Using Image legal issue


  • Module Developer

    Hi, guys.
    These might be stupid questions, but I ask.

    Do you know the “Photo of The Day” of NationalGeographic? I like those photos.
    From time to time, I download a picture and use it as my desktop wallpaper. (private PC, not in office)
    Q1) Is this illegal act? (It might depend on where I live. I live in Germany, EU. But I want to know usual cases)
    Q2) If I make a script for downloading pics on my private PC. Is this illegal?
    I think these are not illegal, for non-commercial personal usage by whatever licenses.

    Q3) How about on the MagicMirror? Of course, this MM is located in my living room, not a public place.

    Q4) This is the real Question. If I build a module for that and release, Will it cause a legal issue?



  • Sean I would say this…

    Check their website to see if they have a ‘disclaimer’ saying that the images can be used for personal use and cannot be used for commercial purposes or something similar.

    They do have a wallpaper section on their website that you can actually download images for your own use
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/wallpaper/download
    I did find this->

    LIMITED CONTENT LICENSE
    National Geographic hereby grants you a limited, revocable, nonsublicensable, nontransferable license, to access and display or perform the NG Content (excluding any software code) solely for your personal, non-commercial use, in connection with using the NG Services. The NG Services may also contain User Content. Except as provided in this Agreement or as explicitly allowed in the Additional Terms on the applicable NG Service, you may not copy, download, stream capture, reproduce, duplicate, archive, upload, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, retransmit, distribute, perform, display, sell, frame or deep-link, make available or otherwise use any Content contained in or through the NG Services.

    If at all in doubt what I’ve done in the past is ask them if it’s okay for me to use the content. Most of the time I’ve been met with + results. Here’s the email to ask such a question : natgeocreative@natgeo.com


  • Module Developer


  • Module Developer

    Ok, I’ll use this by myself alone forever. :)



  • @Sean Hahahhaahhaha nooooooooooooo you should share it… I really think they wouldn’t mind…BUT to clear up any issues I emailed them… I’ll let you know.


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