Terms of Use

Terms & Conditions

ATTENTION: PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE WORLD BOOK ONLINE SERVICE. BY USING OR ACCESSING THE WORLD BOOK ONLINE SERVICE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU: HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE TERMS OF USE; ARE AT LEAST EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OLD AND HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO ACCEPT THESE TERMS OF USE, OR HAVE THE CONSENT OF YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN; AND AGREE TO BE LEGALLY BOUND BY THE TERMS OF USE. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THESE TERMS OF USE, DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE. YOU SHOULD REVIEW THESE TERMS OF USE PERIODICALLY AS THEY MAY BE REVISED FROM TIME TO TIME.

Thank you for reviewing these Terms of Use (“Terms of Use”), which create a legally binding agreement between you and World Book, Inc. (“World Book,” “we,” “us” or “our”) with respect to your use of the World Book Online Service or World Book website, accessible through www.worldbook.com, www.worldbookonline.com and other country specific websites, related mobile applications and other online programs (collectively, the “Online Services”), each of which may be subject to platform-specific additional terms. The Online Services are operated from the United States of America on behalf of World Book and intended for use and related activities that are subject only to the laws of the United States of America. If you choose to access the Online Services from locations outside the United States, such conduct is at your own risk and subject to the laws of the United States of America, and you are responsible for compliance with any local laws. You may not use or export anything (including information) from the Online Services in violation of U.S. export laws, regulations or these Terms of Use.

Terms of Use Limited to the Online Services 
These Terms of Use are specific to the Online Services, which may only be accessed by either: (i) schools, institutions or other organizational subscribers that have executed a valid Subscription Agreement (each a “Subscriber”); or (ii) individuals who are authorized to access the site by a Subscriber or who have purchased an individual subscription to the Online Services (each a “User”). These Terms of Use do not apply to activities unrelated to the Online Services, including activities occurring on other websites operated by World Book. You should note that different terms of use may apply to other parts of World Book’s web presence.

Registration
Users may, but are not required to, register for and receive a unique login identification and password (“Login Credentials”); however, Users without Login Credentials may be unable to access all of the features and functionality of the Online Services. Your Login Credentials are for your personal use only and are not transferable.You may not share your Login Credentials with any other individual. You agree that you will be responsible for maintaining your Login Credentials as confidential and for any activity that occurs as a result of your enabling or permitting another person or entity to use your Login Credentials.You agree to immediately notify us by one of the methods listed in these Terms of Use in the event that: (i) your Login Credentials are lost or stolen; or (2) you become aware of any unauthorized use of your Login Credentials or of any other breach of security related to the Online Services.We are not responsible for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the provisions of this section.

Additionally, if you are an administrator responsible for managing Login Credentials on behalf of a Subscriber, you agree on behalf of the Subscriber that you personally and the Subscriber are jointly and severally liable for any and all uses of these additional Login Credentials. You represent and warrant that any information you post or provide to World Book by means of the Online Services, including, without limitation, as part of any registration or subscription or to gain access to or use any features or functionality of the Online Services, is truthful, accurate, not misleading and offered in good faith.

Changes and Notifications
World Book Online may, at any time, change the Online Services, the Online Services’ privacy policy, subscription plan charges, payment procedures or other terms of this agreement. Changes to the subscription plan charges, payment procedures, terms and conditions, and the Online Services will be provided to you in the "Subscriber News" section of the Online Services. Changes to subscription charges will be effective at the end of your current subscription term. If you find any change World Book makes to be unacceptable, you may terminate your subscription to the Online Services in accordance with this agreement. Your use of the Online Services after the effective date of a change constitutes your continued acceptance of the Online Services and any agreement, as changed.

Use of the Online Services
You are authorized to view and download materials on the Online Services for your internal (or, in the case of Users, personal), non-commercial use only, provided that you retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original materials on any copies of the materials.The Online Services contain copyrighted electronic books (“e-Books”), animations, photographs, images, maps, charts, illustrations, videos, bubble views, text, music, sounds and other intellectual property of World Book and its third-party suppliers (collectively, "Content"). All rights, title and interest in and to the Content, including all applicable copyrights, trade secrets, patents and other intellectual property rights, are and shall remain vested in World Book and its third-party suppliers, as applicable.You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by virtue of downloading Content, including e-Books, from the Online Services. For purposes of these Terms of Use, any use of the Content on any other website or networked computer environment for any purpose is prohibited.All rights not expressly granted hereunder are expressly reserved to World Book.

Except to the extent expressly permitted under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, you agree that you will not, and will not cause or permit another individual to:

  • Copy, use or download Content except to the extent permitted by the features of the Online Services; provided, however, that World Book and User acknowledge and agree that User may download Content, including e-Books, to a mobile device, subject to the terms and conditions of the related mobile application;
  • Reproduce and/or distribute Content except for educational, non-commercial or personal uses only provided that no changes or deletions are made to the Content, author attributions or proprietary notices in the Content;
  • Decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise reduce the Content to a machine or human readable form; or
  • Reproduce the Content in any other medium or on any other server or location for further reproduction or redistribution.

You agree not to utilize the Online Services in an unlawful way or for any unlawful purpose. You agree not to post or transmit information under a false name. You also agree not to post any information which (a) is libelous, defamatory, obscene, fraudulent, false or contrary to the ownership or intellectual property rights of any other person, or (b) contains any virus, worm, Trojan horse or other code which is contaminating or destructive to the files or programs of World Book, its affiliates or any of their website users. World Book reserves the right to delete any information forwarded by you that is fraudulent, abusive, defamatory, obscene or in violation of copyright, trademark or other intellectual property or ownership rights of any other person.

You may only submit or access information that you own or have the right to submit or access. You agree that it is your sole responsibility to ensure that the information you submit through the Online Services (including information to set up or update your Timeline account) is accurate, complete and current to the best of your knowledge and recollection. We are not responsible for any consequences arising from your or other persons’ reliance on the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of any content contained within your Online Services account.

You agree that the content posted in chat rooms, bulletin boards and similar forums (“Forums”) is not endorsed by, and shall not be considered reviewed, screened or approved by World Book, or any party on their behalf. However, World Book reserves the right for any reason to remove any such content and to restrict or deny, in its sole discretion, any user access to Forums without notice.

If you breach any of these Terms of Use, your authorization to use the Online Services automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any downloaded or printed materials. World Book also reserves the right to suspend, de-activate, delete or otherwise disable your Login Credentials immediately and at any time if you breach or threaten to breach any of these Terms of Use.

Prohibited Behavior
You must not use the Online Services to interfere with or disrupt the proper operation of the Online Services in any manner that may adversely affect World Book or any third parties, including using the Online Services to do any of the following prohibited actions:

  • Access data or materials not intended for you;
  • Log into a server or account which you are not authorized to access;
  • Harm minors in any way;
  • Engage in excessive use of the Online Services which impairs the fair use of others;
  • Use the Online Services for any purpose or in any matter that violates any local, state or federal law or regulation or the law or regulation of any foreign government;
  • Upload or otherwise transmit any information or material that infringes or violates any patent, trademark, copyright or other intellectual property right, privacy right or publicity right of any person or entity;
  • Post or transmit any information that is illegal, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, ethnically or racially offensive or discriminatory, profane, invades the privacy of another person or any other information or materials that constitute a crime, give rise to a civil action or otherwise violate any law or a confidentiality agreement that you have with a third party;
  • Impersonate another person or entity, including without limitation a representative of World Book, falsely represent or misrepresent your affiliation with another person or entity, forge headers, or otherwise manipulate identifiers that would disguise the origin of any content transmitted through the Online Services;
  • Upload or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other code, files or programs designed or known to disable, interrupt or limit the functionality of any computer hardware, computer software or telecommunications equipment or facility; or
  • Attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or service to any user, host or network, including without limitation, by means of submitting a virus to the Online Services, overloading, "flooding", "mailbombing" or "crashing" the Online Services.

Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability. World Book reserves the right to investigate occurrences which may involve such violations and may involve, and cooperate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting Users who have participated in such violations. You understand that data and communications, including e-mail and other electronic communications, may be accessed by unauthorized third parties when communicated over the Internet.

You further agree:

  • To notify the Online Services’ Help Desk promptly if you suspect unauthorized use of the Online Services;
  • That you are responsible for the results obtained, and conclusions drawn, from your use of the Online Services;
  • To comply with all applicable laws, regulations, or conventions in using the Online Services, including, but not limited to, those related to child pornography, gambling or gaming, obscenity, intellectual property rights, data privacy, import/export of data and taxes, or misleading or deceptive conduct; and
  • That you are not a specifically designated individual or entity under any U.S. (or other) embargo or otherwise the subject, either directly or indirectly, of any order issued by any agency of the U.S. Government (or any other government) limiting, barring, revoking or denying, in whole or in part, your export privileges and that you will notify World Book immediately in the event that you become subject to any such order.

Linking to the Online Services; Links to Other Websites
You agree not to "deep-link" to the Online Services, meaning that you will not create, post, display, publish or distribute any link to any page other than the front (home) page of the Online Services for any purpose, unless specifically authorized by World Book in writing to do so. If you want to link to the Online Services in any other manner, please contact World Book at help@worldbook.com to seek approval.

Links to third-party websites on the Online Services are provided solely as a convenience to you. If you use these links, you will leave the Online Services. World Book has not reviewed all of these third-party sites and does not control and is not responsible for any of these sites or their content. Thus, World Book does not endorse or make any representations about them, or any information, software or other products or materials found there, or any results that may be obtained from using them. If you decide to access any of the third-party sites linked to the Online Services, you do this entirely at your own risk.

Framing
You agree not to create any frames at any other web sites(s) pertaining to or using any of the Content for any purpose, unless specifically authorized by World Book in writing to do so.

Spidering
The use of any tools, programs, robotic algorithms or products to automatically download or "spider" the Online Services or any of the pages of the Online Services infringes on World Book's and/or its licensors' copyrights.You agree not to use any such tools or products on or in connection with the Online Services.

Availability
The Online Services are generally available seven (7) days a week. However, World Book may, at any time, without notice or liability, restrict the use of the Online Services or limit their availability in order to perform maintenance, update the Content or features, or for any other reasons World Book deems appropriate.

Disclaimer of Warranties
THE USE OF THE ONLINE SERVICES, INCLUDING ANY AND ALL CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE ONLINE SERVICES, IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE ONLINE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. WORLD BOOK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO THE ONLINE SERVICES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. WORLD BOOK MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, CURRENT, ACCURATE, COMPLETE OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED BY USE OF THE ONLINE SERVICES WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY WITH RESPECT TO ANY DEFECT IN OR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE ONLINE SERVICES IS TO CEASE TO USE THE ONLINE SERVICES.World Book may make changes to the Online Services, including any and all Content available through the Online Services, at any time without notice; however, World Book makes no commitment to update the Online Services, including any and all Content available through the Online Services. Please note that some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you. Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding the exclusion of implied warranties.

Disclaimer of Content
You understand and acknowledge that World Book assumes no responsibility to screen or review Content available through the Online Services that is originated by parties other than World Book, and that World Book shall have the right, but not the obligation, in its sole discretion to monitor, refuse and remove any Content that is available through the Online Services. World Book expressly disclaims all responsibility or liability to you or any other person or entity for the performance or nonperformance of Content review. Further, World Book makes no representation or warranty as to the appropriateness of any Content, including, without limitation, based on the age, gender, maturity, or other characteristic of a User.YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU ASSUME ALL RISK ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF ANY AND ALL CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE ONLINE SERVICES.

Limitation of Liability
To the furthest extent permitted by law, under no circumstances, including, without limitation, World Book's, its affiliates’, licensors’ or contractors’ negligence, shall World Book, its affiliates, licensors or contractors be liable for any damages, including, without limitation, direct, special, indirect, punitive, consequential, exemplary and or incidental damages that result from your use or inability to use the Online Services, any content and/or any related software, even if World Book or an authorized World Book Representative has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Notwithstanding anything else contained in these terms, in the event the terms of this section, or any part of this section, shall be held invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, in no event shall World Book's total liability to you, or anyone claiming by or through you, for any damages, losses, claims and/or causes of action, whether in contract, tort, negligence or otherwise, exceed one hundred UNITED STATES dollars (US$100.00).
 
Indemnification
You shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless World Book and its sponsors, business affiliates, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys and agents, from and against any and all damages, claims and actions, and all liabilities and settlements related thereto, including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, brought by you or any third party resulting from your use of the Online Services in violation of these Terms of Use or the infringement by you of any intellectual property rights of any person or entity. World Book shall provide notice to you promptly of such any such claim and shall reasonably cooperate with you, at your expense, in your defense of any such claim.

Governing Law and Arbitration
This Online Services and these Terms of Use (including without limitation the validity, construction and performance of duties related to the Terms of Use) are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States of America and the laws of the State of Illinois without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of laws. We make no representation that materials or services included within the Online Services are appropriate or available for use outside the United States, and access to them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited.Venue with respect to any dispute (not subject to arbitration as provided below) between you and World Book will rest exclusively in the state or federal courts located in Chicago, Illinois, unless such venue would deprive you of any remedy, at law or in equity, which would otherwise be available in your state of residence.

You shall first contact us at help@worldbook.com regarding any claim or controversy arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use, or any breach thereof, or the use of the Online Services, except such claims or controversies for which injunctive relief is available, that cannot be resolved by mediation within 30 days shall be finally settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules including the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes (collectively, “AAA Rules”), and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The AAA Rules are available online at adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879. You agree that, by accepting these Terms of Use, you and World Book are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. These Terms of Use evidence a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision.

Unless you and World Book agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in the county (or parish) of your residence. If the claim or controversy is for US$10,000.00 (ten thousand United States dollars) or less, World Book agrees that you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator(s), through a telephonic hearing or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If the claim or controversy exceeds US$10,000.00 (ten thousand United States dollars), the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the award of the arbitrator(s) shall be accompanied by a statement of the reasons upon which the award is based.

Termination
You acknowledge and agree that World Book may terminate your Login Credentials and/or other access privileges and remove and discard any Content without notice to you for any reason, including without limitation, if: (i) you do not use the Online Services for what World Book, in its sole discretion, deems to be an extended period of time; (ii) World Book believes that you have violated any of these Terms of Use; or (iii) you have otherwise acted in any manner that World Book, in its sole discretion, deems objectionable. You agree that any termination of your access to the Online Services shall not result in any liability or other obligation of World Book to you or any third party in connection with such termination.

Miscellaneous
The Subscription Agreement, if applicable, and these Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and World Book and govern your use of the Online Services. In the event of any conflict between the Subscription Agreement and these Terms of Use, the Subscription Agreement shall control. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use third-party content or services available through the Online Services. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect. The failure of World Book to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or condition. You agree that, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the Online Services or these Terms of Use must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose.

Modifications
We may change the Terms of Use in our discretion by posting a new version of the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the changes, you must immediately stop using the Online Services. If you do not stop using the Online Services, the new Terms of Use shall apply to you.

Effective: December 15, 2014