Category Archives: Public Domain Sources

South African History Online

Rights Statement

This site includes articles, images, videos and other items either created by SAHO researchers and contributors, or collected by the site. Some materials are in the Public Domain, others are under a Creative Commons License, and there are also materials protected under Copyright.

Islamic Manuscripts of Mali

Rights Statement

This site includes 30 digitized manuscripts from the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Bay of Boujbeha. The Rights Statement states that the items included are not under any known copyright restrictions. However, it is requested that anyone seeking to make additional reproductions should seek permission. 

Prelinger Archives.

Rights Statement

This site includes digitized copies from film, particularly home movies, amateur films and industrial films. According to the Rights Statement the collection includes materials that are licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain license. It also contains materials that do not carry a Creative Commons License. Users are encouraged to contact the archive to seek further information on how to secure permission for use. In addition, description, synopses and other text  and metadata provided by the archives is copyrighted by the Prelinger Archives and Getty Images.

NASA on the Commons

Rights Statement.

There is no clearly posted Rights Statement. Each image has a notice about its Copyright status.

The site includes photographs compiled from the archives at NASA images. The purpose of the site is to encourage the public to add comments and tags to the photographs so they are better documented and more easily accessible. There is no general statement on the copyright status of the images. Each image is labeled as either no being subject to known copyright restrictions or subject to some Creative Commons License. 

The Getty Museum

Rights Statement

This site includes digitized images of art works, particularly paintings, ceramics, sculptures, and photographs included in the Getty Museum Collection. The collection includes art pieces from ancient to modern times. According to the Terms of Use of the Museum, a large number of the art images are in the public domain, and this is clearly stated in the Rights Statement of every piece. Some of the more recent materials are under Copyright. The site also provides access to descriptions of the art, text for exhibits and Getty publications. These are described as “Site Content” and are, for the most part, under a Creative Commons License.