Terms and conditions of use
Welcome to our digital information network. These are our terms and conditions for use of the network, which you may access in several ways, including but not limited to the World Wide Web via theguardian.com, digital television, PDA, mobile phone and RSS feeds. In these terms and conditions, when we say the “Guardian Site” or “our site” we mean the digital information network operated by or on behalf of Guardian News & Media Limited or its parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively “Guardian”), including without limitation, www.theguardian.co.uk, www.theguardian.com and any other domains, websites or apps owned or operated by Guardian, and the material on such domains, websites and apps, in each case as may be updated from time to time. However you access the Guardian Site (whether via a third party site, app, link or otherwise), you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
Though you should read all sections carefully, your attention is specifically drawn to the following sections of these terms and conditions: section 3 (which concerns your use of material on the Guardian Site), section 4 (which sets out our disclaimers of liability), section 6 (which concerns the content you submit to us) and section 12 (the indemnification you provide to us for your breach of these terms and conditions).
If you have accessed the Guardian Site from the United States or Australia, you also agree to be bound by the additional terms contained at the end of these terms and conditions.
If, for any reason, we believe that you have not complied with these terms and conditions, we may, at our sole discretion, cancel or restrict your access to all or part of the Guardian Site immediately and without prior notice.
You may access areas of the Guardian Site that require registration by becoming a registered member and creating an account with us. You agree to be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your passwords or other account identifiers which you choose and all activities that occur under your account.
By registering on the Guardian Site, you agree that:
i. your account and password are personal to you and may not be used by anyone else to access the Guardian Site;
ii. you will not do anything which would assist anyone who is not a registered user to gain access to any registration area of the Guardian Site; and
iii. you will not create registration accounts for the purpose of abusing the functionality of the Guardian Site, or other users; nor will you seek to pass yourself off as another user.
You agree to notify us immediately if you become aware of any unauthorised use of your password or account identifiers by others.
2. Termination of registration
If you no longer wish to have a registered account, you may terminate your account by logging into your account settings and selecting ‘delete account’. Please note that if you make payments to us on a recurring basis through an active membership, contribution or subscription you will not be able to automatically delete your account online. Please follow the instructions you are given on the account deletion page and try again if you still want to delete your account. Otherwise please contact us using the contact details for your region that can be found on the help centre.
If you no longer accept these terms and conditions, or any future modification to these terms and conditions, you must cease using the Guardian Site. Continued use of the Guardian Site indicates your continued acceptance of these terms and conditions.
We may terminate your registered account, at our sole discretion, by emailing you at the address you have registered stating that the agreement has terminated.
3. Use of material appearing on the Guardian Site
You acknowledge that, as between Guardian and you, except for user content and advertisements (as discussed below), Guardian is the sole owner or the licensee of all content on the Guardian Site, including, without limitation, all applicable copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, trade names, logos, and other intellectual property rights thereto, as well as text, images, graphics, logos, audio, video, URLs, metadata and other material appearing on the Guardian Site (“Guardian Content”). The Guardian Site and the Guardian Content are protected by the copyright laws and other intellectual property laws of the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia and are protected globally by applicable international copyright treaties.
Your use of the Guardian Site and Guardian Content is for your own personal and non-commercial use only. You may download and print extracts from the Guardian Content for your own personal and non-commercial use only, provided you maintain and abide by any author attribution, copyright or trademark notice or restriction in any material that you download or print.
Without limitation, you shall not use (and you shall also not facilitate, authorise or permit the use of) the Guardian Site and/or any Guardian Content (including, any caption information, keywords or other associated metadata) for any other purpose without our prior written approval - this includes, without limitation, that you shall not use, copy, scrape, reproduce, alter, modify, collect, mine and/or extract the Guardian Content: (a) for any machine learning, machine learning language models and/or artificial intelligence-related purposes (including the training or development of such technologies); (b) for any text and data aggregation, analysis or mining purposes (including to generate any patterns, trends or correlations); or (c) with any machine learning and/or artificial intelligence technologies to generate any data or content or to synthesise or combine with any other data or content; or (d) for any commercial use.
Other than as expressly set out in these terms and conditions, or otherwise approved in writing by the Guardian, you shall also not use, or facilitate, authorise or permit the use of, any (i) “robot”, “bot”, “spider”, “蝉肠谤补辫别谤”, “crawler” or (ii) other automated device, program, technique, tool, process, algorithm or method (whether for data gathering, mining, collection, reading, scraping, extraction or other purposes), in each case, on or in relation to the Guardian Site and/or the Guardian Content.
You shall not use any service, software, device, tool, method, program, technique, algorithm or process to circumvent any restriction, condition, protection or technological measure that controls access to the Guardian Content in any way, including bypassing or circumventing any access controls or use limits of the Guardian Content (including, by way of example, robots.txt internet protocols or similar or successor protocols).
For the avoidance of doubt, the Guardian reserves all rights in the Guardian Content, (including for the purposes of Article 4(3) of Directive (EU) 2019/790 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC) and similar reserved rights in other jurisdictions, in each case, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable laws.
Except as expressly authorised by the Guardian, you are not allowed to create a database in electronic or paper form comprising all or part of the material appearing on the Guardian Site.
Our robots.txt notice does not, and shall not, constitute the Guardian’s permission or approval for the purposes of these terms and conditions. These terms and conditions shall prevail in all respects over our robots.txt notice.
If you wish to use our content other than as permitted by these terms and conditions, or as otherwise set out in the Guardian’s Open Licence Terms, please contact us at [email protected] or visit our Licensing website
If you operate a media monitoring service , then you are obliged to contact NLA Media Access Ltd directly to discuss your licensing requirements.
4. Disclaimer of liability
To the extent permitted at law, we do not accept any responsibility for any statement in the Guardian Content. Nothing in the Guardian Content is provided for any specific purpose or at the request of any particular person. For the avoidance of confusion, we will not be liable for any loss caused as a result of your doing, or not doing, anything as a result of viewing, reading or listening to the Guardian Content or any part of it. You can access other sites via links from the Guardian Site. These sites are not under our control and we are not responsible in any way for any of their contents.
We give no warranties of any kind concerning the Guardian Site or the Guardian Content. In particular, we do not warrant that the Guardian Site or any of its contents is virus free. You must take your own precautions in this respect as we accept no responsibility for any infection by virus or other contamination or by anything which has destructive properties.
Although we will do our best to provide constant, uninterrupted access to the Guardian Site, we do not guarantee this. We accept no responsibility or liability for any unavailability, interruption or delay.
If you are accessing the Guardian Site from the United States or Australia, the additional disclaimers and limitations of liability in Sections 14 onwards apply.
5. Third party advertising on the Guardian Site
You will see advertising material submitted by third parties on the Guardian Site. Each individual advertiser is solely responsible for the content of its advertising material. We accept no responsibility for the content of advertising material, including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein.
If you want to advertise on the Guardian Site, please contact the sales team via this online form. The Guardian is the sole direct seller of advertising on the Guardian Site. You shall not deal with any third parties in relation to the sale and placement of advertisements on the Guardian Site, except for those third parties approved by the Guardian from time to time.
6. User content
Users of our site may be permitted to submit content for publication in various areas of the Guardian Site. Interactions with our site are governed by our Community Standards and Participation Guidelines accessible at theguardian.com/community-standards which are incorporated in these terms and conditions. You will be deemed to consent to these guidelines, and these terms and conditions, if you choose to post any content or comments to the Guardian Site.
When you submit content to us, you agree and represent that you have created that content, or you have received permission from, or are authorised by, the owner of any part of the content to submit it to the Guardian Site.
You or the owner of the content still own the copyright in the content sent to us, but by submitting content to us, you are granting us an unconditional, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully transferable, perpetual worldwide licence to use, publish and/or transmit, and to authorise third-parties to use, publish and/or transmit your content in any format and on any platform, either now known or hereafter invented.
You acknowledge and agree that when you post content on the Guardian Site or view content provided by others, you are doing so at your own discretion and risk, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, of that content. You further acknowledge and agree that the views expressed by you and other users in that content do not necessarily reflect the views of Guardian, and we do not support or endorse any user content. You acknowledge that we have no obligation to pre-screen, monitor, review, or edit any content posted by you and other users on the Guardian Site.
We, or authorised third parties, reserve the right to cut, crop, edit or refuse to publish, your content at our or their sole discretion. We may remove your content from use at any time.
We accept no liability in respect of any content submitted by users and published by us or by authorised third parties.
You warrant that the content you submit to us is not obscene, threatening, harassing, libellous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another’s privacy, offensive, defamatory of any person or illegal. You warrant that the content you submit to us does not infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual or proprietary or privacy right of any party or individual. You agree not to (i) post content which is deliberately intended to upset or harm other users; (ii) use the Guardian Site to post or otherwise transmit content that victimises, harasses, degrades, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals on the basis of any impermissible classification, including, without limitation, religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, military status or disability; (iii) post or otherwise transmit any content that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of the Guardian Site or any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; (iv) upload or otherwise transmit any content, or take any other actions with respect to your use of the Guardian Site, that would constitute, or would otherwise encourage, criminal conduct or give rise to civil liability; or (v) use the Guardian Site for commercial purposes, including, without limitation, submitting any material to solicit funds or to promote, advertise or solicit the sale of any goods or services.
You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Guardian Site may involve (i) transmissions over various networks; and (ii) changes to content to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. Guardian assumes no responsibility for the deletion or failure to store postings of content or other information submitted by you or other users to the Guardian Site.
If you are under 16, you confirm that you have permission of your parent or guardian to submit content.
Any queries regarding copyright and your content should be directed in the first instance to [email protected].
Readers of our print products submitting content to Guardian News & Media should read our terms here.
You may download certain Guardian apps, including “The Guardian News App” (the “Live App”), either from Guardian Sites or from third party app stores or shops (“the Apps”). All of these terms apply to the maximum extent relevant to your use of the Apps (and in particular, the terms of section 6 apply where you are using an App to submit user content to the Guardian Sites).
In addition to the limitations on our liability set out in Sections 4, 17 and 18, we shall not be liable for any damage caused to, or interference with, any equipment or other apps or content of any description.
8. App Meter
The Live App contains a meter, which places a limit on the Guardian Content you may access on the Live App without charge (“App Meter”). If you have an existing subscription with the Guardian which includes access to Guardian Content on the Live App, the App Meter will not apply to you and you will just need to sign into your Guardian account to continue your unlimited access.
The App Meter will give you an amount of free content (“Content Allowance”) that you may access within a particular time period (the “Access Period”) when using the Live App. Your Content Allowance and the Access Period will refresh within the time period shown on the App Meter (the “Refresh Period”).
Once you have reached the Content Allowance within the Access Period, you will not be able to access any further content on the Live App: (i) unless you subscribe to the Live App; or (ii) until a new Content Allowance and Access Period apply following a Refresh Period. Before you incur any charges via the Live App, we will make it clear that charges apply and specify the services that we will provide to you in return for payment.
From time to time, we may vary the Guardian Content that is subject to the App Meter, the Content Allowance, the Access Period and the Refresh Period on the Live App. At times, this may mean that different Guardian Content, Content Allowances, Access Periods and Refresh Periods apply to different users at any time. If you do not agree with changes to any of these things, you must stop using the Live App.
We reserve the right to introduce temporary offers and discounts from time to time, to enable users to access the Live App without an App Meter for a reduced cost or without charge. These promotional offers will be subject to their own terms, which will be published together with the relevant offer, and subject to availability.
All Guardian Content will remain freely available on theguardian.com.
9. Data protection
10. Changes to these terms and conditions of use
Please note that we may change these terms and conditions from time to time at our sole discretion and we reserve the right to do so without your consent. Any revised terms and conditions will be applicable at the time of posting on the Guardian Site. Please ensure that you review these terms and conditions regularly as you will be deemed to have accepted a variation if you continue to use the Guardian Site after it has been posted.
11. Governing law & jurisdiction (except for US users)
These terms and conditions are governed by English law and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts, provided that use of the Guardian Site in the United States is governed by the Section below entitled Governing law & jurisdiction (for US users).
13. No waiver
Our failure to insist upon or enforce any provision of these terms of service shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right of Guardian.
14. Additional restrictions on user content for US users
In addition to section 6 above, you agree not to use the Guardian Site to upload, post, e-mail, or otherwise transmit any content that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or regulation or under any contractual or fiduciary relationship (such as insider information, intellectual, proprietary or confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements and to intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, or the NASDAQ, and any rules, regulations, orders, directives and the like having the force of law).
15. DMCA notice for US users
If you are a US copyright owner or an agent of a US copyright owner and believe that any user content or other content on the Guardian Site infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(3), the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by providing our designated copyright agent with the following information in writing:
(i) identification of the copyrighted work or works claimed to have been infringed;
(ii) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
(iii) your contact information including your name, an address, telephone number, and, if available, an email address;
(iv) a statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorised by the owner of the work, its agent, or the law;
(v) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorised to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; and
(vi) your physical or electronic signature;
Guardian’s designated copyright agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is: [email protected]. Only DMCA notices should go to the designated copyright agent. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section, your DMCA notice may not be valid.
16. Governing law & jurisdiction (for US users)
If you have accessed the Guardian Site from the US, these terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the United States of America and the laws of the State of New York. You agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or dispute with Guardian or relating in any way to your use of the Guardian Site resides in the courts of the County of New York, State of New York, and you further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction in the courts of the County of New York, State of New York, in connection with any such dispute and including any claim involving Guardian News & Media LLC or its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, contractors, officers, directors, telecommunication providers and content providers. You agree that any cause of action or claim that you may have with respect to your use of the Guardian Site must be commenced within one year after the act or omission giving rise to the claim or cause of action arose.
17. Additional disclaimers (for US and Australian users)
Visitors to the Guardian Site agree that their use of the Guardian Site is at their own sole risk. The Guardian Site is provided “as is” and “as available,” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied including but not limited to: (i) any warranties concerning the availability, accuracy, appropriateness, reliability, timeliness, or usefulness of the content of the Guardian Site; and (ii) any warranties of title, warranty of non-infringement, or warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Guardian also makes no representations and warranties as to any linked sites and Guardian has no liability or responsibility with respect to your use of such sites. In some instances, content made available on the Guardian Site may represent the opinions and judgments of providers or users, such as user content. Guardian and its affiliates do not endorse nor shall they be responsible or liable for the accuracy or reliability of any statement made on the Guardian Site by anyone other than authorised Guardian employees acting in such capacity.
This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injuries caused by the Guardian Site, including, without limitation, those damages or injuries occurring as a result of: (i) any error, omission, deletion, or defect in the content available on the Guardian Site; or (ii) any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction of records, information or data, unauthorised access to, alteration of, or use of records, information or data, whether for breach of contract, tort, negligence, defamation, or any other cause of action. Guardian does not warrant or guarantee that access to the Guardian Site will be uninterrupted or error-free.
Applicable law may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.
18. Limitation of liability (for US and Australian users)
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, IN NO EVENT WILL GUARDIAN OR ITS AFFILIATES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT OR INDIRECT LOSS, DAMAGE, COST, EXPENSE OR LIABILITY OF ANY KIND (“LOSS”) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE AVAILABILITY, USE, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE THE GUARDIAN SITE, INCLUDING (WITHOUT LIMITATION): (i) DAMAGES FOR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF BUSINESS AND OTHER PROFITS, LOSS OF PROGRAMS, COST OF REPLACING EQUIPMENT OR SOFTWARE OR LOSS OF RECORDS, INFORMATION OR DATA, LOSS OF USE OF DATA, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOSS OF CUSTOMERS, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO REPUTATION, LOSS OF CAPITAL, DOWNTIME COSTS, LOSS UNDER OR IN RELATION TO ANY OTHER CONTRACT, OR LOSS OF ANTICIPATED SAVINGS OR BENEFITS; (ii) ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS; OR (iii) ANY LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER INACCURACIES IN THE GUARDIAN SITE. THE EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY IN THIS SECTION 17 APPLIES EVEN IF GUARDIAN SHALL HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS.
BECAUSE SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR PARTICULAR KINDS OF LOSS, IN SUCH STATES OR JURISDICTIONS, GUARDIAN’S LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW (THEREBY MINIMIZING GUARDIAN’S LIABILITY TO YOU TO THE LOWEST AMOUNT THAT APPLICABLE LAW PERMITS).
19. Exclusion of warranties (for Australian users)
The Australian Consumer Law may confer certain rights and remedies on you in relation to the provision by Guardian of goods and services under these terms and conditions. Notwithstanding the disclaimers and limitations of liability in Sections 4, 16 and 17 above, these terms and conditions do not exclude, restrict or modify the application of any condition, warranty, guarantee, right or remedy conferred by or implied under any provision of the Australian Consumer Law or any other statute where to do so would: (i) contravene the relevant statute; or (ii) cause any part of these terms and conditions to be void and/or unenforceable (“Non-Excludable Obligation”).
Except in relation to Non-Excludable Obligations, all conditions, warranties and other provisions implied or conferred by statute, custom, or the general law that impose any liability or obligation on Guardian are expressly excluded under these terms and conditions.
20. Non-Excludable Obligations (for Australian users)
In relation to Non-Excludable Obligations (other than a guarantee as to title, encumbrances or quiet possession conferred by the Australian Consumer Law), except for goods or services of a kind ordinarily acquired for personal, domestic or household use or consumption (in respect of which our liability is not so limited under these terms and conditions), Guardian’s liability to you for a failure to comply with any Non-Excludable Obligation is limited to: (i) in the case of services, the lowest of the cost of supplying the services again and payment of the cost of having the services supplied again; and (ii) in the case of goods, the lowest of the cost of replacing the goods, supplying equivalent goods or having the goods repaired, or payment of the cost of replacing the goods, supplying equivalent goods or having the goods repaired.
Details of variations
September 8 2005: Section 1 adapted to include reference to mobile phones. Section 7 adapted to include references to blogs and Been There service.
November 1 2005: Addition to Section 8 regarding email alerts for Guardian Jobs users.
When you register for Guardian Jobs services you will be asked to provide some further information.
If you have asked to receive email alerts about specific jobs the frequency with which you will receive these will depend upon the service that you have chosen. Additionally you will receive regular newsletters with information about developments with the Guardian Jobs website. If you have not subscribed to specific email alerts you will still receive these regular emails but can unsubscribe at any time.
We do not allow employers to view any of your personal details without your express consent.
Guardian Jobmatch only operates as an employment agency in relation to the hirer to the extent that it matches profiles submitted by jobseekers in response to existing job vacancies on the site. Guardian Jobmatch does not have any authority as an employment agency or otherwise to act for the hirer and does not effect introductions between hirers and jobseekers, or vice versa.
1 February 2010: A reference to the Guardian headline service was removed from Section 3 and replaced with information about the NLA’s ability to issues licences to certain news aggregators.
In Section 6 the licence granted in respect of graphical and photographic works submitted to us was updated to include print use.
18 April 2011: Revised and merged terms for the submission of content by site users. Subsequent paragraphs renumbered.
19 September 2011: Modified to cover guardiannews.com and to introduce specific terms for users accessing the site in the US.
27 February 2012: New section included at 7 to address Apps and consequential section renumbering.
17 January 2013: Section 6 amended to include reference to under 16s submitting content. Section 7 modified to capture user content submitted via Apps.
2 May 2013: New Sections 18 and 19 included to introduce specific terms for users accessing the site from Australia. Amendments to section 17. Consequential amendments to other provisions.
30 July 2013: Modified to include reference to theguardian.com
22 February 2023: Various amendments, including to draw users’ attention to specific sections, to make clear that reproduction and/or extraction of Guardian content for commercial text and data mining is not permitted and that the Guardian is the sole seller of advertising on the Guardian Site.
09 March 2023: Section 2 amended to update account termination process
10 March 2023: New section 8 to reflect the introduction of the App Meter, and corresponding changes made to section 7. Subsequent paragraphs renumbered.
20 July 2023: Section 8 amended to generalise the first sentence of the second paragraph.
17 October 2023: The first sentence of the first paragraph of Section 3 amended to state “…Guardian is the sole owner or the licensee of all content on the Guardian Site…”
Paragraph 3 of Section 3 amended to begin with “Without limitation” and to replace the wording “any scraping of the Guardian Content or reproduction, copying…or mining purposes or for any commercial use” with “that you shall not use, copy, scrape, reproduce, alter, modify, collect, mine and/or extract the Guardian Content….for any commercial use”.
Paragraph 3 of Section 3 amended to add the words “(including, any caption information, keywords or other associated metadata)”
Paragraph 4 of Section 3 amended to state “or otherwise approved in writing by the Guardian”, to add “crawler” after “蝉肠谤补辫别谤”, to add “补濒驳辞谤颈迟丑尘” after “process” and to add “(whether for data gathering, mining, collection, reading, scraping, extraction or other purposes) in each case”. Deletion of “for any purpose (such as, but not limited to, gathering or extraction)”.
New paragraph 5 added to Section 3 beginning “You shall not use any service, software, device, tool,….”
Paragraph 6 of Section 3 amended to add the following wording at the end “, including for the purposes of Article 4(3) of Directive (EU) 2019/790 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market …. in each case, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable laws.”
New paragraph 8 to Section 3 beginning “Our robots.txt notice does not, and shall not, constitute…”
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