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COVID-19: American Experiences

Rights and Restrictions Information

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730


Publication and other forms of distribution: May be restricted. The pictures in the COVID-19: American Experiences photograph collection were crowd-sourced through Flickr and have varying rights statuses.The majority of the images in this collection are either fully restricted or may be used under a Creative Commons license. You can find a more detailed explanation of CC licenses, including a definition of commercial use, at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/. A small quantity of the images in this collection have been placed in the public domain by creators and have no known restrictions on use. The rights status of each individual image is indicated in the catalog record. Privacy and publicity rights of the people in the photographs may also apply. Photographs of works of art may be restricted by the copyright of the creator of the artwork in the picture.

The following Creative Commons licenses apply to select images in this collection.

  • CC BY: This license allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use. Credit must be given to the creator.
  • CC BY-SA: This license allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use. If you remix, adapt, or build upon the material, you must license the modified material under identical terms. Credit must be given to the creator. Adaptations must be shared under the same terms.
  • CC BY-NC: This license allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. Credit must be given to the creator. Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted.
  • CC BY-NC-SA: This license allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. If you remix, adapt, or build upon the material, you must license the modified material under identical terms. Credit must be given to the creator. Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted. Adaptations must be shared under the same terms.
  • CC BY-ND: This license allows reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use. Credit must be given to the creator. No derivatives or adaptations of the work are permitted. Credit must be given to the creator. Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted. No derivatives or adaptations of the work are permitted.
  • CC BY-NC-ND: This license allows reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator.

Access: Permitted; subject to P&P policy on serving originals.

Reproduction (photocopying, hand-held camera copying, photoduplication and other forms of copying allowed by "fair use"): Permitted; subject to P&P policy on copying.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, COVID-19: American Experiences photograph collection, photo by [name of creator], [reproduction number, e.g. LC-ppbd-12345]

For more information, please read: Copyright and Other Restrictions That Apply to Publication/Distribution of Images: Assessing the Risk of Using a P&P Image


Prepared by: Prints and Photographs Division staff. Prepared date: June 2023.


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