Canvas:Breaking Down the Canvas Terms of Use

When you first login to Canvas, you will have to agree to the terms of use in order to continue. This is a bunch of complicated legal wording that basically ensures Instructure (the educational technology company that developed Canvas) and Rice (the users of Canvas) are all going to play nice. Here it is broken down by section.

Section 1 Copyright:  Instructure has the copy copyright to Canvas. Do not try to reproduce it by hacking the code in any way.

Section 2 Registration: To use Canvas, you have to register with real information. No fake names or numbers.

Section 3 Content: Each user is responsible for what they put on Canvas, not Instructure. Be appropriate.

Section 4 Ownership: By agreeing you are saying that you own the content you are posting. Canvas owns the Learning Management System. It is like a dorm room. Canvas owns the room, the closet, the drawers, and the furniture. You own the stuff that you brought to the room- your luggage, your clothes, your books. You can hang up your stuff, and put your clothes in the drawers, but you can’t take the drawers home. You can unpack your bags, but you can’t refinish the furniture. Canvas will maintain the room, but they can’t take your stuff.

And again, be appropriate.

Section 4.5 Feedback:  If you give feedback and Canvas uses it to improve or creates a new feature based off of your feedback, you aren’t getting any money or rights to it.

Section 5 Behave:  Canvas has the right to look over content and take down things that violate the code of conduct.

Section 6 Responsibility: Each user is responsible for their own actions and interactions on Canvas.

Section 7 Third Party Websites: Canvas is not responsible for content on third party websites or apps.

Section 8 Copyright Infringement: If someone makes a claim against your content, you are responsible, not Canvas.

Section 9 Errors: Instructure isn’t perfect and doesn’t guarantee that there aren’t errors.

Section 10 Liability: Instructure is not liable for any damages you can dream up.  The most money you can possibly get from them if they were somehow found liable, is the amount you paid to use Canvas in the previous year. If you haven’t paid anything, the cap is $50.

Section 10.3 Operator Error: Instructure isn’t responsible if users don’t use the tools and settings correctly.

Section 10.4 Third Parties: Everyone is responsible for their own actions, including third party websites. So Canvas isn’t responsible for what you see on third party websites.

Section 11 Copyright: Give credit where credit is do- pictures, words, films, video- if you didn’t create it, give props to whomever did. If anyone has used your content without your permission, Canvas gives you information on what to do.

Section 12 Comply: Follow the rules ( be appropriate, observe copyrights) or your account will be closed/deactivated.

Section 13 Communication: Email and messages, notices from Canvas are official. Any communication with third parties and whatever consequences that communication has, is not Instructure’s issue.

Section 13.4 Unforeseen Situations: Canvas isn’t responsible for service delays/ malfunctions during all listed and other unlisted situations.

Section 13.5 Recourse: Email Canvas’ legal department if you feel Canvas has not held up their end of the bargain.


**Please note Canvas Terms of Use are different from the Privacy Policy