Copyright and Reuse of Graphics and Text
NSF's policy is to use externally-produced material (graphics,
text, etc.) on our web site only with permission of the copyright
holder. If you believe material to which you have rights has been
improperly included, please provide the URL to the webmaster identified
as contact for the page on which the material appears or to the
NSF Webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Most text appearing on NSF web pages was either prepared by employees
of the United States Government as part of their official duties
and therefore not subject to copyright or prepared under contracts
that gave the Foundation the right to place the text into the public
domain. The same is true of most publications available for downloading
from this web site. You may freely copy that material and, at your
discretion, credit NSF with a "Courtesy: National Science
If copyrighted text is included on an NSF web page or in an NSF
publication, it will be specifically identified. For information
about copyright holders, how they can be contacted, and what, if
any, use those owners allow of their material, please provide the
URL to the webmaster identified as contact for the page on which
the text or download link appears. If no contact is given, contact
the NSF Webmaster (email@example.com).
With the exception of NSF
logos, permission to use NSF graphics
is granted on a case by case basis. Some are public domain, some
are created by NSF contractors, and some are used by NSF with specific
permission granted by the owner. Therefore, with the exception
of the NSF logos provided, photos and illustrations found on the
NSF web site should not be reused without permission.
For information about the copyright holders of a given photo or
illustration on the NSF web site, how the owners can be contacted,
and what, if any, use those owners allow of their material, please
provide the URL and file name to the webmaster identified as contact
for the page on which the photo or illustration appears. If no
contact is given, contact the NSF Webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Granting the right to use a graphic from the NSF web site does
not explicitly or implicitly convey NSF's endorsement of the site
where it is used. If an NSF image includes an identifiable person,
using the image may infringe that person's right of privacy or
publicity, and permission should be obtained from the person.
Once you receive confirmation from us that a graphic is available
for use, you may, at your discretion, credit NSF with a "Courtesy:
National Science Foundation" notation.
If you have any questions regarding the reproduction or use of
any NSF graphics, please direct them to:
Information Dissemination Branch
Division of Administrative Services/OIRM
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230
Tel: (703) 292-8129
Fax: (703) 292-9186
These materials have been prepared for informational purposes
only and are not legal advice. Online readers should not act upon
this information without seeking appropriate professional counsel.