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TaleBlazer Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

Welcome to the TaleBlazer website (the "Site"). You must read and agree to these Terms of Service and Privacy Policy (collectively, the "Terms") prior to using any portion of this Site. These Terms are an agreement between you and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If you do not understand or do not agree to be bound by these Terms, please immediately exit this Site.

MIT reserves the right to modify these Terms at any time and will publish notice of any such modifications online on this page for a reasonable period of time following such modifications, and by changing the effective date of these Terms. By continuing to access the Site after notice of such changes have been posted, you signify your agreement to be bound by them. Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of these Terms.

Description of TaleBlazer

From this Site you can access TaleBlazer, which lets you develop games using a web browser that can be played on mobile devices using the TaleBlazer app. You can also use the Site to store your work and keep track of your projects. The Site also includes documentation and educational content, and this is being licensed to you under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0).

Account Required for Use of TaleBlazer Site

In order to create a TaleBlazer game using the Site, you must register for a TaleBlazer account and log in. During registration, users are asked to provide their first and last names, email address, and birthdate. Email address are not required.

In order to create featured TaleBlazer games showcased on our website and on the TaleBlazer Mobile application, you must register as an official TaleBlazer partner ("TaleBlazer Place"). During Place registration, users are asked to submit an application via email that includes more detailed contact information such as their organization's name, address, and phone number, their job title, their first and last names, along with a verifiable email address. Users affiliated with an official TaleBlazer Place are known as "Place Administrators."

Account Optional for Use of TaleBlazer Mobile

Users may log in to play a TaleBlazer game, but are not required to do so.

Information About You

By submitting any Personally Identifiable Information to us, you consent and agree that we may collect, use and disclose such Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with these Terms, and as permitted or required by law. If you do not agree with these Terms, then please do not provide any Personally Identifiable Information to us.

We track information indicating, among other things, which pages of our Site were visited, the order in which they were visited, when they were visited, and which hyperlinks and other user interface controls were used. We also track information about user projects and how those projects are developed.

We may log the IP address, operating system and browser software used by each user of the Site, and we may be able to determine from an IP address a user's Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity. Various web analysis tools are used to collect this information. Some of the information is collected through cookies (a small text file placed on your computer). You should be able to control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your web browser. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the "Help" section of the toolbar.

We may track anonymous information about gameplay including the time and duration of each gameplay, which mobile operating system was used, and which game mechanics were invoked during gameplay. We do not record any identifying information about the player during gameplay. While we do not explicitly track GPS positioning of the player, it is possible to determine that a given gameplay took place at a specific GPS location. Users can opt out of all gameplay related data collection by turning OFF the 'Allow anonymouse data collection' checkbox in the Settings area of the TaleBlazer Mobile application.

Among other things, we may use the information that you provide (including your Personally Identifiable Information) in connection with the following

  • In order to debug and improve the TaleBlazer system.
  • For purposes of scientific research, particularly, for example, in the areas of how people learn and create with TaleBlazer.
  • For the purpose for which you specifically provided the personal information, for example to respond to a specific inquiry or provide you the specific course and/or services you select.
  • To publish information gathered about learning and creating with TaleBlazer.
  • As otherwise described to you at the point of collection.

Sharing with Third Parties

We may share the information we collect with third parties as follows

  • With service providers or contractors that perform certain functions on our behalf, including processing information that you provide to us on the Site or operating the Site or portions of it. These service providers and contractors will be obligated to keep your information confidential.
  • With research collaborators, but only under the condition that they are obligated to keep any personally identifying information confidential.
  • To respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, in response to a request for cooperation from law enforcement or another government agency, to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, or to enforce our user agreement or privacy policy, or to protect our rights or the rights of others.

The games you create

By creating and storing games on the TaleBlazer server you represent and warrant that

  • you are the owner and creator of the game,
  • you have the authority to authorize MIT to store the games on the TaleBlazer Server and
  • you will use the games in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • You, and not MIT, are solely responsible for your games and your use of them.

MIT has no proprietary rights to the games you create with TaleBlazer. These games belong to you. Your games are stored on the TaleBlazer server. If you delete a game, there is the possibility that MIT may be able to continue to access it from the backups we keep for purposes of system maintenance. MIT will strive to keep your games and your account accessible to you for as long as you wish, but we have no obligation to do so, and MIT has no liability for the consequences of the service becoming unavailable or your games becoming unavailable.

User Content

Users can allow others to play or remix games they have created by sharing an obfusticated game code through independent means. TaleBlazer does not provide a way for users to directly share game codes using the TaleBlazer Site or mobile application. Place Administrators, however, can opt to publicly share their games via the Featured Area or Home Page of the TaleBlazer Mobile app by setting them to "Public".

You agree that you are responsible for your own use of the Site and your User Content. 'User Content' includes all projects, images and content submitted, posted, published or distributed on the Site by you or other users of the Site. By submitting or distributing your User Content, you affirm, represent, and warrant that you are the creator and owner of or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to reproduce and publish the User Content, and to authorize MIT and the Site's users to reproduce, modify, publish, and otherwise distribute your User Content as necessary to exercise the license granted by you below.

You, and not MIT, are solely responsible for your User Contents and the consequences of posting or publishing them. All content and projects on this Site are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Therefore, by submitting any User Content you hereby license it under the CC SA license, which permits anyone to view, modify, and redistribute these materials. MIT has no proprietary rights in your User Contents.

Community Guidelines

You are required to follow these community guidelines. Part of being a good member of this Site's community means that you agree that you will use the Site in compliance with these Terms of Service and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations, including copyright laws and any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence and all United States export control laws. You understand that certain types of content and certain destructive actions listed below are strictly prohibited on the Site and you agree that you will not post any content or partake in any activity listed.

Being a good member of this Site's community also means helping to keep TaleBlazer a friendly and creative community - where people from all around the world feel welcome.

Prohibited Content

  • Content that defames, harasses, or threatens others
  • Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them
  • Content that infringes another's intellectual property, including, but not limited to, copyrights, or trademarks
  • Any inappropriate, profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent, or unlawful content
  • Content that contains intentional inaccurate information with the intent of misleading others.

Prohibited Activities

  • Viruses, trojan horses, worms, time bombs, corrupted files, malware, spyware, or any other similar software that may damage the operation of another's computer or property
  • Using the Site in any manner intended to damage, disable, overburden, or impair any MIT server, or the network(s) connected to any MIT server, or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Site.
  • Attempting to gain unauthorized access to the Site, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any MIT server through hacking, password mining or any other means.
  • Obtaining or attempting to obtain any materials or information stored on the Site, its servers, or associated computers through any means not intentionally made available through the Site.

Use of MIT Names and Trademarks

"TaleBlazer", "MIT", "Massachusetts Institute of Technology", and its logos and seal are trademarks of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You may not use MIT's names or logos, or any variations thereof, without prior written consent of MIT. You may not use the MIT name in any of its forms nor MIT seals or logos for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests, or in MIT's sole judgment gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by MIT.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA")

It is MIT's policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Copyright owners who believe their material has been infringed on the Site should contact MIT's designated copyright agent at dmca-agent@mit.edu, or at 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138-4307 Attention: MIT DMCA Agent, W92-263A.

Notification must include

  • Identification of the copyrighted work, or, in the case of multiple works at the same location, a representative list of such works at that site.
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. You must include sufficient information for us to locate the material (e.g., URL, IP address, computer name).
  • Information for us to be able to contact the complaining party (e.g., email address, phone number).
  • A statement that the complaining party believes that the use of the material has not been authorized by the copyright owner or an authorized agent.
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Disclaimer of Warranty / Indemnification/Limitation of Liabilities

THE SITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR USE FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. MIT does not warrant the Site will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or that the Site is free of viruses or other harmful components. Use of information obtained from or through this Site is at your own risk. Your access to or download of software, information, materials, or data through the Site or any reference sites is at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your property (including your computer system) or loss of data that results from the download or use of such material or data.



You agree to defend, hold harmless and indemnify MIT, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from and against any third-party claims, actions or demands arising out of, resulting from or in any way related to your use of the Site, including any liability or expense arising from any and all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys' fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, MIT will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit or action.


Termination Rights. You agree that MIT, in its sole discretion, may terminate your use of the Site or your participation in it thereof, for any reason or no reason.

Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and MIT with respect to your use of the Site, superseding any prior agreements between you and MIT regarding your use of the Site.

Waiver and Severability of TOS. The failure of MIT to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS of Site shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties neverthe less agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS remain in full force and effect.

Choice of Law/Forum Selection. You agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to these Terms or any content posted to a Site will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You further consent to the personal jurisdiction of and exclusive venue in the federal and state courts located in and serving Boston, Massachusetts as the legal forum for any such dispute.

Effective Date: March 15, 2017