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Terms of Use

Where Wellcome Trust is the copyright holder

For images identified as being owned by Wellcome Trust, users may copy, distribute and display the freely downloadable version of the image under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution only 4.0 International licence ("CC-BY" - for details see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ).

Where Wellcome Trust is not the copyright holder

Where a third party has contributed the image, users may copy, distribute and display the freely downloadable version of the image under the terms of the relevant Creative Commons licence which the contributor has applied to their image. This will be either CC-0, CC-BY, or CC-BY-NC, as stated in the relevant image record. It remains the responsibility of the copyright owner (not Wellcome) to enforce the terms of their licence. If you wish to use an image in a manner not permitted by the licence, you should contact the copyright holder directly to seek permission.

Licence Summary:

A limited description of each licence type is given below, but further information concerning these licences can be found at the links given.

CC 0 – Creative Commons “No Rights Reserved”. Under this licence users can freely reproduce, build upon, enhance and reuse image(s) for any purposes without any restriction under copyright law. This is the broadest of the creative commons licences and is effectively an opt out of the use of copyright to control how others use the image(s). https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/

CC BY 4.0 – Creative Commons Attribution licence. Under this licence users can make free use of the images, including commercial uses, if they provide an attribution identifying the copyright holder and Wellcome Collection as the source of the image. Full details of the standard Creative Commons licence can be found here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

CC BY NC 4.0 – Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence. As with the attribution licence above however use is limited to those uses not primarily intended for or directed towards commercial advantage or monetary compensation. Full details can be found here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Some examples of use likely to be considered “non-commercial” are:

  • use in examination papers
  • reproduction in an academic publication, being a book, monograph or professional journal article publishing the results of original research
  • thesis submitted by a student at a higher or further education institution for the purposes of securing a degree
  • reproduction in teaching materials created in any medium by a teacher or lecturer at an educational establishment for the purposes of teaching. This includes making printed copies of such materials for students and promoting and making such teaching materials available in electronic form, for example, via a virtual learning environment
  • use in exhibitions by not-for-profit organisations including accompanying printed catalogue material (not including promotional merchandise offered for sale)
  • personal use by private individuals
  • use in Wellcome Trust funded projects

Whilst we believe this to be a fair summary of "non-commercial" use, this is ultimately a matter between the copyright owner and yourself in the event of any dispute.


Where a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC licence applies, you should attribute the copyright holder and Wellcome in the following way:

"Photo copyright [insert owner name], supplied by Wellcome Collection, licensed under [CC-BY / CC-BY-NC]"

Where possible "Wellcome Collection" should be a clickable link to our site and the reference to the relevant licence CC-BY or CC-BY-NC should also be a clickable link (as above) to where details of the licence can be found.

If you have modified the image in any way the correct attribution is in the following form:

"Photo copyright [insert owner name], supplied by Wellcome Collection, licensed under [CC-BY / CC-BY-NC] / brief description of modification"

Individual images may have their own "Credit" statement. In such cases it is acceptable to use that credit statement or to provide an acknowledgement in the format described above, our preference is the latter.

Further details on creative commons attributions can be found here https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/Best_practices_for_attribution.

Moral rights

Whichever licence terms apply, users must also consider and uphold the author's statutory moral rights, in particular the author's right not to have his work subjected to derogatory treatment, which means any distortion or mutilation of the work or anything which is otherwise prejudicial to the honour or reputation of the author or creator.

Clinical and sensitive images

Certain images in Wellcome Collection ("The Clinical Images") are of a particularly sensitive clinical nature.

At this time, as we are changing how the image library works, we are not granting access to the restricted clinical collection to new users.

If you have been provided with access to Clinical Images we ask, in addition to your complying with the relevant Creative Commons licence which has been applied to them, that you also treat them with due respect and in an ethical manner. Your access to Clinical Images within the Wellcome Collection may be withdrawn if we consider that you have used any such Clinical Images in an inappropriate way.


Although every effort has been made to ensure that the licence information associated with each image in the Wellcome Collection is correct, all such images are used entirely at your own risk. The Wellcome Trust accepts no responsibility for loss arising from use of any such image(s).

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