MHS Licensing Fees

Books

Books include all non-textbook publications, whether edited or single-author works, published by non-profit, University, or commercial presses. 

 

Non-Profit/U Press

Commercial

Print Run

North Amer.

Worldwide

North Amer.

Worldwide

Up to 2,000

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

2,001 to 5,000

25.00

37.50

50.00

75.00

5,001 to 20,000

50.00

75.00

100.00

150.00

Over 20,000

150.00

225.00

150.00

225.00

 

Rights to reproduce the image in both the electronic and print edition of the work are included in all book licenses.

Electronic and On-demand Publications

Includes print-on-demand publications and  e-books and e-journals with no planned print run, as well as documents in any e-reader format (PDF, MOBI, EPUB) made available for download either for a per-unit price or free of charge. For use of MHS images on the Web or in other Internet-based contexts, please see Website/Online use below.

Non-Profit/U Press

Commercial

25.00

50.00

 

Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, and Newsletters)

 

Non-Profit

Commercial

Print Run

North Amer.

Worldwide

North Amer.

Worldwide

Up to 5,000

0.00

0.00

25.00

50.00

5,001 to 20,000

25.00

37.50

50.00

75.00

Over 20,000

50.00

75.00

100.00

150.00

 

Rights to reproduce the image in both the electronic and print edition of the work are included in all journal/magazine/newsletter licenses.

Textbooks & Educational Programs/Packages

 

Print only

Print/E-book

MultiMedia Bundle*

Print Run

North Am.

Worldwide

North Am.

Worldwide

North Am.

Worldwide

Up to 2,000

0.00

0.00

10.00

20.00

25.00

50.00

2,001 to 5,000

50.00

75.00

60.00

85.00

75.00

150.00

5,001 to 20,000

100.00

150.00

110.00

160.00

125.00

200.00

Over 20,000

150.00

225.00

160.00

235.00

175.00

250.00

 

*MultiMedia Bundle includes print and e-book licensing, as well as the rights to include the image licensed in any ancillary digital media materials (CD-ROM, DVD, Web-based units, etc.) and promotional materials for the specific product being licensed for the current edition of the work only. Additional permission must be obtained for use of the image in all future editions of the work, for general advertising, or any further uses.

Cover Art

 

Non-Profit/U Press

Commercial

Print Run

North Amer.

Worldwide

North Amer.

Worldwide

Up to 2,000

25.00

37.50

50.00

75.00

2,001 to 5,000

50.00

75.00

100.00

150.00

5,001 to 20,000

100.00

150.00

200.00

300.00

Over 20,000

200.00

300.00

300.00

450.00

 

Ephemera

Ephemera include posters, brochures, pamphlets, handouts, and other print materials of a less permanent nature than monographs, journals, magazines, or newsletters.

Print Run

Non-Profit/U Press

Commercial

Up to 2,000

0.00

25.00

2,001 to 20,000

25.00

50.00

Over 20,000

50.00

100.00

Exhibitions

For exhibitions that will be open for less than two years, the Massachusetts Historical Society waives all licensing fees. For exhibitions lasting over two years in duration, the following one-time fees are assessed:

Non-Profit

Commercial

25.00

50.00

 

Permission for image use applies to all uses within the exhibition and in material produced for the exhibition, including catalogs, websites, marketing, educational materials, and publications. Permission to use the images for retail items (with the exception of published catalogs), in future exhibitions, or for unrelated projects requires a separate use permission request.

Advertising

Use of Massachusetts Historical Society materials in commercial and non-profit advertising is licensed on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature of the project, a fee will be negotiated within the following ranges:

Non-Profit

Commercial

$25.00-$200.00

$50.00-$400.00

Website/Online

This licensing category is used for Web-accessible (non-subscription) databases, social networking sites, personal and professional Web pages, institutional Websites, and any other online platform excluding online textbook components, Web video, and downloadable e-books and/or PDFs which have their own licensing categories.

Note that the use of images from the MHS website on other non-subscription (freely accessible) websites and in social media contexts does not require formal licensing, provided the credit line "Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society" is used and the user links back to the image on the MHS website. See Exempt Categories below.

Non-profit

Commercial

25.00

50.00

Film and Television

This licensing category is used for any audio-visual production which will be produced and disseminated via public showings (including in exhibitions), online, broadcast television, or DVD/video sales. The following fees apply:

Non-Profit

Commercial

25.00

50.00

 

The Massachusetts Historical Society grants television and film producers the following rights when licensing images: Worldwide broadcast standard and non-standard television, audio visual DVD/Home Video, and Internet, excluding packaging and advertising, for the life of the project.

If packaging and advertising rights are desired, Cover Art and/or Advertising fees may apply.

Exempt Categories

Use of MHS images exempt from licensing fees include:

  • Theses, dissertations, and other academic assignments that will not be widely distributed
  • PowerPoint presentations, slideshows, & lectures
  • Approved press requests. All press requests should be made through the Director of Communications.
  • Use of images from the MHS website on freely accessible (non-subscription) webpages and in the social media environment (blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

In all cases, the credit line “Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society” should appear with the images. If the image was obtained from our website, a hyperlink to the origin of the image should be included where appropriate.

Formal use permission licenses for the above categories are not required but will be provided upon request.

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