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Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design (the “RISD Museum”) provides its websites risdmuseum.org and risdworks.org (collectively, the “Site”) in support of its commitment to educate and inspire a wide variety of audiences. Use of the Site is subject to the following Terms of Use and to all applicable laws. By using the Site, users accept and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use.

Policy on Information Collection and Disclosure

The RISD Museum collects information from membership purchases and renewals, program registrations, electronic newsletters and mailings, general inquiries, and other interactions with the Site. This information is used for the intended services and related RISD Museum purposes. For some of these services, we may request information about background, occupation, demographics, and interests.

The Site also automatically collects information about computer hardware and software, including, but not limited to, IP addresses, browser types, domain names, access times, and the referring websites that visitors use to access the Site. The Site uses this information to operate and maintain the quality of the Site and to deliver the services you request, as well as to collect general statistics about the Site. The information we collect helps us understand our audience, which allows us to better meet the needs of users of the Site. We may compile aggregate statistics and provide them to third parties.

Unless expressly stated otherwise, all rights, including copyright, in the materials on the Site, including text, images, trademarks, data, audio files, video files, software, documentation, and other content on the Site (collectively, the “Content”), are owned by the RISD Museum, the artists whose artworks are reproduced on the Site, and/or other individuals or entities.

Permitted Use

The RISD Museum makes that portion of the Content that belongs to it available for use pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US). The RISD Museum makes no representation or warranty as to which portions of the Content belong to it or to what other permissions, rights, or licenses that users may need to acquire from others in connection with their use of the Content, including without limitation copyright and other intellectual property, privacy, publicity, and similar rights. Notwithstanding the foregoing, users are not granted any right or license to use any trademarks, service marks, or logos displayed on the Site, nor any right or license under any patent. By way of illustration and not of limitation, users of this Site may not use any name, logo, or emblem of Rhode Island School of Design (“RISD”) or any of its subdivisions (including the RISD Museum and risd|works) in any advertising, promotional, or other commercial materials, or to falsely suggest any relationship between users and us, or in any other manner that would infringe or violate any of our rights.

Permission Requests

Users wishing to use any of the Content for any purpose beyond that outlined above must request and receive prior written permission from the RISD Museum. To request such permission, please contact the Rights and Reproductions department.  

Disclaimer of Warranties

THE SITE AND THE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED “AS IS.” TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, RISD, THE RISD MUSEUM, RISD|WORKS, AND ANY THIRD-PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS OR LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY, “CONTENT PROVIDERS”) DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND (EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE) REGARDING THE SITE OR THE CONTENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OWNERSHIP, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. RISD, THE RISD MUSEUM, RISD|WORKS, AND THE CONTENT PROVIDERS ALSO MAKE NO WARRANTY ABOUT THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, SUFFICIENCY, OR QUALITY OF THE SITE OR THE CONTENT, THAT THE SITE WILL OPERATE WITHOUT ERROR OR INTERRUPTION, OR THAT THE SITE OR ITS SERVER ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL MATERIALS.

Limitation of Liability

To the fullest extent permitted by law, users expressly understand and agree that in no event will RISD, the RISD Museum, risd|works, or any of their affiliates, trustees, officers, employees, agents, successors, or assigns be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages, including but not limited to loss of profit, loss of income, loss of business opportunities, loss of goodwill or reputation, or loss of data, regardless of the nature of the claim or the form of action, arising from the Site or Content and services on the Site, whether or not they had any knowledge, actual or constructive, that such damages might be incurred.

Links in the Site to third-party websites are provided solely as a convenience. The RISD Museum has not reviewed all of the websites to which it provides links or from which the Site is linked and has no control over, is not responsible for, and makes no warranties with respect to the content or privacy policies of any such other websites. Users access, use, and provide information to any such other websites at their own risk.

Submissions /Posting to the Site

The Site provides certain interactive features, such as blogs, for the exchange of ideas and information by visitors in furtherance of the RISD Museum’s mission. Users are solely responsible for the content that they submit. By posting content on the Site, users agree to comply with all applicable laws, including without limitation copyright and other intellectual property, defamation, and privacy laws, and to obtain all necessary permissions before posting any content on the Site. Users are also prohibited from posting content that is abusive, harassing, threatening, pornographic, or commercial in nature, that advocates for a political cause or legislation, that contains any software viruses, worms, or other programs designed to damage software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment, that constitutes “spam” or “phishing,” or that in the sole discretion of the RISD Museum is otherwise inappropriate. The RISD Museum has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor all content posted to the Site and to delete any content for any reason whatever. The access and accounts of repeat infringers will be terminated in appropriate circumstances. The Museum does not endorse any opinions or recommendations posted by users or third parties.

Please note: the RISD Museum may discontinue any portion of the Site at any time. It will not remove posts upon a user’s request. Users acknowledge and agree that their posts will be made available on the World Wide Web. Users grant the RISD Museum the right to quote from their posts in all media now known and hereinafter devised.

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), RISD has designated an agent to receive notification of alleged copyright infringement occurring in the risd domains. If you believe that your copyrighted work is being infringed, notify our designated agent:

Ralph Fasano
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903
email: servicedesk@risd.edu

The DMCA requires that all infringement claims must be in writing and must include the following information:

  • A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or the person authorized to act on its behalf;
  • A description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;
  • A description of the infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit RISD to locate the material;
  • Your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and email;
  • A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Choices of Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms of Use and Privacy Policy are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Rhode Island, without regard to its conflict of law principles. Users agree to the sole and exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal or state courts of the State of Rhode Island in the event of any claims, actions, or disputes arising from or relating to the Site, or their use or review of it. These Terms of Use and Privacy Policy are the entire agreement between parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and replace all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements regarding such subject matter. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy to be unenforceable, the remainder of these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy will continue in full force and effect.

Reservation of Rights

RISD Museum reserves the right to change the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason at its sole discretion. Such changes may be made without notice and are effective immediately upon posting, and continued use of the site constitutes acceptance of them. Users should visit this page periodically to review the most current Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.