Bitsbox Terms of Service

Community Guidelines

We need everyone’s help to make Bitsbox a friendly and creative community.

  • Be respectful. If you choose to share your apps, remember that people of many different ages and backgrounds might see your work.
  • Keep personal info private. For safety reasons, don't make apps with real names or contact info like phone numbers or addresses.
  • Help keep the site friendly. If you think a project or comment is mean, insulting, too violent, or otherwise inappropriate, email help@bitsbox.com to let us know about it.

Bitsbox welcomes people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.


Terms of Service

1. User Agreement

1.1 These Terms of Use constitute an agreement between you and the Bitsbox team that governs your use of Bitsbox.com and all associated services, including but not limited to the Bitsbox website (collectively "Bitsbox"). Bitsbox is also known as Codepops, Inc. Please read the Terms of Use carefully. By using Bitsbox you affirm that you have read, understood, and accepted the terms and conditions in the Terms of Use. If you do not agree with any of these conditions, please do not use Bitsbox.

1.2 Your privacy is important to us. Please read our Privacy Policy, which identifies how the Bitsbox Team uses, collects, and stores information it collects through the Services. By using Bitsbox, you additionally agree that you are comfortable with Bitsbox's Privacy Policy.

1.3 Bitsbox is open to children and adults of all ages, and we ask that you keep this in mind when using the Bitsbox services. When you use Bitsbox, you agree to abide by the Bitsbox Community Guidelines.

1.4 The Bitsbox Team may change the Terms of Use from time to time. You can always find the latest version of the Terms of Use at https://bitsbox.com/terms.html. The date of the most recent revisions will appear on this page. Your continued use of the Services constitutes your acceptance of any changes to or revisions of the Terms of Use.

2. Account Creation and Maintenance

2.1 In order to use some features of the Services, you will need to register with Bitsbox and create a coding account. Creating an account is optional, but without an account you will not be able to save projects on Bitsbox. Once you've registered for a coding account, you will be asked to provide certain personal information, such as your email address, gender, birth month and year, and country. Please see our Privacy Policy for Bitsbox's data retention and usage policies.

2.2 You are responsible for keeping your password secret and your account secure. You are solely responsible for any use of your account, even if your account is used by another person. If any use of your account violates the Terms of Service, your account may be suspended or deleted.

2.3 You may not use another person's Bitsbox account without permission.

2.4 Account names cannot be changed. If you want a different account name, create a new account and copy your existing projects over by hand.

2.5 If you have reason to believe that your account is no longer secure (for example, in the event of a loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your password), promptly change your password. If you cannot access your account to change your password, notify us at help@bitsbox.com.

3. Rules of Usage

3.1 The Bitsbox Team supports freedom of expression. However, Bitsbox is intended for a wide audience, and some content is inappropriate for the Bitsbox community. You may not use the Bitsbox service in any way, that:

  1. Promotes bigotry, discrimination, hatred, or violence against any individual or group;
  2. Threatens, harasses, or intimidates any other person, whether that person is a Bitsbox user or not;
  3. Contains foul language or personal attacks;
  4. Contains sexually explicit or graphically violent material;
  5. Provides instructions on how to commit illegal activities or obtain illegal products;
  6. Except in connection with organizing Bitsbox day events, asks any other user for personally identifying information, contact information, or passwords; or
  7. Exposes any others person's personally identifying information, contact information, or passwords without that person's permission.

3.3 You agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations when you use Bitsbox. You may not use Bitsbox in any unlawful way, including to harass, stalk, or defame any other person.

3.4 You may not impersonate, imitate or pretend to be somebody else when using the Services.

3.5 You agree not to use Bitsbox in any way intended to disrupt the service, gain unauthorized access to the service, or interfere with any other user's ability to use the service. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Posting content deliberately designed to crash the Bitsbox website or editor;
  2. Linking to pages containing viruses or malware;
  3. Using administrator passwords or pretending to be an administrator;
  4. Repeatedly posting the same material, or "spamming."

3.6 Commercial use of Bitsbox, user-generated content, and support materials is permitted under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. However, the Bitsbox Team reserves the right to block any commercial use of Bitsbox that, in the Bitsbox Team's sole discretion, is harmful to the community.

3.7 You agree not to post links to any content outside of the Bitsbox website, if to do so would violate any part of the Terms of Use.

4. User-Generated Content and Licensing

4.1 For the purposes of the Terms of Use, "user-generated content" includes any apps, projects, comments, forum posts, or links to third party websites that a user submits to Bitsbox.

4.2 The Bitsbox Team encourages everyone to foster creativity by freely sharing code, art, music, and other works. However, we also understand the need for individuals and companies to protect their intellectual property rights. You are responsible for making sure you have the necessary rights, licenses, or permission for any user-generated content you submit to Bitsbox.

4.3 All user-generated content you submit to Bitsbox is licensed to and through Bitsbox under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. This allows others to view and remix your content. This license also allows the Bitsbox Team to display, distribute, and reproduce your content on the Bitsbox website, through social media channels, and elsewhere.

4.4 Although the Bitsbox Team requires all users to comply with these Terms of Use, some inappropriate user-generated apps may be created and shared via social media, email, web links, etc. You understand that when you view a Bitsbox app you may be exposed to user-generated content that you find objectionable or offensive. If you see any content that violates the Community Guidelines or Terms of Use, please let us know at help@bitsbox.com.

4.5 In addition to reviewing reported user-generated content, the Bitsbox Team reserves the right, but is not obligated, to monitor all uses of the Bitsbox service. The Bitsbox Team may edit, move, or delete any content that violates the Terms of Use or Community Guidelines, without notice.

4.6 All user-generated content is provided as-is. The Bitsbox Team makes no warranties about the accuracy or reliability of any user-generated content available through Bitsbox. The Bitsbox Team does not endorse any views, opinions, or advice expressed in user-generated content. You agree to relieve the Bitsbox Team of any and all liability arising from your user-generated content and from Bitsbox teaching events you may organize or host.

5. Bitsbox Content and Licensing

5.1 Except for any user-generated content, the Bitsbox Team owns and retains all rights in and to the Bitsbox code, the design, functionality, and architecture of Bitsbox, and any software or content provided through Bitsbox (collectively "the Bitsbox IP"). If you want to use Bitsbox in a way that is not allowed by these Terms of Use, you must first contact the Bitsbox Team. Except for any rights explicitly granted under these Terms of Use, you are not granted any rights in and to any Bitsbox IP.

5.2 Bitsbox provides support materials, including images, sounds, video, and sample code, to help users build projects. Support materials are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. You may also use screenshots of Bitsbox under the same license. Please note that this does not apply to materials that are also trademarked by the Bitsbox Team or other parties as described in parts 5.4 and 5.5, below.

The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license requires you to attribute any material you use to the original author. When you use Bitsbox support materials, or screenshots of the Bitsbox website, please use the following attribution: "Courtesy of Bitsbox. Build apps at Bitsbox.com"

5.4 The Bitsbox name and Bitsbox logo are property of Bitsbox. Unless you are licensed by Bitsbox under a specific licensing program or agreement, you many not use the name or logo to label, promote, or endorse any product or service. You may use the Bitsbox Logo to refer to the Bitsbox website.

5.5 The Bitsbox support materials library may contain images and sounds that are trademarked by third parties. The fact that materials are included in the Bitsbox support materials library does not in any way limit or reduce intellectual property rights, including trademark rights, otherwise available to the materials' owners. Nothing in these Terms of Use or the Creative Commons 2.0 license will be construed to limit or reduce any party's rights in that party's valid trademarks. You may not use these materials to label, promote, or endorse any product or service. You are solely responsible for any violation of a third party's intellectual property rights caused by your misuse of these materials.

6. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

6.1 If you are a copyright holder and believe that content on Bitsbox violates your rights, you may send a DMCA notification to help@bitsbox.com. For more information, including the information that must be included in a DMCA notification, see the text of the DMCA, 17 U.S.C. § 512.

6.2 If you are a Bitsbox user and you believe that your content did not constitute a copyright violation and was taken down in error, you may send a notification to help@bitsbox.com. Please include:

  • Your Bitsbox username or email address;
  • The specific content you believe was taken down in error; and
  • A brief statement of why you believe there was no copyright violation (e.g., the content was not copyrighted, you had permission to use the content, or your use of the content was a "fair use").

7. Suspension and Termination of Accounts

7.1 Bitsbox has the right to suspend your account for violations of the Terms of Use or Community Guidelines. Repeat violators may have their account deleted. The Bitsbox Team reserves the sole right to determine what constitutes a violation of the Terms of Use or Community Guidelines. The Bitsbox Team also reserves the right to terminate any account used to circumvent prior enforcement of the Terms of Use.

7.2 If you want to delete or disable your account, please email help@bitsbox.com.

8. Third Party Websites

8.1 Content on Bitsbox, including user-generated content, may include links to third party websites. The Bitsbox Team is not capable of reviewing or managing third party websites, and assumes no responsibility for the privacy practices, content, or functionality of third party websites. You agree to relieve the Bitsbox Team of any and all liability arising from third party websites.

9. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify Bitsbox and all their affiliates, employees, agents, representatives, third party service providers, and members of their governing boards (all of which are "Bitsbox Entities"), and to defend and hold each of them harmless, from any and all claims and liabilities (including attorneys' fees) arising out of or related to your breach of the Terms of Service or your use of Bitsbox.

10. Disclaimer of Warranty

You acknowledge that you are using Bitsbox at your own risk. Bitsbox is provided "as is," and the Bitsbox Entities hereby expressly disclaim any and all warranties, express and implied, including but not limited to any warranties of accuracy, reliability, title, merchantability, non-infringement, fitness for a particular purpose or any other warranty, condition, guarantee or representation, whether oral, in writing or in electronic form, including but not limited to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained therein or provided by Bitsbox. Without limiting the foregoing, the Bitsbox Entities disclaim any and all warranties, express and implied, regarding user-generated content and Bitsbox materials. The Bitsbox Entities and their third party service providers do not represent or warrant that access to Bitsbox will be uninterrupted or that there will be no failures, errors or omissions or loss of transmitted information, or that no viruses will be transmitted through Bitsbox services.

11. Limitation of Liability

The Bitsbox Entities shall not be liable to you or any third parties for any direct, indirect, special, consequential or punitive damages of any kind, regardless of the type of claim or the nature of the cause of action, even if the Bitsbox Team has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Without limiting the foregoing, the Bitsbox Entites shall have no liability to you or any third parties for damages or harms arising out of user-generated content or Bitsbox materials.

12. Jurisdiction

Bitsbox is offered by the Bitsbox Team from its facilities in the United States. The Bitsbox Team makes no representations that Bitsbox is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use Bitsbox are responsible for compliance with local law.

13. Choice of Law and Venue

You agree that these Terms of Use, for all purposes, shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware applicable to contracts to be wholly performed therein, and any action based on, relating to, or alleging a breach of the Terms of Use must be brought in a state or federal court in Delaware. In addition, both parties agree to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of such courts.

14. Choice of Language

If the Bitsbox Team provides you with a translation of the English language version of these Terms of Use, the Privacy Policy, or any other policy, then you agree that the translation is provided for informational purposes only and does not modify the English language version. In the event of a conflict between a translation and the English version, the English version will govern.

15. No Waiver

No waiver of any term of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and the Bitsbox Team's failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

16. Entire Agreement

This document, together with all appendices, constitutes the entire Terms of Use and supersedes all previous agreements with the Bitsbox Team relating to the use of Bitsbox. Revision date: 20 April 2015.

Bitsbox Privacy Policy

We made Bitsbox so people like you could create projects, share ideas, and build a community. To make this happen, we collect some information for our users. The Bitsbox Team understands how important privacy is to our community, especially kids and parents. We wrote this privacy policy to explain what information we collect, how we use it, and what we're doing to keep it safe. If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, you can contact us at help@bitsbox.com.

Please do not share personal contact information, such as your name, physical address, email address, phone number, or anything else that can be used to make contact outside of the Bitsbox website. Please report projects, comments, or forum posts that contain this kind of information so the Bitsbox team can remove it, and please remind the author of our policy.

What information does the Bitsbox Team collect about me?

Coding Account Information: In order to save app projects you need to make an account. During account creation, we ask you for a username or email address (or your parent or guardian's email address if you are under 13 years old), or you may use a Google account (such as school created accounts) regardless of age. Once an account is created, we optionally allow you to tell us your first name, age, and gender. We ask that you select a user name that does not disclose your real name or other information that could identify you. Other users who you share apps with can see your first name, but not your age, gender, Google account information, or email address.

Subscription Account Information: If you choose to purchase a monthly subscription to Bitsbox, we will require you to create a subscription account. This account is separate from any coding accounts. During subscription account creation, we ask you for email address, contact information, payment information, and shipping information. We use cratejoy.com for order management and stripe.com for payment processing. Bitsbox and the Bitsbox team never have access to your credit card number or account passwords.

User-generated Content: All of your Bitsbox projects, comments, and forum posts are stored on the Bitsbox servers. Because the Bitsbox Team is responsible for moderation, we have access to all content stored on the Bitsbox website, including unshared projects.

Usage Information: When you use Bitsbox, our servers will automatically store a limited amount of information about how you use the website. This information includes a number that identifies your computer (the IP address), which pages you visited, and what browser you are using.

Google Analytics: We also collect some data on where you click and which parts of the site you visit using Google Analytics. This "click data" helps us figure out ways to improve the website. Information collected and processed by Google Analytics includes the user's IP address, network location, and geographic location. Google Analytics acquires all its information directly from the user, by installing a cookie (see below) on your computer, if you have enabled JavaScript. Bitsbox does not share any information it collects with Google, and Google does not collect any personal identifying information about you.

Cookies: When you log in, the Bitsbox website asks your browser to put an http "cookie" on your computer. The cookie is actually a small text file that our site can send to your browser for storage on your computer. This allows the website to remember that you are logged in when you go to a different page.

How does the Bitsbox Team use my information?

  • We collect age and gender data so that we know who is using our website.
  • If you forget your password, we will ask you to give us your email address so that we can send you a new password.
  • We will use your email address to respond to messages you send us or to communicate with you about the Bitsbox service or your account.
  • We may send out occasional email updates about Bitsbox to the confirmed email address on your account. Bitsbox will never sell or share your email address without your permission. You can unsubscribe from these updates by clicking the unsubscribe link found at the bottom of the email.
  • If we detect repeated abusive behavior from your account, IP address, or email address, we may share your account name, IP address, and the time and content of the abusive behavior with the IP address owner (such as a school or internet service provided).
  • We may use de-identified location, age, gender, and usage data in research studies intended to improve our understanding of how people learn with Bitsbox. The results of this research are shared with educators and researchers through conferences, journals, and other publications.
  • We may disclose some of the information we collect to third-party service providers that help us manage communications to and from the Bitsbox website and improve website performance. We are satisfied that these service providers have privacy policies that restrict them from further disclosing any of your information.
  • Other than as described above, we will never share personally identifiable information about you with any other person, company, or organization, except:
  • As required to comply with our obligations under the law.
  • For technical reasons, if we are required to transfer the data on our servers to another location or organization.

How does the Bitsbox Team protect my information?

The Bitsbox Team has in place physical and electronic procedures to protect the information we collect on the Bitsbox website. We strictly limit individual access to the Bitsbox servers and the data we store on them. However, as effective as these measures are, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot completely guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.

Notifications of Changes to the Privacy Policy

We review our security measures and Privacy Policy on a periodic basis, and we may modify our policies as appropriate. We may also change or update our Privacy Policy if we add new services or features. If we make any changes to our privacy practices, we will amend this Privacy Policy accordingly and post the amended policy on the Bitsbox website. We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy on a regular basis.