Guidelines for Use of NASA Imagery
a government entity, NASA does not "license" the use
of NASA materials or sign license agreements. The Agency generally
has no objection to the reproduction and use of these materials
(audio transmissions and recordings; video transmissions and recording;
or still and motion picture photography), subject to the following
material may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by
NASA or by any NASA employee of a commercial product, service,
or activity, or used in any manner that might mislead.
should be acknowledged as the source of the material.
is unlawful to falsely claim copyright or other rights in NASA
shall in no way be liable for any costs, expenses, claims, or
demands arising out of the use of NASA material by a recipient
or a recipient's distributees.
does not indemnify nor hold harmless users of NASA material,
nor release such users from copyright infringement, nor grant
exclusive use rights with respect to NASA material.
material is not protected by copyright unless noted. If copyrighted,
permission should be obtained from the copyright owner prior
to use. If not copyrighted, NASA material may be reproduced
and distributed without further permission from NASA.
a recognizable person, or talent (e.g., an astronaut or a noted
personality engaged to narrate a film) appears in NASA material,
use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy
or publicity. Therefore, permission should be obtained from
the recognizable person or talent. If the proposed use of the
NASA material could be viewed as a commercial exploitation of
that person. However, if the intended use of NASA material is
primarily for communicative purposes, i.e., books, newspapers,
and magazines reporting facts of historical significance (constitutionally
protected media uses), then such uses will generally be considered
not to infringe such personal rights.
NASA audiovisual material may incorporate music or footage,
which is copyrighted and licensed for the particular NASA work.
Any editing or otherwise altering of the work may not be covered
under the original license, and therefore would require permission
of the copyright owner.
audiovisual material may include visible NASA identifiers (e.g.,
the name of the vehicle and the NASA Insignia or Logotype in
photographs or film footage of Space Shuttle vehicles). Use
of such materials is generally non-objectionable, provided the
NASA identifiers appear in their factual context.