U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

EERE Communication Standards & Guidelines

Copyright

Here you'll find the requirements for acquiring permission to use materials that are under copyright. Copyright is a property right whereby authors obtain, for a limited time, certain exclusive rights to their works. This includes:

  • Content coded in HTML on the page
  • PDFs or other downloadable files posted on the site, such as presentations, from organizations and companies not funded by DOE
  • Images and photos.

In the United States, most copyright protection is exclusively granted by the federal government, which provides Congress with the power "to promote science and the useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors...the exclusive right to their... writings."

All Web sites must follow these requirements.

Get Permission to Use Content under Copyright

Anyone posting information on the EERE Web site is responsible for ensuring that appropriate legal clearance and permission are obtained before using someone else's work. If you wish to use content that is under copyright:

  • Get written authorization from the copyright owner to post the information.
  • Display a standard copyright notice
  • Recognize that copyright owners are solely responsible for policing how copyrighted material is used.

Don't Post "Official Use Only" Content

Some presentations, reports, and documents may be labeled "For Official Use Only" or "Proprietary." When posting content—whether it's from the Department of Energy, its national labs, or an external company—always make sure that the file is not labeled for official use only. These files cannot be posted on the EERE website.

Copyright Policy for EERE Content

If someone from another Web site wants to use EERE's content on their site, they should be directed to EERE's copyright policy. This is available on the Web Site Policies page and is linked from the footer on all pages in the EERE template.