Many portions of NYPL's website, including the BiblioCommons Service, allow users to contribute content to the NYPL site. What should users keep in mind when they are contributing content to the NYPL site?
- All content that you share on the NYPL site must be owned by/created by you. For example, if you would like to upload a photo to the NYPL site, the photo should be a photo that you have taken (or that you own the intellectual property rights to). If your photo contains the image of a person, you will also need to make sure that you have obtained the written consent of the person in the photo. For more information, please read the Patron-Generated Content section of the NYPL Website Terms and Conditions.
- Some portions of the NYPL site, including the BiblioCommons Service, allow users to contribute comments, reviews, lists, etc. Again, this material must be material you have created/written. For more information about things to keep in mind before contributing content, please click here, here, and here.
Why does NYPL insist that users own the material that they contribute to the NYPL site?
- The answer is simple: we want to make sure that you aren't illegally expropriating someone else's ideas or work. When you contribute writing, artwork, photos, etc. to our site, you are granting us (and, in some cases, partners we work with, like BiblioCommons) broad rights to use those materials. You can only grant those broad rights if you are the owner of the material in question.
If a user contributes content to the NYPL site, can the user control how that material is used?
- Not really. Like all content posted on the web, your Shared Content may be copied or indexed by third parties. When you contribute materials to most pages on the NYPL site, you are granting NYPL a really broad license to use that material in just about any way. For example, NYPL could use that material in marketing materials about the Library, in its annual report, on posters, etc. For more information about the exact nature of the license you are granting to NYPL, please click here.
Where can you get more information?