Copyright & Use

The materials available on King County Collects are drawn from the collections of 61 historical 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. Your acceptance of our photographs in any medium constitutes the acknowledgement, understanding, and acceptance of the terms and conditions of use outlined below.

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.

Fair Use

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.

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