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Social Thinking’s Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & More

GoldenCopyrightSocial Thinking® is a flexible systems based methodology created to help individuals with social emotional learning challenges become better social observers and social problem solvers. We encourage parents and professionals to read our core materials, use the teaching tools we offer, and as needed adapt or modify them to meet the needs of your students or clients – PROVIDED you’re using it only with your own students/clients in your own school/school district/clinic. Many well-intentioned individuals don’t realize that when our materials – or anything you create based on our materials – are posted online or circulated to the public (even for free) copyright and trademark issues come into play.

As more and more people are using Social Thinking, we’re concerned about so many individuals now doing things they shouldn’t: teaching our methodology incorrectly and passing that misinformation along to others, building their own business around Social Thinking without a license to do so, creating new materials about Social Thinking or Superflex or any parts of the methodology under their own name and posting them to YouTube or selling them on sites such as TeachersPayTeachers.com.

As a result, we created this section on our website to help you understand some of the main dos and don’ts of using our intellectual property (that includes everything we create and share, in print or orally/visually at our conferences).

We want to continue to be recognized as the creators and source of all our works as we expand and evolve the methodology. When you see a program or product created by us, we want it to mean something: quality materials you can rely on to help you talk about and teach Social Thinking. It’s also important to us that when you see our name or materials being used by others, you know they are teaching our work with fidelity, how we designed it to be taught.

Please help us protect the integrity of the work we’ve spent over two decades creating and be informed about how you can/can’t use our work.

Our sincerest thanks,

The Social Thinking Team

Must-Read Articles on Social Thinking’s Intellectual Property & Terms of Use

Guidelines for Using the Social Thinking® Name and Our Materials        

Social Thinking’s Terms of Use

Here’s a handy flowchart document that steps you through the basics of things like: using the Social Thinking name (Superflex, We Thinkers, etc.), using or adapting our materials in your classroom or clinic, giving presentations or doing training on any part of the Social Thinking Methodology, posting Social Thinking materials you’ve created on YouTube, Facebook, or TeachersPayTeachers, translating materials into other languages, and more!

     

Find our complete Terms of Use in this document! Expanded discussions and lots of examples on using our name and materials, modifying our materials for your use, creating new works based on Social Thinking and posting them online (YouTube, TeachersPayTeachers, Pinterest, etc.), giving presentations or trainings in-house and to the public, how to give attribution, and more!

 

Download PDFDownload our Guidelines document.

Last Updated: February 2017

     

Download PDFDownload our Terms of Use document.

Last Updated: March 2017

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

We get a LOT of questions from the community about using our name, our materials and copyright/trademark issues around doing so! Below you'll find common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), organized into 9 topics.

Use the FAQs as a quick guide, but PLEASE read the Terms of Use documents (see Must-Read Articles above), where we delve a lot deeper into the topics. The 9 areas that follow coincide with the sections in that Terms of Use document. So for instance, to learn more about the questions/answers in area #1 below, read Section 1 in the Terms of Use document.

1) Using the Social Thinking Name and our Other Trademarks

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1.1 What is a trademark and what does it mean?

A trademark is an indication of “source” and connects the mark (word or phrase, sometimes with a logo) back to its owner in the eyes of the public. A trademark is “registered” with the US Patent and Trademark Office and that gives the trademark owner exclusive rights to use the trademark. The registered trademark ® is the small “R” in a circle symbol symbol. When a trademark is in use but not registered, the small ™ symbol is used.

 1.2 What trademarks belong to Social Thinking?

Social Thinking®

Superflex®

The Unthinkables®

The Thinkables®

We Thinkers!™

Social Thinking GPS™ 

1.3 Does your trademark apply to both “Social Thinking” and “social thinking”?

Yes. The name trademark covers all formatting variations related to font, capitalization, font colors, etc. So our trademark covers “Social Thinking”, “social thinking”, “SOCIAL THINKING”, or any other variations, colors, etc. If you are using “social thinking” as a generic term, please substitute something else, such as social cognition, social smarts, social intelligence, etc. TSP can, of course, use “social thinking” anytime. 

1.4 Can I use the Social Thinking name or trademarks in my business?

Not unless you have a license from TSP to do so. Using our name suggests an affiliation, endorsement, or other contractual working relationship.

(See Section 1 in the Terms of Use document.) 

1.5 Can I use Social Thinking trademarks or the names of frameworks as part of the name of my program or service?

No, that is not permitted. Social Thinking Groups, We Thinkers Early Learning Program, Superflex Camp are all examples of non-permitted uses.

You can, however, mention in your program description that you use the Social Thinking Methodology or any of its teaching frameworks, such as Superflex, Social Behavior Mapping, ILAUGH, etc.

(See Section 1 in the Terms of Use document and question 1.9 below.

1.6 Can I use the Social Thinking name, trademarks, names of frameworks as part of the name of an article or book I’m writing?

Not without written permission. If you are under contract to write a book, create a game, etc. with us, you can use our name or trademarks in your work.

(See Section 1 in the Terms of Use document.)   

1.7 Can I use Social Thinking, Superflex, We Thinkers or other names of Social Thinking works as part of the name of a curriculum, training program, or workshop I’ve created?

No. Doing so suggests an affiliation with or endorsement of your work by TSP and is reserved only for people/projects under contract with or being produced by TSP.

(See Section 1 in the Terms of Use document.)

1.8 Can I create a new school/clinic/company that is primarily based on teaching Social Thinking (Superflex, We Thinkers, etc.) and use your name/trademark?

Not without a formal license from TSP.

(See Section 1 in the Terms of Use document.)

1.9 Can I say or advertise that our clinic or in-school program uses Social Thinking (Superflex, We Thinkers, etc.) as the primary teaching methodology upon which it is based?

This is permitted under certain circumstance and with some but not all entities.

(See Sections 1, 4, and 6 in the Terms of Use document.) 

1.10 Can I purchase a domain name (URL) that contains any of your trademarks in it?

No, that is not permitted unless you have a licensed program with TSP.

1.11 Can I use Social Thinking as part of the name of a professional title or position I hold?

No. Individuals cannot use our trademark in a way that suggests you have special recognition or training by TSP. For instance, “Social Thinking therapist”, “Social Thinking expert”, “Social Thinking trainer” or “Social Thinking consultant” are all non-permitted titles.

(See Section 1 in the Terms of Use document.) 

1.12 Can I use Social Thinking, Superflex, We Thinkers, or the name of any frameworks in the title of a conference or workshop presentation I’m doing?

In most cases no, unless you are under contract with TSP to give the presentation or host the conference.

(See Sections 1 and 4 in the Terms of Use document.)

2) Copyright: Using Social Thinking Concepts, Vocabulary and Materials

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2.1 What is copyright and how does it apply to me?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property law that protects original works created by a person. Copyright is in effect at the time the person puts an idea into a tangible form (words, drawings, music, etc.). For additional protection a person can register a work with the U.S. Copyright Office, but even if that’s not done, the work is still protected.

Copyright gives the owner 5 exclusive rights which include the right to:

1.      Reproduce the work in whole or part

2.      Distribute the work in whole or part

3.      Display the work in whole or part

4.      Perform the work in whole or part

5.      Create derivative works from the original work.

 

The copyright owner can also authorize or license others with any of these rights, via a written agreement. People who do anything with the copyrighted works of others without permission that falls in any of these five areas are in copyright infringement.

 

Copyright protects everything TSP creates and shares in print, content we share orally at our conferences, in webinars or e-learning modules, etc.

 

2.2 I work in an educational setting so I don’t have to worry about copyright, right?

Wrong. “Fair Use” allows individuals to use the copyrighted works of others for the purpose of commentary, parody (imitating the style of a writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect), or education. Special fair use rules exist for materials used for educational purposes. The rules are specific and conditional and generally apply only to in-classroom use with your own students.

(See Terminology and Section 2 in Terms of Use document.)

 

2.3 Can I copy and post Social Thinking materials, activities, lessons, characters, graphics, etc. on our school or clinic website?

It depends. If the website is accessible by the public, then no. If the website is closed and is login/password controlled to limit access, then maybe, depending on what it is you want to share.

(See Sections 2 and 5 in Terms of Use document.)

 

2.4 Can I copy and share thinksheets/handouts/activity plans/parent letters, etc. from Social Thinking books with my students’ parents or caregivers?

Generally yes. The quantity of materials you are permitted to share is limited and some conditions exist.

(See Section 2 in Terms of Use document.)

 

2.5 Can I reproduce graphics or characters from your books and use them in my own lessons and teaching materials I create?

Generally yes, provided you are only using Social Thinking materials in works you create to use with your own students. You are not permitted to use our graphics, characters, vocabulary, charts, etc. in materials shared with the public (posted online, distributed in print, etc.)

(See Sections 2, 3, 5 and 6 in Terms of Use document.)

 

2.6 Can I make copies of conference handouts and give them to others?

No. If you attended a Social Thinking conference and are sharing what you learned with others in your school, clinic, or organization, you can create your own handouts based on ours, but not copy and distribute ours.

(See Sections 2 and 4 in Terms of Use document.)

 

2.7 Can our school buy one copy of a Social Thinking book and then make copies of lessons and materials for other teachers?

No. Reproducing materials (making copies on a copier, scanning pages into a digital format, having copies made at a business such as Kinko’s or Staples) is one of the exclusive rights belonging to the copyright holder. More than one person can share a book purchased by the school, but the book or parts of it can’t be copied in lieu of buying additional copies of the book for other staff.

 

2.8 Can I make copies of the files on a Social Thinking book’s CD/USB and give them to others?

No. Please refer to question 2.7 above.

(See Section 2 in Terms of Use document.)

 

2.9 Can I use front cover images of Social Thinking books/products in my blog, article, or presentation?

Yes, when talking about a specific product for commentary purposes, writing a book review, or when the goal is to introduce the work to a larger audience.

(See Sections 2 and 4 in Terms of Use document.)

 

2.10 Can I copy, enlarge and post images from Social Thinking materials in my classroom or clinic or in our school’s common areas?

Generally this is permitted when the use is only in/for your own school or clinic. Doing this to distribute materials to the general public is not permitted. Note: if you plan to have materials reproduced or enlarged by Kinko’s or a commercial printer, they will typically want a written letter of permission from us.

(See Section 2 in Terms of Use document.)

 

2.11 Can I record and post video clips from Social Thinking conferences on Facebook, YouTube, on my website, etc.?

No, this is a copyright violation. If TSP comes across these, we will file a take-down notice and/or contact the website holder or the person posting these.

3) Creating Your Own New Works Based on Social Thinking Concepts, Characters, or Materials (Adaptations & Derivative Works)

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3.1 What is a “derivative work”?

Creating a derivative work is one of the 5 exclusive rights that belong to the copyright holder. A derivative work means any item (oral, written, audio/visual, digital, etc.) that is mostly or significantly built upon, is an adaptation of, stems from/grows out of, or results from something we’ve created that is part of the Social Thinking Methodology. Even if you put your own spin on our work, add in your own ideas, or modify something we’ve created in some unique way, if it starts with Social Thinking, it’s a derivative work.

(See question 2.1 above, Terminology and Section 3 in Terms of Use document.)

 

3.2 Can I adapt a Social Thinking lesson, poster, curriculum unit and use it in my classroom or clinic?

Yes! On the copyright page of our books and products, we extend the right to others to adapt or modify our materials as needed to meet the learning needs of your students or clients, provided your creation is staying in-classroom, in-clinic, or in-house. You cross the line into copyright infringement when you share those materials in any way with others or the general public.

(See Sections 2, 3 and 6 in Terms of Use document.)

 

3.3 Can I create my own product based on a part of the Social Thinking Methodology and share it with the public?

In most cases, no. If your product is a derivative, it can only be shared with your own students or clients, but not the general public. For instance, you create a new lesson and handouts on the Superflex character WasFunnyOnce. That’s great and you can use it in your classroom or clinic. You are not permitted to post it online, to Facebook, TeachersPayTeachers.com, or Pinterest. That would be copyright infringement.

 

If you are simply using one or two terms from the Social Thinking Vocabulary or making a short reference to Social Thinking and everything else in your work is originally yours, this is permitted providing proper attribution is given to authors and TSP.

(See question 3.7 below and Sections 1, 2, 3 and 6 in Terms of Use document.)

 

3.4 Can I write an article or book based on my adaptation of Social Thinking and have it published?

Not without our permission, since you are using/adapting our copyrighted materials. If you have a cool idea, consider submitting it to us for publication!

(See question 3.8 below and Sections 1, 2 and 3 in Terms of Use document.)

 

3.5 Can I create a school play about Superflex and the Unthinkables?

Generally yes, although sending us an outline and obtaining permission is needed since there are some conditions surrounding you doing this.

 

3.6 Can I create dolls, puppets, Halloween costumes, etc. based on characters created by Social Thinking?

Generally no, not without a license from TSP to do so if these will be shared with the public (free or sold). If you are creating something like finger puppets of the Thinkables or you’re sewing a stuffed Social Detective toy yourself for use in your own class or clinic setting, that’s OK for direct use. We’d love to see photos of your project!

 

3.7 Can I create a new teaching curriculum that uses Social Thinking materials as part of it?

If the new curriculum is used 100% only with your own students or clients, that’s OK. That said, you are not permitted to use our name or any of our other trademarks as the name of your curriculum. If your intention is to also share it with others (free, sold, published, etc.), do workshops about it, etc. that’s not permitted unless TSP becomes the publisher.

(See Sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 in Terms of Use document.)

 

3.8 Our nonprofit group has created an after-school program built on the Superflex curriculum and we use Superflex concepts and materials in teaching the program. Is this OK?

No; this is trademark and copyright infringement. You’ve created a derivative product, you are distributing that product to the general public, and you are using our trademark, all without licensing or permission.

(See other questions in this section and Sections 1-2, and Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Terms of Use document.)

 

3.9 Can I create a new work based on Social Thinking/Superflex/We Thinkers, etc. and submit it to Social Thinking for publication?

Yes! We accept submissions at any time of the year. Please email us to obtain a copy of TSP’s Submission Guidelines. This document outlines the who, what, where, when, and how information we’d like to see in your Product Proposal. Please do not simply email us a cover letter and your product.

4) Giving Presentations or Trainings on Any Part of Social Thinking

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4.1 Can I give face-to-face presentations or trainings on Social Thinking/Superflex/We Thinkers, etc. to the general public?

Yes, if the purpose of the presentation is only to introduce Social Thinking or its teaching frameworks in your community (25 mile radius), not teach or train specifically on how to use the concepts, frameworks or materials. The presentation needs to be 90 minutes or less and you are not permitted to charge a speaker fee. Other restrictions apply.

Otherwise, no. Direct training to the public is not permitted. Only members of the Social Thinking Training and Speakers Collaborative are permitted to give training sessions to the general public on using or implementing the methodology. These people are licensed and approved to teach Social Thinking and are personally mentored by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke on an on-going basis so they can impart the most current thought on teaching the methodology with fidelity.

(See Section 4 in Terms of Use document for complete information.)

 

4.2 Can I give face-to-face presentations on Social Thinking/Superflex/We Thinkers, etc. within my school, clinic, or company?

Yes, if you’re sharing a short summary (90 minutes or less) of what you’ve learned while attending a Social Thinking conference with other staff in your organization/school and the presentation is not meant to replicate or be a substitute for attending the conference itself. Handouts from the conference cannot be copied and shared with others. Other restrictions apply.

(See Section 4 in Terms of Use document for complete information.)

 

4.3 My school/organization expects me to implement Superflex school-wide as part of my employment with the school. Is that type of staff training OK?

Yes, but some conditions apply. Some schools or organizations use a “train the trainer” model where one person is highly trained on Social Thinking with the expectation that the person will help other staff implement Social Thinking in their classrooms. TSP’s expectation is that the trainer is provided with the means to first become thoroughly educated on Social Thinking before assuming the responsibility of program implementation and training others. Ideally, as part of initial school training, the trainer and staff receive at least one training by a member of the Social Thinking Training and Speakers Collaborative to make sure everyone starts off with correct knowledge on using and implementing Superflex.

(See Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Terms of Use document for additional information.)

 

4.4 Can I train others in my school, clinic or business on how to use Social Thinking concepts, materials, and frameworks with their students?

Yes, provided certain conditions are met. The training can only be within your organization; the trainer is not permitted to train outside the organization, to consult on Social Thinking outside the organization, etc. See additional questions that follow.

Note: this permission is not an approval or endorsement of the training and TSP is not responsible for the quality of the training being offered.

(See Section 4 in Terms of Use document for complete information.)

 

4.5 Can I create an audio, visual, or multimedia presentation or training on Social Thinking and share it with other staff or the public?

No; that is copyright infringement as you’re creating a derivative work. Only TSP can create audio/visual presentations. Allowable presentations and trainings are face-to-face only. Coming in Fall 2017: e-learning modules on Social Thinking topics created and offered by TSP.

(See Section 4 in Terms of Use document for complete information.)

 

4.6 Can I give a webinar or create an e-learning workshop on Social Thinking, Superflex, ILAUGH, etc.?

No; that is copyright infringement as you’re creating a derivative work. Only TSP can create audio/visual presentations. Allowable presentations and trainings are face-to-face only. Coming in Fall 2017: e-learning modules on Social Thinking topics created and offered by TSP.

(See Section 4 in Terms of Use document for complete information.)

 

4.7 I’m a private educational consultant to schools and businesses in my area. Can I train their teachers/staff on Social Thinking?

No; that type of training can only be provided by people who are licensed as trainers by TSP. Coming in Fall 2017: e-learning modules on Social Thinking topics created and offered by TSP.

(See Question 4.1 above and Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Terms of Use document for complete information.)

 

4.8 We are a training and services company for people with ASD and other disabilities. Can we create and offer training programs on Social Thinking, Superflex, etc.?

No; that type of training can only be provided by people who are licensed as trainers by TSP. Coming in Fall 2017: e-learning modules on Social Thinking topics created and offered by TSP.

(See Question 4.1 above and Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Terms of Use document for complete information.)

 

4.9 We are a nonprofit and provide different fee-paid services to schools. Can we offer to train school staff on Social Thinking/Superflex/We Thinkers, etc.?

No; consultants or businesses (profit or nonprofit) who provide services to schools, clinics, or other organizations are not permitted to provide training on the Social Thinking Methodology (in whole or part) as part of a contract for services. Individuals who provide training services must be licensed as trainers by TSP.

Please refer requests from schools to members of the Social Thinking Training and Speakers Collaborative, individuals who are licensed by TSP to provide these training services.

(See Question 4.1 and 4.6 above and Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Terms of Use document for complete information.)

 

4.10 I’m a public school professional hired to train our in-house staff. Can I offer trainings outside my school or consult with local/state/national agencies on Social Thinking?

No. You can train your own staff within your own organization but you are not permitted to train on the Social Thinking Methodology, its frameworks or materials, outside your organization or otherwise consult with groups or organizations on the Social Thinking Methodology and its implementation. Other restrictions apply.

(See Question 4.6 above and Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Terms of Use document for complete information.)

5) Translating or Converting Social Thinking Materials into Other Formats

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5.1 Can I translate Social Thinking materials to use them in my classroom or clinic?

Yes and no. You can translate certain materials if they are to be used directly with your students (activity sheets, thinksheets, storybooks, etc.) provided you first obtain a license from TSP to do so. There is no charge for the license. You are not permitted to translate entire books, entire lessons, etc.

(See Section 5 in Terms of Use document.)

 

5.2 Can I share materials I’ve translated outside my classroom or clinic (in print or digital form)?

No, that is public distribution and that right belongs exclusively to TSP. This applies even when the materials are being shared at no cost with others.

(See Section 5 in Terms of Use document.)

 

5.3 Can I translate and print Social Thinking materials and sell them on your behalf in our country?

No. We reserve that right for established educational publishers in a country who want to acquire the rights to translate, publish, and sell our books. If you have any connections to publishers in your country, please let us know!

(See Section 5 in Terms of Use document.)

 

5.4 Can I convert print materials on Social Thinking into digital/audio formats and share them with others?

This is not permitted unless it is to meet ADA requirements for a specific student and converting our materials is a written part of the child’s IEP or Section 504 plan.

(See Section 5 in Terms of Use document.)

 

5.5 Can I convert Social Thinking print materials to digital to use them in a virtual teaching program?

No, that is not permitted.

(See Section 5 in Terms of Use document.)

 

5.6 Can I convert Social Thinking print materials or PDF files to whiteboard file formats and use them in my classroom?

Yes, if the materials are 100% used only in your own classroom or clinic and you are converting a small section of materials to work on them directly with students (e.g., less than 5 pages of thinksheets from a book). Sharing these converted materials with others, posting them to your website, etc. is not permitted.

(See Section 5 in Terms of Use document.)

 

5.7 Can I convert thinksheets into braille to use them with my student who is blind?

Yes, if this is to meet an ADA requirement for the student that is part of his/her IEP or Section 504 plan. The permission extends to the hands-on materials used directly with your student and does not include teaching content/materials written for the adult, an entire lesson, the whole book, etc.

(See Section 5 in Terms of Use document.)

 

5.8 Can I convert a We Thinkers storybook into a read aloud version to use with a student who is blind?

Yes, if this is to meet an ADA requirement for the student that is part of his/her IEP or Section 504 plan. However, the read aloud version can’t be shared with the public, posted to YouTube, Facebook or any other online site, shared via email, posted to your school’s website, etc.

(See Section 5 in Terms of Use document.)

6) Attribution, Citations and References When Referring to Social Thinking

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6.1 What is attribution?

In a nutshell, attribution is giving credit to the owner/creator of materials you’re talking about, using, showing, etc. This can be done in various ways: an in-text citation that’s coupled with a reference in the bibliography, a footnote on the same page the work is mentioned or talked about, or attribution can occur as part of the text describing the work.

 

6.2 When do I need to give attribution to authors or Social Thinking?

Whenever you are talking about, citing the title of, or using materials that are created by Michelle Garcia Winner or other authors whose works we publish. Attribution should be given alongside your first mention of the work so it is clear what materials were created by someone other than you. Additional attribution may be needed if you talk about a different part of the work later in your document.

(See Section 6 in Terms of Use document.)

 

6.3 What does proper attribution need to include?

At minimum, it should include the author’s name and date the work was published if you are including an in-text citation. In a footnote or a bibliography or reference list, include the title of the work, author’s name, date of publication, publisher, and website URL if material was referenced online.

(See Section 6 in Terms of Use document for samples.)

 

6.4 How do I give proper attribution in a video I plan to post on YouTube, Facebook, my website, etc.?

First, be sure the video you’re posting doesn’t violate our copyright or trademarks. Most works on Social Thinking created by people outside the company are derivative products and are not allowed on YouTube or other public sites.

If the video does pass the “copyright test” proper attribution needs to be included in the beginning of the video (not the end) AND be included in the written description of the video on YouTube or another online site.

(See Questions 3.1-3.3, 6.1-6.3 above, and Sections 1, 2, 3 and 6 in Terms of Use document.)

 

6.5 How do I reference a Social Thinking book or product?

Most academic writing follows the APA (American Psychological Association) style. You can find helpful information on how to include citations and references at the APA website: www.apastyle.org. If you are writing according to the Chicago Manual of Style, find their style guide for citations and references at www.chicagomanualofstyle.org. 

7) Posting Social Thinking Materials, Adaptations or Derivatives to YouTube, TeachersPayTeachers, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

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7.1 What is copyright and how does it apply to me?

Please see Question 2.1 above.

Copyright gives the owner 5 exclusive rights which include the right to:

1.      Reproduce the work in whole or part

2.      Distribute the work in whole or part

3.      Display the work in whole or part

4.      Perform the work in whole or part

5.      Create derivative works from the original work

 

If what you’re doing (creating a new lesson based on Social Thinking, writing/performing a song about Superflex, having your kids perform a skit about the Unthinkables, etc.) falls in any of these five areas, unless you have prior written permission from TSP to share your work with the public, you are in copyright infringement.

 

Our copyrights protect everything TSP creates and shares in print, content we share orally at our conferences, in webinars or e-learning modules, etc.

 

7.2 Can I post materials I’ve created on Social Thinking/Superflex/We Thinkers, etc. and sell them on TeachersPayTeachers.com?

No; that’s copyright infringement. The work you create that is based on or is an adaptation of something that already exists within the Social Thinking Methodology (for instance, that uses our Superflex, Unthinkable or Thinkable characters, our Social Thinking Vocabulary, our teaching frameworks, etc.), is a “derivative work” even if it includes your own ideas. Creating a derivative and distributing it is an exclusive right belonging to TSP.

If you create a brand new approach that is based on Social Thinking, it’s still a derivative, since it’s based on Social Thinking! The same terms and conditions apply.

(See Questions 3.1-3.3, 7.2 and Terminology, Sections 1, 2, and 3 in Terms of Use document.)

 

7.3 Can I post materials I’ve created based on Social Thinking/Superflex/We Thinkers, etc. and post them free on YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.?

No; that’s still copyright infringement. Creating a derivative and distributing it, even for free, are exclusive rights belonging to TSP.

            (See Questions 3.1-3.3, 7.1-7.2 and Sections 1, 2, and 3 in Terms of Use document.)

 

7.4 Can I do a “read aloud” video of a Social Thinking storybook and post it on YouTube or online?

No. That is performing our work, which is a copyright violation if you’re doing so without written permission or a license from TSP. It’s OK to do this in your own classroom or clinic work, but it’s not OK to share this in public forums of any type.

(See other questions in this section, Questions 3.1-3.3 and Sections 1,2, and 3 in Terms of Use document.)

 

7.5 Can I create my own original songs about Superflex, the Unthinkables or Thinkables, or any other concepts or character(s) owned by Social Thinking and post it to YouTube or anywhere else online?

No. It’s OK to share your work in your classroom or clinic session, but you cross the line into copyright infringement when you post it to the Internet or share it in any public forum. Your song is a derivative work and you are performing that work for the public.

(See Questions 3.1-3.3, 7.1 and 7.4 above and Sections 1,2, and 3 in Terms of Use document.)

 

7.6 Can I post video skits of my students demonstrating/using Social Thinking concepts or materials online or on YouTube?

Generally no, and when it is allowed, proper attribution needs to be included in the video AND in the YouTube video description. The main issue here is teaching fidelity and whether you/your students are demonstrating Social Thinking or any other of our teaching frameworks correctly.

(See Question 6.4 above and Sections 1, 2, 3, and 6 in Terms of Use document.)

 

7.7 Can I make videos showing adults as Superflex, Unthinkables or Thinkables and post online or on YouTube?

No; that’s copyright infringement. More importantly, it’s misrepresenting how the Superflex curriculum is meant to be taught. Superflex and the Unthinkables represent the internal strengths and challenges our kids face and these characters are meant to help kids learn to use strategies to help them work through their challenges. The focus is on the kids, and helping kids think about their thoughts and actions and learn to self-regulate their behaviors based on the situation. When adults “become” the characters they are sending an entirely different message to students, one that is not aligned with how the framework is meant to be taught.

 

7.8 Why can’t I post things I’ve created – I’m only trying to share ideas with others!

We understand your heart may be in the right place, but here’s where teaching fidelity is the real issue. Are you teaching our concepts correctly? Do you have a solid understanding of how Social Thinking was designed to be taught? Does your work concentrate on teaching about thinking or are you focused on behavior and behavior change (if so, that’s not Social Thinking!)?

Remember: what you’ve created is a derivative work and in and of itself, if you’re sharing that with the public, that’s copyright infringement. Beyond that, it’s simply impossible for us to review or evaluate everything that other people are doing with our work to check for accuracy and teaching fidelity. Because so many people are now posting their own creations on the Internet, and honestly, so much of what we see is not teaching our work correctly, we’ve had to draw a line in the sand and have all these derivative materials removed.

(See Terminology, Sections 1, 2, 3, and 6 in Terms of Use document.)

 

7.9 Is there any way I can share the Social Thinking works I’ve created with others?

Yes! Here are two ways.

1.      If you've created a cool way of using our materials, consider presenting it at our Annual Global Social Thinking Providers Conference, held each June in the San Francisco Bay area. This is a terrific opportunity to present your work to your peers, and to us at Social Thinking.

2.      If your ideas are in a book, booklet, game, or other composed "product" format, submit it to us for publication! Email us for our Submission Guidelines to get started.

8) Using Materials from The Zones of Regulation, Whole Body Listening, or Other Books We Publish

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8.1 Do all of the FAQs and the terms and conditions apply to other books published by TSP?

In general, yes, and for sure if the copyright holder is TSP. Check a book’s copyright page to learn who holds copyright on a specific work. In many cases TSP also handles some copyright/trademark issues on behalf of the authors whose works we publish.

 

8.2 Can I create my own materials, songs, etc. based on Zones of Regulation and post them to YouTube or TeachersPayTeachers.com?

No; that is violating the copyright held by TSP and probably violates the trademark rights held by the author.

(See Questions in Section 7 above.)

 

8.3 Can I read the Whole Body Listening Larry at School (or at Home) book on YouTube?

No; that is copyright infringement.

(See Question 7.4 above.)

 

8.4 Can I make a video of my kids using Whole Body Listening and post it on YouTube or Facebook?

No; that is copyright infringement.

(See Question 7.6 above.)

 

8.5 Do I need permission to use Zones graphics in my own lessons or worksheets?

No, if the materials you’ve created are being used only with your own students in your classroom or clinic. If you intend to share these with others, post to the Internet, or share with the public in any other way, you’ve crossed the line into copyright infringement.

(See Questions in Sections 1, 2, 3 and 7 above.)

9) Obtaining Permission & Licenses

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9.1 What happens if I’ve done something I shouldn’t or violated your trademarks or copyrights unintentionally?

If we find your work on YouTube or TeachersPayTeachers, we’ll file take down notices for your materials to be removed.

If we find the source of the trademark or copyright infringement to be on your website or through a direct service you offer, we’ll send a friendly email to let you know you’re doing something you shouldn’t and tell you how to correct it. We’re reasonable and understand that most people are acting in good faith. We’ll give you a few weeks to correct that situation (if possible) or remove the work. We do check to make sure you take the correct action!

 

9.2 Can you help me fix my work so I can put it back up on YouTube or TeachersPayTeachers?

In most situations if you are not teaching Social Thinking with fidelity, we’re sorry but we just don’t have staff and time to do this on a case-by-case basis. We encourage you to attend a conference, read articles on our website, or take advantage of free webinars we sponsor to learn more about how to teach our work correctly.

If the infringement is minor, of course we will explain how to fix things so you can still use the work you’ve created.

 

9.3 How do I get a license to translate materials for use with my own students?

It’s easy! Send an email to info@socialthinking.com with your request. Please put “Translation Request” in the subject line of your email. One of our staff will get back to you, send you a simple form to fill out and we’ll take it from there.

 

9.4 Who do I contact with questions about using Social Thinking materials and/or permissions?

First, please read the two documents we have available before contacting us. The majority of questions can be answered by reading them.

Otherwise, send and email to  info@socialthinking.com with “IP Question” in the subject line. We prefer to receive your questions in writing to document your request and our response, rather than discussing these matters with you via telephone.