Since launching TED.com on April 15, 2007, TED has built a unique archive of more than 1,800 TED Talks made available in dozens of languages, in a variety of digital formats and enhanced with interactive features that support our mission of ideas worth spreading. These video archives and related data are now available for non-commercial use through the TED API  program. We are excited to have you use the TED API to create original interactive experiences around TEDTalks and related material that we are making available in accordance with these guiding principles:


No two content experiences created through the TED API should be alike.


TED API created digital experiences should boost the sharing and spreading of ideas.

TED brand fit.

All creativity resulting from TED API should be stellar TED brand ambassadors.

For the purposes of the following Terms of Use, “You” means an individual or entity exercising rights to use the TED API in accordance with the usage policies described herein. Please read these terms and conditions carefully before you apply for a TED API key.  If you disagree or fail to comply with any of the policies described below, TED does not grant you a license to use the TED API.

TED Conferences LLC (“TED”) reserves the right to update and change, from time to time, these Terms of Use and all documents incorporated by reference. 

Non-Commercial Use

TED Talks and associated text and image-based content (the “API Content”) is made available to You via the TED API (as a “Base Key” or a “Premium Key”) under the Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) and other terms and conditions herein, strictly for personal, non-commercial use unless otherwise agreed upon in writing by TED.  You may not exercise any of the rights granted to You herein that are intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or private monetary compensation. If You are a for-profit company that wishes to use API Content, your application will be considered to be a Commercial Use (see below).

Commercial Use

The TED API can be used by for-profit companies (such as ad-supported and subscription-based services, professional development and training systems, telco, IPTV, cable, satellite and mobile operators, etc.) aiming to reach general audiences or private groups. However, such uses require a separately negotiated license agreement from TED (a “License Agreement”).  Once a License Agreement is in place, You shall be authorized to use a Partner Key. Please note that You may be issued an API key for testing purposes in the interim before a License Agreement is in place. Should you wish to discuss, contact Deron Triff, Director, Global Distribution and Licensing.

Permitted TED API Non-Commercial Uses

  • You can create desktop gadgets, blog posts, Websites, applications (iOS, Android, etc.), games, widgets, data visualizations, provided that you do not re-create TED.com, or any portion of TED.com, or materially replicate the user experience of any TED official application or service, or those developed by other users of the TED API.    To ensure originality and differentiation, Your use of TED API must conform to the description You provided TED in Your API key application.
  • You shall not create physical goods (such as DVDs) using downloaded content through the TED API.  Each application or service You create using TEDapi must be delivered through TCP/IP calls to TED’s server(s) unless otherwise approved by TED in writing.
  • Any uses that TED reasonably determines do not conform to the description You provided must be separately approved by TED in writing.  You shall not modify any API Content, headlines, links or metadata included in the API Content, nor shall You in any way change or distort the meaning of the API Content as determined in TED’s sole discretion.


The API Content is owned by TED and licensed to You on a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-sublicenseable and revocable basis on the terms and conditions set forth herein. All rights not expressly granted to You are reserved by TED.


By registering for and using the TED API, You agree to be bound by the terms of use described below and in TED’s Privacy Policy.  You may not use the TED API except as permitted herein.

API Key Registration

You can register for a TED API key by providing accurate identification, contact, and other information required in accordance with the registration process. You may only create a single API key per application or service and such API key must accompany all web services requests coming from each application or service that You have developed using the TED API.  You will require a different API key for each application or service You plan to develop.  To obtain more than one API key, login using Your TED API developer credentials and complete additional API key applications. You shall not create any script or other automated tool that attempts to create multiple API keys.  You will either receive a Base Key or a Premium Key, as described below, when you register. Users whose application has been approved in conjunction with the “TED API-50″ initiative will be provided a Premium Key.

API Key Service Levels and Upgrades

You may access API Content with the TED API in accordance with the service level of each API Key, which TED may amend from time to time at its sole discretion.  At such time the application or service that You develop exceeds the service level amounts, TED may provide You at its sole discretion an upgrade to Your account.  You may also request an upgrade to Your account by emailing api[@]ted.com and explaining the reason for the request. TED will make good faith efforts to notify You within fifteen (15) business days if Your service level upgrade request has been approved and how to complete the upgrade process.  If TED does not approve Your service level upgrade request, an explanation for declining the request, including potential recommendations to obtain approval, will be provided to You.

Attribution and Branding Guidelines

  • You shall have the right and obligation to attribute the application or service You develop that uses API Content as follows: This application has been developed using the TED API and is not an official service of TED (hereinafter referred to as the “TED API Attribution Copy”).
  • You may not use TED logos, other TED attribution copy, service marks, or graphics without prior written consent from TED. You must follow the official TED API Branding Guidelines.

No Endorsement

Your use or display of API Content, the the TED API Attribution Copy and the TED API Attribution Logo must not suggest that TED promotes or endorses You or any third party or the causes, ideas, web sites, products or services of You or any third party.

TED Translation Credits

Should You use foreign language transcripts through the TED API, You agree to not remove the standard credit that TED provides translators.

TED Partners

TED reserves the right to include sponsorship, advertising and promotional messages in any and all API Content delivered through the TED API (“Messaging”).  You are not permitted to remove Messaging from API Content.

TED Support

TED may elect to provide you with support or modifications for the applications and services You create using the TED API (collectively, “Support”), in its sole discretion, and may terminate such Support at any time without notice to you.

Maintaining Your App or Service

If you are a Premium Key registered user, You will provide reasonable technical and product support for the applications or services You develop using the TED API.  Your technical support will include levels of availability, response times and technical skills that in the reasonable judgment of TED are necessary to provide a quality user experience.  Without limiting the previous sentence, at a minimum You will respond within twenty-four (24) hours to any support request from TED that we identify as critical and in all other cases within five (5) business days of request from an end user.

TED Uses of Your TED API Application or Service

You hereby grant TED the non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide rights but not the obligation to use, reproduce, distribute, reformat, create excerpts from, promote, advertise, transmit and publicly display the application or service You developed using the TED API.

Tracking and Analytics

You agree that TED may track, extract, compile, aggregate and analyze any data or user information resulting from use of the TED API (“User Information”) pursuant to TED’s Privacy Policy.

Representations and Warranties

You may not use the TED API in any manner or for any purpose that violates any law or regulation, any right of any person, including but not limited to intellectual property rights, rights of privacy, or rights of personality.  For applications and services using the TED API through which You are also utilizing third party content or technology (“Third Party Materials”), You represent and warrant that (i) You have the rights to use such Third Party Materials; (ii) there are no encumbrances or restrictions on the Third Materials or their use; and (iii) such use will not defame any person or violate or infringe upon the copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, reputation, creative or other rights of any person or entity. You agree to indemnify TED, its affiliates, partners and users for any breach of these representations and warranties.  You are solely responsible for any and all Third Party Materials that you use in conjunction with the TED API.  You may not (i) use any software or other materials which contain a virus, worm, Trojan horse or other harmful computer code, files, scripts, agents, programs or devices; (ii) interfere with or disrupt the integrity or performance of the TED Web Sites or any portion of contents thereof; (iii) use the TED Web Sites in any way which degrades the reliability, speed or operation of the site or its underlying hardware or software; or (iv) attempt to gain unauthorized access to the TED site or its related systems or networks.  You (or the name of the contact You gave to TED when You applied for Your API key for review if it’s not You) must be reachable at all times for security questions or concerns.

Suspension or Termination of an API Key

TED may change, suspend, or discontinue any aspect of the TED API at any time, including the availability of the API Key issued to You by TED. TED may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of TED API or the TED Web site without notice or liability.

Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

TED reserves the right to modify, add or delete portions of the TED API (including but not limited to removing API Content), this Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, or API documentation, at any time. You understand that the TED API is experimental, and as such, TED does not represent or warrant that the TED API is free of inaccuracies, errors, bugs, or interruptions, or are reliable, accurate, complete, or otherwise valid.  The TED API is provided to You “as is” with no warranty, express or implied, of any kind and TED expressly disclaims any and all warranties and conditions, including, but not limited to, any implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, availability, security, title and/or non-infringement. Your use of the TED API is at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage that results from the use of the TED API including, but not limited to, any damage to your computer system or loss of data.  TED shall not, under any circumstances, be liable to You for any indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising out of or in connection with use of the TED API, whether based on breach of contract, breach of warranty, tort (including negligence, product liability or otherwise), or any other pecuniary loss, whether or not TED has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Under no circumstances shall TED be liable to you for any amount. You hereby release and waive all claims against TED, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, licensors, co-branders or other partners, and employees from any and all liability for claims, damages (actual and/or consequential), costs and expenses (including litigation costs and attorneys’ fees) of every kind and nature, arising from or in any way related to your use of the TED API.


You and TED shall be and act independently and not as partner, joint venturer, agent, employee or employer of the other. You shall not have any authority to assume or create any obligation for or on behalf of TED, express or implied, and you shall not attempt to bind TED to any contract.  The Terms of Use and the relationship between you and TED shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and TED agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within the county of New York, New York.