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Except where otherwise noted, content in Amnesty International Materials is licensed under a Creative Commons (attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives, international 4.0) licence.
Where we attribute material to a copyright owner other than Amnesty International (for example some photos which appear on our website / in an Amnesty International publication) this material is not subject to the Creative Commons licence. Please refer to the full terms of the licence via the link below.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I use Amnesty International Materials in my publications or other works?
Amnesty International Materials are covered by the Creative Commons Licence allowing for limited use of publications provided the work is:
You do not need to request permission from Amnesty International before using or sharing our publications on this basis. Before making use of any Amnesty International publications, please carefully review our Creative Commons Licence by visiting this link. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode
By downloading and sharing our publications, you agree to adhere to the terms presented in the Creative Commons Licence.
Please note that some materials (whether within an Amnesty International report, or published separately (such as a photograph) will be clearly attributed to a copyright owner other than Amnesty International. This material is not subject to the Creative Commons licence.
Please also note that, Amnesty International Materials issued prior to April 2015 may contain alternative licence wording on their face. To make things simpler, we agree to apply the same Creative Commons licence to those materials too.
Does the Creative Commons licence apply to Amnesty International materials that do not appear on the Amnesty International website?
Yes. The Creative Commons licence applies to all Amnesty International Materials on the website, as well as all other written materials which carry the licence wording set out above, together with the Creative Commons logo.
I am a teacher and I want to include Amnesty International Materials in my course materials - do I need a licence agreement?
No. Amnesty International does not require any formal agreement for the use of its materials in course materials. You are free to use Amnesty International Materials in your course materials for teaching purposes, provided that you include an appropriate citation to Amnesty International (see question 5 below for more details).
I am a permissions officer and I am required to receive written consent for all reprinted materials. How can I obtain your written consent?
We no longer require written consent to use or share Amnesty International Materials according to the terms of our Creative Commons Licence (see above). When you use Amnesty International Materials, you agree to abide by the terms of this licence. For any other uses please contact us at copyright@amnesty.org
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Amnesty International. Afghanistan: Left in the dark: Failures of accountability for civilian casualties caused by international military operations in Afghanistan © Amnesty International 2014.
Can I use a photograph, map or other image contained in any Amnesty International materials (including on the Amnesty International website)?
Copyright in the images on our website and in the body of our reports is generally owned by third parties. In such cases, the copyright owners are separately attributed and this material is not subject to our Creative Commons Licence.
Amnesty International cannot grant reproduction permission, but we will attempt to provide contact information for the copyright holder when available. Please contact us at copyright@amnesty.org with your question about a specific photograph, map or graphic and include the link on our website where it appears.
Can I use Amnesty International’s video / film materials?
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May I use the Amnesty International name and logo or trade marks on my own published materials or on my website?
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I want to provide a link to an Amnesty International webpage on my own Internet site-do I need a licence agreement?
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I want to reproduce an Amnesty International report in its entirety on my Internet site. Is this allowed?
All Amnesty International reports are covered by this Creative Commons Licence which allows for limited electronic reproduction of our documents. Please carefully review our licence before reproducing any Amnesty International Materials. By reprinting Amnesty International Materials, you agree to abide by the terms of our Creative Commons Licence.
Please note that Amnesty International does not always own the copyright for certain materials - including some photographs, sound recordings or audiovisual works - included within Amnesty International Materials. In such cases, Amnesty International cannot grant reproduction permission through the Creative Commons Licence, but will attempt to provide contact information for the copyright holder when available.
Please contact us at copyright@amnesty.org with queries about specific photographs, sound recording or audiovisual work and include the link on our website where it appears.
I want to excerpt or reproduce Amnesty International-related material that originally appeared in another publication (e.g., a newspaper or magazine). Can Amnesty International give me permission?
No. Normally, Amnesty International does not own the copyright in such publications, and therefore cannot grant permission for the reproduction of such materials. You must obtain permission from the owner of the copyright in such materials, which often (but not always) will be the publication in which the materials originally appeared.
May I translate a section or an Amnesty International report or similar document into another language for public distribution in my country?
Amnesty International handles such requests on a case-by-case basis. Permission is necessary for such uses of Amnesty International Materials. Amnesty International reserves the right to review the translated document for accuracy and use of terminology to ensure the language is aligned to Amnesty International’s values and policies. Approval of the translation will be a condition of permitting the desired use. We will consider requests to sell the translation and, if approved, will provide a contract for such purposes. Please send all such requests to copyright@amnesty.org
How long is the Creative Commons Licence agreement valid?
The Creative Commons Licence referred to here is perpetual for the duration of the applicable copyright of the work.
I am a librarian and/or electronic archivist. May I include Amnesty International reports in a database or collection and/or "capture" specific reports as they are released to keep my database current?
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Amnesty International no longer requires the use of signed licensing agreements for the electronic reproduction of Amnesty International Materials. Amnesty International Materials are covered by the Creative Commons Licence which allows for limited electronic reproduction of our documents. By downloading and sharing Amnesty International publications, you agree to adhere to the terms presented in the Creative Commons Licence.
Are there any fees involved in licensing Amnesty International Materials?
Licences granted by Amnesty International for use of Amnesty International Materials in line with the Creative Commons licence (for non-commercial use) are free of charge. If you are interested in using Materials for other commercial purposes please contact copyright@amnesty.org
Video / film material (including licensing specific clips) is not covered by our Creative Commons Licence. For information about licensing video content from Amnesty International use this link:
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Does this page cover all materials published by all parts of Amnesty International?
Amnesty International is a global movement made up of a large number of national membership organisations or groups. This page only covers permissions for use of materials published by Amnesty International’s International Secretariat and on the www.amnesty.org website. It does not cover permissions for materials published by other parts of the Amnesty International movement (please contact the relevant Amnesty International ‘section’ for more details on their permissions policy).
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