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Intellectual Property Rights - Licenses
You are permitted to use the Still Images, subject to your compliance with certain license terms, but The World Bank still retains the copyright to all of the Still Images in the Archives Photo Catalog, unless specifically noted to the contrary.
The majority of Still Images in the Archives Photo Catalog are licensed under the following public license: the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY NC-SA. 4.0).
When you download or use the Still Images, you are agreeing to comply with the terms of a CC BY NC-SA 4.0 license, and also agreeing to the following mandatory and binding addition:
Any and all disputes arising under this License that cannot be settled amicably shall be resolved in accordance with the following procedure:
Any and all disputes arising under this License that cannot be settled amicably shall be submitted to mediation in accordance with the WIPO Mediation Rules. If the request for mediation is not resolved within thirty (30) days of the request, either You or the Licensor may, pursuant to a notice of arbitration communicated by reasonable means to the other, refer the dispute to final and binding arbitration to be conducted in accordance with UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as then in force. The arbitral tribunal shall consist of a sole arbitrator and the language of the proceedings shall be English unless otherwise agreed. The place of arbitration shall be where the Licensor has its headquarters. The arbitral proceedings shall be conducted remotely (e.g., via telephone conference or written submissions) whenever practicable or held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC.
Some Still Images within the Archives Photo Catalog are not subject to the CC BY NC-SA 4.0 license, but are available under other license terms.
Third Party Content
The World Bank does not necessarily own each Still Image included in the Archives Photo Catalog. The World Bank therefore does not warrant that the use of any third-party-owned Still Image contained in the Archives Photo Catalog will not infringe on the rights of third parties. The risk of claims resulting from such infringement rests solely with you. If you wish to re-use a Still Image from the Archives Photo Catalog, it is your responsibility to determine whether permission is needed for that re-use and to obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Regardless of any other license terms governing the use of a Still Image, any use of the Still Images must be attributed to The World Bank and its content providers with a copyright notice in the following format:
[Photographer name]/[World Bank]. [OKR handle URI] License: [License*]
*Usually “CC BY NC-SA. 4.0”. Example:
Edwin Huffman/World Bank. License: CC BY NC-SA 4.0
This example reflects minimum attribution requirements. For academic citation purposes, more complete attribution can be given in compliance with standard academic practices.
No Commercial Use
You may not use the Photographs for commercial purposes.
Adaptations of World Bank Works
If you use a Still Image from the Archives Photo Catalog under CC BY NC-SA 4.0 or any other license that permits you to make adaptations, you must add (after the attribution language) the following explanation to the adaptation that you create:
“This is an adaptation of an original Still Image by The World Bank. Responsibility for adaptation rests solely with the creator of the adaptation and are not endorsed by The World Bank.”
You may not publicly represent or imply that The World Bank is participating in, or has sponsored, approved or endorsed the manner or purpose of your use, reproduction or adaptation of Still Images from the World Bank. The World Bank reserves all rights to enforce its rights with respect to any use of its Still Images in a manner that falsifies, misrepresents, disparages or fraudulently uses the Still Images, infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party, or disparages or harms the reputation of The World Bank.
No Association, No Use of The World Bank or The World Bank Group Logo and Name
You may not use any trademark, official mark, official emblem, or logo of The World Bank, The World Bank Group or any of its member institutions, or any of its other means of promotion or publicity, without the World Bank Group's prior written consent or in any event to represent or imply an association or affiliation with the World Bank Group.
Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or waiver of the privileges and immunities of any member institution of the World Bank Group, all of which are specifically reserved. Any dispute between the World Bank Group and you arising out of, or in connection with, the Archives Photo Catalog, the Still Images, or your use of the Archives Photo Catalog which cannot be amicably settled between the parties to such dispute shall be arbitrated in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as then in force. The arbitral tribunal shall consist of a sole arbitrator and the language of the proceedings shall be English. The arbitration shall take place in the District of Columbia. The arbitral proceedings shall be conducted remotely (e.g., via telephone conference or written submissions) whenever practicable. Any resulting arbitration decision shall be final and binding on both parties.
If you believe that your rights, or the rights of a third party, including any intellectual property rights, are being violated in any way by any Still Images on the Archives Photo catalog, please contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.