Changes to Terms and Conditions on BBC Online
Last week BBC updated the terms governing how all BBC online services on bbc.co.uk can be used. BBC online services include the website at bbc.co.uk and any other services which allow users to access BBC content from our websites, such as BBC iPlayer, BBC Embedded Media Player, BBC Podcasts and BBC RSS Feeds.
We have also produced a set of Frequently Asked Questions to address the most common questions we receive about our online services.
BBC online services enable users to access BBC content across many kinds of devices (for instance, TVs, PCs, games consoles and handheld/ mobile devices etc). The updated terms apply to all of these devices. As new technologies emerge additional terms can easily be added.
It's clear that personal and business users have different needs from the BBC online services. For instance, there are more restrictions on the commercial use of our content so we've decided to separate users into these two groups to help businesses understand what they can and can't do without confusing personal users. The new terms also help personal users understand their rights in using BBC online services, which are different to those of business users.
We want to continue to improve the site, and in the future intend to create a separate page for 'Educational Users' to set how BBC online services can be used for educational purposes.
The new updated terms are available here. Terms and conditions are always "work in progress" and when they are further updated I will be blogging again to explain any changes.
Conor O'Flaherty is Senior Lawyer, Business Development, BBC Future Media & Technology