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Rules for Researchers: Aerial Photography

Aerial Photograph Research Service

Requesting to View Aerial Photography

Patrons must submit an Aerial Photography Research Request to view the collection. They will be notified by the research service when the items are ready (3 - 5 business days).

While the collection is available for use by anyone, we charge research fees to public patrons to defray the cost of providing access.

Academic Patron Request: Current students, faculty, and staff at the University of Oregon or other Oregon institutes of higher education receive free research provided they are using the images for teaching or research. Requests may not be made on behalf of any other persons entitled to the free service.

Public Patron Request: General members of the public and Individuals working for private, state, or federal organizations will be charged research fees to help defray the cost of access and maintance for the collection.

In-Library Use of Aerial Photography

  1. Prior to being provided with the photographs, non-University of Oregon patrons must sign a form acknowledging limitations to publication, display, and distribution (see below) of copies/scans of the items.   
  2. Scanning will be done under the supervision of library staff to ensure proper handling.
  3. Unless express permission is provided by the Aerial Photography Research Service staff overseeing the collection, patrons may not use their own scanning equipment.
  4. Patrons may use UO Library public equipment to scan aerial photography in our collection. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this equipment is responsible for any infringement.
  5. In accordance with our published fee schedules, patrons not affiliated with the University of Oregon or patrons involved in research for commercial purposes will be required to pay a research fee to compensate for staff time spent locating and retrieving items from the collection.

Limitations to Publication, Display, and Distribution of Copies or Scans of Aerial Photographs

If you plan to publish, display, or distribute images of our materials, you must receive permission and you will be assessed a use fee. If you are charged a use fee, you will also receive an explicit statement of the permissible uses. Use the Aerial Photography Research Service's Permissions Request Form. Any additional or altered use requires a new negotiation of the rights and the use fee. Use fees are our source of income for preserving and providing access to our collections. For more information about permission requests and allowable uses, see Special Collections' guidelines for Image and Permission Requests.

Items used must be attributed in a caption, citation, or other appropriate method. Guidelines for attribution will be provided in the statement of permissible uses.

Images in the Aerial Photography Collection are subject to copyright laws. If an individual or entity intends to use copyrighted material in excess of fair use as determined by U.S. copyright law (title 17, United States Code), it is incumbent upon the researcher(s) to seek permission from the copyright holder(s) prior to use. Failure to do so may constitute copyright infringement.

University of Oregon Libraries Aerial Photography Collection includes materials in the following broad copyright categories:

  1. Items in the public domain.
  2. Items for which the copyright is owned by the University of Oregon. Contact Aerial Photography Research Service staff for permission to use.
  3. Items for which the copyright holder is an entity other than the University of Oregon. It is the responsibility of the user to determine copyright status and seek permission from the rights owner(s) where appropriate.

Limitations on Images Delivered Electronicly by the Aerial Photography Research Service

  1. You may store your images indefinitely, derive new data from them, and give the photographs to your clients. Copies of the photos may be included in environmental site assessment reports and other research products paid for by your client. We do not consider this to be 'publishing' the photos.
  2. If you would like publish a photograph in a book or online, please contact the Map and Aerial Photography Library to negotiate a publication license for our imagery.
  3. While the digital images provided are yours to keep, the University maintains copyright over the electronic versions and some of the source imagery.


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