Video Copyright and Licensing Policy

Last Updated: September 12, 2022

1. Introduction

This Video Copyright and Licensing Policy (“Licensing Policy”) is intended to provide guidance about the permitted use of recorded materials which appear on the website at: www.America250.org (or any successor website), and any desktop, subpages, and mobile versions, including all content, materials, features, applications, functionality, products, and services, made available on this website or other platforms (“the Sites”).

The Sites are operated by the America 250 Foundation, Inc. (“America250 Foundation”, “Foundation”, “we”, “our”, or “us”), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization with the sole purpose of supporting the activities of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission (“the Commission”, together with the Foundation, “America250”).

Please read this Licensing Policy carefully before utilizing any materials on the Sites. This Licensing Policy, along with the Terms of Use at https://www.America250.org/terms-of-use, and the Privacy Policy at https://america250.org/privacy-policy/, constitute the “Website Policies”. Any capitalized, but undefined terms in this policy have the meaning given to them in the Terms of Use.

2. Ownership

The Sites may include a variety of recorded video content, including capture of meetings, events, and editorial content (the “Videos”).

Except where otherwise stated in this Licensing Policy or noted in conjunction with any Video, the Foundation is the sole and exclusive owner of all Videos that appear on the Sites and reserves all rights not expressly granted herein.

Except as expressly permitted herein, you may not copy download, stream, capture, reproduce, duplicate, archive, upload, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, display, sell, frame or deep-link, make available or otherwise, the America250 Foundation Videos.

3. Guidelines and Types of Video Use

General. America250 seeks the broadest screening of our Videos. Sharing of Video content via linking or embedding full content without further editing does not require any permissions from America250.

In that spirit, any recorded video coverage created by us which capture any Commission public events or other Federal events related to the Commission and the Semiquincentennial celebration which are posted on the Sites shall not require a license, provided that in all instances, America250 should be attributed as the source of the video. Keeping the logo (the “bug”) of “America250” on the screen shall constitute sufficient attribution under this Licensing Policy.

Videos which fall into this category may include:

  • Public Meetings of the Commission
  • Public Hearings related to or featuring the Commission
  • Public News Conferences presented by the Commission
  • Public activities by other Federal entities related to the activities of the Commission
  • Other Videos clearly identified as being in the public domain

Videos which do not fall into this category, may include, but are not limited to:

  • Panel Discussions and Listening Sessions presented by the Foundation and its partners
  • Editorial, educational, and promotional videos produced or licensed by the Foundation
  • Video coverage of events which are not specifically related to the meetings and governance of the Commission
  • Any America250 sponsored event that is posted on the America250.org website
  • Third-party content licensed by the Foundation.

If any Video is not clearly labeled as falling into Commission proceeding content, we welcome queries into appropriate use and attribution, particularly if your proposed use could be considered commercial or otherwise not fall into the Non-Commercial Use category described below.

Beyond static linking or embedding of full videos, the Foundation will not require a license for other use of full Videos for non-commercial purposes, provided that America250 is attributed as the source of the Video via retention of the bug as described further above.

Non-commercial use means broadly, use which is not intended for revenue generation and which is utilized by a public or private non-profit entity, such as:

  • Other 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations;
  • 501(c)(6) trade associations;
  • Other nonprofit and foundations as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, including libraries and museums;
  • Federal and State Government entities, including all ex-officio members of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission;
  • Education institutions, including elementary, middle school, secondary, colleges and universities; and
  • All Commissioners of the Commission, Board of Directors of the Foundation, and members of America250 Task Forces, and Special and Ad Hoc Committees.

Any non-commercial use must be non-partisan and otherwise consistent with the purpose, themes, guidelines, and values–collectively the Commission’s Visionary Framework, as defined at https://america250.org/about/vision/ and the Commission’s report to the President of the United States.

If your proposed use of any Video does not clearly fall into one of the categories described above, but which is non-partisan and reflects the activities, vision, aspiration goals, and values of America250, please contact us via one of the methods listed at the end of this Licensing Policy to discuss licensing options.

Examples of such potential use may include, but are not limited to:

  • Documentaries, films or television programs;
  • Distribution by broadcast, cable or satellite;

  • Any commercial use that relies substantially on America250 Videos to generate revenue;
  • Any other use by a for-profit or commercial entity that may provide value to that entity250 video;
  • Simultaneous streaming or retransmission of the America250 coverage of any event which is not in the public domain;
  • Use of portions of any Video outside the context of the full content.

America250 reserves the right to require a license on its standard terms and to require a license fee for certain uses, as well as to refuse any licensing request.

America250 has National Corporate Partners and other business affiliates associated with our activities. For corporate opportunities for commercial use, please contact America250.

America250.org will provide Videos to media organizations in order to excerpt short “clips” for newscast. All such use must attribute America250 as the source of video by retaining the bug as described herein. America250 reserves the right to review any such request, but will permit limited fair use in accordance with US Copyright Law.

4. Contact Information

If you have any questions about this policy or wish to inquire about licensing opportunities please contact us via one of the following methods:

Email: info@america250.org

U.S. Mail: 1663 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314