CNN Terms of Use

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FIRST, AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE: PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE ("Terms", "Terms of Use", or "Agreement") CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS PLATFORM, AS THEY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, INCLUDING, DEPENDING ON YOUR LOCATION, WAIVERS OF RIGHTS, LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, AND YOUR INDEMNITY TO US.
These Terms of Use were last updated on June 14, 2021.
CNN Platform
These Terms of Use describe the terms and conditions that govern your use of the following CNN online and mobile websites, platforms, services, applications, and networks:
  • CNN's content streaming services and CNN Live (the "Subscription Services");
  • CNN's websites and associated applications, including CNN.com, HLNtv.com, CNNI.com (edition.cnn.com) and cnnespanol.com, and/or for which CNN currently or in the future provides services and/or technology (the "Websites"), (the Subscription Services and the Websites together, are called the "Platform").
Who we are
Save for CNN Live, the platform is operated or operated by Cable News Network, Inc. ("CNN, Inc."). CNN Live is provided to you by Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited. ("Turner"). CNN, Inc. and Turner are referred to as "we", "us", "our", "CNN" in these Terms of Use.
You accept and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use when you use any part of the Platform, including when you view or access content or videos on any part of the Platform. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, you should not access or use the Platform.
1. Eligibility to Subscribe:
To be eligible to subscribe to the Subscription Services (each subscription shall be referred to as a "Subscription"), you must meet the following criteria (the "Eligibility Criteria"):
(A) for CNN Live, you must reside within the United Kingdom, ("UK"); and
(B) for all Subscription Services, you must be at least 18 years old, or older if the legal age of majority in your state or territory is older than 18.
Individuals under the age of 18, or the applicable age of majority, may access or use the Subscription Services only under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian with a Subscription for the relevant service (each authorized individual shall be referred to in these Terms as an "Authorized User").
2. Privacy
Our CNN Privacy Policy explains how we treat your personal data and protect your privacy when you use the Platforms. Please read these Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy carefully.
3. Changes
(A) Changes to these Terms of Use.
(i) Platform Terms: CNN may modify these Terms of Use as they apply to your use of any paid or free part of the Platforms. CNN may add or remove terms at any time, and such changes will be effective immediately upon posting to the Platform. Your use of the Platform after such posting shall be deemed to constitute acceptance by you of such modifications, additions or deletions.
(ii) CNN Live Terms: CNN may also change these Terms of Use as they apply to CNN Live to: (1) reflect changes to your Subscription Service, including where we change the way we structure your Subscription Service or expand the scope of your Subscription Service by adding additional features, functionality or content; (2) to improve or re-structure the Terms, including to make them clearer or easier to understand; or (3) for legal, regulatory or security reasons, including to comply with mandatory changes in consumer protection laws.
(iii) If you have a Subscription to CNN Live and the Terms of Use change, you will have the opportunity to review the new terms before they take effect. If any change will disadvantage you, we will try to give you at least 30 days' notice in advance and explain how to let us know if you refuse to accept the new terms.
(1) If you refuse to accept the new terms, the latest version of the Terms of Use that you previously accepted will continue to apply to your use of CNN Live until the end of your Subscription period.
(2) If you do not tell us that you refuse to accept any such changes before they take place, we will take that as your acceptance of the changes.
(iv) The most up to date version of the Terms of Use will always be available on the Platform.
For further information on changes to any Subscription service, please see sub-paragraphs (B) and (C) below.
(B) Changes to the Platform. At various times, CNN may choose to make available updates, bug fixes, or other changes or enhancements to the Platform (collectively, "Service Updates").
(i) Service Updates may be: (1) automatic, such as in connection with general website changes and additional features or updates to data required by the Platform; (2) at your election, in which instance you will receive information and instructions for how to authorize optional Service Updates; or (3) mandatory, in which case you will be required to consent to the Service Update or install or upgrade a third-party plug-in if you wish to maintain access to the Platform. Please note that the Platform may be unavailable during a Service Update.
(ii) If you access the Platform through a mobile or connected device, such changes may also be communicated through updated versions of the Platform software, which you consent to receive without further notice.
(iii) If any change materially limits the availability of the Platform, then in addition to posting the revised document on the Platform, we'll also communicate such a limit directly to you via the email address associated with your CNN Account. Therefore, it is important that you keep your CNN Account information up to date. Your continued use of the Platform after the changes come into effect and, in the case of any Subscription, your failure to cancel the same before it renews or within any relevant notice period, will mean you agree to the changes. For more information on changes relating to CNN Live, see sub-paragraph (C) below.
(C) Changes to CNN Live. CNN may make minor changes to CNN Live from time to time to reflect changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements, implement technical adjustments and improvements (for example to address a security threat, improve your customer experience, or alter the design, branding and layout of CNN Live). If we make significant changes to CNN Live to your disadvantage, including the availability of your Subscription, CNN will notify you in advance and you may contact CNN to end your Subscription before the changes take effect and receive a refund for any Subscription Fees for services paid but not received.
(D) Subscription Price Changes. We may change the price of a Subscription. If you have signed up for a Subscription to CNN Live, we will give you at least 30 days' prior notice of price changes. If you do not want to continue your Subscription at the new price, you can cancel your Subscription before the start of the next subscription period. Your continuous use of your Subscription at the new price shall be taken as your consent to a price change.
4. Registration
(A) You may be given the opportunity to register via an online registration form to create a user account (an "Account", "Your Account") that may allow you to receive information from CNN and/or to participate in certain features on the Platform such as certain Interactive Areas.
(B) To sign up for the Subscription Services, you will need to create an Account.
(C) CNN will use the information you provide in accordance with the CNN Privacy Policy.
(D) By registering you agree that all information that you provide on the registration form is current, complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. You agree to maintain and promptly update your registration information on the Platform so that it remains current, complete and accurate. During the registration process, you may be required to choose a password and/or user name. You acknowledge and agree that CNN may rely on this password or user name to identify you. You shall be responsible for protecting the confidentiality of your user name(s) or password(s), if any. You are responsible for all use of Your Account, regardless of whether you authorized such access or use, and for ensuring that all use of Your Account complies fully with the provisions of these Terms of Use.
5. Electronic Communications
(A) CNN (and our third party partners who are authorized to distribute Subscriptions on our behalf) (each, including CNN, a "Subscription Provider") may send you emails or other electronic communications regarding your CNN Account, or any Subscription Services that you have signed up for.
(B) If you are in the US, by registering an Account for the Platform or otherwise using the Platform, you also consent to receiving promotional messages, offers, surveys, and other materials electronically.
(C) If you are in the UK, we will only send you emails with offers, surveys, and other promotional messages if you have given your consent.
For more information about how we communicate with you, please review our Privacy Policy at CNN Privacy Policy.
If at any time you no longer want to receive marketing communications, you may unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of the email or alternatively you can contact the Customer Support team by emailing help@cnn.com at any time to manage your communication preferences.
6. Equipment
You are responsible for obtaining and maintaining all connectivity, computer software, hardware and other equipment needed for access to and use of the Platform and all charges related to the same.
7. User Content and Conduct; Community Guidelines
The following terms apply to content submitted by users, and user conduct, on the Platform's Interactive Areas, including Interview Club:
(A) Interactive Areas. The Platform may contain comments sections, discussion forums, or other interactive features ("Interactive Areas") in which you may post or upload user-generated content, including but not limited to comments, video, photos, messages, other materials or items (collectively, "User Content"). You are solely responsible for your use of any Interactive Areas and you use them at your own risk. Interactive Areas are available for individuals aged 13 years or older. By submitting User Content to an Interactive Area, you represent that you are 13 years of age or older and, if you are under the age of 18, you either are an emancipated minor, or have obtained the legal consent of your parent or legal guardian to enter into these Terms of Use, submit content, participate on The Platform, and fulfill the obligations set forth in these Terms of Use, which forms a binding contract between you and CNN. Employees of Cable News Network, Inc. may not submit User Content without permission from their supervisors.
(B) Community Guidelines. By submitting any User Content or participating in an Interactive Area within or in connection with The Platform, you agree to abide by the following rules of conduct:
• You agree not to upload, post or otherwise transmit any User Content that:
o violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, including any statements which may defame, harass, stalk or threaten others.
o you know to be false, misleading or inaccurate.
o contains blatant expressions of bigotry, racism, racially or ethnically offensive content, hate speech, abusiveness, vulgarity or profanity.
o contains or advocates pornography or sexually explicit content, pedophilia, incest, bestiality, or that is otherwise obscene or lewd.
o violates any law or advocates or provides instruction on dangerous, illegal, or predatory acts, or discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them.
o advocates violent behavior.
o poses a reasonable threat to personal or public safety.
o contains violent images of killing or physical abuse that appear to have been captured solely, or principally, for exploitive, prurient, or gratuitous purposes.
o is protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of such copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity or other proprietary right. The burden of determining that any User Content is not protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity or other proprietary right rests with you. You shall be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, rights of publicity or other proprietary rights or any other harm resulting from such a submission. Any person determined by CNN, in its sole discretion, to have violated the intellectual property or other rights of others shall be barred from submitting or posting any further material on The Platform.
o does not generally pertain to the designated topic or theme of any Interactive Area.
o any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional materials with respect to products or services, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.
• You agree not to engage in activity that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to a civil liability.
• You agree that if necessary, you have the consent of each and every identifiable natural person in any submission to use such persons name or likeness in the manner contemplated by The Platform.
• You agree that any person who appears in your submission who is a current member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Actors (AFTRA) or any other rights society is not entitled to compensation by CNN.
• You agree not to impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, CNN or any CNN employee, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.
• You agree not to represent or suggest, directly or indirectly, CNN's endorsement of User Content.
• You agree not to interfere with any other user's right to privacy, including by harvesting or collecting personally-identifiable information about The Platform users or posting private information about a third party.
• You agree not to upload, post or otherwise transmit any User Content, software or other materials which contain a virus or other harmful or disruptive component.
• You agree not to interfere with or disrupt The Platform or the servers or networks connected to The Platform, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to The Platform.
• You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purpose, any portion of The Platform, use The Platform, or access to The Platform.
• You agree not to use any service, technology or automated system to artificially inflate the page views that your User Content receives. This includes pay-per-click services, web "robots" and any other current or future technologies. You also agree not to direct any third party to use these services, technologies or automated systems on your behalf.
• You agree not to use any technology, service or automated system to post more User Content than an individual could upload in a given period of time. You also agree not to direct any third party to use these services, technologies or automated systems on your behalf.
Any conduct that in CNN's sole discretion restricts or inhibits anyone else from using or enjoying The Platform will not be permitted. CNN reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove or edit User Content by you and to terminate Your Account for any reason.
CNN does not vouch for the accuracy or credibility of any User Content, and does not take any responsibility or assume any liability for any actions you may take as a result of reading User Content posted on The Platform. Through your use of Interactive Areas, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, objectionable, harmful, inaccurate or deceptive. There may also be risks of dealing with underage persons, people acting under false pretense, international trade issues and foreign nationals. By using Interactive Areas, you assume all associated risks.
(C) Monitoring.
(i) CNN shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor User Content posted or uploaded to The Platform to determine compliance with these Terms of Use and any operating rules established by CNN and to satisfy any law, regulation or authorized government request. Although CNN has no obligation to monitor, screen, edit or remove any of the User Content posted or uploaded to The Platform, CNN reserves the right, and has absolute discretion, to screen, edit, refuse to post or remove without notice any User Content posted or uploaded to The Platform at any time and for any reason, and you are solely responsible for creating backup copies of and replacing any User Content posted to The Platform at your sole cost and expense. In addition, CNN may share personally identifiable information in response to a law enforcement agency's request, or where we believe it is necessary, or as otherwise required or permitted by law. See CNN Privacy Policy.
(ii) The decision by CNN to monitor and/or modify User Content does not constitute nor shall it be deemed to constitute any responsibility or liability in any manner on the part of CNN in connection with or arising from use by you of Interactive Areas on The Platform.
(D) License to User Content. By submitting User Content to The Platform, you automatically grant CNN the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license, but not the obligation, to use, publish, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, translate, create derivative works from, incorporate into other works, distribute, sub-license and otherwise exploit such User Content (in whole or in part) worldwide in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed for the full term of any copyright that may exist in such User Content, without payment to you or to any third parties. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event CNN licenses your User Content as stand-alone content outside of CNN's programming to third parties unaffiliated with CNN, CNN will pay you a percentage of the license fees it actually receives according to rates determined by CNN's licensing division, ImageSource. You represent and warrant to CNN that you have the full legal right, power and authority to grant to CNN the license provided for herein, that you own or control the complete exhibition and other rights to the User Content you submitted for the purposes contemplated in this license and that neither the User Content nor the exercise of the rights granted herein shall violate these Terms of Use, or infringe upon any rights, including the right of privacy or right of publicity, constitute a libel or slander against, or violate any common law or any other right of, or cause injury to, any person or entity. You further grant CNN the right, but not the obligation, to pursue at law any person or entity that violates your or CNN's rights in the User Content by a breach of these Terms of Use.
(E) Moral Rights. If it is determined that you retain moral rights (including rights of attribution or integrity) in the User Content, you hereby declare that (a) you do not require that any personally identifying information be used in connection with the User Content, or any derivative works of or upgrades or updates thereto; (b) you have no objection to the publication, use, modification, deletion and exploitation of the User Content by CNN or its licensees, successors and assigns; (c) you forever waive and agree not to claim or assert any entitlement to any and all moral rights of an author in any of the User Content; and (d) you forever release CNN, and its licensees, successors and assigns, from any claims that you could otherwise assert against CNN by virtue of any such moral rights. You also permit any other user to access, view, store or reproduce the User Content for that user's personal use.
(F) No Obligation. User Content submitted by you will be considered non-confidential and CNN is under no obligation to treat such User Content as proprietary information except pursuant to the CNN Privacy Policy. Without limiting the foregoing, CNN reserves the right to use any User Content as it deems appropriate, including, without limitation, deleting, editing, modifying, rejecting, or refusing to post it. CNN is under no obligation to edit, delete or otherwise modify User Content once it has been submitted to CNN. CNN shall have no duty to attribute authorship of User Content to you, and shall not be obligated to enforce any form of attribution by third parties.
8. Copyright Ownership
(A) The Platform contains copyright protected material, trademarks and other proprietary information, including, but not limited to, text, software, photos, video, graphics, music and sound ("Content"). Content on the Platform (including the Subscription Services) is either owned by or licensed to CNN, and is subject to our (or our licensor's) copyright, trade mark rights, and other intellectual property rights. You therefore have no intellectual property rights in, or to, any part of the Platform, other than the ri