Conditions of Use
Publicly-accessible texts, images and sounds
While this Website is publicly-accessible, not all
materials here available are in the public
domain -- the majority of the images, texts
and data are copyrighted to the American
Museum of Natural History -- and a number of
other texts and images are still
copyrighted to their original print publishers or
digitizers and made available here with permission.
This complex set of copyrights requires that
users exercise appropriate caution in making use of
materials from the site.
We would like to caution users that use of separate
elements of the site, out of context, may lessen their
informative value; we will continue to make corrections,
add tags, enhance descriptions, add images, etc. and,
in general, the context
in which our information is presented may be essential
to understanding it. Thus, the separate use of pieces
or subsets of our digital information - while possible
-- may result in incomplete
or even inaccurate understanding. We want the most
current and complete information to be available to
all users. Our responses to requests for permissions
to use materials will reflect this concern. We have
put great effort and expense into producing this site,
and we hope the results are useful to a broad audience.
Comments and feedback are welcome.
By their use of these texts and images, users agree
to follow these conditions of use:
These texts and images may not be used for any commercial
purpose without permission
from the American Museum of Natural History Library.
In general our responses to requests for use will
be based on our assessment of the consistency of such
requests with the overall Mission
of the American Museum of Natural
Educators and researchers are welcome to print out
items and distribute them to students or to otherwise
use these materials for research or for formal / informal
instruction. We request that full attribution be made
to the American Museum of Natural History for all
uses of this information and that to the degree it's
possible users send us reports, either informal anecdotes
or formal statistics, on use of our site or materials.
Individuals and institutions can, of course, make
a link to this Website, subject to our conditions
These texts can potentially be used as a test bed
for the basis for additional mark-up/ tagging or for
some other digital projects, but we ask that you contact
us to discuss such uses, so that we can coordinate
work and inform research efforts. We are also willing
to make sets of our metadata available for use in
other experimental efforts. Please contact us directly
with such requests.
Our thanks are due to the many projects and individuals
who have contributed to these collections. Credits
are provided on the "About
This Site/Credits" page of this
Website. New works will be added on a continuing basis.
specific terms of some negotiated secondary licensing
agreements are associated with texts and images on
this site. Detailed files of all license agreements
are maintained by the AMNH Digital Library).
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