1. Earth Observation Data
  2. EOSDIS Data Use Policy

EOSDIS Data Use Policy

The following is a statement with regard to the access of NASA data from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). It applies to NASA products downloaded from our collection. Non-NASA data is covered by the license arrangement of the organizations that sponsor that dataset.

"NASA content, including but not limited to images, audio, video, and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format, observation data, metadata, products, information, algorithms, including scientific source code, documentation, models, images, and research results, generally are not copyrighted. You may use this material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits, computer graphical simulations and Internet Web pages. This general permission extends to personal Web pages.

NASA content used in a factual manner that does not imply endorsement may be used without needing explicit permission. NASA should be acknowledged as the source of the material.

NASA occasionally uses copyrighted material by permission on its website. NASA's use does not convey any rights to others to use the same material. Those wishing to use copyrighted material must contact the copyright holder directly.

As a government entity, NASA does not license the use of NASA materials or sign licensing agreements. The agency generally has no objection to the reproduction and use of these materials, subject to the following conditions:

NASA material may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA or by any NASA employee of a commercial product, service, or activity, or used in any manner that might mislead. Please see NASA Advertising Guidelines and Merchandising Guidelines for more information.

It is unlawful to falsely claim copyright or other rights in NASA material.

NASA shall in no way be liable for any costs, expenses, claims, or demands arising out of the use of NASA material by a recipient or a recipient's distributees.

NASA does not indemnify nor hold harmless users of NASA material, nor release such users from copyright infringement, nor grant exclusive use rights with respect to NASA material.

NASA material is not protected by copyright within the United States, unless noted. If copyrighted, permission should be obtained from the copyright owner prior to use. If not copyrighted, NASA material may be reproduced and distributed without further permission from NASA."

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