Contribution Terms of Service
Humanities Moments Project
Informed Consent and Copyright Permission for interviews, recordings, images, personal documents, and use thereof
The “Humanities Moments” Project is an initiative of the National Humanities Center. By the submission of your Materials you are signifying your consent for these materials to be deposited in the Humanities Moments Collection and used by the National Humanities Center in accordance with the conditions described below.
I voluntarily agree to be interviewed for/have my Materials included as a part of the National Humanities Center’s “Humanities Moments” Project and to permanently give, convey, and assign the recordings, transcripts, and any other documents or materials (“the Material”) to the National Humanities Center. I understand that these materials are being collected to increase knowledge about, and appreciation for, the humanities by the general public.
I understand that the Material created or compiled as part of the process may include:
- An audio and/or video recording
- An edited transcript, abstract, field notes, short descriptive essay, and/or tape log
- A photograph or other still image of me in my home or office
- Copies of personal documents of my choosing that I provide
I herein freely share the Material with the National Humanities Center under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. This means that I retain the copyright to the Material, but that the public may freely copy, modify, and share these items for non-commercial purposes under the same terms if they include original source information.
I understand that the Material enters the National Humanities Center’s Humanities Moments Collection, and I consent to let the Material be made available for use consistent with the Center’s mission, including but not limited to use whole or in part in exhibitions, public programs, documentary films, radio broadcasts, and publications in all formats and media, including on the Internet.
Image Copyright and Licensing
Before you upload an image, make sure that the image falls into one of these four categories:
- It’s your own work: You own all rights to the image, usually meaning that you created it entirely yourself. In case of a photograph or screenshot, you must also own the copyright for all copyright-protected items (e.g. statue or app) that appear in it.
- Freely licensed: You can prove that the copyright holder has released the image under an acceptable free license. When in doubt, do not upload copyrighted images. IMPORTANT NOTE: just because you did not have to pay money for the image does not mean that it is necessarily “free content” or acceptable for use on the Humanities Moment platform. The vast majority of images on the internet are copyrighted and cannot be used without some kind of permission. If you have a question, please reach out directly to our Humanities Moments curatorial staff who can provide assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Public domain: You can prove that the image is in the public domain, i.e. free of all copyrights.
- Fair use: You believe that the image meets the special conditions for non-free content, which exceptionally allow the use of unlicensed material, and you can provide an explicit non-free use rationale explaining why and how you intend to use it.
The Humanities Moments (HM) website is maintained by the National Humanities Center, 7 T, W. Alexander Drive, P.O. Box 12256, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709-2256 USA. Featuring shared personal accounts, the Humanities Moments website provides a mechanism for the general public to: share memorable encounters with humanities topics, explore the influence of the humanities in their lives and the lives of others, and increase their knowledge about, and appreciation for, the humanities.
Information We Collect
When you visit HM, you provide us with two types of information, both of which are collected by us: personal information that you knowingly choose to disclose, and website use information collected by us as you interact with our website.
The HM website requires registration. In this case, you must agree with the terms and conditions to become a registered user.
When users enter the HM website, we collect their browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for all HM website users. To help us improve the user experience on the HM website, we may collect data such as time spent on the site, pageviews, etc. This information is anonymous and does not personally identify users. We may share this anonymous information with sponsors or partners. In addition, we store certain information from your browser using “cookies.” Cookies are pieces of data stored on a user’s computer tied to information about that user. For example, we use session identification (ID) cookies to confirm that users are logged in. These cookies automatically terminate once the user closes the browser. By default, we use a persistent cookie that stores your login ID (but not your password) to make it easier for you to login when you come back to HM. You may block or remove this convenience feature through the settings in your web browser.
By using this website, you agree and acknowledge that your posting of user content on the site is done solely at your own risk. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you may choose to share information, nor can we guarantee that our security system will not ever be breached. We cannot and do not guarantee that user content you post on the site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of user content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other users have copied or stored your user content.
Any improper collection or misuse of information provided on HM is a violation of the HM Terms of Service and should be reported to email@example.com. By using an HM website, you are consenting to have any data you enter transferred to and processed in the United States.
Children Under Age 18
HM does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 18 without parental consent. If you are under 18, please do not send to us or post on our website any personal information about yourself, including your name, address, telephone number or email address. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 18 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 18, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharing Your Information with Third Parties
HM will share your information with third parties where such sharing is 1) permitted by you, or 2) legally required. We may also provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the HM-specified purposes.
We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We may reveal information if we have a good-faith belief that an information request by regulatory or law enforcement officials or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the HM service or using the HM name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.
Through interactions with third-party sites, we may inadvertently receive some information about you or your use of the third-party site even if you are logged out from HM, or that pertains to non-HM users, from those sites in conjunction with the technical operation of the system.
Certain information you post to the website may be shared with other users beyond these privacy policies. All such sharing of information is done at your own risk. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information or any information submitted to a website, such as a blog, comments, messages, photos, videos, or other items, this information may become publicly available.
Changing or Removing Information
Generally, user submissions may be removed only by HM or, if posted to a Group, by a Group Administrator or HM.
Because email and instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. If you have any questions about the security of the HM website, please contact us at email@example.com.