marine biology image database

Terms of use

Cifonauta image database content is available under a Creative Commons Attribution / Non-Commercial / Share-Alike 3.0 / Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license. This license allows sharing and reuse of text and images (photos and videos) for non-commercial activities without prior consent, as long as the source and authors are properly cited and distributed under a compatible license.

Authors are the copyright holders of their images. Cifonauta database only has a non-exclusive permission to make the materials available under the terms above. For this reason, if you are interested in using any image for commercial purposes or under different license terms you must negotiate with the author directly. Use our email address indicating the image of interest and we will forward your message to the author: .

We opted for a flexible license to maximize (re)using of content for scientific outreach and other educational purposes and still give proper attribution to authors. We count with you to help us fulfill this goal. When sharing, using, distributing an image do not forget to cite the author and, if possible, a link back to this website. Thanks!

How to cite

We suggest the templates below, but accept variations as long as the author(s) is(are) cited:

Photos and videos

Cite the database itself

License details

Creative Commons license terms can be read at: (see some legal code). Find below a summary of the license terms with examples.

You can:


Copy, distribute and transmit the images.

Examples: Copy a photo or video to your computer, upload and share an image on your website, show a video on an embriology class or on a live VJ set, etc…


Create derived works.

Examples: Use photos to make a montage, join photos and videos to create another video, create subtitles or translate texts, etc…

Under the following conditions:


You must attribute the image in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

Examples: When re-distributing an photo or video always cite the author(s), with a linkback if possible. See templates above.

Non-commercial use

You may not use images for commercial purposes.

Examples: Sell digital or print copies of images or publish photos in textbooks, magazines or newspapers. In this case prior written consent from the authors is mandatory.*

Share alike

If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

Examples: If you want to distribute a collection with the best shots from Cifonauta in your website, you must use a compatible license.


*Note: we understand that publishing images in personal blogs with sponsored links (AdSense and alike) is not a direct commercial use and is allowed (as long as the terms are properly followed).