| Yes, we get
a pretty good number of requests for information and for permission
to either re-print content or copy pictures. It is our general policy
to allow duplication of any of our material for non-profit or educational
| We have a
specific disclaimer on our "Marine Life Profiles" http://waquarium.mic.hawaii.edu/MLP
That specifically states "These materials may be reproduced for educational
and personal ("fair") use only, and may not be reproduced for commercial
purposes without the express written permission of the Waikiki Aquarium".
Our "Marine Life Profiles" represent the information most commonly requested
by folks, and serves as a resource for both educators and students.
We provide the information in HTML, msword, text and as PDF documents to
facilitate teachers printing out the info and using it as handouts for
their classes. Many of our "MLPs" contain high resolution images suitable
for reprinting, as opposed to the normal tiny "web-page" size images.
| We are a
non-profit, educational facility, part of the University of Hawaii, so
our whole goal is to help kids and adults learn about the marine environment.
Actually, we encourage folks to use our resources and images, as long as
they are not then selling that info or using it to sell something.
| We have had
occasional problems with people promoting tourism to Hawaii, using our
material without permission or credit, this is a problem. On one
hand we are a "tourist attraction" and part of the local tourism association,
and we are glad that people are using our info instead of making things
up. You have to give credit where credit is due, and we have asked folks
to stop doing this when it is brought to our attention. We have never had
to resort to legal measures to keep the tourism folks from "ripping off
| Well, good
luck with your project, feel free to contact me again if you need more
info. And of course you may link and use our image as a link.
Michael Connolly, Webmaster
Waikiki Aquarium, University of Hawaii