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Use Policy

Copyright

The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives makes digital versions of our collections accessible for educational and research purposes only. The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives is primarily comprised of copies of photographs received from various donors and sources; therefore, we cannot always identify the copyright holder and do not claim copyright to most images in our library. If we have any idea who holds copyright, we try to provide that information in the credit line, which accompanies the image, as well as contact information for the possible copyright holder if we have that. Responsibility for clearing copyright for publication or public display remains with the applicant. Users with questions pertaining to copyright liability should seek their own legal counsel, as we do not provide such guidance. It is suggested that you also review our Use Policy.

We are always eager to hear from any rights owners so that we can obtain accurate copyright information for our records and users. Please contact us if you are able to supply any additional information about these photos or their copyright owners so that we can make any necessary corrections.

Credit line

When using our images in any manifestation of a project, the user must agree to attach the proper credit line, which is supplied for each image in our database.

Interpreting our credit line

If the credit line includes "©AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives..." AIP holds the copyright. Users need to check our Fee Schedule to determine the service fee for publication.

If the credit line does not include the copyright symbol ©, we provide all the information that we have on the possible copyright holder by adding notes like the following:

Photo by name of photographer...

Name of Institution...

Name of collection

The individual or institution named is a possible copyright holder and should be contacted regarding permission to use the image, unless otherwise stated in the description. This information was either stamped or written on the back of our copy of the photograph or provided to us via some other medium.

If the credit line only reads "AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives", there is no information available on our copy of the photograph about any possible copyright holder.

If you have any questions regarding the format of the credit line, the staff at the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives is always happy to help.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice

We do our best to identify and contact potential copyright holders before putting donated images online, however, if you suspect alleged copyright infringement on our site, please email, call or send correspondence to the Photo Librarian. Upon request, we’ll remove material from public view while we address a rights issue.

Emilio Segrè Visual Archives
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
T: (301) 209-3184
F: (301) 209-3144
Contact Us

Please be sure to include the following information:

  1. Identification of the copyrighted work on our site (catalog number and link to image).
  2. Identification of the rightful copyright owner, as well as his/her contact information.
  3. Your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address).
  4. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the matter complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  5. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on the behalf of the owner of the copyright that is allegedly infringed.
  6. Your signature (physical or electronic).

Helpful resources

I’d like to explore:

Fair Use
Creative Commons
General Copyright FAQ

Still have questions? Try using the Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC), which will lead you through a series of questions to help you determine whether your intended use falls under the Fair Use clause.

Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC)