Fan Content Policy

We are honored by the interest shown by bridge fans towards BBO games and our company, and we love that you want to create articles, videos and other stuff based on our platform and software. At the same time, we spend a lot of time, thought, and money creating our brand and software, and we need to protect it.

In most cases, using BBO intellectual property without our permission is illegal and a violation of our rights.  This Policy explains what you may do if you wish to create content (for example articles, videos, artwork and other materials) using or featuring our software and brands. We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time by posting the revised Policy to our website. Any existing fan content that no longer complies with this Policy due to a change in the Policy must be modified to be compliant with the Policy.

I. General Rules

  1. You may create Content featuring the BBO platform or based on BBO intellectual property, as long as you comply with this Policy. Any fan Content that violates this Policy is prohibited.
  2. In addition to this Policy you are expected to comply with our Rules of the Site, Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, as well as with the Conditions of Contest specific to any game you are using to produce your content (eg. in an ACBL sanctioned game, ACBL CoCs apply).
  3. Your content must be appropriate for the BBO audience and consistent with the spirit and tone of Bridge Base Online (as determined by BBO). Your Content must comply with applicable law, may not violate the rights of others, and must not be obscene, sexually explicit, defamatory, offensive, objectionable, or harmful to others.
  4. If you are recording or writing about other BBO members, you must notify the table and obtain consent from the other players before recording or otherwise featuring any BBO members in your Content.
  5. Fan Content must have no commercial (i.e., monetary) objective. As an exception to this, fans are permitted to monetize web videos (such as YouTube) with advertisements, so long as those videos otherwise meet the requirements of this Policy.
  6. Bridge Base Online, in its sole discretion, can revoke your permission to create Content based on our brands and software at any time and for any reason.
  7. Your Content may not include links to websites that we deem offensive or not in the best interests of Bridge Base Online (as determined by BBO).
  8. You may not use any Bridge Base Online software or intellectual property in any manner that is derogatory to BBO or that may damage the value, reputation, or goodwill of BBO or its products or brands (as determined by BBO).
  9. You may not create or use your Content in a manner that could cause people to believe that it is an official BBO production. For example, if you have a website, it may not be designed to look like an official BBO website, and it must be clear to visitors that the website is not endorsed by, or affiliated with, Bridge Base Online.
  10. You must display the following disclaimer on or in connection with your Content, including on any web page containing your Content:
    • Portions of the materials used are copyrighted works of Bridge Base On Line, LLC (BBO). All rights reserved by BBO. This material is not official and is not endorsed by BBO.

II. Your Agreements with Bridge Base Online

Except for the limited permission described in Section I above, your use of any BBO intellectual property is subject to BBO's Terms of Service, Rules of the Site, and other agreements you may have with BBO or BBO affiliates, depending on which game or BBO members you are featuring in your fan Content. For example, always review the Conditions of Contest for the game you are playing before creating any fan Content.

Live streaming from a game that prohibits spectators or publishing hands and results while other players might be still playing the boards violates the Conditions of Contest for that game, as well as BBO's Rules of the Site. You are expected to stream and post responsibly, without jeopardizing the security of the events featured in your content.

Bridge Base Online reserves the right to take legal action against you for your misuse of BBO intellectual property.