The USS Constitution Museum is committed to providing access to its collections for research and learning. Reproductions are for research and study purposes only, unless written permission to publish is granted by the Museum. All reproductions of materials from the Museum’s collection are provided at the discretion of the Museum. The Museum reserves the right to refuse any request. All requests to publish images from the Museum’s collection, or images and content from the Museum’s website, must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org and may incur fees. Please see the Fee Schedule for more information.
Licensing Material for Reproduction
All reproduction requests must be submitted in writing to email@example.com with a description of the item to be reproduced, along with the following information:
- Format (e.g. book, exhibition, article, etc)
- Title of publication/work
- Publication date (known or anticipated)
A Rights & Licensing Agreement grants permission for a one-time, non-exclusive use of the material in one language. Any different or subsequent use is subject to approval, and must be applied for in writing. For the purposes of the Rights & Licensing Agreement, a single edition is defined as having a single physical format, a single date of production, and a single market. Any change in content constitutes a separate edition. Revised editions, foreign language editions, or other format changes, except for a paperback version of the original edition, will be subject to additional permission fees per format. Payment must be received in full before permission to publish can be granted. A copy of the publication containing the reproduction should be sent to the Museum immediately after publication. Fees for reproduction services vary. Please see the Fee Schedule for more information.
Materials used for exhibition, publication, or broadcast must be credited “Courtesy USS Constitution Museum.”
Photocopies, Reproductions, and Fair Use
The Museum will only provide copies and/or grant reproduction permission for materials of which the Museum is the copyright holder or for which there are no intellectual property rights restrictions. The copyright law of the United States (United States Code, Title 17) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries, and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used “for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
The Responsibility of the Researcher in Fulfilling Copyright Requirements
Access to and use of some materials in the collection may be subject to additional restrictions under United States Copyright Law. Users of reproductions produced by the Museum assume full responsibility for satisfying the requirements of copyright law, and for obtaining all permissions necessary for publication. When copyright is not held by the USS Constitution Museum, Museum staff will provide as much information as is available to aid the researcher in locating the copyright holder; however, the Museum cannot obtain permission on behalf of the researcher.