Terms of Service

Your Acceptance of the Terms

When you access or use any of the Services, including licenses, public domain tools, and choosers, you are confirming that you have read, comprehended, and agreed to adhere to these terms. Additionally, you affirm that you have the legal authority to accept these terms on behalf of both yourself and any parties you may represent in connection with the use of the Services. If you do not agree with these terms, you are not permitted to use the Services.

Modifications to the Terms

Inside Spelman retains the discretion to make changes, deletions, or additions to these terms. In such instances, we will publish updated terms and indicate the date of revision. In the case of substantial modifications, we will make reasonable efforts to provide notice by prominently displaying changes on the relevant Website(s) and notifying users with current CCID accounts via email. All new or revised terms take effect immediately, except for material changes which become effective 30 days after they are introduced and identified as such. By continuing to use the Services after these new or revised terms are effective, you signify your understanding and agreement with the updated terms.

No Legal Advice

Inside Spelman does not function as a law firm, provide legal advice, or act as a substitute for legal counsel. The act of sending us an email or using any of the Services, including licenses, public domain tools, and choosers, does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship.

Content Available through the Services

You acknowledge that Inside Spelman makes no claims or warranties regarding the quality of the material, data, and information (referred to as “Content”) available through the Services. Inside Spelman is not liable for any Content, including infringing Content, errors, omissions, or any loss or damage resulting from the use of Content posted, transmitted, linked from, or otherwise accessible through or made available via the Services. It’s important to recognize that by using the Services, you may come across Content that is offensive, indecent, or objectionable.

You are solely responsible for reusing Content available through the Services and providing appropriate attribution. It is your responsibility to review the terms of the applicable license before using the Content to understand the permissible uses.


Regarding Content owned by Inside Spelman:

  • All Content on the Websites, excluding our logo, banner, and cover art, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, unless otherwise indicated. Additional information can be found on the CC Policies page. Any material not subject to the public license will be accompanied by a notation on the respective page.

Regarding Search Tools:

  • Inside Spelman offers website search tools, such as CC Search, which return Content based on any license information that our search tools can locate and interpret. These search tools may provide Content not licensed under Creative Commons, and it is your responsibility to independently verify the license terms of any Content you intend to use.

Content Supplied by You

Your responsibility includes representing, warranting, and agreeing that no Content you post or share through any of the Services (“Your Content”) violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights. Your Content should not breach or conflict with any obligations, such as confidentiality agreements, or contain libelous, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful material.

Concerning Licensing Your Content:

  • You maintain any copyright you may have in Your Content. You hereby agree that Your Content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License and may be used in accordance with that license or any later version of a Creative Commons Attribution License, or is in the public domain (such as Content that is not copyrightable or Content made available under CC0), or, if not owned by you, is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License, or is a media file available under any Creative Commons license or authorized by law to be posted or shared through any of the Services, such as under the fair use doctrine, and is prominently marked as being subject to third-party copyright. All Your Content must be appropriately marked with licensing or other permission status, such as fair use, and attribution information.

Removal of Your Content

Inside Spelman may, at its discretion, review Your Content and may delete or remove Your Content from any of the Services without notice. This removal does not affect the rights you have granted in Your Content under the terms of a Creative Commons license.

Participating in Our Community

When you register for an account through any of the Services, including CCID (a universal log-in for all Services), you represent and warrant that you are either the age of majority in your jurisdiction (typically age 18) or, if you are over the age of 13, you have obtained express permission from a legal guardian to create an account and use the Services in connection with that account. Services offered to registered users are subject to these Master Terms and any Additional Terms specified on the relevant Website(s).

Regarding Registration:

  • You agree to provide accurate and current information about yourself (though the use of an alias or nickname in place of your legal name is encouraged).
  • Maintain the security of your passwords and identification.
  • Promptly update the email address linked to your account to ensure its accuracy for contact purposes.
  • You are fully responsible for all uses of your account.
  • You must not create an account on behalf of another individual or entity unless you have the necessary authorization.


Inside Spelman reserves the right to modify or discontinue your account at any time, for any reason or without specifying a reason.

Prohibited Conduct

You agree not to engage in any of the following activities:

1. Violating Laws and Rights

  • You may not use any Service for any illegal purpose or in violation of local, state, national, or international laws.
  • You may not encourage or engage in actions that violate the rights of or obligations to a third party, including infringing, misappropriating, or violating intellectual property, confidentiality, or privacy rights.

2. Solicitation

  • You may not use the Services or information provided through the Services for the transmission of advertising or promotional materials, including junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of unsolicited or unwelcome solicitation.

3. Disruption

  • You may not use the Services in a manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the Services, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Services.
  • This includes uploading or disseminating any virus, adware, spyware, worm, or other malicious code, or interfering with or disrupting any network, equipment, or server connected to or used to provide any of the Services, or violating any regulation, policy, or procedure of any network, equipment, or server.

4. Harming Others

  • You may not post or transmit Content on or through the Services that is harmful, offensive, obscene, abusive, invasive of privacy, defamatory, hateful, or otherwise discriminatory.
  • False or misleading information, or content that incites an illegal act, is also prohibited.
  • You may not intimidate or harass others through the Services.
  • You may not post or transmit personally identifiable information about individuals under 13 years of age through the Services.

5. Impersonation or Unauthorized Access

  • You may not impersonate another person or entity or misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity when using the Services.
  • You may not use or attempt to use another individual’s account or personal information.
  • Unauthorized access to the Services, computer systems, or networks connected to the Services, whether by hacking, password mining, or any other means, is not allowed.

Disclaimer of Warranties

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Inside Spelman provides the Services (including all Content available on or through the Services) “as-is” and makes no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the Services, whether express, implied, statutory, or otherwise. This includes warranties of title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Creative Commons does not guarantee that the functions of the Services will be uninterrupted or error-free, that Content made available on or through the Services will be error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that any servers used by Inside Spelman are free of viruses or other harmful components. Creative Commons does not warrant or make any representation regarding the use of the Content available through the Services in terms of accuracy, reliability, or other factors.

Limitation of Liability

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Inside Spelman is not liable to you on any legal theory for any incidental, direct, indirect, punitive, actual, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages. This includes, without limitation, loss of revenue or income, lost profits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, the cost of substitute goods or services, or similar damages suffered or incurred by you or any third party in connection with the Services, or the termination of the Services for any reason. This limitation of liability applies even if Inside Spelman has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Inside Spelman is not responsible or liable in any manner for any Content posted on or available through the Services, including claims of infringement relating to that Content, your use of the Services, or the conduct of third parties on or through the Services.

Please be aware that certain jurisdictions do not permit the exclusion of specific warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages. This means that some of the limitations mentioned above may not apply to you. In these jurisdictions, the preceding exclusions and limitations will be enforced to the greatest extent permitted by applicable law.


To the extent allowed by law, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Inside Spelman, its employees, officers, directors, affiliates, and agents from and against any and all claims, losses, expenses, damages, and costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees. This indemnification results directly or indirectly from or arises out of your violation of the Terms, your use of any of the Services, and/or the Content you make available on any of the Services.