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Are the images on the website protected by copyright?
YES. We hold legal copyrights to all photographs, graphics and text content available online. We include a copyright notice on all images/materials to protect our copyright to the digital files that we create. Ideally, we wouldn't have to detract from the viewing experience by adding a copyright notice at all, but protection of intellectual property in a networked environment is uncertain right now, and we don't want to take chances.
How can I use the images I see?
Viewers of this web site are allowed to browse images, but only for personal use. Any other use (e.g., making multiple copies, displaying images publicly, placing on a web page, redistributing files electronically or using images for personal or corporate gain or on eBay or any other auction site) requires express written permission from us. Commercial use of any image or material here without such permission would constitute copyright infringement and may infringe other rights.
I know I can browse through the images and download them, but can I print them?
YES. As long as your printout is for personal, noncommercial, nonpublic use.
Can I send images or image files to others?
NO. You can browse, download, or print images for personal, noncommercial use, but you cannot distribute copies of images or image files or other material to anyone else for any reason.
Can I make multiple copies of an image?
NO. You can browse, download, or print images for personal, noncommercial use, but making multiple copies of an image would constitute infringement.
Can I play with the images; can I alter them?
YES, but only for personal, noncommercial, nonpublic use. You cannot add or use our images in part or in whole or combined with other images for commercial or public display. This would constitute infringement.
What is noncommercial use?
Generally, noncommercial use means a use in which nothing of value changes hands between you and someone else.
If I send images to my friends for free, there's no money involved. Why can't I do that?
First, you are providing them with something of value. Second, the use must be both noncommercial and personal. If you distribute images to others, the use is no longer personal. Third, you would be making multiple copies of the images, which is not allowed.
Can I put images on a T-shirt but don't sell the shirt, that would be noncommercial. Is it personal? Is it OK?
NO. First, to make a T-shirt you would have to make multiple copies of an image, which is not allowed. Second, if you wore the shirt you would be displaying our work publicly, which is not personal and not allowed.
Is scholarly research noncommercial? Can I use images in my research paper?
YES, but only if there is no commercial component to the research and only if the resulting research is not published, reproduced or distributed to anyone. So you could incorporate an image into a research paper prepared for school, but not if the paper were going to be published or archived or microfilmed or distributed in any way.
Can I use images in my comps (layout presentations)?
YES. We encourage the use of our online, low-resolution images for comps. But use in any final product requires a legal license from us. We also have larger comp images available for making higher quality comp presentations on a fee basis.
I want to make commercial use of an image; what do I need to do?
Visit the stock photos page in the photo gallery for information on image leasing. You may also e-mail your request to discuss licensing possibilities.
A lobbying group in Washington recently released "The Netsurfer's Simple Guide To Copyrights," which distills U.S. copyright law into five maxims: