Public Use Notice of Limitations

Department of Defense (DoD) motion and still media files, hereafter referred to as Visual Information (VI) are provided as a public service by the DoD consistent with the DoD's Principles of Information. 

No Representations or Warranties. DoD makes no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the suitability of DoD VI for non-DoD purposes. Use of DoD VI is at the user's sole risk.

Publicity and Privacy Rights. VI postings by the DoD do not waive any publicity or privacy rights of any individuals portrayed.

Intellectual Property Restrictions. Military Department and other DoD component names, insignia, seals, symbols and similar marks may be protected as trademarks or service marks and may not be used in commerce without prior written permission. DoD Component Trademark Licensing Office contacts may be found at https://www.defense.gov/Resources/Branding-and-Trademarks/.

In general, DoD VI that are works of authorship prepared by U.S. Government employees as part of their official duties are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States.

Some DoD VI may be subject to copyright or other intellectual property rights owned by non-DoD parties, regardless of whether the VI is marked with a copyright notice or other indication of non-DoD ownership or interests. Any use of this DoD VI other than as expressly authorized in this notice may subject the user to legal liability, including liability to such non-DoD owners of intellectual property or other protectable legal interests.

Non-Endorsement Requirements and Disclaimer. DoD VI will not be used in a manner that could imply endorsement of an individual, for-profit business, non-profit organization, or any other non-Federal entity (including DoD contractors), product, or service. This applies to both domestic and international users. Endorsement of a non-Federal entity, event, product, service, or enterprise may be neither stated nor implied. 

Commercial Use Defined: Use of DoD VI by any individual or entity for advertisements, marketing, promotion, solicitation, or fundraising purposes regardless of whether the user is a for-profit business, business industry organization, or non-profit organization, including an educational institution. Commercial use includes postings transmitted through electronic or other means that could then be distributed further, regardless of original intent. 

Commercial Use. Commercial users will obscure all distinctive U.S. military markings (e.g., tail or hull number, unit insignia, Service name) and other indicators that could connote DoD endorsement.

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