A paid subscription to the APS Image Database grants a subscription license to an individual person (i.e., subscriber). In general, this license governs the subscriber’s use of the images and the descriptive fact sheets downloaded from the APS Image Database. The subscriber may use the images and fact sheets for his/her own personal, noncommercial projects; for diagnostic assistance and research purposes; and for work that is educational in nature as described below.
Images for this database are peer-reviewed and donated by volunteer APS members and authors who must be acknowledged when their images appear in future works. Subscribers must agree that approved use of any of the images or fact sheets be accompanied by proper citation of the original source of the material, as noted by the “Required Credit Line” on each fact sheet.
Work that is educational in nature includes instructors using the material to enrich their own courses. This use can be in print (e.g., handouts for classroom distribution) or via PowerPoint (or similar classroom presentation software).
PowerPoints: There is no limit to the number of images educators may use in their PowerPoint presentations. Creators of the PowerPoints must be subscribers.
Posting Images for Specific Courses on Protected Internal Network (LAN): You may post images and the information from the fact sheets digitally on a protected Local Area Network (LAN) if the information viewed is limited to registered students in a specific course.
Posting Images to the Internet is Prohibited: No images or information from the fact sheets may be posted on the Internet or other external network for any purpose, unless written permission has been obtained from The American Phytopathological Society (APS).
PowerPoints: There is no limit to the number of images extension specialists may use in their PowerPoint presentations. Creators of the PowerPoints must be subscribers.
Extension Program Fact Sheets and Bulletins for Noncommercial Use: To qualify for subscriber use, the fact sheet or bulletin must be fewer than 10 pages long and free to the public. No more than 20 APS images may be reproduced in the extension fact sheet or bulletin. The subscriber must be the author or coauthor of the extension fact sheet or bulletin. Use for any other type extension publication requires written permission from APS.
Use of the images and the facts sheets by persons other than the subscriber, by an institution, or by the subscriber in a commercial work also requires obtaining written permission from APS and payment of any associated fees.
Commercial work is any material that is published across various media (e.g., in journal and newsletter articles, in books, and on public websites), whether by a commercial or a nonprofit publisher. Permission to use the images and information from the fact sheets in a commercial work must be requested by following the guidelines on the APS Image Database Request Permission page.
The license prohibits the subscriber from copying, sharing, or distributing the material, in whole or in part, to other individuals for their use. Examples include providing an image to another individual to use in his/her classroom course material or to use for his/her research. Such use requires that the individual purchase a subscription to the APS Image Database.
Material from the APS Image Database must be used in accordance with current United States and international copyright law, except as specifically stated by APS.
Questions about whether a particular use is covered by the subscription license can be directed here.
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