Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

License of your turtles

All turtles you submit to Turtletoy belong to you. You decide which license applies to every turtle you create. We recommend that you paste your preferred license on top of your code. If you don't place a license on a turtle, it will be protected by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) License by default.

However, we do require you to grant certain rights to Turtletoy and other users of Turtletoy, as described below.

  • When you post a turtle to Turtletoy, you grant to Turtletoy a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to use that turtle (including to reproduce, distribute, modify, display and perform it) for the purpose of operating, promoting, and improving Turtletoy.
  • When you post a turtle to Turtletoy, you agree to allow others to view and fork the turtle.
  • When you post a turtle to Turtletoy, you also grant other websites to embed your Public and Unlisted turtles via our embed tools.

Public Information

Turtletoy is a public platform. As such, all the turtles you share as Public or Unlisted become visible to everybody. In particular,

  • A turtle shared as Unlisted won't show up in the Browse section of the site, but is visible to anyone who has a direct link to your published turtle.
  • A turtle shared as Public is visible to anyone under the same circumstances as Unlisted, but is also accessible and searchable in the Turtletoy Browse window.
  • Turtles kept as Draft are not shared with anybody.

Turtletoy is also a public community. When you publish a turtle or post a comment, your username and your comments are visible to anyone who visits Turtletoy.

Your profile, including your avatar picture, and bio section are also visible to anyone who visits Turtletoy. You can edit your profile information and picture at any time.

Turtletoy allows third parties to access Public Information via the Turtletoy JSON API.

Private Information

Turtletoy respects the privacy of its users and will not use data in its databases to advertise to, or contact them for any other means of profit.

Turtletoy collects email addresses to create unique users. When you register to the Turtletoy website, you have to provide an email address as well as an available username and password to guarantee access to the user account. Turtletoy also uses your email address to send you a notification when somebody comments on (one of) your turtle(s). You can always opt out those emails in your profile settings.

All private information, including your email address and drafts, is never shared with or sold to any organization or service.

Account Deletion

You can delete your Turtletoy account from your account settings. When you delete your account, all data of your account, including all your turtles and comments, is deleted. Deletion is permanent and irreversible. If you want to save anything from your account, you can export it before deleting your account.

Cookies and Analytics

Cookies are required to use Turtletoy, they are used to identify users and keep their session open while they work on the website. Without cookies Turtletoy won't operate.

Turtletoy uses Google Analytics cookies to track anonymous usage statistics and does not collect any personal information that can be used to identify you. You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking with Google's opt out tool.

Terms of Service

Turtletoy is not responsible for the content you create. You are responsible for that content. Turtletoy reserves the right to suspend or delete any user account and to block any turtles or assets without further notice. We encourage freedom of speech and diversity of opinions and believes, but we do not tolerate content that threatens people or communities.

The visitor of Turtletoy acknowledges that javascript in your browser is a powerful technology and you will assume all the risk when browsing, running or editing the turtles.

Turtletoy takes no responsibility for possible hardware/software/OS damage or visitors getting hacked due to malevolent content stored in its database. However, the maintainers of Turtletoy will give their best to minimize such a risk and delete suspicious, malicious or in any way obscene content as soon as possible.


Turtletoy's Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this privacy policy without your explicit consent; in other cases, please note that your continued use of the Services after any change means that you agree with, and consent to be bound by, the revised privacy policy. Turtletoy will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, Turtletoy will provide a more prominent notice.

If Turtletoy is acquired by or merged with another company, Turtletoy will notify the user before any personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about this document, please contact us at reinder@infi.nl