UNICEF Terms of use


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UNICEF Terms of use

  1. 1. UNICEF Photography Guidelines Promote Child Rights > When to Promote/Restrict Use http://photos.unicef.org/guidelines-childrights-promote-restrictWHEN TO PROMOTE/RESTRICT USE…………………………………………………………………………………………………..….. When to promote use UNICEF communicators, programmers and fund-raisers should not underestimate the added value that strong photographic images can bring to advocacy work, whether at the district, national or international levels. Images offer immediate, tangible evidence of both problems and solutions facing children and women, or relating to social development issues in general. They are an integral part - the visual evidence - of the package of expertise, support and mobilizing strength that UNICEF offers. They are often a decisive factor in increasing the impact and reach of UNICEF advocacy; accelerating agreement to a partnership or donation; or convincing a media outlet to run a story, or to feature it more prominently. ©UNICEF/NYHQ1996-1165/Miller Externally, UNICEF encourages the sharing of its images with UN,An indigenous woman and child inGuatemala in 1996. Ownership of NGO and other programming partners (including educators) andphotographs carries the responsibility news, feature and other editorial media (such as book publishers)of ensuring that image use is whether in print, web or video formats.respectful and accurate, and does notexpose the subjects to harm.Of course, broad use of UNICEF images will enhance the dissemination of UNICEF priorities andprogramming perspectives only if this use is appropriate. Therefore, all image promotion and useby external parties should be decided on a case-by-case basis, evaluating the following factors: • Is the proposed context appropriate for the image? • Are child rights (including the right to identity, privacy, protection) respected? • Does the use promote children/women issues and UNICEF- related policies? • Is the requester a programme or media partner?When to restrict useCopyright ownership not only gives UNICEF the right to use its images in worldwide advocacy,programming and fund-raising campaigns. It also includes the legal right to deny image use in anycontext that would: violate the rights of children or other people; breach or contradict other UNICEFpolicies; weaken a child rights campaign that is identified with specific images; or unduly risksubsequent unauthorized use of images.In addition to the inappropriate editorial uses reviewed in Respect real situation; No contentmanipulation; and Protect children at risk, rights to reproduce UNICEF images should not begranted: • for commercial purposes, including in co-branding partnerships; • for duplication in non-UNICEF image databases; • for personal projects or for the web sites of sub-national or non-professional entities.Commercial associations: Because the vast majority of UNICEF images are documentary,subjects depicted have NOT signed model releases permitting commercial use. Therefore, UNICEFautomatically denies permission for use of its photographs to endorse, or in association with,commercial products/entities - including co-branding fundraising partnerships where a productendorsement may be implied. (For more on image use in co-branding partnerships, see:Commercial images for commercial partnerships) Particular care must be taken to ensure thatUNICEF images are not used in association with:
  2. 2. UNICEF Photography Guidelines Promote Child Rights > When to Promote/Restrict Use http://photos.unicef.org/guidelines-childrights-promote-restrict • manufacturers or promoters of products whose use UNICEF generally opposes, such as: armaments, including landmines; infant formula; tobacco; alcohol; war toys; • manufacturers of pharmaceuticals: this avoids potential conflicts of interest, given UNICEFs role as a major global purchaser of vaccines and other medical products; • other UNICEF suppliers: United Nations regulations forbid any supplierto publicize its vendor relationship with the UN. Therefore, photos showing, for example, pharmaceutics or vehicles in a UNICEF field operation, cannot be featured in any promotion of those products or their vendors. This prohibition is also intended to ensure UNICEF neutrality in the marketplace. (see also: Commercial products...)Non-UNICEF databases: Inclusion of UNICEF images in the libraries or other long-term storagesystems or databases - hardcopy or digital - of any non-UNICEF entity or individual is expresslyprohibited. (This does not include images that are part of archived publication layouts for whichrights were granted.) This is not intended to curtail legitimate advocacy or information sharing,particularly with other UN agencies or with government, NGO or major media partners. It is meantto ensure that use of images created for UNICEF - as subjects are frequently advised upon beingphotographed - takes full account of child rights and UNICEF policies. This cannot be taken forgranted with either: • other development/humanitarian partners that may not be aware of the child rights, copyright and model release laws governing image reproduction; • media organizations that may not apply the special protection standards to image use that UNICEF requires.For the same reasons, access to high resolution images on UNICEF Photography -www.photos.unicef.org - is subject to case-by-case authorization by designated communicationstaff with administration rights to their respective country collections.Sub-national web and/or personal requests: Digital communication, especially the Web, hasexponentially increased requests for image use by all entities. This is partly because asking for animage is only an e-mail away. Given the need to review usage context, and to know the backgroundof the requester, requests far outstrip response capacity. This requires UNICEF to make strategicchoices in the use of its images to cost-effectively maximize outreach and impact. On this basis,personal requests for image use are usually denied.Additionally, the Web and other internet platforms is, by definition, international media. Thereforerequests to use images on the sites of sub-national entities (whether they are NGOs or othercause-related groups) are discouraged. The preferred option for UNICEF is to suggest that therequester link to UNICEFs site. There, images and related information are already available in acontext that UNICEF fully endorses. This also saves time spent on meeting the request. Finally,any third party use of UNICEF images must be weighed against the desirability of reserving imagesto support a unique and dynamic UNICEF communication presence globally.