Terms of Use

This statement covers all of the Serious Eats site ("SE Site") and any associated content including email and RSS feeds. Please read this statement carefully before proceeding to access any of the SE Site. Your use of the SE Site indicates your agreement to abide by the Terms in effect.

Use of Content

Serious Eats provides a feed for its site:

Creative Commons License
http://feeds.feedburner.com/seriouseatsfeaturesvideos

Serious Eats provides a general license to use this feed, provided that it is not modified in anyway (including the stripping of ads) with the exception of image stripping as detailed below:

All commercial uses of feeds (e.g. websites generating revenue through advertisements including AdSense) must strip all images from the feed to ensure copyright compliance with our third party photographic agency licenses.

Web Syndication Terms of Use

  1. The Site logo and URL must appear prominently at the top of each page displaying site content.
  2. Internal links in the Site content must not be removed.
  3. The format or branding of the headlines, text and other information provided in the RSS feeds must not be modified.
  4. "More From..." links back to original Site at the end of each post must be included on content pages and may not be removed.

Print Syndication Terms of Use

  1. The Site logo and URL must appear prominently at the top of each section displaying site content.
  2. Content will appear unedited, except for replacement of hyperlinks with full URLs and use of product manufacturer's site links where appropriate.
  3. Images from a Site must not be used in print without you obtaining the appropriate copyright clearances yourself.

General Terms of Use

  1. The RSS feeds may not be spliced into or otherwise redistributed by third-party RSS providers.
  2. No content, including any advertisements or other promotional content, shall be added to the RSS feeds.
  3. Images must be removed from open syndication feeds and commercial feeds (please contact Serious Eats for more details)
  4. Serious Eats reserves the right to object to your presentation of the RSS feeds and the right to require you to cease using the RSS feeds at any time.
  5. Serious Eats further reserves the right to terminate its distribution of the RSS feeds or change the content or formatting of the RSS feeds at any time without notice to you.
  6. Serious Eats provides this content "as is" and Serious Eats shall not be held liable for your use of the information or the feeds.
  7. Use of a Site's content, including text and images, on your site, or in print, is entirely at your discretion. Serious Eats is not responsible for any complaints regarding content or images that you choose to display on your site or in print.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED, SERIOUS EATS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES INCLUDING WARRANTIES FOR MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. By accessing the RSS feeds or the XML instructions provided above, you indicate that you understand and agree to these terms and conditions.

Comments Terms of Use

The comments sections on the Serious Eats site are accessible to users who have registered.

In order to make our comments useful and interesting, the following guidelines have been established for comment users:

  • Do not post threatening, harassing, defamatory, or libelous material.
  • Do not intentionally make false or misleading statements.
  • Do not offer to sell or buy any product or service.
  • Do not post material that infringes copyright.
  • Do not post information that you know to be confidential or sensitive or otherwise in breach of the law.
  • Keep all comments relevant to the particular topic or post where the comment is being posted.
  • Serious Eats will not accept responsibility for information posted in the Comments.

If Serious Eats receives notice that a comment post is not in keeping with these terms and conditions or the intended use of the comments, we reserve the right to remove that comment posting. The removal of any comment shall be solely at the discretion of Serious Eats.

Image Terms of Use

Serious Eats typically display images as part of blog posts and features written by our editors. The types of images editors are authorized to use on Serious Eats include:

  • Images licensed from photographic archive vendors
  • Images supplied to our editors or released into the public domain by public relations and marketing companies for press purposes
  • Reader-submitted images, with the implied representation that the person submitting the image owns the copyright of the image and confers to Serious Eats, LLC the nonexclusive web rights to use any image accepted with owner attribution across all Serious Eats websites.
  • Images published on Flickr or other public photo sites, with an implied license for use under the Creative Commons license associated with such sites
  • Images commissioned by Serious Eats
  • Thumbnail images of 150x150 pixels or less
  • Images used to illustrate a newsworthy story under the Fair Use doctrine
  • Images where the use is transformative, such as for satire
  • Images so widely distributed on the internet that they are deemed to have become part of the public domain

If you think we have published an image or text that infringes your copyright, we will address your concerns; however, if the image falls into one of the categories listed above, we believe that our use of the image is legitimate and we will not remove it from the site.

Please note that we will respond only to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The text of the Act can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site, http://lcWeb.loc.gov/copyright/

To file a notice of infringement with us, you must provide a written communication (by email with an attached and signed PDF or by fax) that sets forth the items specified below. Please do not send us regular mail, as we may not receive it in a timely fashion. In all cases, if you do not hear a response from us within 10 days of submitting a complaint, please telephone us at 212-488-6302 to confirm that we received your original complaint.

To enable us to address your concerns, please provide the following information:

  1. For each allegedly infringing image or piece of text that you wish to have removed from our site, provide the exact permanent URL for the page containing the material.
  2. Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you: an email address is preferred, as well as a telephone contact number.
  3. Provide the following information detailing your claim to ownership of the copyright in the allegedly infringing material:
    • Proof of copyright in the image or text concerned, namely proof of registration of the Image under the DMCA,

    OR, absent such registration,

    • a detailed description of where the photograph was taken, by whom, who or what the subject of the image is, AND
    • Evidence to support your claim that you own the copyright in the image.

    We will not comply with requests to remove an image where the complainant cannot prove that they own the copyright in the image in question.

  4. Include the following statement: "I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed."

  5. Sign the document and fax it to:
    (646)-490-2241, Attn: Serious Eats Legal / DMCA Complaints

OR email it to: legal AT seriouseats DOT com

Please note that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) if you materially misrepresent that any material on our sites is infringing your copyrights.

Indeed, in a recent case a company that sent an infringement notification seeking removal of online materials that were protected by the Fair Use doctrine was ordered to pay such costs and attorneys' fees. The company agreed to pay over $100,000. Accordingly, if you are not sure whether material available online infringes your copyright, we suggest that you first contact an attorney.

Please note that a copy of each legal notice we receive will be sent (with your personal information removed) to Chilling Effects for publication.

You can see an example of such a publication at http://www.chillingeffects.org/dmca512/notice.cgi?NoticeID=861.

We also reserve the right to publish your letter on the site.

External Links Disclaimer

Serious Eats routinely contain links to external, third party websites. By providing links to other sites, Serious Eats does not guarantee, approve or endorse the information or products available at these sites, nor does a link indicate any association with or endorsement by the linked site to Serious Eats.

Serious Eats does not operate or control and has no responsibility for the information, products and/or services found on any external sites. Nor do such links represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any information, products and/or services provided on or through any external sites, including, without limitation, warranties of any kind, either express or implied, warranties of title or non-infringement or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Visitors to Serious Eats assume complete responsibility and risk in their use of any external sites. Visitors should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its site administrator or webmaster.

Notification of Changes

Whenever Serious Eats changes its Terms of Use, it will post those changes to this Statement, and other places we deem appropriate to make users aware of such changes.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or notices of violations to these terms and conditions, please contact the editor, or send an email to questions AT seriouseats.com, or by mail to Serious Eats, 197 Grand St FL 2, New York, NY 10013.