Reproduction Rights - Natural History Notebooks
All the information contained in the Natural History Notebooks is owned by the Canadian Museum of Nature. In other words, you do not have the right to copy the text or images, in most circumstances. Also, you may not translate the text.
You may copy text for personal use, as long as you credit the Canadian Museum of Nature as the source of the text. That means, for example, that you may quote the text in a school project, providing you identify all the text that is from the Natural History Notebooks and give credit to the Canadian Museum of Nature. We have provided a citation that you may use: it is located at the bottom of each Notebook.
If you use text from the Natural History Notebooks, and don't identify it, nor give credit, you are committing plagiarism. This is an infringement of the Copyright Act.
The facts and ideas in the text, on the other hand, are part of the public domain. In other words, they belong to everyone, and are not subject to copyright protection—unlike the wording used to express them.
Illustrations and photographs are also subject to copyright protection, so you do not have the right to reproduce them, in most circumstances.
You may reproduce illustrations and photographs for personal use, as long as you credit the creator and copyright owner of each image. So, for example, you may copy an image and use it in a school project, with credit given.
The museum does not own all of the photographs used in the Natural History Notebooks, but it received permission from the owners to do so. The copyright owner of each illustration and photograph is identified directly below the larger-version of the image (obtained by clicking on the smaller version, and delivered in a pop-up browser-window). Where no copyright owner is identified for a photograph, it exists in the public domain.
The design—the presentation, "the look and feel"—is also copyrighted by the Canadian Museum of Nature. It may not be copied without the museum's written permission.
For any other use of material from the Natural History Notebooks, contact us to request written permission.
Please see the copyright information of the Canadian Museum of Nature for further details.