Britannica Terms of Use

Read our summary of Britannica's Terms of Use.


  • These terms apply to all Britannica websites, mobile applications, and online services.
  • Britannica can change these terms at any time and will notify you of material changes.
  • If changes affect your rights, you'll be notified by email and a notice on the service.
  • Contains disclaimers of warranties and liability which may affect your rights.
  • Offers different types of access: advertising-supported, consumer subscriptions, and institutional subscriptions.
  • Content is for personal, non-commercial use, with exceptions for educational purposes.
  • You may not use data mining, robots, or similar data gathering tools on the services.
  • User-generated content (UGC) you post grants Britannica a royalty-free, perpetual license to use it.
  • Britannica is not liable for UGC posted by users.
  • UGC that violates others' rights or is unlawful can be edited or deleted by Britannica.
  • Linking to the services is allowed under certain conditions.
  • Britannica's mobile applications may change prices without providing refunds for price drops.
  • Privacy Policy details how your data is used and processed.
  • Ideas submitted to Britannica become their property without compensation to you.
  • Limitation of liability clause restricts Britannica's financial responsibility in legal disputes.
  • Class action waiver limits your ability to participate in class or representative proceedings.
  • Disputes must be filed within one year from when they could first be filed.
  • Opt-out instructions are provided for pop-under ads.
  • Information on the service is not intended as professional advice.
  • Severability clause ensures the rest of the terms remain valid if one part is not.
  • Subscription services are personal and non-transferable.
  • Subscription fees are billed automatically and are non-refundable.
  • Subscription rates can increase at any time with notice.
  • You can terminate your subscription with potential for a refund under certain conditions.
  • Credit or charge card information must be kept current for subscription services.
  • Institutional subscriptions allow remote access only for authorized users.
  • Translation products have specific terms for use and prohibited uses.
  • Copyright and trademark notices protect Britannica's and others' intellectual property.

Things to watch out for

  • Britannica can change terms at any time and limit their liability through disclaimers.
  • UGC you post can be used by Britannica without compensation to you.
  • Subscription fees are automatically billed and non-refundable.
  • Class action waiver and dispute resolution terms may affect your legal rights.

AI recommendations

Before using Britannica's services, consider the implications of the terms on your rights, particularly regarding UGC and dispute resolution. If you're subscribing, be aware of the automatic renewal and billing, and understand the refund policy. Keep in mind that any ideas you submit to Britannica become their property. Always keep your account information up to date to avoid any issues with your subscription.


What happens to the user-generated content I post on Britannica's services?

When you post UGC, you grant Britannica a royalty-free, perpetual license to use it, and they can edit or delete it as they see fit.

Can I get a refund if I cancel my Britannica subscription?

Refunds for subscription cancellations are generally not provided, but there are exceptions for annual subscriptions cancelled within 30 days of activation or in certain jurisdictions.

Am I able to participate in a class action lawsuit against Britannica?

The terms include a class action waiver, which means you can only bring disputes against Britannica in an individual capacity, not as part of a class or representative proceeding.

(Last updated: 18th December, 2023)

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