1. User Agreement
1.3 Scratch is open to children and adults of all ages, and we ask that you keep this in mind when using the Scratch services. When you use Scratch, you agree to abide by the Scratch Community Guidelines.
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 Scratch 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Rules of Usage
3.1 The Scratch Team supports freedom of expression. However, Scratch is intended for a wide audience, and some content is inappropriate for the Scratch community. You may not use the Scratch service 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 Scratch user or not;
- Contains foul language or personal attacks;
- Contains sexually explicit or graphically violent material;
- Provides instructions on how to commit illegal activities or obtain illegal products;
- Except in connection with organizing Scratch day events, asks any other user for personally identifying information, contact information, or passwords; or
- Exposes any others person's personally identifying information, contact information, or passwords without that person's permission.
3.3 You agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations when you use Scratch. You may not use Scratch 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 Scratch 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:
- Posting content deliberately designed to crash the Scratch 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 "What the Community is Loving/Remixing" rows of the front page.
3.6 Commercial use of Scratch, user-generated content, and support materials is permitted under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. However, the Scratch Team reserves the right to block any commercial use of Scratch that, in the Scratch 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
4.2 The Scratch 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 Scratch.
4.3 All user-generated content you submit to Scratch is licensed to and through Scratch under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. This allows others to view and remix your content. This license also allows the Scratch Team to display, distribute, and reproduce your content on the Scratch 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 Scratch.
4.4 You may only submit user-generated projects that were created with (1) the Scratch website editor or (2) an unmodified copy of the Scratch editor compiled from the source code described in Section 5.3. You may not upload any projects that were created, by you or by anyone else, with a modified version of the Scratch editor.
4.7 All user-generated content is provided as-is. The Scratch Team makes no warranties about the accuracy or reliability of any user-generated content available through Scratch and does not endorse Scratch Day events or vet or verify information posted in connection with said events. The Scratch Team does not endorse any views, opinions, or advice expressed in user-generated content. You agree to relieve the Scratch Team of any and all liability arising from your user-generated content and from Scratch Day events you may organize or host.
5. Scratch Content and Licensing
5.2 Scratch 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 Scratch under the same license. Please note that this does not apply to materials that are also trademarked by the Scratch 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 Scratch support materials, or screenshots of the Scratch website, please use the following attribution: "Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. See http://scratch.mit.edu."
5.3 The source code for Scratch 1.4 is available for download and subject to the copyright notice as indicated on the Scratch FAQ page.
5.4 The Scratch name, Scratch logo, Scratch Day logo, Scratch Cat, and Gobo are Trademarks owned by the Scratch Team. The MIT name and logo are Trademarks owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Unless you are licensed by Scratch under a specific licensing program or agreement, you many not use these logos to label, promote, or endorse any product or service. You may use the Scratch Logo to refer to the Scratch website and programming language.
6. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
6.1 If you are a copyright holder and believe that content on Scratch violates your rights, you may send a DMCA notification to email@example.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 Scratch 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include:
- Your Scratch 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
7.2 If you want to delete or temporarily disable your account, please email email@example.com.
8. Third Party Websites
8.1 Content on Scratch, including user-generated content, may include links to third party websites. The Scratch 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 Scratch Team of any and all liability arising from third party websites.
You agree to indemnify MIT, the Scratch Team, the Scratch Foundation, 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 "Scratch 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 Scratch.
10. Disclaimer of Warranty
You acknowledge that you are using Scratch at your own risk. Scratch is provided "as is," and the Scratch 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 Scratch. Without limiting the foregoing, the Scratch Entities disclaim any and all warranties, express and implied, regarding user-generated content and Scratch Day events. The Scratch Entities and their third party service providers do not represent or warrant that access to Scratch 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 Scratch services.
11. Limitation of Liability
The Scratch 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 Scratch Team has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Without limiting the foregoing, the Scratch Entites shall have no liability to you or any third parties for damages or harms arising out of user-generated content or Scratch Day events.
Scratch is offered by the Scratch Team from its facilities in the United States. The Scratch Team makes no representations that Scratch is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use Scratch are responsible for compliance with local law.
13. Choice of Law and Venue
If you are a federal, state, or local government entity in the United States using Scratch 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).
14. Choice of Language
15. No Waiver
16. Entire Agreement
Appendix A: Additional Terms for Scratch Day Website
2. Account Creation and Maintenance
2.3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3. No Endorsement
You understand that neither MIT, nor the Scratch Team, nor the Code to Learn Foundation endorses any Scratch Day event. If you are hosting a Scratch Day event, you may not state or imply that MIT, the Scratch Team, or the Code to Learn Foundation has endorsed your event.
Appendix B: Additional Terms for ScratchX Website
1. ScratchX and GitHub
The ScratchX Site provides a platform for developers to link their experimental extensions to Scratch. However, we do not host those extensions or save them on the ScratchX site. All the extensions loaded on to ScratchX are hosted publicly on independent developers’ accounts on GitHub. Your use of GitHub is subject to GitHub’s Terms of Service and Privacy.
3. No Endorsement
By using ScratchX, you understand that neither MIT, nor the Scratch Team, nor the Code to Learn Foundation endorses any ScratchX experimental extension. If you are a developer linking to your own experimental extension via the ScratchX site, you may not state or imply that MIT, the Scratch Team, or the Code to Learn Foundation has endorsed your extension.