PHOTO LICENSING

NATIONAL PARK PLANNER IMAGE LICENSING

All photographs on National Park Planner are copyrighted by Steve Markos and have been registered with the U. S. Copyright office. All unauthorized uses outside of the following licensing agreements will be pursued to the fullest extent allowed by law, which includes statutory damages of $750 to $150,000 and legal fees as provided by U. S. Copyright Law.


NON-COMMERCIAL EDITORIAL USE LICENSE

A Non-Commercial Editorial Use License for use of National Park Planner photographs is granted to private individuals, educational institutions, and registered non-profit organizations for EDITORIAL USE ONLY provided that such individuals and organizations DO NOT run advertisements on its website, DO NOT use the photograph as a web design element, and DO NOT use the photograph for commercial, promotional, advertorial, endorsement, advertising, or merchandising uses. For example, a non-profit or educational organization may not use the photo to promote an event or lecture that costs money to attend. Photos MAY NOT BE USED on any social media website (e. g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) or any website or publication not under the direct control of the private individual, educational institution, or non-profit organization using the photo under this license.

NO for-profit business or other for-profit organization, INCLUDING BLOGGERS who run advertisements or sell products through affiliate marketing programs, qualifies for a Non-Commercial Use License for use of National Park Planner photographs under any circumstances. Use of National Park Planner photographs by for-profit businesses and for-profit organizations requires either a Royalty Free Editorial Use License or a Commercial Use License.

The Non-Commercial Editorial Use License is free-of-charge for photographs downloaded directly from the National Park Planner website. If you require a high resolution image for print, these are available for a $25 fee.

All National Park Planner photographs used under the Non-Commercial Editorial Use License must be credited as follows: National Park Planner (npplan.com). Photographs used on the Internet must also provide an active link back to the National Park Planner web site (https://npplan.com).

The interpretation of the language governing an entity’s qualification for a Non-Commercial Editorial Use License is solely up to the judgment of National Park Planner. If there is a doubt as to whether you or your organization qualifies for such a license, please contact National Park Planner for express written permission to use the photo under this license.

**The removal of a copyright notice on a National Park Planner photograph is prohibited by law. Removal of the notice, regardless of the photo license, does not preclude National Park Planner from seeking damages allowed under Section 506 or Section 1203 of Title 17 of the United States Code for the removal of Copyright Management Information. The copyright notice must remain visible on the photo, so either use the photo in its entirety, or if it must be cropped to fit a space on a website or print publication, add back the notice to the photograph using the same text and relative placement per the original notice.**


ROYALTY FREE EDITORIAL USE LICENSE

A Royalty Free Editorial Use License for the use of National Park Planner photographs for non-commercial, editorial purposes can be granted to for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals that do not qualify for a Non-Commercial Editorial Use License. Images used under this license cannot be used for commercial, promotional, advertorial, endorsement, advertising, or merchandising use. Furthermore, photos MAY NOT BE USED on any social media website (e. g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) or any website or publication not under the direct control of the individual or organization using the photo under this license. This is not a free-of-charge license, but once paid for, royalty-free images can be used by the holder of the license in an editorial manner in publications, print or electronic, directly owned and operated by the license holder without having to pay additional royalties if the content is reused in subsequent editorial manners. Royalty-free content is licensed for unlimited, perpetual use.

Editorial use means that the image is used to illustrate an article, story, or idea that is not promoting or endorsing a product in a way that brings direct financial gain—money, merchandise, or bartered services—to the license holder, such as “native advertising” or “sponsored content” articles that disguise commercial use under a guise of editorial writing. It does not, however, preclude the photograph from being published in an article that appears in a commercial publication—be it a book, printed magazine or newspaper, or a website—that is sold for a fee, requires a fee paid subscription to read, or sells advertising.

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**The removal of a copyright notice on a National Park Planner photograph is prohibited by law. Removal of the notice, regardless of the photo license, does not preclude National Park Planner from seeking damages allowed under Section 506 or Section 1203 of Title 17 of the United States Code for the removal of Copyright Management Information. The copyright notice must remain visible on the photo, so either use the photo in its entirety, or if it must be cropped to fit a space on a website or print publication, add back the notice to the photograph using the same text and relative placement per the original notice.**

Copyright violators may be subject to statutory damages of $750 to $150,000 and legal fees as provided by U. S. Copyright Law.


COMMERCIAL USE LICENSE

A Commercial Use License is needed for the use of National Park Planner photographs for commercial, promotional, advertorial, endorsement, advertising, or merchandising purposes, by all entities, commercial and non-profit. Commercial Use includes, but is not limited to, using a photograph as a design element for a website or printed publication; using a photograph to promote or sell a product, whether directly or indirectly; using a photograph to promote an organization or individual of any type; using a photograph on electronic or physical merchandise such as T-shirts, calendars, novelty items, CD covers, or thumbnails for music or video downloads that are being sold, exchanged, or bartered for merchandise, favors, labor, or any other type of consideration, whether for profit or only to cover costs; using a photograph as part of an advertisement; and using a photograph in sponsored content or native advertising articles. Photographs do not have to be used for direct financial gain—money, merchandise, or bartered services—to qualify as commercial. Photographs may only be used by the license holder in publications, print or electronic, that the license holder directly owns and operates. Website designers must procure a separate license for use on each website that it designs for other entities, whether the design is done for a fee or free of charge. Photos MAY NOT BE USED on any social media website (e. g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) under any circumstances. A Commercial Use License is granted only for a specific length of time (i. e., 1 year, 2 years, perpetual, etc) and for a specific use, which must be negotiated. Upon expiration, the license must be renewed to continue using the photograph.

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**The removal of a copyright notice on a National Park Planner photograph is prohibited by law. Removal of the notice, regardless of the photo license, does not preclude National Park Planner from seeking damages allowed under Section 506 or Section 1203 of Title 17 of the United States Code for the removal of Copyright Management Information. The copyright notice must remain visible on the photo, so either use the photo in its entirety, or if it must be cropped to fit a space on a website or print publication, add back the notice to the photograph using the same text and relative placement per the original notice.**

Copyright violators may be subject to statutory damages of $750 to $150,000 and legal fees as provided by U. S. Copyright Law.


Contact

Steve Markos at 404-652-0532.


UPDATED September 3, 2019

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With a few exceptions, use of any photograph on the National Park Planner website requires a paid Royalty Free Editorial Use License or Commercial Use License. See the Photo Usage page for details.
Last updated on April 14, 2022
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