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Terms & Community Guidelines

1)     Terms of Use

Access to and use of DesignSpark is provided by RS Components Limited on the terms set out below. By accessing and using DesignSpark you agree to be bound by these terms and Community Rules.

These terms and our Privacy Policy are subject to change from time to time without notice so should be checked regularly. Continued use of this website will be deemed acceptance of the updated or amended terms.

2)     Registration and use of DesignSpark

In order to participate in and contribute to DesignSpark, you are required to register with DesignSpark. Any personal information will be collected in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Certain applications provided on DesignSpark may also require a separate registration before use. You agree to use DesignSpark only for lawful purposes, for your own personal or internal business use. You agree not to use DesignSpark in any way which infringes the rights of, restricts or inhibits anyone else’s use and enjoyment of DesignSpark.

3)     Copyright

All RS Components trade marks, design rights, patents and other intellectual property rights on this website are vested in RS Components Limited or its licensors. Any products, technology or processes and their handbooks or materials may be subject to intellectual property rights owned or licensed by us or third parties. All copyright notices in the original materials must be retained.

You shall retain your rights in any content you submit, post or display on DesignSpark.  You grant RS Components Limited a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to use, copy, reproduce, process, modify, publish, transmit and display the content on any other RS site or for any other purposes.  You confirm that you have all the necessary rights to grant RS Components Limited this licence.

RS Components Limited is not responsible for any file downloads. Materials downloaded from other users may be subject to restrictions and limitations as may be asserted by them.

This website may not modified, disassembled, decompiled or reverse engineered in any way. No part of DesignSpark may be reproduced or stored in any other website without our permission.

Certain applications on DesignSpark require you to licence source code using an open source model.  Where this is the case it is your responsibility to understand and comply with the open source licensing model and it is your responsibility to choose the most appropriate open source licence type from the options made available to you.  You understand that unless you choose an open source licence type for these applications, you will be unable to share content.

4)     Community Rules

You agree to use DesignSpark in accordance with the following Community Rules.


You may NOT post:



You will:-


5)     Breach of Website terms

If we consider that you have breached any of these Website Terms of Use or Community Rules we may take such action that we consider appropriate such as:

6)      Disclaimers

The content posted on DesignSpark is created by members of DesignSpark and us to provide an open discussion forum. RS Components Limited is not responsible for any conduct of, or content posted by, DesignSpark members including but not limited to any errors or omissions in any content or any loss or damage caused as a result of any content posted, e-mailed or otherwise available from DesignSpark.

Your access to and use of DesignSpark and DesignSpark Application (Inc but not limited to, DesignSpark PCB, DesignSpark Mechanical, ModleSource, 3D CAD Models and RS Toolbox) is at your own risk.  DesignSpark is provided on an AS-IS basis. RS Components Limited makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about:

RS Components Limited shall not be liable for damages, losses (whether direct, indirect or consequential), expenses, liabilities, loss of profits or costs resulting from the use of, access to, or reliance upon the information given by its employees, agents or subcontractors in relation to, contained in or available through, its website.

RS Components Limited does not endorse or approve the content of any Third Party Site, nor will RS Components Limited have any liability in connection with any of them (including, but not limited to, liability arising out of any allegation that the content of any Third Party Site infringes any law or the rights of any person or is obscene, defamatory or scandalous).

RS Components Limited does not warrant that functions, materials and information available on this website (and/ or linked to this website) will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that this website or its server are free of viruses or bugs and other items of a destructive nature. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy particular requirements for the accuracy and security of the data input and output.

7)     General

The failure or delay of RS Components Limited to exercise or enforce any right in these terms does not waive its right to enforce that right.

These terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales which shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes.

8)      Electrocomponents Group plc 

Electrocomponents plc is the publicly quoted parent company which owns RS Components. For full details of the Electrocomponents Group of companies, please click on the blue link. When we refer to "we" "our" or "us" we mean Electrocomponents plc and each of its group companies.

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