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The National Constitution Center is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. The materials on this site are offered to enhance your understanding of the Constitution and its role in our lives. Information is presented for educational and informational purposes.

The content provided on this website is not legal advice. You may contact us with general questions at editor@constitutioncenter.org.

Throughout this website, the National Constitution Center (“NCC”) provides links to outside resources and third-party websites. Unless specifically noted, the National Constitution Center disclaims any legal affiliation or agency relationship with third parties to whom we link or who link to our website. The National Constitution Center does not endorse, control, nor is it responsible for, the availability or content of these external sites.

By accessing, browsing, registering for an account, or by agreeing to the Terms of Use for this website (constitutioncenter.org, “Site”) or any mobile applications, and other products and services owned, controlled, operated, or hosted (whether now or in the future) by the National Constitution Center (collectively, “Services”) including but not limited to constitutioncenter.org, and all related applications and services, you accept and agree to be bound to these Terms of Use (“Terms”).  If you do not agree, do not use this Site. We reserve the right to amend these Terms at any time by posting the amended Terms on our Site. Your continued use of the site after any such amendments shall constitute your agreement to any revised terms.

Using This Site

You may only use this Site for lawful purposes in accordance with these Terms of Use.  You agree not to use this Site:

  • In any way that violates any federal, state, local or international law or regulation.
  • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any advertising or promotional material, including any “junk mail”, “chain letter” or “spam” or any other similar solicitation.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  • Use this Site in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the Site or interfere with any other party’s use of the Site.
  • Use any robot, spider or other automatic device, process or means to access this Site for any purpose, including monitoring or copying any of the material.
  • Use any manual process to monitor or copy any of the material on this Site or for any other unauthorized purpose without our prior written consent (see Authorized Use, above).
  • Use any device, software or routine that interferes with the proper working of this Site.
  • Introduce any viruses or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful.
  • Attempt to gain unauthorized access to, interfere with, damage or disrupt any parts of this Site or the server on which this Site is stored.
  • Attack this Site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.
  • Otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of this Site.

Right To Use Licensed Educational Content

Licensed Educational Content. On its Site, the NCC provides educational text, videos, images and related supplementary materials that are owned by the NCC or third-party licensors (“Licensed Educational Content”).  The NCC grants to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access and use the Licensed Educational Content made available on the NCC site solely for educational non-commercial purposes. Unless expressly indicated on the Website that a particular item of Licensed Educational Content is made available to you under alternate license terms, you may not sell or lease the Licensed Educational Content or use it for any other commercial purpose.  Unless otherwise expressly identified on the Website with respect to a particular item, all Licensed Educational Content is provided to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 United States License (“CC BY-NC-ND 4.0”  available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/”). 

You are free to, share, copy and redistribute NCC’s Licensed Educational Content if you adhere to the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, identifying the NCC as the source of the Licensed Educational Content.
  • NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • No Derivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

By using, downloading, or otherwise accessing such Licensed Educational Content, you agree to comply fully with all the terms and conditions of such Alternate License.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice Procedure

Notification of Infringement

It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. This page explains the information that must be included in these notices, as required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Upon receipt of a DMCA compliant notice, the NCC will expeditiously remove or disable access to the content that is the subject of the notice.

If you are a copyright owner or an authorized agent thereof, and you wish to file a notice of infringement with us, then you may submit a notice by providing the NCC’s Designated Copyright Agent with the following information in writing (please consult your legal counsel or see 17 U.S.C. Section 512(c)(3) to confirm these requirements):

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed.
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the NCC to locate the material on the NCC Site.
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit the NCC to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an email address at which you may be contacted.
  • A statement 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.
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the DMCA, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability. If you are unsure whether the material available online infringes your copyright, we suggest that you contact an attorney before sending us a notice.

Counter-Notification

The administrator of an affected site or the provider of affected content may make a counter notification under Sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the DMCA. If you elect to send the NCC a counter notice, to be effective it must be a written communication that includes the following (please consult your legal counsel or see 17 U.S.C. Section 512(g)(3) to confirm these requirements):

  • A physical or electronic signature of the subscriber.
  • Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled.
  • A statement under penalty of perjury that the subscriber has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.
  • The subscriber’s name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that the subscriber consents to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if the subscriber’s address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which the NCC may be found, and that the subscriber will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under subsection (c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

Designated Copyright Agent

The NCC’s Designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications and counter-notifications of claimed infringement can be reached as follows:

By mail:

Scott Bomboy
Editor in Chief
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

By email:
DMCAagent@constitutioncenter.org
By telephone: (215) 409-6635

You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this section, your DMCA notice may not be valid.

Trademark Policy

The National Constitution Center owns multiple service marks and trademarks including but not limited to “America’s Town Hall,” “The National Constitution Center,” “NCC,” “Philadelphia Liberty Medal,” and the National Constitution Center Flag Logo (collectively the “NCC Trademarks”). 

All abbreviated reference to the National Constitution Center should be made to the “NCC.”

The National Constitution Center’s nonpartisan mission is to serve the nation and the world as a museum, a national headquarters for Civic Education, and a public forum for constitutional conversations. Towards these ends, the NCC provides live programs with leading historians, artists, and scholars, excellent educational content and exhibits in order to increase awareness and understanding of the U.S. Constitution.  Nonpartisanship is central to the NCC mission. The NCC seeks to inspire active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition for all citizens. To protect our nonpartisan mission, the NCC permits the NCC Trademarks to be used only in connection with approved nonpartisan educational events, exhibits, and content.

While you are encouraged to use the NCC’s educational content for all the purposes permitted by the Terms of Use on the NCC Site, you may not use the NCC Trademarks without the NCC’s prior written permission for any other purpose.

The names and trademarks of third parties may also appear on the NCC Website from time to time; you may not use these names and trademarks without prior, written permission of their respective owners.

Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc. The Apple logo, iPhone, iPod touch, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Privacy and Security

The National Constitution Center is committed to safeguarding the privacy and security of all our Web visitors. The National Constitution Center collects information throughout this website for several different purposes, which are explained below.

Browsing our Website

We automatically collect cumulative information about visitors who browse our website. We do not use “cookies” for this purpose. Instead, we collect this information through a tracking system for statistical analysis to improve website management and to better fulfill our mission as both a museum and education outreach center. We do not use this information to gather, request, or record your personally identifiable information. The information we collect includes:

  • The Internet Protocol (“IP”) address from which you access our site
  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account)
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our website
  • The date and time you access our site
  • The pages that you visit
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked to this website

This information is stored for National Constitution Center use only. It is not sold or otherwise transferred to third parties.

Sending Us Personal Information

If you send us personal information – by submitting an email, completing an online form or survey, requesting materials or information, ordering merchandise or museum tickets, making a donation or signing up for membership – we will use this information to respond to your inquiry or request. Additionally, if you have checked the “Please add my name to your mailing list” box, we will add your name, email and mailing address to our mailing list database.

We do not normally distribute visitors’ names, email addresses or other identifying information submitted through this site with any third party. Such information is never sold or rented to a third party. We do, however, occasionally trade this information with other organizations whose services or products might interest you, but whose privacy policies may differ from ours. If you prefer not to have your information shared with other organizations, you may uncheck the “Allow the NCC to share my name with other organizations” box on any form or email that you submit to the National Constitution Center. You may contact us at editor@constitutioncenter.org for a current list of organizations with whom we trade information.

Children’s Privacy on the Web

The National Constitution Center adheres to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Federal Trade Commission’s regulations implementing this Act. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from children under thirteen years of age. If a child under the age of 13 sends an email to the National Constitution Center, we will respond to that email but we will not create a profile or otherwise retain any personal information about the writer.

It is possible that, despite our best efforts, we may receive information given to us by children under the age of 13. If this occurs, we will immediately destroy any personally identifiable information we have stored.

Purchasing Advance Tickets/Web Ticketing Services Provided by TM Vista 

The National Constitution Center provides visitors with the opportunity to purchase advance tickets online. This service is provided by VISTA TICKETING/museumtix.com. When a visitor to the National Constitution Center website chooses to reserve tickets online, they are linked to the museumtix.com site. Visitors to the museumtix.com site are subject to that site’s privacy policies. Please refer to the museumtix.com site for detailed information.

Other Online Transactions

The Constitution Center also provides visitors with an opportunity to make online purchases from the museum’s retail store as well as purchase a museum membership or make a contribution to our organization through an online donation/membership page. When visitors to the Constitution website chooses to make an online purchase, they are linked to a website served by Aramark. Similarly, when visitors choose to purchase a membership online or make a donation to the NCC, they are linked to a website served by Blackbaud. Visitors to the Aramark or Blackbaud websites are subject to those sites’ privacy policies and should refer to those policies for further information.

Security

All online transactions conducted on the Constitution Center website are protected by industry-approved encryption techniques in the gathering, storage and transfer of financial data.

Last modified: January 30, 2017

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