Can I use Images from Te Papa’s Collection Online?

You’ve found a really nice image in Te Papa’s Collections Online pages and you’re wondering whether you can use it… We’ve just made it easier for you to tell. And we’ve released a bunch of images for reuse if you meet certain conditions.

North Island Kaka, Nestor meridionalis septentrionalis, collected 01 Sep 1995, Te Puna, near Wairoa, New Zealand. Reproduced courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa under a CC BY-NC-ND licence (OR.025021)

North Island Kaka, Nestor meridionalis septentrionalis, collected 01 Sep 1995, Te Puna, near Wairoa, New Zealand. Reproduced courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa under a CC BY-NC-ND licence (OR.025021)

You can copy, use and share the images with the rights statements Creative Commons BY-NC-ND or No Known Copyright Restrictions if you meet these conditions:

  • You must attribute the image;
  • Your use is non-commercial;
  • Don’t change the image i.e. no cropping, no overprinting, no derivative works

If you want to use the image commercially or the rights statement is All Rights Reserved you need to contact the Te Papa Picture Library. Fees for image use may apply.

Where is the rights statement?
The rights statement is underneath the image in the object page in Collections Online. The All rights reserved statement is the default. It’s a big job to check every image so I’m rolling this out in sections. Check out the Natural Environment collection areas and the older images in the Photography collection for a start. 

How do I copy the image?
Right-click on the image and choose “Save Picture as” (or the equivalent for your browser).
If you want to use the image in a website or blog, you can also choose to use our image directly. Right click on the image, go to properties, and copy the Address (URL) of the image.

How do I attribute the image?
You must include the caption information, and credit Te Papa as the image source when you use Te Papa’s images. Here are some examples of captioning and crediting Te Papa prefers.

Natural environment example:
Rough pomfret, Taractes asper Lowe, 1843, collected 29 Jul 1994, Outer Bay of Plenty, Alderman Trough west of Koruenga Knoll, New Zealand. Reproduced courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa under a CC BY-NC-ND licence (P.031284)

Humanities examples:
Pressure sprayer, about 1910, New Zealand. A. & T. Burt, Ltd. Purchased 2008. Reproduced courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa under a CC BY-NC-ND licence (GH011797)

Railway Workshops – Petone, 1880 – 1889, New Zealand. Burton Brothers. Purchased 1998. Reproduced courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (O.009829)

[Expedition party led by Quintin McKinnon], 1888, Dunedin. Frederick Muir, Muir & Moodie. Reproduced courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (C.001879)

Not sure if your use is non-commercial?
I’m writing a blog post with some case studies to help you figure this out and I’ll link to it here when I’ve posted it. If you’re still not sure ask the Te Papa Picture Library.

Want to alter the image?
Ask the Te Papa Picture Library (charges apply)

Want a larger image?
Ask the Te Papa Picture Library(charges apply)

Te Papa Picture Library?
Contact the Te Papa Picture Library by clicking the “Buy or Licence This Image” link below the image in Collections Online and fill in the form.

PS – If you do end up using Te Papa’s images I’d love it if you’d let me know. A comment with a link to your post or project would be great!

Edit: 10 November 2011 -  I’ve added the  registration number of each collection item into the creditline. The registration number is the unique number used to identify objects and specimens in Te Papa’s collections.

10 Responses

  1. longwhitekid

    I can totally understand that some people have no clue and could ruin the integrity of an image. It’s fair that you can’t let everyone do as they please because we know where that leads.

  2. Victoria Leachman

    Hi longwhitekid. Cropping can change the integrity of an object or an artwork. The CC-BY-NC-ND licence is the best fit with Te Papa’s image licensing practice. While we do not encourage cropping and try to avoid it ourselves, if you do need to crop Te Papa’s images you have the option of applying for a copyright licence via the Te Papa Picture Library (fees apply). Granting permission to crop will not be possible for all of our images but is considered on a case-by-case basis by Te Papa Picture Library.

  3. longwhitekid

    In many instances they would need to be cropped for use in various layouts. It seems a bit inflexible to say point blank it can’t be done.

  4. Victoria Leachman

    Hi Aaron. You’re not being difficult! You certainly can layout as many CC BY-NC-ND works in a panel arrangement as you like as long as the works are reproduced in full, credited correctly and your use is non commercial. However creating a “mosaic picture” as you describe normally involves recolouring individual images. This is not permitted under the No Derivatives part of this licence as recolouring creates a derivative work. Check out the Creative Commons Kiwi video on YouTube for a great explanation:

  5. Aaron Erl Compton

    Hi Victoria- just because I know you love curly questions: what if I used many CC BY-NC-ND pictures to make a mosaic picture – like the ones in the Mixing Room – that from a distance is a picture of something else? Would that be a derivative work? They wouldn’t be cropped or altered, just layed out in a creative way. I’m not trying to be difficult–I really want to know!

  6. Victoria Leachman

    Thanks for all the nice comments everyone! I hope you enjoy using the images.

  7. about snakes

    very professional looking images! this will defensively benefit a lot of people
    Thank you tepapa :P

  8. Robin and Jenny Benton

    Thanks for allowing some of your images to be used in personal blogs. As locals, we often come to Te Papa.

  9. Catherine

    Thanks for making these images more accessible. I know copyright is important but also feel that things in the national collection, on one level, belong to all of us. It’s great to explore the images on Te Papa’s site, but to then be able to add them to a personal blog post and discuss specific aspects is a real boon. Thanks!

  10. Victoria Leachman

    Thanks for your comment, nothappy. The group of images that Te Papa has made available for non-commercial re-use in Collections Online are low resolution images that can easily be copied by the public without further investment of Te Papa staff time.

    If low resolution images are not of an adequate size for your project then high resolution images are available via Te Papa’s Picture Library in return for a fee. This fee covers the cost of staff retrieving high resolution files (or in some cases re-scanning) and administering the requests which requires 1.6 full time equivalent staff.

    Te Papa Picture Library is not a profit-making business but it needs to recover costs of running this service. This service is not one of Te Papa’s core functions. Funding from the NZ Government covers around 50% of Te Papa’s operating costs and the Picture Library fees contribute directly to keeping the image service going.

    The Picture Library regularly surveys other picture libraries in other cultural and educational institutions nationally and internationally to ensure the Picture Library’s fees are in line with similar operations. Te Papa is aware of some institutions, both in New Zealand and internationally, are making high resolution images available for download for free. Te Papa is not pursuing this model at present.


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