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Learn about usage rights

The rights to use digital images and other material found on the Finna.fi search service varies. For most of the digital material, the rights of use are marked clearly with a Creative Commons (CC) licence or Rights Statements on usage rights. Always check the information on usage rights of the material and observe the terms. Read the instructions below to find out what the different rights of use on Finna are and how you can use the material.

Please note that the instructions’ usage rights only apply to copyrights. The material’s user is always responsible for respecting the protection of privacy and other legislation. For example, if the pictures display people who are alive, you are not allowed to use them in marketing or advertising without the person’s consent.

Creative Commons licences

For most of the material, the rights of use are marked clearly with a Creative Commons (CC) licence. A CC licence consists of different terms that describe how you can use the material. For example, a term may prohibit commercial use (NC) or editing (ND) the material. Read the instructions below to find out what the different terms mean.

CC 0: Free use.

BY: Name the author and other similar parties.

NC: No commercial use.

ND: No editing.

SA: Publish the modified work under the same licence as the original material.

How can I use CC-licensed material?

  • The copyright holder has submitted the material for free use.
  • The material’s user is always responsible for respecting the protection of privacy and other legislation. For example, if the pictures display people who are alive, you are not allowed to use them in marketing or advertising without the person’s consent.
  • Always name the author and other parties listed to be named (such as the organisation storing the material or its collection).
  • Mark the original material’s licence. Provide a link to the material and the official description of the CC licence, if possible with your mode of presentation.
  • You can modify the material. Mark which changes you made (such as cropping an image).
  • Commercial use is allowed. However, please note the user is responsible for respecting copyrights and the protection of privacy. For example, if the pictures display people who are alive, you are not allowed to use them in marketing or advertising without the person’s consent.
  • Always name the author and other parties listed to be named (such as the organisation storing the material or its collection).
  • You are not allowed to use the material commercially. Non-commercial use in an educational setting is allowed.
  • You can modify the material. Mark which changes you made (such as cropping an image).
  • Mark the original material’s licence. Provide a link to the material and the official description of the CC licence, if possible with your mode of presentation.
  • Always name the author and other parties listed to be named (such as the organisation storing the material or its collection).
  • You are not allowed to use the material commercially. Non-commercial use in an educational setting is allowed.
  • You cannot modify the material. For example, do not crop an image.
  • Mark the original material’s licence. Provide a link to the material and the official description of the CC licence, if possible with your mode of presentation.
  • Always name the author and other parties listed to be named (such as the organisation storing the material or its collection).
  • You are not allowed to use the material commercially. Non-commercial use in an educational setting is allowed.
  • If you modify the material or create new material based on it, use the same licence as in the original material. Mark which changes you made (such as cropping an image).
  • Mark the original material’s licence. Provide a link to the material and the official description of the CC licence, if possible with your mode of presentation.

Public Domain mark

Some material may be Public Domain. This means that the copyright of the material has expired and you are free to use it.

Rights Statements

Some material have been marked with Rights Statements. See below to find out what the rights statements found on Finna mean and how you can use the material.

How can I use material marked with Rights Statements?

Some material has been marked with the In Copyright statement. This means that the material is protected under copyright and there are limitations to its use.

  • You can view the material freely on Finna.
  • You can share the link to the material with others.
  • You can save the material on your list of favourites.
  • You may not reuse the material for a new publication without permission. This means for example, that you are not allowed to modify the material. You may not use the material in a presentation or commercially, for example.

Contact the providers of the material with questions regarding reusing the material. You can reach them by using the form that opens after clicking the Contact us button. You can find the button in connection to the material.

Some material has been marked with Copyright not evaluated. This means that the copyright status of the material is unknown and there may be limitations to its use.

  • You can view the material freely on Finna.
  • You can share the link to the material with others.
  • You can save the material on the list of favourites.
  • Ask for permission to reuse the material. This means for example, that you are not allowed to modify the material. You may not use the material in a presentation or commercially, for example.

Contact the providers of the material with questions regarding reusing the material. You can reach them by using the form that opens after clicking the Contact us button. You can find the button in connection to the material.

Material’s copyright is unknown

You can ask the material’s provider for more information on its rights of use if it is not known or you are uncertain about the related rights. You can reach them by using the form that opens after clicking the Contact us button. You can find the button in connection to the material.

If you are unaware of some material’s rights of use, you can still

  • view the material freely on Finna,
  • share the link to the material with others,
  • save a search you made and
  • add the material to your list of favourites and share the list’s link to others.

Materials descriptions

As a general rule, you can freely use the descriptions about materials that are displayed in your search results on Finna.fi. There are a few exceptions: abstracts included in descriptions, back cover texts for books, and descriptions produced by Finna users, which may be under third party copyright. Restrictions on the use of descriptions in other Finna user interfaces and web libraries may apply.