SAFA Student Copyright Statement

United States Copyright Law

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a reproduction.

What is a “reproduction”?

For SAFA, reproductions of BHS collections are obtained in the following ways:
a) Digital files that Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) provides participating faculty
b) Digital photographs of materials in the BHS collections taken by students or professors

Use of reproductions

Under copyright law, these reproductions are not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a reproduction in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. By signing below you acknowledge: (i) you will not use a reproduction in excess of “fair use” as defined by U.S. copyright laws; and (ii) you will not otherwise violate any other U.S. copyright laws.

Determining copyright status

The copyright status of library and archival material is often difficult to determine. Brooklyn Historical Society has not determined copyright status for many of the photographs and published materials in our collection. Therefore, Brooklyn Historical Society is acting only as an owner of the physical original.

Reproduction use and SAFA:
  • If you take photographs or receive digital images of BHS library or archival material, you may use them for research or teaching purposes only.
  • If you want to use these images on your SAFA course websites, you must request permission from BHS using the SAFA Image Use Request Form.
  • Once permission has been obtained, a student or professor may use images of BHS materials on SAFA websites.
  • All images must be properly cited. For more information please see or contact the Brooklyn Historical Society.

I understand, agree to and will follow the above conditions.

Signature ______________________________________ Date _____/______/______

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