Three museums with the largest collection of Nicholas Roerich (hereinafter referred to as museums-participants) are engaged in the creation of the Internet site "The Roerich Heritage" (hereinafter referred to as the Website): the State Museum of Oriental Art, the Saint-Petersburg state Roerich family Museum and Institute and the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York.
According to Subpoint 11, Point 2 of Article 1270 of the Russian Civil Code, "the dissemination of an original work to the public in such a manner that any individual can receive access to the original work from anywhere and at any time of their choosing (dissemination to the public)" constitutes use of an original work. The use of an original work without the copyright owner's permission, regardless of whether or not the action is taken for the purpose of profit, is an infringement of the exclusive right to that original work.
The museum is the exclusive owner of the rights to all the images of interiors and premises, works of art, photographs, documents, and other items from the museum collection, as well as all the images and textual information (the results of intellectual activity and means of individualization), audio materials, video materials, and multimedia materials displayed on the museum's official websites.
According to Point 1 of Article 1229 of the Russian Civil Code, "the copyright holder can authorize or prohibit other individuals from using the result of intellectual activity or means of individualization at his or her discretion. The absence of prohibition is not considered to be consent (permission). Other individuals cannot use the corresponding result of intellectual activity or means of individualization without the copyright owner's consent."
The use of materials displayed on the museum's websites is authorized exclusively for non-commercial purposes, in the following cases, and on the following terms:
1 - Individual use of all materials for personal educational, cultural, and scientific purposes, for homework with children, or for other education-oriented activities within the family.
2 - The use of textual information (the results of intellectual activity and means of individualization) not exceeding 500 symbols, with a clear indication of the author (if it is indicated on the museum's website), of the fact that the textual excerpt belongs to the Website, and with a live hyperlink to the page from which the excerpt was copied, with the full-length URL.
3 - The use of digital images of items from the museums collections and photographs and documents from the museums archives and scientific support funds, sized no more than 800 pixels on the longer side, with a clear indication of the fact that the image belongs to the Website, and with a live hyperlink to the page from which the image was copied, with the full-length URL. Images can be used for educational, cultural, and scientific purposes, for other education-oriented activities, in the form of a demonstration on a screen, shares on social networks and services, illustrations for lectures, reports, and other interactive presentation forms for scientific work.
4 - The use of audio, video, and multimedia materials displayed on the Website with the use of embedding from publicly available social services (video channels, presentation services, music players, etc.) in an unlimited amount, with a clear indication of the fact that the images belong to the Website, and using publicly available embed codes provided by those public services, which contain a live hyperlink to the source material, with the full-length URL.
5 - The use of all materials in print and electronic publications, television programs, and radio mass media in cases when the publication, program, or radio broadcast is aimed at the targeted dissemination of information about museums-participants, its activities and events, employees, and projects.
An individual who wishes to use any images of interiors and premises, works of art from the museums collections, texts by the museum staff, audio materials, video materials, and multimedia materials for commercial purposes, for print publications, or for any other purpose beside the purposes indicated above, must submit a written request and receive prior written permission from the museum-participant.