StoryMaker Terms of Use Agreement

Terms of Use

StoryMaker Terms of Use

The following Terms of Use cover StoryMaker, a service of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. The following rules govern the use by you of the StoryMaker Platform (the “Platform”). The rules set forth herein apply to all materials, online communications and other information that is or becomes available on the Platform (collectively, "Information"). BY CREATING A USER ACCOUNT, SIGNING IN AND USING THE STORYMAKER PLATFORM, YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES AND ANY MODIFICATIONS THERETO.


Certain components, portions, features, or services available on the StoryMaker Platform 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 Platform. You may be asked to select a login name and a password during the registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password 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 Platform, 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 Platform.

Restrictions on Use of Platform and Content

Non-commercial, Educational Use Only. The StoryMaker Platform and the Content therein may be used for 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 from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Also, you may not incorporate StoryMaker content into a product that you sell for profit. You may not create, recreate, distribute, or advertise an index of any of the Content or Platform unless authorized by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs in writing. 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 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 Platform, except as expressly permitted by these Terms. We reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Platform and the Content.

You may not circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Platform 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 Platform or attempt to gain access to secured portions of the Platform 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., email communication) for any commercial solicitation purposes. You may not use the Platform 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 Platform users for non-commercial, educational permitted uses as described. You may only copy, download, share, and/or modify the Content on the Platform as designated. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.

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 PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs as the source of the Content is required for all Content including video clips, video stills, images, and lesson plans.

User Generated Content

The StoryMaker Platform permits the submission of student-produced video, audio, textual, and other content submitted by you and student 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.

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs will maintain written consent, release and/or parental 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.

By submitting User Generated Content through the Platform, you automatically grant PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs 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 StoryMaker Platform (including the advertisement and promotion thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels, or for any other non-commercial use of the User Generated Content, in perpetuity. By submitting User Generated Content, you represent and warrant that you have the right and ability to do so, and that use and distribution of the User Generated Content will not infringe on any third-party rights, including copyrights in photos, video, or music. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs against any third-party costs or judgments relating to User Generated Content.

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 PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs may, in the course of their regular duties, have access to communications as required by law. PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs may also disclose any communications to the extent permitted or required by law.

Limitation of Damages

Under no circumstance, including negligence, shall PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages that may result from the use or inability to use the Platform, including without limitation use of or reliance on Content available on the Platform, 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.


These Terms and the Content may be revised, amended, or supplemented by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs without notice at any time for any reason. Continuing to use the Platform 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 Platform visitors' Privacy Policy provides additional terms and conditions that apply to your use of the StoryMaker. If you do not agree to the conditions therein, please do not use the Platform.