CalPhotos Licensing Options   

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About the Photos

Contributing photographers can choose among a number of different licensing options. A default license, selected by the photographer, is associated with each photographer account. Photographers can apply this license to all of their photos, or they can change individual photos to have a license different from their photographer default.

CalPhotos licenses apply to the larger image file (around 800 pixels wide) that is in CalPhotos but not to high resolution versions of the images which CalPhotos does not store, and not to the smaller thumbnail images. Photographers can use any license they wish for their high resolution images; the license does not have to be the same as the license used by the CalPhotos versions of their images.

Thumbnail images (128x192 pixels) may be freely used for personal or academic purposes without prior permission under the Fair Use provisions of US copyright law as long as the photo is clearly credited.

In the summer of 2011, CalPhotos partnered with Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) to share its plant, animal, and fungi images. EOL accepts only certain licenses -- see the EOL licensing policy. Plant, animal, and fungi photos with EOL-accepted licenses in CalPhotos will also appear on EOL species pages. EOL will be harvesting data from CalPhotos once a week, incorporating any updates, new photos, or deletions that occur in CalPhotos. If you would like to share your CalPhotos photos with EOL, you can select one of the EOL-accepted licenses, and your images will appear on EOL pages in addition to on the CalPhotos web site.

Below is the list of possible CalPhotos licenses. The five licenses listed at the top and preceeded by asterisks (**) are the ones that EOL accepts. Any plant, animal, or fungi photos with these licenses will appear in both CalPhotos and EOL.

List of License Options

  • ** Public Domain (see: wikipedia, the University of California and Creative Commons information on Public Domain licenses)

  • ** Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC BY 3.0)

  • ** Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

  • ** Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 (CC BY-NC 3.0)

  • ** Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

  • Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

  • Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

  • CalPhotos Use Only
    CalPhotos Use Only text that will appear with your photo, if you select this license: This photo and associated text may not be used except with express written permission from Jane Smith. To obtain permission for personal, academic, commercial, or other uses, or to inquire about high resolution images, prints, fees, or licensing, or if you have other questions, contact Jane Smith
  • Custom License
    Photographers can write their own license text. However, we encourage photographers to use one of the above licenses instead, unless there is strong reason to write a customized license.

Additional Resources

Creative Commons licenses

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this page last updated: Aug 23, 2014