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Per the Conditions of Use for the California State Parks Online Museum Collections (CSPOMC) website, fair use of the material on this website includes the use of materials for non-commercial educational purposes, such as teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, commentary and news reporting. To comply with these terms, users must:
  1. Identify the catalog number and source of the material as they would for material from any printed source; AND
  2. Clearly list the source of the digital file and provide the web address to the CSPOMC Terms of Use page; AND
  3. Do not alter or modify the material (such as cropping or removing any watermark, copyright, trademark, or other notices that are placed in the material used); AND
  4. Do not use the material to promote, advertise, or sell products or services or for any other commercial or unauthorized purpose; AND
  5. Comply with any other terms or restrictions that may be applicable to the content.
For any use beyond these conditions and terms, a request for a license must be made in advance via the contact page. In your request, be sure to fully identify the material (including the catalog number) and describe the intended use as specifically as possible.

I am a student and would like to use material from the CSPOMC website in a paper, presentation, video, or website I am developing for a class project. Is this considered “fair use” under the terms of the site?

Yes, so long as you comply with all five terms specified above. However, if your paper/presentation/video/website, or any portion of it containing material from the CSPOMC website, is then incorporated into a publication, presentation or website not specifically linked to your class work (such as an academic journal, historical society website, or professional conference), you must request a license prior to such additional use. To make such a request, please use the contact page.

I am a teacher or professor and would like to use material from the CSPOMC website in a handout, presentation/video or website I am developing for my class. Is this considered “fair use” under the terms of the site?

Yes, so long as you comply with all five terms specified above. You may also make the handout/presentation/video/website available at no cost to other educational professionals. However, if your handout/presentation/video/website, or any portion of it containing material from the CSPOMC website, is then incorporated into a publication, presentation or website not specifically linked to your class (such as an academic journal, historical society website, or professional conference), you must request a license prior to such additional use. To make such a request, please use the contact page.

I am writing my thesis and will print a very limited number of copies to be given to family members, people noted in the acknowledgements, my college/university library, and my academic department office. Is this considered “fair use” under the terms of the site?

Yes, so long as you comply with all five terms specified above. However, if your thesis, or any portion of it containing material from the CSPOMC website, is then made available on a wider scale (whether or not it is actually sold), you must request a license prior to such additional use. To make such a request, please use the contact page.

May I use material from CSPOMC on my personal website, blog, or social networking page(s) or in a video or podcast?

Yes, provided you comply with all five terms specified above and the site where the material will be used contains no advertising, has no commercial sponsors, does not charge a fee for services, and does not offer any product or service for sale, including your own works. If the site contains advertising, use of material from the CSPOMC website will only be allowed if the advertising is applied by the host as part of the host’s standard user pages and there are no other commercial aspects of the site, blog, or page. If your site does not meet all these conditions, contact California State Parks via the contact page to request permission.

May I use material from the CSPOMC website on t-shirts, mugs, publications or other merchandise I plan to sell or give away?

No. This would be considered outside the conditions of use for the CSPOMC website and requires the completion of a license agreement prior to use. To request such use, please use the contact page.

I represent an organization or company that would like to use material from the CSPOMC website in a publication, presentation, or website. Is this considered “fair use” under the terms of the site?

No. Even if the print run will be small, the author may not see any commercial gain, or the product will not be sold, this still would be considered outside the standard terms of use and requires the completion of a license agreement prior to use. To request such use, please use the contact page.

May I use the California State Parks logo on my website (for example, as the link to the CSPOMC website)?

No. The California State Parks logo is a registered trademark. Any and all use of the logo must be licensed prior to use. For information on securing a logo license, contact interp@parks.ca.gov.