in The Virtual Fossil may be used or modified
in any manner for personal use, teaching,
research or in scientific and other publications as long as appropriate
credit is given to the web site as:
Virtual Fossil Museum www.fossilmuseum.net
Content in The Virtual FossilMuseum.net may
not be copied, resold, used or modified in any manner for commercial
purposes such as web sites, popular press and educational books
or for any other commercial use, without the written consent of
the webmaster: .
In this case, credit should be given as above in print, and a link
included for content placed on the Internet or within electronic
or social media.
Virtual Fossil Museum’s purpose and mission is fostering
scientific education, and we operate on a non-profit basis,
who supply all VFM needs. The board considered changing the site
to a more open license, but ultimately rejected the move due
extensive and repeated copyright violations by creationist and
intelligent design websites and publications (see example at Pharyngula).
Because of this, for now, we will retain restrictive copyrights,
and will in no circumstance give permission for use of Virtual
Fossil Museum content to individuals, organizations, or publishers,
use in non-scientific purposes such as creationism or intelligent
design, which are antithetical to our own purposes and beliefs.
others, the permission process is simple and overarching. Teachers,
educational institutions and organizations, individuals and organizations
promoting the teaching of evolution (or countering creationism and
intelligent design) are given non-exclusive rights to use Virtual
Fossil Museum assets for non-profit purposes, provided:
is given to the Virtual Fossil Museum. For websites, cite image
courtesy of the Virtual Fossil Museum, www.fossilmuseum.net,
with link to the museum For publications cite: image courtesy
of the Virtual Fossil Museum, www.fossilmuseum.net. For websites,
provide a link our home page.
the webmaster of intended use at:
is not so extensive as to replicate a portion of the museum.
It is rather subjective as to what “extensive means”,
so e-mail the webmaster that will make a determination, based
on the value to the educational community.
the future, the VFM may charge a small fee for image use of
for-profit publishers. This will not become the case until the
VFM has designed a means for said fees to be donated to the
now, we have ceased to obtain and retain and provide high resolution
images above 72 dpi because it was simply too time-consuming, and
the files are too large for e-mail. We do, however, file large
images (normally 1600x1200) that do not have the Virtual Fossil
Museum name on them, as would be desired by most publishers.
apologize for being slow at answering e-mails; there is simply not
enough time, and there is too much spam. Hopefully, the above guidelines
will allow your proceeding when we are slow or remiss.
remember the immortal words of Crosby Stills and Nash, to Teach
Your Children Well.
Perkins, Virtual Fossil Museum Webmaster