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Art UK do not retain any rights within the images that appear on Art UK and the majority of images on Art UK are marked 'All rights reserved'. 

 

Some images on Art UK are freely available for reuse under the terms of a Creative Commons licence. You can filter images that have different permissions already assigned by using our licence filter on the Artworks search page

Note that some Creative Commons licences do not grant commercial use and the terms of the assigned Creative Commons licence are located at the bottom of the artwork page. You can find out more about CC licences here

 

Some high resolution images are also available to license for commercial use through the Art UK Shop on behalf of participating collections.

If there is a shopping basket icon underneath an image on the artwork page, click on it to find out how to license that image, or purchase a print, through either the Art UK Shop or sometimes through the collection directly. You can also visit the Art UK Shop to review images that a selection of collections have made available for licensing. Every purchase supports Art UK museums and collections.

 

If an image is not available through the Art UK Shop’s automated image licensing service or does not have a Creative Commons licence assigned, then you need to ask permission from the rights holder of the artwork (if the artwork remains in copyright) and from the collection that owns the work, as collections generally retain rights in their images (note the name in the photo credit). 

Please review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath an image on the artwork page. The credit lines indicate who manages the rights within the artwork and the image.

 

All images on Art UK are protected by a secure invisible digital watermark that allows Art UK and other copyright holders to identify and track any unauthorised use of the images.

 

All rights reserved

If an image is marked 'All rights reserved' it means that the image and data can be reproduced for non-commercial research and private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom.

Visit UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) website for a full list of the exceptions to copyright and details on permitted use, as outlined within the UK's Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised.

If you want to reuse an image found on Art UK for any other purpose, you must gain consent from the artist, the artist's estate or their representative if the work is still in copyright, as well as from the rights holder of the photographic image. 

Remember that an artwork will be protected by copyright if the artist is alive, or died less than 70 years ago. If the artist died over 70 years ago (1947 or earlier), you only need permission from the rights holder of the image (this is usually the collection).

Please review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath an image on the artwork page. The credit lines indicate who manages the rights within the artwork and the image.

The collection who own the work may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options. You will find the collection contact details on our website by clicking on the collection name above an image on the artwork page.

 

Creative Commons

Some images are available for reuse under the terms of a Creative Commons licence. 

These copyright licences are made available on Art UK with permission from both the collection and artist copyright holders.

There are six different types of Creative Commons licence, each with its own set of permissions.

You can search for images on Art UK, which have Creative Commons licences attached to them, through the Artworks search page licence filter

The type of Creative Commons licence will be outlined on the individual artwork page with instructions when you click on the 'How can I use this image?' link under the image credit line.

Be aware that Creative Commons licences aren’t attached to all images on the site.

All Creative Commons licences require you to credit the original artist(s) and the person/organisation that owns the photograph of the work. A full example of a credit is given below.

You can find out more about Creative Commons on their website.

  

How to credit images from Art UK

If you have permission to share and reuse an image, please credit the original. The following example of Phil Illingworth's Extra Heavy in The Priseman Seabrook Collections illustrates best practice.

 

Extra Heavy by Phil Illingworth (b.1955), photo credit: The Priseman Seabrook Collections. Distributed under a CC BY-NC-ND licence

Please link back to the Art UK artwork page wherever possible. In this example, the title of the work has been made into a hyperlink.

 

If you have limited space for a credit line, an abbreviated version of the credit line could be used, as in this example:

Extra Heavy by Phil Illingworth, The Priseman Seabrook Collections, CC BY-NC-ND

 

Research

Use of images for non-commercial research purposes is covered under the exceptions to copyright. Such use is only permitted when it is 'fair dealing'. The IPO's website includes information about this and other uses.

If an image is released under a Creative Commons licence, other rules may apply. Review 'How you can use this image' section on the individual artwork page to see what is permitted.

 

Teachers and students

Use of images in an educational environment is covered under the exceptions to copyright. The IPO's website includes information about this and other uses.

If an image is released under a Creative Commons licence, other rules may apply. Review 'How you can use this image' section on the individual artwork page to see what is permitted.

 

Social media

Permission must be sought from copyright holders to reproduce images on any social media platform. Icons for these platforms are available across the Art UK site to allow webpages only to be shared.