Note: This policy takes effect from 11 March 2022.
When you publish astrophotography pictures created using data from Telescope Live (either from One-Click Observations, Bundles or Advanced Requests) you must credit Telescope Live as the data source. This should be clearly written in the picture's caption.
The preferred and recommended crediting line is:
- Credits: «Your Name» / Telescope Live; or
- Image processed by «Your Name», original data from Telescope Live
Alternative crediting, which in essence respects the above principles, is also accepted.
If you post your images on Astrobin, the way in which you can credit the source of the data is embedded into the submission process. You can follow this help page to see how you can do it.
We are serious about this policy because we believe that it is important and fair to the wider astrophotography community that astrophotography pictures created with data from professional facilities such as Telescope Live clearly specify the source of the data. If you don't do so, people who look at or judge your image will likely assume that you took the images yourself, with your own gear.
Reasonable exemptions to this policy are granted.
If you formally fail to comply with this policy for reasons that are beyond your control, or if you cannot comply with this policy despite your reasonable effort, we will grant an exemption.
A few examples are given below, but if you have any questions or you require some specific exceptions please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARTICIPATION IN CONTESTS AND COMPETITIONS
When you participate in contests, competitions, APODs, etc, it is imperative that the source of the data is clearly stated. During submission, you should also state that the data source attribution must be shown by the contest organiser if the picture is awarded or selected for display.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the data attribution is shown if your image is selected as a winning picture. If the organiser fails to display the crediting line or attribution, you should first contact them, and if they still fail to comply you can contact us as well.
It might happen that, after winning a competition, your image is then re-posted by news outlets, which will likely fail to comply with the data attribution policy. This is acceptable and if this happens you are not in violation of our policy as this is beyond your control.
CAN I SELL MY ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY PICTURES?
We think that the artwork you create with our data is your own work and for this reason, you should be able to sell it. As you own the final artwork you are able to sell it freely.
We understand that, in these cases, it might be difficult to enforce a data attribution policy, especially for those who will eventually buy your work.
For instance, when you sell your images to a photography stock website, you will not be able to enforce the attribution policy to people who buy your work. A special exemption is therefore granted in this case. If the photography stock website allows for it, you should still ensure that the data source attribution is included in the Description field of the picture.
PRINTING YOUR ARTWORK
If your intent is to print your artwork (metal prints, photo books, etc) it might be impractical to include a clear data source attribution for each picture, as it might ruin the beauty and essence of the artwork. In such a case, a policy exemption is granted, even if you decide to sell your artwork.
WHO OWNS THE IMAGES?
The astrophotography pictures created by you using data (FITS images) obtained from Telescope Live are owned by you, at the condition that when you publish these images you respect the data attribution policy described above.
The original FITS images obtained with One-Click Observations and Observation Bundles are owned by Telescope Live. These FITS images cannot be redistributed and can exclusively be used by the Telescope Live subscriber who downloads them. The user has a license to use such images to generate astrophotography pictures.
FITS images obtained through Advanced Requests are owned by the user who submits the Advanced Requests. Telescope Live will keep a broad license to these FITS Images so that they can be stored indefinitely in our servers, even if the user unsubscribes or deletes its account.