Terms of use

Please view the following terms and conditions for using this site.
Last updated: September 2010
Welcome to the official London 2012 website. We, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited (or "LOCOG"), provide you with access to our website at www.london2012.com and any other domains, microsites or web pages maintained by or on behalf of us or any other official London 2012 organisations (collectively, the "Site") subject to the following terms and conditions ("Terms of Use").

1. Agreement to these Terms of Use

BY USING THE SITE, YOU INDICATE YOUR AGREEMENT TO BE LEGALLY BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF USE, by our Privacy Policy, our guidelines on Use of the Games' Marks, the terms and conditions governing use of the London 2012 eTendering service (“eTendering User Agreement”) and any other notices, guidelines and rules published by us on the Site from time to time (each of which is incorporated into these Terms of Use by reference), and by all applicable laws and regulations governing the Site and/or relating to the protection of the Olympic, Paralympic and London 2012 brands and preventing the creation of any unauthorised association with them. You further agree to the use of any information that we may gather relating to you as a result of your use of the Site, as further described in our Privacy Policy.

2. Updates to these Terms of Use

We reserve the right to update or otherwise change ("update") these Terms of Use at any time without notice. If we do so, we shall post the changes on the appropriate page on the Site and indicate at the top of this page when the Terms of Use were last updated. Please review these Terms of Use regularly to ensure that you are aware of such changes. Your continued use of the Site after such changes are posted indicates your agreement to be legally bound by the updated Terms of Use.

3. Use of the Site

a. We grant you permission to use the Site as set out in these Terms of Use on condition that you shall access and use the Site solely for lawful purposes and (with the sole exception of the London 2012 eTendering service) for your personal, non-commercial use and shall otherwise comply with these Terms of Use. Your access to the Site may be occasionally restricted to allow for repairs, maintenance or the introduction of new facilities or services.

b. You may not use the Site for any of the following purposes: (i) infringing the rights of, restricting or inhibiting anyone else's use and enjoyment of the Site; (ii) disseminating any unlawful or otherwise objectionable material; and/or (iii) gaining unauthorised access to our computer systems or otherwise breaching applicable laws or regulations.

c. IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 – PLEASE GET YOUR PARENT'S OR GUARDIAN'S PERMISSION BEFORE USING ANY INTERACTIVE FEATURES OF THE SITE (E.G. UPLOADING ANY CONTENT TO THE SITE). NEVER REVEAL ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF OR ANYONE ELSE (E.G. YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER, HOME ADDRESS OR EMAIL ADDRESS).

d. Any applications for Tickets (as defined in the London 2012 Terms and Conditions of Sale)  and contracts concluded for the purchase or sale of Tickets through this Site, are governed by theTicketing Privacy Policy and, as applicable, the London 2012 Terms and Conditions of Sale, in addition to these Terms of Use.

e. Any nomination submitted as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay nomination process is subject to the Olympic Torch Relay Nomination Process Privacy Policy  and, as applicable, the terms and conditions in relation to that process, in addition to these Terms of Use.

4. Copyright and intellectual property

a. All information, data, text, documents, graphics, logos, designs, images, pictures, photographs, videos, podcasts, weblogs, software, interactive features or other content, services or materials (and any part of them) accessible on the Site ("Materials") are protected by copyright, trade marks and other intellectual property rights and are the proprietary materials of LOCOG, the Olympic Delivery Authority (“ODA”) and/or our licensors. All rights in the compilation, arrangement and any adaptations of Materials on the Site are owned by LOCOG and/or the ODA. We reserve all rights that are not specifically granted under these Terms of Use.

b. Except to the extent otherwise specifically indicated on the Site, you may not copy, reproduce, republish, download, post, modify, adapt, distribute, transmit, communicate to the public or otherwise use any of the Materials in any way without the prior written consent of LOCOG or (as applicable) the owner of the relevant intellectual property rights.

c. The Site is provided (with the sole exception of the London 2012 eTendering service) for your personal, non-commercial use only. Any Materials that are specifically permitted for your use are made available solely for your personal, non-commercial use (with the sole exception of the London 2012 eTendering service, but subject to the provisions of the eTendering User Agreement) and solely for the purposes stated on the relevant part of the Site. You also agree to comply with any restrictions on downloading or other use of Material(s) stated on the relevant part of the Site and agree (with the sole exception of the London 2012 eTendering service, but then only in accordance with the functionality of the London 2012 eTendering service) not to modify, adapt or create a derivative work from any Material(s) except to the extent specifically permitted and except solely for your personal, non-commercial use. Each of the above references to "personal, non-commercial use" specifically excludes (without limitation): (i) publishing, publicly displaying or otherwise communicating to the public the relevant Material(s) (e.g. via the internet) for any purposes whatsoever; and (ii) use of the relevant Material(s) in promotional or marketing materials for your business (whether in hard-copy form, electronically or otherwise).

d. Requests for written consent to use Materials should be directed to the Marketing Department, LOCOG, One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LN or send us an email. Please give details of your intended use of the relevant Material(s) and include your contact details: your name, address, telephone number, fax number and email. Before contacting us, please read our guidelines on Use of the Games' Marks.

e. The Site is maintained, controlled and operated by us from our facilities in the United Kingdom, and we make no representation that the Materials are appropriate or available for use in other locations. If you use the Site from other locations, you are responsible for compliance with all applicable local laws and regulations.

5. Linking policy

a. Links to the Site. The banner links for London 2012 (available at http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/link-to-us/index.php) are provided at our absolute discretion and may be altered, or removed from your website, by us at any time. Our banner links should not appear on the home page of a commercial organisation and should always be displayed in a proportionate manner. If you do not want to sign up for our banner-link facility, you may create your own link to the Site, provided that your link is in a text-only format. You may not use any link to the Site as a method of creating an unauthorised association between an organisation, business, goods or services and London 2012, and agree that no such link shall portray us or any other official London 2012 organisations (or our or their activities, products or services) in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise objectionable manner. The use of our logo or any other Olympic or London 2012 Mark(s) as a link to the Site is not permitted. View our guidelines on Use of the Games' Marks.

b. Links from the Site. We restrict links from the Site to links to the websites or web pages of certain associated and supporting organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee. We are not responsible for the contents or reliability of any website or web page to which the Site (or a linked website) is linked and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Linking to or from the Site does not constitute or imply any endorsement, authorisation or association of any kind. We cannot guarantee that links will always work, and we have no control over the availability of the linked pages.

6. User-generated content

PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY BEFORE UPLOADING ANY CONTENT (OTHER THAN ETENDERING SUBMISSIONS) TO THE SITE. IT GIVES US, OUR SUCESSORS AND USERS OF THE SITE PERMISSION TO USE SUCH CONTENT. IT ALSO GIVES US AN OPTION TO ACQUIRE OWNERSHIP OF SUCH CONTENT ON THE TERMS DESCRIBED BELOW. SUBJECT TO SUCH PERMISSION AND SUCH ACQUISITION (IF ANY), YOU RETAIN OWNERSHIP OF SUCH CONTENT.

a. We may now or in the future permit users of the Site (the word “Site” excluding, for the purposes of this section 6 only, the London 2012 eTendering service) ("Users") to upload, post, submit, email, distribute, publish, transmit and/or otherwise communicate to or via the Site ("upload", related words to be construed accordingly) Materials provided by such Users ("User-generated Content" or "UGC" for short). For the avoidance of any doubt, the term “UGC” excludes any and all information that is submitted by or on behalf of users of the London 2012 eTendering service using the functionality of that service (which submissions are governed by the eTendering User Agreement). For example, such UGC facilities may take the form of: (i) downloads available for customisation by individual Users and sharing with other Users via the Site; (ii) an interactive, online (and/or possibly offline) social network; and/or (iii) a UGC-focussed digital (and/or possibly terrestrial) television channel. You acknowledge that, whether or not such UGC is uploaded to any such facility, we cannot guarantee its confidentiality. We shall not be liable for any lost data resulting from your use of the Site. We urge you to retain your own back-up versions of any UGC that you upload.

b. By uploading any UGC, and in consideration of our making available to you the opportunity to upload UGC (which you acknowledge as a sufficient benefit to you), you irrevocably and unconditionally grant the following rights:

(i) you grant to us and to each of our successors in title, assignees and licensees in respect of such UGC ("Successors") a non-exclusive, worldwide, sub-licensable and royalty-free licence of the entire right, title and interest in and to such UGC in order that we and each Successor may use, copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, reformat, translate, create derivative works from, incorporate into other works, transmit, distribute, perform, play, broadcast and otherwise communicate to the public ("utilise") such UGC (whether in whole or in part or copies of the same) in any format or medium now known or later developed (including, without limitation, on or via any website operated by, and in any promotional materials produced by, us or any of our Successors) for the full period during which such rights subsist (including all renewals, revivals, reversions and extensions of the same) and thereafter (to the fullest extent possible) in perpetuity;

(ii) you grant to us and each Successor each and every consent that may be required under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and any other laws now or in future in force in any part of the world which may be required by us and our Successors throughout the world to utilise such UGC in accordance with the above licence and grant of rights;

(iii) you authorise us to grant, and we hereby grant, to each User a non-exclusive licence to view, hear, read, stream, download, link to and otherwise access your UGC through the Site and to utilise such UGC as permitted through the functionality of the Site and under these Terms of Use;

(iv) in connection with the permitted use of such UGC in accordance with the above licences and grants of rights: (A) you hereby waive, or warrant that you have procured the waiver of, in favour of us, each Successor and each User all so-called "moral rights" or similar rights now existing or created in the future in any part of the world in respect of such UGC; and (B) you grant to us, each Successor and each User the non-exclusive, royalty-free right to utilise any name, user name, screen name, likeness, photograph, signature and/or biographical material submitted to us by you; and

(v) you grant us an option ("Option") to acquire the exclusive rights to utilise such
UGC in all media by way of an assignment by you to us with full title guarantee of the entire right, title and interest in and to such UGC to hold to us and our Successors absolutely and throughout the world for the full period during which such rights subsist (including all renewals, revivals, reversions and extensions of the same) and thereafter (to the fullest extent possible) in perpetuity ("Assignment"), which Option we may exercise on giving you notice by email within 90 days from the date on which you upload the UGC, and you agree that: (A) during that 90-day period and for 30 days thereafter, you will not utilise or authorise anyone else to utilise such UGC in any commercial medium or in any public, non-commercial medium without our prior written consent; (B) within 30 days following our giving such notice, you and we shall negotiate (both acting in good faith and reasonably) on an exclusive basis a sum to be paid to you in consideration of the Assignment ("Option Sum"); (C) if the Option Sum is not agreed within such 30-day period, we shall thereafter have a right of last refusal, under which (1) you will give us written notice by email setting out the proposed terms of any bona fide third-party offer to acquire any exclusive rights in such UGC, (2) we shall have a 30-day period in which to acquire the same on the same terms and (3) if we decline, you may only enter into such third-party agreement subject in all applicable respects to our and our licensors’ proprietary rights and then on the exact terms offered; and (D) in the event that the Option Sum is agreed, you shall promptly following our request sign a written confirmation of the Assignment, which shall include, without limitation, the grant to us of the exclusive and unfettered right: (1) to assign or transfer any or all rights in such UGC to any third party; (2) to grant unlimited licences in respect of such UGC; (3) to make unlimited derivative works from such UGC; (4) to use such UGC in any merchandising, advertising, marketing or promotion; and (5) to use such UGC for any other commercial or non-commercial purpose.

c. For the avoidance of doubt, you shall continue to retain the entire legal ownership of all such proprietary rights in your UGC (and in any reproductions of the same) as vest in you, unless you enter into the Assignment described above in return for our paying you the Option Sum, in which case we shall acquire ownership of such UGC. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO GRANT THE RIGHTS SET OUT ABOVE, PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD YOUR UGC TO THE SITE.

d. You shall be solely responsible for your own UGC and the consequences of uploading it. By uploading any UGC, you warrant and represent for the benefit of us and our Successors that you own the entire right, title and interest in and to such UGC or have all necessary licences, rights, consents and permissions to use, and to authorise us and each Successor to use, any and all intellectual property rights or other third-party rights in and to such UGC to enable utilisation of such UGC in the manner contemplated by these Terms of Use.

e. In connection with UGC, you shall not impersonate another person and shall not upload any UGC that:

(i) is copyrighted, protected under the law of confidence or otherwise subject to third-party rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from the relevant third party to upload the UGC and to grant all of the rights granted by you under these Terms of Use; or

(ii) is defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing, threatening, harmful or offensive, incites racial or religious hatred, violates any law or encourages conduct that would amount to a criminal offence or give rise to civil liability and/or is otherwise objectionable; or

(iii) represents falsehood(s) or misrepresentation(s) that could damage, or are in any way disparaging of, us, any of our Successors or any third party (or such persons' activities, products and/or services); or

(iv) is directly or indirectly commercial or contains any advertisement, promotion or solicitation of business, except in any areas specifically designated for such purpose; or

(v) contains viruses or any other computer code, corrupt files or programmes designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality or disrupt any software, hardware, telecommunications, networks, servers or other equipment.

f. You shall, and shall procure that any necessary third party shall, do all such further acts and execute and deliver all such other documents as may be reasonably requested by us to confirm the grants of licences and rights under these Terms of Use.

g. You acknowledge that, when using the Site, you may be exposed to UGC from a variety of sources, and that we are not responsible for the truth, accuracy, usefulness or safety of such UGC. We do not endorse any UGC or any opinion, recommendation or advice expressed in such UGC, and we disclaim any and all liability in connection with UGC.

h. While we look forward to receiving UGC when we specifically ask for it, IT IS OUR POLICY NOT TO ACCEPT OR CONSIDER IDEAS, CONCEPTS, SUGGESTIONS OR OTHER COMMUNICATIONS OR MATERIALS OTHER THAN THOSE THAT WE HAVE SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED AND THEN SUBJECT TO ANY SPECIFIC TERMS, CONDITIONS AND REQUIREMENTS THAT MAY APPLY TO THEM. This is to avoid any misunderstandings if your ideas etc. are similar to those that we have developed or are developing independently. Accordingly, you agree that unsolicited UGC will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary.

7. Removal of Materials

a. We are entitled at our option, but not obliged, to pre-screen and/or pre-moderate any UGC uploaded by you or other Users, along with any other Materials. We reserve the right in our sole discretion: (i) not to post UGC on the Site; and (ii) to remove, or to suspend or disable access to, Materials at any time without liability and with or without prior notice. In particular, we do not permit infringement of third-party rights on the Site, and we shall remove, or suspend or disable access to, any Materials if properly notified that such Materials infringe third-party rights.

b. If you are a rights-owner (or an agent acting for a rights-owner) and believe that any Material infringes your rights and you wish us to remove such Material from the Site or to suspend or disable access to it, please send us a notice by email with the subject line "Removal request" and provide us with the following information:

(i) an electronic or physical signature of the rights-owner or a person duly authorised to act on behalf of the rights-owner;

(ii) details of the proprietary material that is claimed to have been infringed (or, if multiple proprietary materials on the Site are to be covered by a single notification, a representative list of such materials);

(iii) details of the Material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity, together with information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the Material (including a URL and/or screen shot);

(iv) information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as a postal address, telephone number and, if available, an email address; and

(v) a statement by you that: (A) you believe in good faith that use of the Material in the manner complained of is not authorised by the rights-owner or the rights-owner's agent or by law; (B) the information in the notification is true and accurate; and (C) you are the rights-owner or are duly authorised to act on the rights-owner's behalf.

8. Information on the Site

While we endeavour to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the Site, it is provided for information purposes only, without any guarantee, warranty, representation or endorsement of any kind as to its accuracy or completeness or otherwise (whether express or implied), and it does not constitute professional or legal advice.

9. Advertising and sponsorship
Part of the Site may from time to time contain advertising and sponsorship. Advertisers and sponsors are responsible for ensuring that Materials submitted for inclusion on the Site comply with relevant laws, regulations and codes. We shall not be responsible for any error or inaccuracy in such advertising or sponsorship Materials.

10. Disclaimer

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, CONDITIONS AND OTHER TERMS OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH THE SITE AND YOUR USE OF THE SITE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, AS TO SATISFACTORY QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, COMPATIBILITY, SECURITY AND ACCURACY). YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND/OR THE MATERIALS IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

11. Limitation of liability

a. THE SITE AND THE MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND ON AN "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. IN NO EVENT SHALL WE OR ANY OF OUR SUCCESSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE WHATSOEVER (WHETHER FORESEEN, FORESEEABLE, KNOWN OR OTHERWISE) ARISING OUT OF, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, THE USE OF THE SITE AND/OR THE MATERIALS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS OR DAMAGE (SUCH AS LOSS OF BUSINESS, PROFITS, DATA OR GOODWILL). WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, WE DO NOT WARRANT OR REPRESENT THAT THE OPERATION OF THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES, NOR DO WE WARRANT OR REPRESENT THE FULL FUNCTIONALITY, ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY OF THE MATERIALS.

b. WE SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY BREACH OF THESE TERMS OF USE CAUSED BY CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR REASONABLE CONTROL.

c. NOTHING IN THESE TERMS OF USE EXCLUDES OR LIMITS OUR LIABILITY FOR ANY LIABILITY WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.

12. Indemnity

YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY US ON DEMAND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, ACTIONS, PROCEEDINGS, DEMANDS, DAMAGES, LOSSES, LIABILITIES, COSTS AND EXPENSES SUFFERED OR REASONABLY INCURRED BY US AS A RESULT OF, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, BREACH BY YOU OF THESE TERMS OF USE OR OF APPLICABLE LAW.

13. Miscellaneous

a. These Terms of Use (as the same may be updated from time to time) constitute the entire agreement between you and us regarding your use of the Site. If there is any conflict between this web page and specific terms appearing elsewhere on the Site, such specific terms shall prevail. In particular (but without limiting the foregoing), the eTendering User Agreement contains provisions that specifically apply to use of the London 2012 eTendering service, and such provisions shall prevail to the extent of any inconsistency with the terms appearing on this web page.

b. These Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, our Ticketing Privacy Policy, our guidelines on Use of the Games' Marks and any other notices, guidelines and rules published by us on the Site from time to time ("Website Documents") have been (or will be) drawn up in the English language. Each of the Website Documents shall be interpreted in the English language. Where any of the Website Documents (or any part of such Website Document) is translated into any language in addition to English and there is any conflict in meaning between the English-language version and such translated version, the English-language version shall prevail in all respects.

c. The section headings in these Terms of Use (including all documents incorporated into these Terms of Use by reference) are inserted for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.

d. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of that provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect.

14. Governing law and jurisdiction

These Terms of Use shall be governed by, and interpreted in accordance with, the law of England and Wales, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute, claim or matter arising under or in connection with these Terms of Use.

If you have any queries, comments or feedback about these Terms of Use or about the Site, please send us an email.