The IB has a policy for use of its intellectual property in order to make clear what can and can't be done with IB logos, trademarks and copyright material.
Different groups that work with the IB in various ways need to be able to use IB material to do that work. The rules have been drawn up to reflect these needs.
If you have any related queries or comments, please contact email@example.com.
Rules and policy for use of IB intellectual property
Purpose and General Principles
The International Baccalaureate Organization (hereinafter the “IB Organization”) values its intellectual property and seeks to protect it in appropriate ways in accordance with the relationship it has with its various audiences and contractual parties.
This document summarizes the policy and rules (hereinafter the “Rules”) of the IB Organization regarding the permitted and prohibited uses of its intellectual property. Any use not expressly permitted by these Rules is prohibited unless special permission is obtained in writing from the IB Organization. All queries regarding the use of its intellectual property should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The intellectual property of the IB Organization
The IB Organization owns a large body of intellectual property, including:
- Trademarks and domain names The IB Organization has registered names and logos as well as domain names which are protected worldwide.
- Copyright materials The work product of the IB Organization is notably made up of all its publications, including in particular those relating to its academic programmes (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme) and its methodology, instructions, and guidelines.
Copyright materials (hereinafter “IB materials”) are given in more detail in schedule 1 annexed hereto. They include IB materials that are published to enable schools to offer IB academic programmes (hereinafter “programme documentation”) in the languages of the IB Organization.
The IB Organization publishes and makes available materials in various forms and media, through its IB store and its websites.
In various forms, combinations and logos, the names “International Baccalaureate”, “IB” and “IB World School” are registered as trademarks worldwide by the IB Organization. Their use is restricted and special permission is required before any use may be made of them.
The IB Organization owns and uses other images and words in a trademark sense and expects others to respect these marks. Some of these are for the exclusive use of the IB Organization while others may be used only in ways that avoid confusion in the minds of the public. In particular, it is important to avoid falsely implying a relationship with the IB Organization by using any of the marks listed. View the list of trademarks.
The right to use the term “IB World School” and the related logo is granted exclusively to IB World Schools (which are schools – or parts of schools – that have been authorized to offer one or more IB programmes). The term and logo indicate a school’s special working relationship with the IB Organization and the individual, authorized entities alone may use them without further permission, provided that the following requirements are observed:
- The terms ‘world school’, ‘IB’, or ‘International Baccalaureate’, or any combination of them, are not incorporated in the school name and the logo is not used in close proximity to the school’s own identity nor incorporated in the school’s own logo, coat of arms or crest.
- The term and logo are used only in connection with the IB programme that the school is authorized to offer, on the school’s stationery, publications, website and non-commercial promotional material.
- Use within the school community is restricted to the school itself via its IB coordinators and administrators and is not extended to parent or student groups.
- Use of the logo complies with “The IB World School brand identity guidelines” available from the digital toolkit and only the high quality originals downloaded may be used. No changes or additions may be made to the design.
The logo “Association of IB World Schools” indicates that the IB Organization has formally recognized an association established by a group of IB World Schools for their cooperation and mutual support and is issued under licence. These associations may use the logo “Association of IB World Schools” to indicate that they have been formally recognized by the IB Organization. They may use it on official stationery, publications and website in relation to non-commercial activities that are covered by the individual licence agreement that an Association has signed with the IB Organization.
In addition, the IB Organization has developed a logo for use by other entities under licence. The logo “In cooperation with the IB” indicates a close working relationship of an entity with the IB Organization in a specific context or for a limited period.
A. IB World Schools and IB candidate schools
1. Permitted acts
IB World Schools and IB candidate schools (hereinafter ”IB schools”) may:
a) access, download and use IB materials that have been posted on websites of the IB Organization according to the terms and conditions of the sites
b) make copies of programme documentation and material of general IB information (see Schedule 1) for educational or information purposes within their school community, especially where necessary for examinations (for example, examination notices, case studies) and for learning (for example, curriculum and assessment information from guides for an IB subject)
c) make copies from a purchased CD-Rom of the published past examination papers and markschemes for teaching purposes in their own school in accordance with the terms of the user licence. This permission does not extend to any third party copyright material (that is, material for which the IB Organization does not hold the copyright), which is contained in an examination paper
d) use the graphic of the relevant programme model, unchanged and acknowledged, for the programme a school is authorized to offer, in black and white or in colour
2. Guidelines for permitted acts
a) Programme documentation produced by the IB Organization, or extracts from them, however copied, must be identified as copyright of the IB Organization and the title and date of publication of the document must be shown.
b) IB teachers with authorized access to the online curriculum centre (OCC) may download to a computer and save any IB files that are published there as programme documentation. They, or a designated department of the school on their behalf, may then print a copy (or copies) in part or whole. They may also extract sections from that file, for using independently or inserting into another work for information or teaching purposes within the school community.
c) A web master acting for an authorized school, or a teacher or the IB coordinator, may post whole files or extracts of programme documentation from the OCC onto a school’s website provided that access is restricted, by password protection or other similar access control technique, to relevant parts of the school community. This may be done for teaching purposes or for providing information for the school community about IB courses offered by the school.
3. Prohibited acts
It is not possible to provide an exhaustive catalogue of prohibited acts; the principle being that any act not included in the list of “permitted acts” is prohibited. Enquiries and requests to carry out other than “permitted acts” should be made to email@example.com.
However, in order to help IB schools correctly manage their use of IB materials, the following catalogue gives important examples of acts that are prohibited.
a) Reproducing IB online materials in ways other than permitted by the Online terms and conditions for that website.
b) Reproducing IB materials that are not published on one of the IB Organization’s websites.
c) In addition to the above, using any IB material in a new work other than one intended to teach, inform or promote an IB programme within the school community.
d) Modifying any IB material.
e) Translating and publishing any IB material (see Schedule 2).
f) Reproducing or copying any IB material in quantities that are greater than necessary to perform permitted acts.
g) Posting IB materials on an open-access website.
h) Copying examination papers sent to the school to examine candidates in a specific examination session (hereinafter “live” papers).i) Making commercial use of any IB material.
All examiners are required, in the course of their work for the IB Organization and under the General Terms of Contract between them and the IB Organization, to use numerous IB documents. They may not copy or use them for purposes other than those specified in their contract whether they receive them as print documents or as online documents, via any secure online environment of the IB Organization, including but not limited to Examnet or IBIS.
Examiners have access to Examnet via an authorized username and password, issued by the IB Organization on their appointment. They may download IB documents to a computer and print on a local printer. Under no circumstances may they copy or distribute them to others in any form or use them for any commercial purpose.
This extends to the use of material available to the IB under licence, in particular that which has been submitted by candidates for assessment purposes, which may not be used for commercial purposes or for any professional development activities without written permission from the IB Organization.
C. Workshop leaders
The IB Organization approves workshop leaders to lead workshops that it authorizes, and to conduct them according to the instructions it provides. For this purpose only, the IB Organization makes its material available to them, on its online workshop resource centre.
Workshop leaders are thus granted online access to IB material for the relevant subject, for the selection and online creation of a workshop participant workbook for distributing in print to participants at a specific workshop only.
They may not copy or use, without permission, any other IB material in this workshop. Neither may they sell or use any IB material for a commercial or other purpose without written permission from the IB Organization via firstname.lastname@example.org.
D. Associations of IB World Schools
The IB Organization formally recognizes some associations of IB World Schools and by means of a licence grants them the same permissions and makes the same prohibitions to use IB material as for IB schools under Section II A of these Rules, with two important exceptions.
An Association is not permitted to post IB material on its website nor to copy IB material for students or anyone other than its own members. In addition, in particular, no Association may make any commercial use of IB material.
E. Universities and governments
Staff in universities, university admissions centres and governments may request authorized user status for the password-protected pages on the public website (www.ibo.org). These have been created so that staff can verify the academic standard of IB academic programmes, and especially of the IB Diploma Programme, either in general or in a particular subject. This may be in the context of improving or maintaining recognition of the relevant IB programme within their jurisdiction or in their university(ies) or in order to make decisions about what credit to give a student for a result in an IB subject.
For these purposes, users may download from those pages and print materials, such as guides, past examination papers and markschemes, in sufficient number to enable their institution or their government to come to an informed decision about the IB or its programmes.
They may not sell or use these materials for any commercial purpose. Neither may they refer to them in their own reports or documentation without acknowledgment of the IB Organization as the source. They must destroy any material, including in electronic form, when no longer needed to fulfil their tasks.
F. Agencies, consultancies, publishers, and external authors
Any agency, consultancy, publisher or external author who wants to use the IB Organization’s intellectual property in any manner must seek prior written permission directly from the IB Organization via email@example.com. and may refer to guidance for third party publishers and providers for more information. In particular, they may never reproduce or adapt any IB Organization trademark or copyright material without permission. In granting any permission to use its intellectual property, the IB Organization may charge a fee.
Any products, materials, courses, etc, developed without a special agreement with the IB Organization and intended for use by IB schools or their students must make that position clear by means of a disclaimer in a suitably prominent place, This must state clearly that the product has been developed independently of the International Baccalaureate, which in no way endorses it.
This is a list of document types—not exhaustive—that the IB Organization publishes for different purposes. It is revised from time to time as new document types are added.
Forming part of the IB Organization’s intellectual property, all these documents must be respected and treated in the ways described in the attached policy.
A. Programme documentation
This list consists of documents that, one way or another, enable schools to offer the IB academic programmes. Titles in each of these series for the IB Primary Years Programme, the IB Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme, are made available as relevant to IB schools. They are posted on the online curriculum centre (OCC) for teachers in IB schools to access and some are also available for purchase through the IB store.
1. Mainly administrative items
The IB Organization communicates with IB schools by means of the document types listed below. These are not available through the IB store.
- Application and authorization documentation
- Rules for IB World Schools and general programme regulations
- Programme standards and practices
- Programme evaluation documentation
- Programme models
- Curriculum review reports and questionnaires
- IB Middle Years Programme general moderation subject reports
- Coordinator notes
- Clarifications/amendments, notices, information sheets
- Examination regulations and timetables
- Assessment documents (for example IB Diploma Programme grade descriptors, theory of knowledge prescribed essay titles)
2. Mainly curriculum and assessment items
Most of the document types listed below are available through the IB store. A few are exclusive to the OCC.
- IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme subject guides (including language-specific syllabuses and prescribed booklists)
- IB Primary Years Programme curriculum documents (including Making the PYP happen)
- Any teacher support material
- Coordinator’s handbooks
- General guidance documents (for example Candidates with special assessment needs, Learning in a language other than mother tongue)
- IB Diploma Programme specimen papers/questions and markschemes
- Documents for student use for learning and assessment (for example information booklets, case studies)
- IB Diploma Programme subject/general reports following assessment
- OCC training materials (including A Musical Journey, PYP Exhibition, Visual Arts Training Module)
B. General IB information
- IB World
- Brochures such as What Can I Be?, Education for a Better World
- Flyers about each IB programme
C. IB materials only available via the IB store
These are not made available automatically or published online. They are available for purchase under the prescribed conditions and are subject to the normal copyright protection.
1. Printed materials
- Books, or series, to support aspects of the curriculum (such as the Group 4 Teacher Resource Material booklets)
- Books of lectures or commentaries on international education or about the IB Organization itself
2. Electronic materials
Please follow user guidelines on the product, for example.
- Examination papers and markschemes
- IB Questionbanks
The IB Organization produces programme documentation in English, French, Spanish and, for the MYP, Chinese. Also, under certain well-defined circumstances, it produces itself or agrees to or licenses the production of some documents in other languages.
The IB Organization recognizes that IB schools based in other language communities may, from time to time, and in the interests of good communication with parents or local authorities, or with their teachers and administrative staff, want to provide information from the IB in another language.
For these purposes, the IB Organization permits translation by IB schools of its materials under the following terms and conditions:
- they adhere to the conditions set out in Section IIA of the attached Rules and Policy for Use of the Intellectual Property of the IB Organization
- wherever possible, they cooperate with other schools in the same language community in the translation of documents
- wherever possible, they together develop a glossary of terms for use in these documents
- they insert a disclaimer with each translated text to the effect that it is not an official IB translation
- they choose a layout and design for the document that is clearly different from the IB’s own
- they do not distribute the document beyond the communities of their own or of cooperating schools
- they neither publish nor take any commercial advantage from the translation of any IB document
- they notify the IB Organization of their activity for information purposes via firstname.lastname@example.org
- they request prior permission from the IB Organization via email@example.com should they want to translate documents for any other purpose.
Anyone else who wants to translate IB materials for any purpose should send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.