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MSF Media Database Terms and Conditions of Service

You must read and accept the following statement to continue using Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) images library.

This web site is owned and operated by Médecins Sans Frontières. All of the content featured or displayed on this web site, including, but not limited to, text, graphics, videos, photographs and software is owned by MSF and its content providers.

All elements of this MSF web site are protected by copyright, moral rights, trademark and other laws relating to intellectual property rights. Except as explicitly permitted under this or another agreement with MSF, no portion or element of this web site or its Content may be copied or retransmitted via any means and this web site, its content and all related rights shall remain the exclusive property of MSF or its licensors unless otherwise expressly agreed.

You shall indemnify MSF, its agents and licensors against any losses, expenses, costs or damages incurred by any or all of them as a result of your breach of the terms of this Agreement or your unauthorised use of the content and related rights.

Copyright and Image Licensing

All images requested and purchased through MSF are offered on a Rights Managed basis -. The copyright of the image is always retained by the photographer and MSF and images are distributed via a license designed to protect the rights of all concerned including the licensee. Due to the wide variation of agreements with various photographers over the years we are currently unable to distribute images to third parties under a common license or accept online payment. Most images on display are available for purchase but conditions of use vary and the fee is based primarily on how the image is going to be distributed. If in any doubt as to the legality of your use, please contact us at (MAIL) to request a license or further information.

Usage Rights

When an image is licensed by MSF, the usage is specified on the agreement and cannot be used for any other purpose without further agreement by MSF. The license will state the media use, the territories for the usage and any special conditions that apply.

Usage Fee

All use must be in an editorial context. A fee is generally payable by external users and this will be calculated in accordance with the print run, media, the reproduction size, and territory distribution. MSF photo library calculate this fee based on the information provided by the licensee. Incorrect information can lead to a surcharge on the originally agreed fee and may lead to a cancellation of the license.

Cropping and Image Manipulation

Photographs must not be altered, cropped or manipulated in any form without permission from MSF Images. The rights to alter any photograph generally rest with the photographer and MSF Photo library will seek their opinion for any alteration request. For external users this may incur additional charges.


All images must be used with or in the spirit of the accompanying caption. If there is any doubt then verification should be sought before publication.

Credit Lines

All images are released for editorial use only, the photographer should be credited with any reproduction of their work. The credit line should read "© photographer's name/Agency" unless specified otherwise. The preferable location for this credit line is immediately adjacent to the image or in the acknowledgements or credits section.

Published Images

If a license is issued, MSF will normally request two copies of any publication featuring an image reproduction upon publication.

Model Release

Most MSF photographers’ work is documentary. This style of photography does not lend itself to the releases of the subject or subjects of the image, though every effort is made to ensure that all current MSF volunteers and employees have signed agreements allowing images featuring them to be used. Unless specified by MSF in writing however, no model releases or other releases for any images have been made. The licensee is responsible for clearing all necessary permissions from third parties, regarding the content of the images; this includes brand names and trademarks. The licensee shall indemnify and hold MSF harmless against any and all claims, liability, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable legal fees and expenses) arising out of the use of any Image for which:

(a) no release was ever obtained by MSF in writing.

(b) the use of any Image exceeds the scope of the release provided by MSF.

The licensee will also indemnify and hold MSF harmless against all claims, liability, damages, and expenses (including reasonable legal fees and expenses) in connection with any third party claim arising out of the use of the Images, including, but not limited to, defamation, right of privacy, right of publicity, and obscenity claims. MSF liability for all claims shall not exceed in any event the total amount invoiced per particular image. MSF makes no representation or warranty with respect to the use of any names, trademarks or works of art depicted in any image or the accuracy of captions accompanying any images.