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 Foundation" notation.
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:
National Science Foundation
Division of Administrative Services
Information Dissemination Branch
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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.