The Commission of Fine Arts offers broad public access to its resources—including photographs, drawings, and official government documents—as a contribution to education, scholarship, and public information. The submission of documents to this agency for review constitutes permission for CFA to use the documents for purposes related to the activities of the Commission, including display, reproduction, publication, or distribution.
Generally, materials produced by federal agencies are in the public domain and may be reproduced without permission. However, some materials in the Commission’s collections (such as graphic materials submitted by commercial firms) may not be in the public domain and may be subject to restrictions on use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or distributing materials found in the Commission's collections. Researchers may also consult the Fair Use Doctrine (17 U.S.C. sec. 107) to determine whether the intended usage of materials obtained from the Commission is within its scope.