Copyright & Use
The materials available on King County Snapshots are drawn from the collections of twelve cultural heritage organizations in King County, Washington.
With appropriate permission, each organization would be happy to provide reasonably priced reproductions of their photographs for your personal or commercial use. The income from these lab fees and use fees helps to support our ongoing efforts to preserve and make accessible these primary source documents of King County history.
Before downloading files or to order copies of photographs from this Web site, you must first read the following photographic reproduction policy that defines copyright, fair use, personal use, and commercial use.
Photograph reproduction policy
Copyright protection is provided by laws of the United States and other countries to the creators of "original works of authorship" including literary, dramatic, artistic, musical, and certain other intellectual works. This Web site is such a work and is protected by copyright law. United States Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) restricts unauthorized use of copyrighted material; potential users must obtain permission from the copyright holder.
The nature of historical archival photograph collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Please contact the owning repository if you have additional information regarding the images found in King County Snapshots.
The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. The organizations featured in King County Snapshots welcome fair use of our Web site and its contents. All other uses require written permission from the owning institution.
Personal use requires written permission from the owner, and includes reference, research, and any other use, provided all such uses are limited to private, non-commercial use.
You must send an inquiry to the owning repository for any other activities beyond fair or personal use. These include but are not limited to electronic or paper publishing, video production, exhibits, product presentations, interior design, advertising, or similar commercial purposes. Users assume full responsibility for any infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
To order reproductions in traditional photographic media, such as prints or slides, or in digital format, you must contact the owning repository and state your intended use as described above. Prices and policies will vary from organization to organization, and only the image's owner can grant permission for its reproduction and use. The owner of the image is listed on the image itself and in the Repository field of the record attached to the image. Contact information for reproductions or permission inquiries is listed or linked to in the Ordering Information field. In some cases, a specific Credit Line is included on the metadata record as well.
This example shows the location of information pertinent to orders and inquiries on a typical record.