Rights, Permissions, & Fees

Rights & Permissions

The Libraries charges a fee, as determined by the schedule which follows, for each image used for commercial purposes (whether educational or non-educational). The Libraries also requires a credit line in association with the image or elsewhere in the publication, such as in a bibliography or a list of illustrations of a book or periodical or the credits of a video or film.

The University of Iowa Libraries charge a use fee based on its ownership of the physical materials in its collections; this fee represents no claim to copyright to any of the materials in question, although in some cases the Libraries may hold copyright to some of those materials. Payment of the use fee does not constitute, and should not be viewed as, permission by a copyright holder to reproduce works that are copyrighted. Users must determine on their own if the use they intend to make of images invades copyright, rights to privacy, or other rights.

As owners of the materials to be reproduced, the University Libraries gives no exclusive rights to any publisher or author, makes no warranties or representations, and assumes no responsibility whatsoever for any claims against those reproducing images or against the University of Iowa by an artist or photographer, his/her agent, estate or any other party in connection with the reproduction of images in the collection of the University Libraries. Additionally, those reproducing images agree to indemnify the University of Iowa and hold it harmless against any and all such claims, including copyright infringement claims, royalty or fee demands and/or actions, including attorney fees and all other costs thereof, arising as a result of their reproduction of images in the collections of the University Libraries.

Individuals, companies, and organizations must submit a clear statement of (a) who they are and what they do; and (b) precisely which rights they wish to license. Put this information in a message to lib-spec@uiowa.edu.

Usage Fees (Still Images)

B&W Color Jacket/Cover
BOOKS
Printing: 1000 copies or less (non-commercial, scholarly) no fee no fee

no fee

Printing: 1000 copies or less (commercial) $20 $30 $50
Printing: 1001-4000 copies $35 $50 $75
Printing: 4001 – 25,000 copies $75 $125 $250
Printing: 25,001 or more copies $125 $150 $350
PERIODICALS
Non-commercial (scholarly, circulation 1000 or less) no fee no fee no fee
Commercial, circulation 10,000 or less $35 $50 $75
Circulation 10,001 – 99,999 $75 $125 $250
Circulation 100,000 or more $150 $250 $500

Note: Above fees are for non-exclusive, one-time, single-language, North American rights only. For one-time, single-language, worldwide rights, add 50% to the fees above. For one-time all languages, worldwide use, add 100% to the fees above. For all editions, all languages, worldwide use, add 150% to the fees listed above.

Print Non-Editorial (calendars, posters, greeting cards, postcards, novelty items, etc.):

B&W Color
Printing: 1000 or less $150 $300
Printing: 1001 to 9999 $350 $700
Printing: more than 10,000 to be negotiated to be negotiated

Broadcast Media and Digital Distribution:

Television/Cable/Satellite Broadcast (per image)
North American use, single broadcast, single language only $50
North American use, repeated broadcast through life of program $100
World use, single broadcast, single language only $75
World use, repeated broadcast through life of program, single language $150
World use, single broadcast, all languages $100
World use, repeated broadcast through life of program, all languages $200
Home Video/CD-ROM/DVD/VOD/Games and similar priced products, per image, in addition to the broadcast fee:
4000 copies or fewer $40; $75 if also used on label, box, or wrapping.
4001 – 25,000 copies $80; $250 if also used on label, box, or wrapping.
25,001 or more copies $140; $350 if also used on label, box, or wrapping.
Feature Films:
U.S. distribution only $500
World distribution $1000
Home video/CD-ROM/DVD/VOD and similar priced products, per image, in addition to the feature film distribution fee:
4000 copies or fewer $40; $75 if also used on label, box, or wrapping.
4001 – 25,000 copies $80; $250 if also used on label, box, or wrapping.
25,001 or more copies $140; $350 if also used on label, box, or wrapping.
Other Electronic Formats:
Internet/online or incorporation in web pages $100 per image.
Promotional Purposes:
Advertisements: print circ. 99,999 or under $600
circulation 100,000 – 499,999 $750
circulation 500,000 – 999,999 $900
circulation 1,000,000 or more $1500
Advertisements: posters $1000
Advertisements: television/film $2000
Advertisements: electronic $1000
Point-of-purchase materials $1000