Smithsonian Institution, National Air
and Space Museum
Copyright and Image Use Restrictions
Below are restrictions specific to the National Air and Space Museum based on inquiries we have received, particularly for use of images from our site. These restrictions offer some additional answers not covered in the Smithsonian standard copyright notice. See the official Smithsonian Institution Copyright Notice for more information on text and image use for all Smithsonian Web sites.
The copyright and image use restrictions outlined here apply
to materials on the National Air and Space Museum Web site
only. This includes materials found on pages under the http://airandspace.si.edu
URL. Inquiries for use of museum images not found on the
National Air and Space Museum Web site should be directed
to the Office of Imaging, Printing,
and Photographic Services.
Use of individual images from the National
Air and Space Museum Web site for any purpose requires prior
written permission from the National Air and Space Museum.
- Terms & Conditions of
- National Air and Space Museum Owned and/or Copyright
- Requesting Image Use Permissions
- Frequently Asked Questions
Terms and Conditions of
Access to and use of National Air and Space
Museum web pages, image files and data are subject to the
following terms and conditions:
Image files from the Smithsonian Institution,
National Air and Space Museum Web site
are made available on the internet for non-commercial, personal
use. Commercial publication, exploitation, or use of Smithsonian
images, graphics, or html files on personal or commercial Web sites is specifically prohibited. Copying or redistribution
in any manner for personal or corporate gain is not permitted.
Users may download image files for their
own non-commercial use, subject to any additional terms or
restrictions which may be provided with the individual file
or program. Users may NOT reproduce National Air and Space Museum/Smithsonian images,
graphics, or html files on any web pages (personal, commercial,
or educational) or place images, graphics or html files on
CD-ROM or BBS. Exceptions may be granted for individual images
only and require written consent from the National Air and
The National Air and Space Museum is not
responsible for any errors created in or damage to the materials
as a result of their use. All materials on the National Air and Space Museum Web site
are provided "as is" with no warranties of any kind.
National Air and Space Museum Owned and/or
Copyrighted Smithsonian Materials:
All National Air and Space Museum web pages
and content are under copyright of the Smithsonian Institution. All banners,
icons, logos and original graphics on the National Air and
Space Museum Web site are also under copyright of the Smithsonian Institution
and may not be used for any purpose.
Images on the National Air and Space Museum
Web site (either with "Smithsonian" credit or depicting
artifacts or materials in the Museum) are the property of
the Smithsonian Institution. Permission for use of such images
may be obtained, in accordance with the Smithsonian Terms
and Conditions of Use policy, throught the National Air and
Space Museum Archives Division.
ALL imagery on the National Air and Space
Museum Web site of artifacts belonging to the Museum are property
of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: May I use a Smithsonian, National Air
and Space Museum image...
...to print out for my report, or use in
A: Yes , if it is a non-commercial academic work.
...to put on a CD-ROM, public domain or otherwise?
...on my personal web page?
...on an educational Web site?
A: If the site is non-profit in nature, permission may be
granted for use. See Obtaining National Air and Space Museum Image Use Permission,
...for a print publication?
A: Only with permission from the Museum and payment of usage
fee. See Obtaining National Air and Space Museum Image Use Permission, this page.
Q: What about imagery that is on the National Air and Space Museum
Web site but does not belong to National Air and Space Museum, such as NASA images
of the planets?
A: Please check for an image credit. The
credited owner should be contacted for permission. While NASA
images are usually in the public domain and free to use, you
still must contact NASA for permission as some recent NASA
imagery are under copyright. Also, do not assume that all
space-related imagery is public domain. If there is no NASA
credit, the image may be under Smithsonian copyright. Contact
the webmaster if you have questions.
Q: What about images that are not credited
to the Smithsonian or National Air and Space Museum?
A: If there is no image credit, assume Smithsonian
ownership. If there is a credit, you must
contact the webmaster for more information. If the image has
a credit to another organization, you must contact that image
owner for permission to use the image. The National Air and
Space Museum cannot give permission for use of images that
do not belong to the Museum or Smithsonian Institution.
Q: Why does the Smithsonian/National Air
and Space Museum require me to ask permission for image use?
A: The usage policies for Smithsonian/National
Air and Space Museum images are in place to ensure that images
are used appropriately and accurately. All Smithsonian/National Air and Space Museum
images are the property of the Smithsonian/National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian/National Air and Space Museum
reserves the right to require permission and/or charge a fee for
Q: Is it true that all Smithsonian Institution
images are public domain because Smithsonian is a federal
A: No. Many images (as well as artifacts)
in the Smithsonian collection have further copyright limitations
attached to them. The fact that the Smithsonian receives partial
funding from the federal government only affects whether images
taken by Smithsonian employees are technically protected by
copyright. It does not affect image ownership or usage rights,
which the Smithsonian retains (i.e. even in the absence of
copyright, Smithsonian still reserves all rights to image
Obtaining National Air and Space Museum Image
To obtain image use permission, first determine
who owns the image. Check the image credit. If no credit is
given, assume Smithsonian ownership. If the image does NOT
belong to the Smithsonian, you must contact the credited owner
of the image for use permission. The Smithsonian National
Air and Space Museum cannot grant usage permissions for non-Smithsonian
Anyone wishing to use Smithsonian National
Air and Space Museum images from the Museum's Web site for
commercial use, publication, or other manner not mentioned
here must request and receive prior permission by contacting
the National Air and Space Museum Archives Division.
Permission for image use is granted on a case-by-case basis.
A usage fee may be involved depending on the nature of the
proposed use. You must include the URL of the image
file, intended use, and full postal mailing address with your
Use Permission Forms
If you have further questions, contact the
National Air and Space Museum Archives Division
via the Online Inquiry