I. Introduction

This page sets out the terms and conditions pursuant to which you may use news-decoder.com (the “site”), our multimedia content (“News Decoder content”) and our educational content and services (the “educational resources”). 

Please read these terms and conditions carefully. If you do not agree with them, you should not use the site, News Decoder content or our educational resources. Your continued use of the site, News Decode content or educational resources constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions. 

References in these terms and conditions to “we”, “us” or “our” refer to News Decoder and its legal entity, Nouvelles-Découvertes, a French registered non-profit.   

II. Access and Use

These terms and conditions apply in different ways depending on your status as a user. There are two types of users:

  • Public users: These are individuals who visit our site and access News Decoder content or any of the publicly accessible pages or forms available through our site. 
  • Registered users: These are users to whom we grant access to our educational resources, pursuant to the terms of the membership agreements we enter with our partner schools. Registered users receive a username and password (“ID”), which they are able to change in their account settings. 

Collectively, public users and registered users are referred to as “users” or “you” herein.

You are granted a non-exclusive, limited, non-transferable licence to use, access and view the site, News Decoder content and, in the case of registered users, the educational resources. Unless explicitly permitted by us in writing or pursuant to an agreement with us, you may not use the site, News Decoder content or educational resources for any commercial purpose.

The amount and types of News Decoder content and/or educational resources that you can view depend on your user status. We can vary the access rights of public users at any time at our discretion. The access rights of registered users are governed by the terms of our membership agreements with our partner schools. 

Registered users are prohibited from sharing their IDs or granting access to News Decoder’s educational resources to others, except where they have first obtained our written permission to do so. We may, in our discretion, suspend or cancel a registered user’s access if he or she shares his or her ID without our prior written consent. 

A registered user is responsible for his or her ID and for preventing its unauthorized disclosure or loss. We recommend that a registered user select a difficult password (at least 10 characters, comprised of letters, numbers and symbols) and change the password regularly.

If you belief there has been any breach of security such as the disclosure, theft or unauthorized use of your ID, you must notify us immediately by emailing us at info@news-decoder.com

If you are a registered user, you may choose to use the “Remember me” log in feature that enables you to be logged in automatically to the site whenever you visit it, without having to manually log in each time. We recommend that you do not enable this feature on any computer that is or may be used by anyone other than you in order to prevent unauthorized access by third parties.

III. Content Ownership

All News Decoder content, including any selection or arrangement of it, belongs to us. No intellectual property rights in any News Decoder content or educational resources are transferred to you. 

Individuals or organizations interested in reproducing, republishing or distributing News Decoder content or educational resources must first obtain our prior written permission. Please see our Content Licensing terms to learn more. 

IV. Privacy

All information received by us from your use of news-decoder.com will be used by us in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Please read this policy for details on how we may process your personal data.

V. User Generated Content

Our site includes a section for users to comment on News Decoder content. We call the information posted by users “user generated content” or “UGC”.

You will retain ownership of the copyright in any of your UGC that you or we publish on our site, so you are free to re-use it as you wish. You agree that if you post UGC you are granting us a right (but not an obligation) to publish, re-use, archive, modify or delete that UGC in whole or in part as we see fit. This means that you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to use any UGC you publish in whole or in part in any manner and for any purpose whatsoever and without further obligation to you. 

You are responsible for the content of any UGC that you or we publish. You agree that you will:

  • only publish UGC that is your original content and will not infringe the copyright or other rights of any third party when publishing UGC.
  • not post, link to or otherwise publish any UGC containing any form of advertising or promotion for goods and services or any spam or other form of unsolicited communication.
  • not post, link to or otherwise publish any UGC that is threatening, offensive, libelous, indecent or otherwise unlawful.
  • not post comments that are discriminatory in nature, for example, comments which make attacks on the grounds of race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.
  • respectfully challenge different points of view but not personally attack other commentators.
  • not impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent any connection with any person or entity.
  • not post or transmit any UGC that contains software viruses, files or code designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of our site or any computer software or equipment.
  • not collect or store other users’ personal data.

You are financially responsible to us for any damages caused by your UGC, including for any claim against us by any third party that relates to your UGC.

We make best efforts to fully monitor all UGC published on News Decoder content, and where we have received notice of any UGC that is potentially misleading, untrue, offensive, unlawful, infringes third party rights or is potentially in breach of these terms and conditions, we will review that UGC and decide whether to permit it to appear on the site or to remove and/or delete it.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of any UGC. Some users may not behave properly and may post UGC that is misleading, untrue or offensive. 

VI. Third-Party Sites

Our site, News Decoder content and our educational resources may contain links to other Internet websites or online and mobile services provided by independent third parties (“third-party sites”). In no circumstances do we accept responsibility for your use of third-party sites or their goods or services. Our Privacy Policy does not apply to third-party sites.

VII. Our Responsibilities to You

News Decoder content is only for your general information and is not intended to address any particular requirements you may have. In particular, News Decoder content, including UGC and any other content provided by third parties linked to by us, does not constitute any form of advice, recommendation, representation, endorsement or arrangement by us. 

We promise to develop and operate the site and to create, edit and publish News Decoder content and educational resources with reasonable skill and care and to use reasonable efforts to promptly remedy any faults of which we become aware.

We do not provide any other promises or warranties about the site, News Decoder content and our educational resources. This means that we do not make any promises in respect of the site, the News Decoder content or educational resources available on or through the site, or of the quality, completeness or accuracy of the information published on or linked to from the site, other than as expressly stated above.

You agree that if you incur any loss as a result of using the site, News Decoder content or our educational resources, we accept no responsibility (liability) to you for this. 

You will be responsible for all claims, liabilities, damages, cost and expenses suffered or incurred as a result of your breach of these terms and conditions.

VIII. Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions are subject to French law. To the extent possible in the applicable jurisdiction, both you and we agree that the courts of France have jurisdiction to settle any dispute which may arise out of, under, or in connection with these terms and conditions.

IX. General

If any provision of these terms and conditions is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of that provision will not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these terms and conditions, which will remain in full force and effect.

Failure by either party to exercise any right or remedy under these terms and conditions does not constitute a waiver of that right or remedy. Headings in these terms and conditions are for convenience only and will have no legal meaning or effect.

X. Corporate Information

News Decoder is the educational services unit of the registered French non-profit Nouvelles-Découvertes. Its registered office address is: 18 rue d’Alembert, Paris, France, 75014.

XI. Changes to Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended at any time. Any changes we may make to these terms and conditions will be posted on this page. 

When we publish changes to these terms and conditions, we will revise the “last updated on” date at the bottom of this policy.

Last updated: May 18, 2020