Terms and Conditions
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Terms and Conditions

Thank you for visiting the First Draft website.

By using our site, you accept the following terms of use and agree to comply with them. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of, and comply with, these terms.

Use of our site includes accessing, browsing or signing up to interact on firstdraftnews.org


First Draft uses research-based methods to fight mis- and disinformation online. Additionally, it provides practical and ethical guidance in how to find, verify and publish content sourced from the social web.


We may update our site from time to time, and will endeavor to keep all content up to date. However, we do not guarantee that any work that we publish will be free from errors or omissions.

We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our site without notice. We are not liable to you if, for any reason, our site is unavailable at any time, for any period.


If you decide to sign up to firstdraftnews.org, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password. You must not disclose it to any third party. We have the right to disable your account at any time if, in our opinion, you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use. If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your username or password, you must promptly notify us at [email protected]


Content on firstdraftnews.org refers to written words, videos, podcasts, presentations and interactive services.

As a visitor of this site, you must not copy, distribute or resell any content from the site. You are free to share the content on social media, print, screen-grab or email for non-commercial purposes only, but in all cases must credit First Draft as the source. We consider an appropriate credit to be the name “First Draft”, and request that you provide or hyperlink to the URL firstdraftnews.org where possible.

First Draft has a policy to never include potentially disturbing or offensive language or images on its site unless, in our opinion, inclusion of such content will provide educational value to our community. In these instances, we will display a clear warning at the top of the page and ensure that any disturbing or offensive elements are not independently shareable on social media.

We will not knowingly violate legal rights or deliberately deceive users, and will only ever publish information or comment that is to the best of our knowledge appropriate, honest and correct.


All information you provide to us is stored on secure servers. You are responsible for keeping your password confidential and we ask you not to share a password with anyone. You may delete your account at any point.

We will do our best to protect your personal data but we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. We will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.


Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites and we do not suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement by including the links. We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our site and will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.


Audio is available on First Draft, hosted by Soundcloud. Content is posted in accordance with Soundcloud’s Terms and Conditions.

Video is available on demand on First Draft, hosted by YouTube. Content is posted in accordance with YouTube’s Terms and Conditions.

To the best of our knowledge, we will not infringe copyright or any other intellectual property rights. If you have any concerns regarding copyright, please email [email protected]


Nothing in these terms of use excludes any liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law. To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our site or any content on it, whether express or implied. We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

  •    use of, or inability to use, our site;
  •       or use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.

If you are a business user, please note that in particular, we will not be liable for:

  •    loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
  •    business interruption;
  •    loss of anticipated savings;
  •    loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation;
  •       or any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programmes, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.


Content on First Draft will never knowingly infringe any copyright or licensing agreements with third parties. Any content commissioned for First Draft has been done so in good faith, with explicit usage rights agreed upfront.

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights on our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

You may print off or download copies or extracts of any page(s) from our site for personal or educational use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on our site.

You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged.

If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.


Any complaints will be treated with the utmost care and attention, please email any complaints to [email protected] and use the subject line: Complaint.