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TDC Talk Uses Policy

At TDC, our goal is to spread ideas. We encourage the TDC community, non-profit organizations, bloggers, companies news media, and the like to share TDC Talks that are open for distribution, through social media, other platforms and public events. While sharing ideas openly is a big part of who we are, we do license our content under certain conditions listed below.

TDC Talks under Creative Commons License

We encourage you to share TDC Talks that are licensed for distribution under our Creative Commons license, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) which means it may be shared by following a few requirements. Certain TDC Talks that are licensed to TDC such as performances and or other talks that we have shared but not created may not be distributed.

  • Attribute TDC as the owner of the TDC Talk and include a link to the talk, but do not include any text that shows TDC endorses your website or platform.
  • Do not use the TDC site content for any commercial purposes, for sale, sublicense or in an app of any kind for any advertising, or in exchange for payment of any kind.
  • You cannot remix, create derivative work or modify the TDC site content in any way.
  • You may not add any further more restrictions that we have provided to the TDC site content, such as additional legal restrictions, or charge any fees or technological restrictions to accessing the content.

Embedding TDC Talks on your blog or site:

  • Type of site/company: Bloggers, news/information websites and nonprofits (by which we mean: registered 501(c)3 organizations in India, and the equivalent in all other countries), may share one or more TDC Talks under a Creative Commons (CC) license, provided that they follow the rest of the guidelines on this page and sharing the TDC Talks is not the central purpose of your site. This means that we expect the usage under Creative Commons to be one to share ideas, not to use TDC Talks as the main content for your site, which provides revenue or other sources of income that relies on content we are providing. If you are interested in licensing TDC Talks for other purposes, or for more regular usage, please contact us for more details.
  • Transcripts and subtitles may be used under the same Creative Commons license in conjunction with the TDC Talk video. Copyright on the transcripts is owned by TDC and any edits, different usage rights or changes to these documents are not permitted without permission. Thus, if you wanted to publish a TDC Talk in a book, test, play, or otherwise, for any other publication, permission is required.
  • Running talks in their entirety: You may not edit TDC Talks, or alter them in any way. This is essential for preserving the integrity of the speaker’s ideas.

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Projecting TDC Talks to a group

We encourage you to find creative ways to share TDC Talks with your friends, family, students, colleagues and communities. See below for specific examples.

TDC Talks in the classroom
Many educators use TDC Talks to stimulate discussions with students or to complement course materials and we encourage you to do so as well. You can stream TDC Talks from or from TDC’s official YouTube channel, as long as you comply with the terms of the Creative Commons license outlined above. Feel free to share links to or TDC’s official YouTube channel with students on online forums or class websites.

TED-Ed videos
On re made available under YouTube’s standard policy, not Creative Commons. For more information about licensing TDC-Ed videos, please fill out our media licensing request form.

Screening to groups
A variety of companies, organizations and institutions request use of TDC Talks for screening within common areas, for educational use in exhibits, and for employee training and development. For more information about obtaining a license for these purposes, please fill out the media licensing request form.

Media requests

TDC Talks in documentaries
Requests for use within a documentary should be submitted via our media licensing request form.

TDC Talks on a television channel
At this time we are not extending licenses for use of TDC content to cable, cable access, or PEG channels.

Requests for TDC Photos
At this time we do not license speaker photos or TDC images outside of formal licensing partnerships.

Translating TDC Talks
You may even find that the talk you’re looking for is already translated into your language. If you have a Distribution Partner License Agreement with TDC to exhibit TDC Talks on your platform, your agreement will specify the use of subtitles provided by TDC.

Need more information, or have a unique request? Please submit your licensing request using our TDC Talks media licensing request form.