Terms and Conditions

This website and its affiliated subdomains are operated by MAP Academy with the aim of making art history and art education accessible to a broad, diverse audience. Its users are bound by the terms and conditions listed below and their consent to these terms is constituted in their use of the website. The terms and conditions are also subject to any changes that MAP Academy deems necessary and fit. In this policy statement, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to MAP Academy and ‘you’ refers to users of the website.

Using the Website

(1) All of our content is thoroughly researched and MAP Academy takes appropriate measures to fact check and verifies all information on the website. However, we do not take any responsibility for inaccuracies and consider all materials to be a work in progress. We shall not be liable for any loss or damage incurred as a result of using our material. However, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, clarifications or notice discrepancies in the content.

(2) We value the privacy of our users and take adequate measures to ensure that your data is collected, stored and used in an ethical and safe manner in accordance with our privacy policy. Please also read our policy on cookies that you may have to accept to access our website.

(3) We do not take responsibility for, sponsor or endorse any other website linked to our content. We will not be held liable for any losses incurred from the use of any such websites. We also recommend that our users read the privacy policy of linked websites as they might differ from ours.

(4) We expect users to keep their passwords confidential and disallow any other individual from accessing their account. You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organisations in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others. Your use of the website also constitutes your agreement to not participate in activities that may endanger the security of the website, comprising, modifying and damaging its contents.

(5) Any form of user-generated content including but not limited to feedback, comments or suggestions must be made in respectful and professional language. Content that is unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually-oriented, politically motivated, casteist, racially offensive, sexist, homophobic, biphobic, transphobic or otherwise objectionable to or inconsistent with the organisation’s values will be removed. The MAP Academy also reserves the right to use user-generated content to improve the content and information on this website and its subdomains. Please note that we do not promote, endorse or condone any opinions that you may find within our user-generated content.

(6) You are not allowed to use any comment section, interactive learning modules or content from the website including images to advertise your own products or services. Please read our copyrights and intellectual property section in detail for more information on how we allow learners to use our content

(7) The MAP Academy does not take any responsibility for integrated tools and other social sharing features it offers. Please read the terms and conditions of the respective site you may be visiting by accessing such features.

(8) The MAP Academy brand name or logo may not be used to suggest any endorsement or approval by the organisation. Your use of any of our content must be credited as © MAP Academy, Bengaluru. Please read our copyright terms carefully before using any text, video or image-based content from our website.

(9) The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold the organisation and its respective supervisors, trustees, officers, agents, and employees harmless from all claims, causes, allegations, costs, expenses, fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), judgments, liabilities, losses, and damages arising from or relating to your use of or operation of the Websites or any of its Materials.


Using the forum

We, at the MAP Academy, offer online courses on South Asian art with the aim of making art history accessible to a wider audience. As a part of these courses, we also host a number of forums where we encourage our learners to share their thoughts, experiences and interact with other learners to make our process more interactive. Here are some rules and guidelines for using the forum space to ensure that all our learners can express themselves freely and safely, continuing their engagement with South Asian art, history and culture. Failure to adhere to any of these rules may result in permanent suspension of your account. The MAP Academy team reserves the right to moderate, mediate and escalate any complaints raised on forum conduct. If you are engaging with our content on social media, platform rules of conduct as specified by the site will apply.

(1) Violence: We prohibit any form of graphic violent content, glorification of violence, instigation of violence against an individual or a group of people or the use of violent language as a form of self-expression. This includes conditional and unconditional statements declaring intent to harm, sexually assault or commit violent acts that could lead to injury. As a part of our zero-tolerance policy against hate and violence, accounts engaging in such behaviour may be permanently suspended.

(2) Bullying: We prohibit any form of abusive behaviour on our forum targeting individuals or a group of people. Any comments that are seen to be insensitive of gender, sexual orientation, race, caste, class, religion, disability, chronic illness, nationality or age will be flagged and taken off and will lead to suspension of the account. This policy also prohibits learners from propagating stereotypes about groups of people, especially if such stereotyping has historically led to the marginalisation of the group. We also restrict comments that are written with the intent to shame, abuse, dehumanise or degrade fellow users.

(3) Hate Speech and Hateful Conduct: As a part of this policy, we do not allow learners to use speech, symbols, slurs, images and other forms of content that may be deemed offensive towards an individual or group. You may not use such material in comments or in your user name. We strictly prohibit inciting hate or violence against vulnerable groups and individuals, promoting terrorism or other acts of extreme violence, or wishing harm upon groups or individuals.

(4) Self Harm and Suicide: We acknowledge that mental health is a public and social challenge that requires, the resources, time and patience of various stakeholders. With the aim of protecting our learners from potential harm that is inflicted on exposure to such content, we strictly prohibit the use of language, imagery, symbols and other visual, auditory or written material that encourages, condones or promotes suicide and self-harm. This includes self-inflicted bodily injuries, eating disorders, promoting strategies, methods or information that may assist such acts or declare intent to do so yourself.

(5) Children’s safety: The content on this website and in our courses may be of interest to individuals under the age of 18. We encourage parental guidance while accessing our material and interacting on forums. We have zero-tolerance for the physical, mental or sexual exploitation and abuse of children. Any content that is seen to promote or encourage such behaviour including videos, images, symbols, signs, emojis and other material will be immediately removed with the suspension of the account. This also includes sharing links to websites that promote such behaviour.

(6) Graphic content: You are also not permitted to share violent, graphic, sexual or gory content on our forums with the view of protecting fellow learners, particularly minors who may have access to the discussions.

(7) Advertisement and publicity: You are not permitted to use the forum for advertising products and services or publicising events. While we encourage our learners to explore further avenues and sources of information for South Asian art history, over publicity for any websites, organisations, products or services will not be allowed.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

The MAP Academy retains all rights and control over its content that it deems to be its intellectual property. With the aim of making art and cultural education accessible to all, we seek to encourage the use and circulation of our content free of cost and without permissions within reasonable limits.

You can use the MAP Academy’s content with appropriate citations for:

(1) School projects and other academic endeavours
(2) Teaching or instructing students within and outside of (5) educational institutions
(3) Social media pages (mention restrictions if any)
(4) Publications and e-publications

The following rules must be followed while using our content:

  • Video footage usage requires prior approval.
  • Please refrain from taking screenshots of our image-based – content and refer to the licensing procedures of the parent institution that we reference where applicable.
  • You may not use our content for any form of advertising, marketing and promotion.
  • Use of our images or text on commercial products is strictly prohibited.

Our content also includes media such as but not limited to videos, images and audio files that are licensed from a variety of institutions and individuals and cited appropriately. The use of such content will need the approval of their parent institutions. As a part of our online course, we circulate resource lists, bibliographies and documents containing detailed information of images used in videos or text-based lessons and encyclopedia entries. Such documents are also considered to be the intellectual property of MAP Academy. You may not sell them to a third party or profit from them monetarily in any way. They are meant to introduce our audiences to leading research and practises in the field and are strictly meant for private consumption and use.