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Gemini Observatory Image/Video Usage Policy

1.  Use of Gemini Images and Video.  Unless otherwise noted, all materials on this website are copyrighted by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. acting as operator of the Gemini Observatory (“Gemini”).  The materials created, authored and/or prepared by Gemini are copyrighted in content, presentation, and intellectual or creative origin.  Gemini allows use of these copyrighted materials as described below.

    (a) Educational/Research Use: Gemini allows reproduction, authorship of derivative works, and other transformations of the original work strictly for educational and research purposes without further permission, subject to the General Conditions section stated below. Some examples of non-commercial uses for educational and research purposes are: academic curricula developed by teachers, research papers written by students or scholars, non-profit educational or non-profit research publications produced by authors or publishers, educational outreach activities composed by amateur astronomers, and news media stories. For other non-commercial uses that are not for educational or research purposes, permission should be obtained from Gemini.

    (b) Commercial Use: For copyrighted materials, permission must be obtained from  Gemini prior to use. Gemini will work with vendors on a case-by-case basis to establish appropriate permissions for use, which in some cases may involve a fee or royalty agreement. If a recognizable person appears in an image, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity, and permission must also be obtained from the recognizable person. Some examples of commercial uses are: non-educational book publications, non-news magazines, calendars, logos and retail products. Commercial vendors should submit a request for permission to use the materials to the contract address given below and include a description of the intended use of the images .

    (c) Personal, Non-Profit Use: Gemini allows reproduction, authorship of derivative works, and other transformations of the original work strictly for personal, non-profit/non-commercial/non-retail use without further permission, subject to the  General Conditions section stated below. Some examples of personal, non-profit/non-commercial/non-retail uses are downloading images for personal posters or screensavers or as gifts for friends and relatives.

    (d) Required Credit.  Any use of Gemini materials must include the following credit statement:


 "Gemini Observatory/Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy"


 "Gemini Observatory/AURA"


Gemini copyright notices must be perserved in materials which include them.

Additional credit lines may be required for specific images.

Some images have been copyrighted by individuals. In these cases please use the copyright specified; please contact the individual if questions arise.

2. General Conditions.  Use of Gemini copyrighted materials constitutes acceptance of these conditions.

Upon publication, all periodicals, books, broadcasts and web publications must promptly provide sample copies (video via DVD or CD, web via URL reference) sent to the contact information at the end of this document.  Failure to do so may result in revocation of permissions.

Gemini images may not be used to constitute, state or imply the endorsement by Gemini, the NSF or any Gemini partner, Gemini employee of an individual, commercial product, process, service or activity.

Use of Gemini names and/or logos in publicity, promotion, or advertising is prohibited without prior written consent of Gemini.

“The Gemini Observatory” must be acknowledged as the source of its materials, products, and technologies.

It is unlawful to falsely claim copyright or other rights in Gemini material.

Gemini shall in no way be liable for any costs, expenses, claims or demands arising out of use of Gemini materials by a recipient or a recipient's distributees.

Gemini personnel are not authorized to sign "hold harmless" statements or documents granting exclusive rights.

Gemini materials may not be used in an inappropriate manner. Inappropriate use includes but is not limited to: religious materials, gang related materials, ethnic background materials, sexual content and political information. Inappropriate use also includes derogatory use of reproductions, authorship of derivative works and other transformations of the original work. The use of images must not imply endorsement by Gemini of organizations, products, or services using the images.

3. Contact Information. If further permissions, information or assistance is needed, please contact:

Gemini Observatory
Public Information and Outreach Office
640 N. A’ohoku Place
Hilo, HI 96720

Phone: (808) 974-2510

Gemini Observatory Participants