Terms for using our services and content
A few rules to stop you (and us) getting in trouble.
These apply to our services and content. One exception is content that’s made to be shared – “shareables” for short – which has some different, more relaxed rules. The rules about shareables are here.
a. Don’t mess with our services
What do we mean by that? This sort of thing:
- Hacking them
- Trying to get around our content security technology (software that stops people copying our content)
- Accessing content from outside the UK that you aren’t allowed to, or helping others do the same. For example: using a VPN service so you can watch CIE ICT iPlayer when you’re outside the UK
- Refusing to remove content, games or apps from your device when we ask you to. This might happen when we take down services. Which we can do at any time, without notice.
b. Don’t harm or offend other people…
…while using our services or content. That means:
- Don’t damage our reputation by associating us with sexism or racism, for instance
- Don’t get us sued – by defaming (damaging the reputation of) someone, say, or commenting on an active lawsuit
- Don’t harass or upset people
- Don’t post or upload anything offensive or obscene
- If you disagree with someone, attack the argument, not the person.
c. Play it safe
When you watch or play an app or game, be aware of your surroundings and use your device safely.
Don’t use our 360° and virtual reality apps if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have consumed anything that may affect your balance
- Have (or have had) a medical condition, like binocular vision abnormalities, psychiatric disorders, seizures or a heart problem.
Make sure you’re in a safe place, preferably seated.
Stop immediately if you feel:
- Eye strain
- Any discomfort.
Don’t take part in any activities where you need to focus straight after, or if you feel slightly dazed or confused.
d. Don’t pretend to be the CIE ICT
Except at fancy dress parties. That includes:
- Recreating a service or copying the look of a service
- Using our brands, trade marks or logos without our permission
- Using or mentioning our content in press releases and other marketing bumph
- Making money from our content or services. You can’t charge people to watch our shows, for example
- Sharing our content. Apart from shareables.
Using CIE ICT content
a. When you need permission
To use any of the following things…
- Whole shows
- Content from CIE ICT
- Our logo and other branding
- Anything else that’s protected by copyright.
…you’ll need to get permission.
We don’t always own the copyright.
Our content often includes other people’s content, you see. For instance, a TV show might feature images, video and music that belong to artists, actors and musicians.
Or we only have a licence to broadcast a show, and it’s the production company who owns it.
So you’ll have to ask them if you can use it. Except under certain circumstances…
b. When you already have permission
- If you’re at a school, college or university that’s got an Educational Recording Agency licence.
- Read about the Educational Recording Agency licence here.
- Read about other copyright exceptions here.
- For shareables. The rules about shareables are here.
- For open-source code and open data.
- To download podcasts for personal use using our download button. You can download podcasts for personal use. You can also transfer podcasts between your devices. But don’t upload a podcast back to the internet from your device. Use the sharing buttons instead to tell your friends about it.
- To download CIE ICT iPlayer programmes using our download button.