Where can I get permission to use an article, photograph, or map from one of your magazines, books, or websites?


To request permission to reprint an article, map, or photo, please contact us in one of the following ways:

EMAIL: natgeocreative@ngs.org
PHONE: +1 202 857 7537
FAX: +1 202 429 5776

WRITE: National Geographic Society
NatGeo Creative
1145 17th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688


Where can I get permission to use video material from one of your television programs, films, or websites?


To request permission to use video material please contact us as follows:

EMAIL: DMRightsClearance@ngs.org

WRITE: National Geographic Society
Digital Motion Services
1145 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688



Where can I get permission to show a National Geographic DVD or video to my students?


Videos and DVDs purchased through the National Geographic Society include public performance rights to any nonpaying educational screening. A teacher or educator must be present during the screening, and the video must be shown in its entirety. No portion of the video may be edited or put into any other format.


Can I show a National Geographic Channel or National Geographic Television program to my students?


National Geographic Television acknowledges the "fair use" rights of educators to make off-air recordings of National Geographic Explorer for educational use as expressed in the "Guidelines for Off-the-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming for Educational Purposes." These recording rights are limited to nonprofit educational institutions and are for educational use only.

Rights and restrictions apply to free off-air recordings of National Geographic Explorer:
  • Educational institutions may keep videotaped recordings for no more than 45 calendar days after the recording date, at which time the tapes must be erased.
  • Teachers may show videotaped recordings to students only within the first ten school days of the 45-day retention period.
  • Off-air recordings must be made only at the request of an individual teacher or by an individual teacher for instructional purposes, not by school staff in anticipation of later requests by teachers.
  • A teacher may show the recording to students no more than two times during the ten-day period, and the second time only for necessary instructional reinforcement.
  • Only teachers may view the taped recordings after the ten-day period for evaluation purposes; that is, to determine whether to include the broadcast program in the curriculum in the future.
  • If several teachers request videotaping of the same program, duplicate copies are permitted to supply their request; all copies are subject to the same restrictions as the original recording.
  • The off-air recordings may not be physically or electronically altered or combined with others to form anthologies, but they need not necessarily be used or shown in their entirety.
  • All copies of off-air recordings must include the copyright notice on the broadcast program as recorded.
  • These guidelines apply only to nonprofit educational institutions, which are further "expected to establish appropriate control procedures to maintain the integrity of these guidelines."

Certain films seen on National Geographic Explorer are available for purchase at video stores or from National Geographic Television (by calling 800 343 6610).