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In some cases, copyright or other proprietary rights to content contained on the website may be held by individuals or entities other than, or in addition to, the Yale Peabody Museum. In still other cases the content may be in the public domain.
The Peabody welcomes your fair use of copyrighted Yale Peabody Museum materials as defined by United States copyright law. The United States copyright law contains an exception for fair use of copyrighted materials, which includes the use of protected materials for certain purposes of teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, commentary, and news reporting. Accordingly, users may download these files for their personal or educational use, subject to any additional terms or restrictions, which may be applicable to the individual file or data. For guidelines on the fair use exception, please refer to the United States Copyright Office. Please also refer to the rights information in the record for each item.
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Use the acronym “YPM” and the letter prefix with its 6-digit catalog number to cite Yale Peabody Museum specimens and artifacts, and include the URL “https://peabody.yale.edu” in addition to any copyright and/or proprietary notices accompanying the materials. For example:
The type specimen for Torosaurus latus Marsh, 1891 (YPM VP 001830).
Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Natural History,
Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, Yale University; peabody.yale.edu.
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Issues pertaining to privacy and publicity may arise when you contemplate the use of the materials in the Yale Peabody Museum’s collections. For instance, if you want to download and reproduce a copyrighted photograph containing the name or likeness of one or more individuals, in addition to determining whether your intended use requires consent from the copyright holder and, if so, securing the copyright holder’s written permission, you may also need to secure the consent of the people in the photograph to comply with state privacy and publicity laws.
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For further information on use of Yale University’s trademarks see the Yale University Licensing Program.
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The Yale Peabody Museum appreciates your use of its web services and understands that users may wish to link to these services. The Yale Peabody Museum retains the right to require that you remove such a link, which right shall be exercised in the Yale Peabody Museum’s sole discretion.
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Applicable Law and Jurisdiction
Posted 11 November 2013
Updated 27 November 2018
Updated 24 February 2021
The Yale Peabody Museum is working to implement Yale University’s policy on open access to digital representations of works in the public domain from Yale’s museum, library and archive collections.
Images, text and data from the Yale Peabody Museum archives, collections and publications are made available for outside personal, scholarly and commercial use according to the Usage Rights Policy adopted by the Yale Peabody Museum’s Board of Curators.
Access to Yale Peabody Museum collections are governed by Yale Peabody Museum collections policies and requires the written consent of the appropriate curatorial division. Contact the collections manager for information.
If you use or reproduce Yale Peabody Museum materials in any format, we ask that you cite the author and source of the materials as you would material from any printed work. For scholarly publication, presentation or redistribution in any format of collections catalog data and digital assets obtained from Yale Peabody Museum web services, departments and divisions, we request that you send a courtesy copy to the collections manager.
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