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Others’ work is not yours. You agree not to upload content to this website that you do not own or are not specifically authorized to use. You also agree to appropriately attribute references to works and ideas created by third parties, including other users of this website.

License to MIT. In order to upload materials on this website, you must grant MIT a non-exclusive right to use the materials.

Creative Commons. Unless specifically noted, all materials on the website will be made available to third parties under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0.

By visiting this website available through the domain name http://solve.mit.edu you assent to these terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) as may be amended from time to time and posted on this website.

If you do not agree to any of these terms, then please do not use this website.

You understand and agree to the following:

1. USER OBLIGATION: In seeking to upload material to this website or to engage in activities within this website, I know that I must register and create a user account. I agree to provide accurate and current information as prompted during the account registration process and to update such information to keep it accurate and current at all times. I will be responsible for all activity related to my account and I will not share my password with any other person or post it on this or any other website.

2. GRANT OF LICENSE: For good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which you hereby acknowledge, I (the "Author(s)") grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ("MIT") worldwide, perpetual, royalty free, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, distribute, translate and modify the materials (the “Materials”) provided by me to by the MIT Solve ("Solve") website including the right to distribute the Materials via the Solve website and in any other media now known or hereafter developed.

3. STATUS OF COPYRIGHT: MIT acknowledges that nothing in this license will constitute a transfer or assignment of the copyright in the Materials to MIT. MIT further acknowledges that you will continue to own any copyright that you currently hold in any of the Materials.

4. SOLVE USE: I understand and agree that through the Solve Website the Materials will be available to third parties who will be granted a worldwide, perpetual, royalty free, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, distribute, translate and modify the Materials under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0.

ACCURACY OF MATERIALS: I acknowledge that I am solely responsible for the correctness of my Materials.

DISCLAIMER. THE MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS, COPYRIGHT HOLDERS, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY OR SOLVE BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE MATERIALS.

TRADEMARK. The name and trademarks of copyright holders, Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Solve may not be used in advertising or publicity without prior written permission of MIT’s Technology Licensing Office.

ATTRIBUTION: MIT agrees to incorporate the appropriate copyright and attribution notices that I request in all distributions of the Materials.

AUTHORITY AND THIRD-PARTY PERMISSIONS: I represent that I am the owner of the copyright or other property right in the Materials and that I have authority to grant this license. I further represent that I have identified and/or labeled all parts, items, and materials incorporated into the Materials that may be subject to a copyright or other proprietary right held by a third party, and I have permission to use such materials. If any of the Materials is based upon work that I completed from a grant or agreement sponsored by a third party, other than MIT, I represent and warrant that I have fulfilled any right of review or other obligations required by such contract or agreement. My agreements and representations in this Agreement are consistent with my obligations to my employer or institution and will not violate any agreement to which I am a party, or any of my employer’s or institution’s policies, including its policy regarding ownership of intellectual property. I represent that any statements made as part of posting a submission to a Solve challenge, including about the status of my organizational affiliations and any partnerships therein, are truthful to the best of my knowledge at the time of posting. 

Important: Unauthorized use of third-party copyrighted work is illegal.

WARRANTY. I warrant that I shall not post or transmit material that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, fraudulent, harmful, threatening, abusive or hateful, that contains nudity or pornography, that violates the property rights of others (including without limitation infringing use of a copyright or trademark), that violates the privacy or publicity right of others, or that is in violation of applicable laws.

INDEMNITY. I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its employees, trustees, representatives and agents from any liability, loss, claim and expense (including attorneys' reasonable fees) related to my violation of this Agreement and/or my posting of material to the Solve website. 

I agree that any submission found to be in violation of any of these Terms of Services will be barred from advancement in the Solve community, at the sole discretion of Solve. I further agree that advancement decisions for submitted solutions are made by Solve and its staff and volunteers, are final, and are not subject to appeal for any reason.  

GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement shall be construed, governed, interpreted and applied in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to conflict of law principles.

SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS. The rights and obligations of this license shall be binding upon my heirs and successors in interest.