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2. Ownership and liability

This site is operated by Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford (‘we’, ‘us’, or the ‘Libraries’), whose postal address is Bodleian Libraries, Clarendon Building, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG, United Kingdom. The registered address of the University of Oxford is University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OS1 2JD, United Kingdom.

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4. Copyright information for the Bodleian Libraries’ digitised collections

The Creative Commons Licence

The images of the Bodleian’s collections included on this site, and linked to via the image viewing interface, may be used for personal and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the UK Creative Commons ‘Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0’ Licence (CC-BY-NC-SA). This licence statement will also be indicated in the descriptive metadata for the content object. If you would like to use Bodleian images under the terms of this licence, you do not need to seek our permission. We ask that you give proper attribution when using the images, according to the best practices set forward by the Creative Commons, by providing the following notice:  ‘© 2013 Bodleian Libraries, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/.’

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5. Copyright information for the Vatican Library’s digitised collections

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6. Notice and takedown policy

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