Last updated: 4 January 2017
Your rights and responsibilities, basically — important stuff.
When these terms apply
Read these terms before using our content. Whenever you use our content you agree to these terms.
If you don't stick to all these terms then we can suspend or terminate your use of our content.
What's all this about 'content'?
That's media speak for the images that the BBC makes available through the Research and Education Space (RES) project.
For information about using metadata relating to the RES Images please see point 9.
Terms for using our content
A few rules to stop you (and us) getting in trouble.
Don't mess with our content
What do we mean by that? This sort of thing:
Don't use our content for harmful or offensive purposes
Here's a list of things that may harm or offend:
Don't make it look like our content costs money
If you put our content on a site that charges for content, you have to say it is free-to-view.
Don't make our content more prominent than non-BBC content
Otherwise it might look like we're endorsing you. Which we're not allowed to do.
Also, use our content alongside other stuff. You can't make a service of your own that contains only our content.
Speaking of which...
Don't exaggerate your relationship with the BBC
You can't say we endorse, promote, supply or approve of you.
Don't use our content for political purposes.
And you can't say you have exclusive access to our content.
Don't associate our content with advertising or sponsorship
That means you can't:
Don't be misleading about where our content came from
You can't remove or alter the copyright notice, or imply that someone else made it.
Don't pretend to be the BBC
What you have to do
Use the latest version of the content and, where we have it, don't remove any tagging or tracking.
Make sure it's displayed accurately.
Add a credit (if it doesn't already have one).
Most come with credits included. If not, put one of this in a prominent place nearby to show where you got the content from:
bbc.co.uk – © copyright [the year goes here] BBC
If possible, add a hyperlink to the content's original location. Make sure it works, and don't put anything between the credit and the link.
A thing we have to say
Apart from what we're responsible for when there's a mishap, we're not liable for anything that happens to you if you use our content.
Using BBC content
Provided you keep to these rules, the BBC grants you permission to use the BBC content but only...
Using BBC content for business
When you need permission
If you're intending to use it for any other purpose, for example...
...you'll need to get our separate permission first, and you might have to pay a fee - this content licence does not cover business use. Find out more about getting permission to use BBC content here
This content licence does not cover metadata relating to the RES Images but you are allowed to use the metadata in accordance with the terms of the Open Government Licence for Public Sector Information
Businesses may also use the metadata in accordance with the terms of the Open Government Licence for Public Sector Information but businesses are not allowed to use the content (the RES images)
We take great care to make our content the best it can be. So if something does go wrong, we are responsible only:
Otherwise, we're not liable for anything that happens if:
This applies to sites we link to as well as our content and services.
Speaking of which...
We sometimes link to non-BBC sites. And we sometimes put our content on them.
A few things to bear in mind:
A quick recap, a few extra legal bits and we're done:
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