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Morphbank's Image-Sharing Philosophy

Morphbank's policy regarding public and private images stresses that all images must be uploaded with a Creative Commons License 3.0 (BY-NC-SA) or less-restrictive copyright. To select a less restrictive copyright, or public domain, please visit Creative Commons - choose a license. The strategy behind this policy is to encourage cooperation and collaboration between organizations. Morphbank strives to facilitate sharing of images and image data. For example, Morphbank is a collaborator on the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) project and is sharing images with them.

Overall, the response to this viewpoint is very positive. For example, from Museums with large collections, Morphbank has especially good luck getting permission to release images of museum specimens to the public when the upload of images is associated with a Publication.

It is up to each Morphbank Contributor to negotiate this topic with the institutions to:
  1. allow the imaging of specimens to occur and
  2. release photographs for public view.
Note that:

Lastly, when images are uploaded to Morphbank, the user provides a date in the date-to-publish field associated with the Image record. Prior to this user-supplied date, the image/s can only be seen by the Morphbank Contributor who supplied the image and any other Morphbank account holder who is in the same Morphbank Group. With this security model, a Morphbank Contributor can time the release of images to the public to coincide with a publication.


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