated content, may include links to third party websites. The StudyCrafter Team is not capable of reviewing or managing third party websites, and assumes no responsibility for the privacy practices, content, or functionality of third party websites. You agree to relieve the StudyCrafter Team of any and all liability arising from third party websites.

9. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify Northeastern University, the StudyCrafter Team, and all their affiliates, employees, faculty members, fellows, students, agents, representatives, third party service providers, and members of their governing boards (all of which are “StudyCrafter Entities”), and to defend and hold each of them harmless, from any and all claims and liabilities (including attorneys’ fees) arising out of or related to your breach of the Terms of Service or your use of StudyCrafter.

For federal government agencies, provisions in the Terms of Use relating to Indemnification shall not apply to your Official Use, except to the extent expressly authorized by federal law. For state and local government agencies in the United States, Terms of Use relating to Indemnification shall apply to your Official Use only to the extent authorized by the laws of your jurisdiction.

10. Disclaimer of Warranty

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 service 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 services.

11. Limitation of Liability

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 the StudyCrafter Team 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

StudyCrafter was developed with funding from Northeastern University and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). 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, the U.S. Government, or Northeastern University.

13. Jurisdiction

StudyCrafter is offered by the StudyCrafter Team from its facilities in the United States. The StudyCrafter Team 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

You agree that these Terms of Use, for all purposes, shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts applicable to contracts to be wholly performed therein, and any action based on, relating to, or alleging a breach of the Terms of Use must be brought in a state or federal court in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. In addition, both parties agree to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of such courts.

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

If the StudyCrafter Team provides you with a translation of the English language version of these Terms of Use, the Privacy Policy, or any other policy, then you agree that the translation is provided for informational purposes only and does not modify the English language version. In the event of a conflict between a translation and the English version, the English version will govern.

16. No Waiver

No waiver of any term of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and the StudyCrafter Team’s failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

16. Entire Agreement

This document, together with all appendices, constitutes the entire Terms of Use and supersedes all previous agreements with the StudyCrafter Team relating to the use of StudyCrafter.

 

The StudyCrafter Terms of Use was last updated: February 2018.