Thank you all for your input, that really clarified this issue for me! I do think that the client believes that scientific information should be accessible to the public (I also agree), but I think the client is not making the distinction between information and creative work.


On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 8:49 PM Liz Lockett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

The language we use to allow copying of images and illustrations belonging to the NMHM, a federal museum, covers everything from illustrations done for the military in the civil war to illustrations I made last week.  They can do what they like, all we ask that the museum's specific credit line be there.  We will get shirty about things if a company keeps asking us for images then doesn't put the credits in.  It doesn't have to be on the same page but it does need to be somewhere in the publication.


"I/we understand that the majority of materials in the Otis Historical Archives are in the public domain and are therefore not subject to copyright restrictions.  ......  The Otis Historical Archives makes material available to patrons under the protection of fair use. "

James is right, there is a push in the granting agencies that work paid for with federal dollars be available to the public.  So if you are not going to be able to keep the rights then change accordingly.

Elizabeth C. Lockett

Collection Manager

Human Developmental Anatomy Center

National Museum of Health and Medicine

2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910


On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 12:42 PM, Julie Himes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hello Everyone,

I was asked to do a set of illustrations for a scientific paper, so I sent a contract granting rights to use the illustrations for the paper. The client came back and asked for Creative Commons License 4.0 for the images because the paper is funded by a federal grant and because of this, the client believes they should be accessible to the public.

I’m not sure I understand what exactly that means and I don’t know much about the Creative Commons License. Does this mean anybody could use and/or alter my paintings without paying me for the rights? Have any of you granted rights like this for a project?

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Julie Johnson

Life Science Studios, LLC


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