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Copyright, Fair Use, & Author Rights: Attribution and Notices

Terms of Use

PLEASE NOTE: For the “Free to Use” or open access content In some of the collections linked on these pages, there may come be a very, very broad copyright license. Often the license does not include the right to use:

  • Trademarks, logos, or brands that appear in Photos
  • People’s images if they are recognizable in the Photos
  • Works of art or authorship that appear in Photos

If you download photos with any of these depicted in them, you may need the permission of the rights holder depending on how you want to use the work.

Creative Commons Licenses

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Attribution Everywhere & Always

We recommend that even if the work is in the public domain or free to use, always give credit to the creator and cite in some way. See this guide for attribution advice.

Even though attribution isn’t required, Unsplash photographers appreciate it as it provides exposure to their work and encourages them to continue sharing. 


Fair Use Notice

In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, some material on this website is provided for comment, background information, research and/or educational purposes only, without permission from the copyright owner(s), under the "fair use" provisions of the federal copyright laws. These materials may not be distributed for other purposes without permission of the copyright owner(s). In general, the copyright owner is the author of the article. When permissions have been granted, this is noted in the metadata.