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  1. Ownership of the Site and Materials. 
    • Website: The Deep Ocean Education website is the property of the Deep Ocean Education Project team which includes NOAA Ocean Exploration, Ocean Exploration Trust, and Schmidt Ocean Institute. 
    • Materials: The educational materials on the website (including student activities, fact sheets, image galleries, videos, and other content accessible via the Explore or Single Topic pages) are the property of  NOAA Ocean Exploration, Ocean Exploration Trust, or Schmidt Ocean Institute. The only exceptions are copyrighted content owned by others, which are so indicated. This agreement gives you no ownership rights to any materials on this site.
  2. Copyright Laws. This site and all materials on it, with the exception of those materials credited to NOAA Ocean Exploration which generally lie in the public domain, are protected under United States copyright laws, which give creators of original works of authorship the exclusive right to use their works for a limited period of time. With certain exceptions, copyrighted materials may not be used or copied without the permission of the copyright holder. This agreement describes the uses which you are permitted to make of the materials on this site.
  3. License to use images, videos, text or other site information. 
    • Non-commercial educational purposes You are licensed by the Deep Ocean Education Project to use materials on this site for non-commercial educational purposes only, with the exception of NOAA Ocean Exploration materials, as described below. You may copy these materials for classroom use, so long as the copies contain all applicable copyright and trademark notices. This license is not exclusive to you, and you may not transfer it.
    • NOAA Ocean Exploration Materials: Most of the images and video collected during ocean exploration expeditions led or supported by NOAA Ocean Exploration are in the public domain, meaning they are free to use without restrictions or additional permissions. Images and videos in the NOAA Ocean Exploration image galleries will include specific credit information in the caption associated with each image or video; this is the credit that should be applied if an image or video is being used for another purpose. A limited number of images and videos posted in the NOAA Ocean Exploration image or video galleries are copyrighted. If the image or video caption includes the word “copyright,” additional permissions are required for use. Contact a member of the NOAA Ocean Exploration Communications Team ([email protected]) for help in getting the required permissions.
    • Ocean Exploration Trust and Schmidt Ocean Institute Materials: Any commercial or personal use of Ocean Exploration Trust or Schmidt Ocean Institute materials on this site is strictly prohibited. You may not sell, assign, sublicense or otherwise transfer these materials, copy them for non-classroom use, publish them for personal gain, or remove any copyright or trademark notice, without the express written permission of the source organization. Contact Ocean Exploration Trust ([email protected]) or Schmidt Ocean Institute ([email protected]) with questions regarding terms of agreement or requests for permission for materials from these organizations. Please note “Terms of Use” in the subject line of your email. 
  4. No Warranty. All materials on this site are made available to you as-is. Deep Ocean Education Project makes no warranty, express or implied, as to these materials, their title, non-infringement of third party rights, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose, or the performance or results you may obtain from their use.
  5. Links to Other Sites. This site contains links to other sites. These links do not mean that the Deep Ocean Education Project endorses these sites, nor is the Deep Ocean Education Project responsible for their contents or use.
  6. Trademarks. All Ocean Exploration Trust, Schmidt Ocean Institute, and NOAA Ocean Exploration logos are the trademarks of these organizations, and may not be used for any purpose without the express written permission. See the About page for contact information for each organization. 
  7. Questions and Requests for Permission to Use. Any questions regarding the terms of this agreement or requests for permission to use materials on this site where source organization is not clearly identified, should be directed to: [email protected].

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