Copyright, permissions and photography

Using the Sophie Maree Gallery website

Please note that the intellectual property rights in all content comprising or contained within this website address (URL) is owned by Sophie Maree Gallery, and other copyright owners as specified.

The contents of this website are published for your enjoyment. You may freely access and store the majority of the website’s contents on a temporary basis for the purposes of personal or private viewing, interaction or listening.

Reproducing content from the Sophie Maree Gallery website

Website content that is Sophie Maree Gallery copyright may be reproduced for the non-commercial purposes of research, private study, criticism and review, or for limited circulation within an educational establishment (such as a school, college or university).

The following uses of Sophie Maree Gallery copyright content are also permitted, except where other terms apply:

  • Reproducing Sophie Maree Gallery copyright content, and Sophie Maree Gallery owned copyright expired artworks, for non-commercial research, private study, criticism and review, or for the purposes of teaching and instruction within an educational establishment. Where any artworks are published, the source of the content must be identified and the copyright status of the content acknowledged, e.g. ‘Title, Artist, Date of Work, Photo: © Sophie Maree Gallery, The Hague [current year]’
  • Limited quotation of Sophie Maree Gallery copyright texts or transcripts, for non-commercial research, private study, criticism and review, or use within an educational establishment, with due acknowledgement and citation. Where any text content is published, the author and/or source of the content must be identified and the copyright status of the content acknowledged, e.g. ‘© Sophie Maree Gallery, The Hague [current year]’
  • Reproducing Sophie Maree Gallery copyright content for the purposes of an educational examination, by a recognised Dutch exam authority
  • Downloading Sophie Maree Gallery copyright audio and video content for non-commercial offline listening or viewing
  • Downloading and printing of Sophie Maree Gallery copyright learning content, and whiteboard resources, for non-commercial educational use
  • Embedding links to Sophie Maree Gallery audio and video content, where embedding is offered
  • Reusing content published under a Creative Commons licence under the terms of the licence specified (For example, the Digital metrics dashboard template)
  • Embedding or loading Sophie Maree Gallery news feeds (RSS)

However, the following acts are not permitted in respect of any of the content featured on Sophie Maree Gallery’s website:

  • Reproduction of website content for commercial purposes, or any rental, leasing or lending of content obtained or derived from the website
  • Any use of the Sophie Maree Gallery logo, brand identities or Sophie Maree Gallery trademarks without prior consent from Sophie Maree Gallery
  • Any considerable public dissemination, display or hosting of website content via any third-party platforms, including without limitation, the substantial or repeated extraction and/or storage of Sophie Maree Gallery website content in any retrieval system, or inclusion in any other computer program or work
  • Reproduction of Sophie Maree Gallery website content on any social media platforms, except where other terms allow
  • Inaccurate or distorted reproductions, colour treatments, alterations or adaptations of website content, except where other terms allow
  • Publication of any unauthorised translations or transcriptions of website content, except where other terms allow
  • False attribution of authorial or copyright credits, and the removal of any Sophie Maree Gallery metadata from digital file formats
  • Unauthorised text/data mining of website content and metadata

Non-commercial use

Sophie Maree Gallery would usually regard the following uses of Sophie Maree Gallery imagery as non-commercial activity:

  • Use in free educational lectures and classes;
  • Use on an individual or group’s website discussing the artwork in question; 
  • Use on websites that are primarily information-led, research-oriented and obviously non-commercial in nature, for example the William Blake Archive and Wikipedia;
  • Use on personal social media accounts, provided the individual is not promoting themselves commercially.

Statutory exceptions to copyright also apply in certain situations.  It is the user’s responsibility to satisfy themselves that an exception (such as fair dealing criticism and review, quotation, or reporting a current event) applies.

Commercial use

Creative Commons defines commercial use as “reproducing a work in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or monetary compensation”.

Sophie Maree Gallery further defines commercial use as “use on or in anything that itself is charged for, on or in anything connected with something that is charged for, or on or in anything intended to make a profit or to cover costs.”

As well as obviously commercial activities such as merchandise production, use of Sophie Maree Gallery images editorially in films and on TV, in publications that are sold, in advertisements and commercial promotions, Sophie Maree Gallery would usually regard the following uses of Sophie Maree Gallery imagery as commercial activity: 

  • Use online or in print by commercial organisations, including (for the avoidance of doubt) trading arms of charities;
  • Use on an individual’s website in such a way that adds value to their business, or for promotional purposes, or where offering a service to third parties;
  • Use of images by university presses in publications online or in print;
  • Use in publicity and promotional material connected with commercial events;
  • Unsolicited use of images by news media, including front covers and centre-page spreads;
  • Use in compilations of past examination papers;
  • Use by commercial galleries and auction houses.

Under charity law, conflicts can arise when one charity is seen as assisting another.  Therefore Sophie Maree Gallery needs to treat other charities (and their trading arms) as if they were “commercial” organisations.

Sourcing images from the Sophie Maree Gallery website

Sophie Maree Gallery is committed to providing online access to as many of the works in its collection and Archive as possible, via the Sophie Maree Gallery website.

Sophie Maree Gallery actively develops agreements with copyright holders and other licensing agents for the artists they represent. Whilst these agreements enable Sophie Maree Gallery to illustrate artworks, the permissions do not extend to any other party, unless specified.

However, many artworks are readily available as reproductions:

  • To view free online at Art & artists
  • To order as framed prints
  • To license, purchase and download high-resolution digital files for commercial use at Sophie Maree Gallery Images
  • Commercial enquiries about other Sophie Maree Gallery content (e.g. text, video or design work) should be emailed to info@sophie-maree.com

Please note that the further reproduction of artworks, or any other images or content, made available by Sophie Maree Gallery may constitute an infringement of copyright. It is therefore your responsibility to investigate and obtain permission from copyright holders or their agents before publishing such content.

Visitor photography

  • Photography in the main gallerie is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes only. It is the visitor’s responsibility to ensure no copyright is infringed. The use of flash and tripods is prohibited.

Legal notice

Sophie Maree Gallery is committed to respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We have therefore taken reasonable efforts to ensure that the reproduction of all content on the pages of the Sophie Maree Gallery website and other digital publications (including, but not restricted to, images, text and video) is done with the full consent of copyright owners.

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under the Dutch Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988) please contact Sophie Maree Gallery in writing stating the following:

  • Your contact details
  • The full details of the material’s creator
  • The exact and full web address (URL) where you found the material
  • Proof that you are the rights holder and a sSophie Maree Galleryment that, under penalty of perjury, you are the rights holder or are an authorised representative.

The Copyright Office
Sophie Maree Gallery
Hellingweg 96d

2583 WH The Hague, The Netherlands
Email: info@sophie-maree.com