Friday, June 13, 2008

Barack Obama

Barack ObamaThese United States Congress images are in the public domain.

This may be because they are an official Congressional portraits, because they were taken by an official employee of the Congress, or because they have been released into the public domain and posted on the official websites of a member of Congress.

As a works of the U.S. federal government, these images are in the public domain.

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Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" from the U.S. Copyright Office.

Sworn into office January 4, 2005, Senator Obama serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, he is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Obama serves on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.In 2005 and 2006, he served on the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Obama is a husband and father of two daughters, Malia, 9 and Sasha, 6. Obama and his wife, Michelle, married in 1992 and live on Chicago’s South Side.
Barack Obama official Congressional portraitBarack Obama was born on August 4th, 1961, in Hawaii to Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham. Obama graduated from Columbia University in 1983, and moved to Chicago in 1985 to work for a church-based group. In 1991, Obama graduated from Harvard Law School where he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review.

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Both images originate at www.senate.gov, (see high resolution urls). Senate terms of use are:

"Information presented on this site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested"

find full terms at: U.S. Senate: Privacy Policy:

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16 comments:

beebee said...

Could I get a high resolution of this Obama photo?

sookietex said...

hey beebee sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

the first image is an older official portrait so a really high resolution file is not available i've posted above one that is about 3 times the kb

the second image is more current and a much higher resolution version was available, about 2 mb and is also posted above.

i hope one is right for you and again sorry for the delay

your friend sookietex

Rebecca J. Dunn said...

Thanks Sookietex, for the image. As Pres.-Elect Obama is now to be our President,looks like this image is no longer available on U.S.Senate.gov's website's 'Senators' list', unless I just overlooked it. Anyway, I've given a link to your sight as a 'thank you'. Have a great day. BTW, great blog sight!

sookietex said...

Hi Rebecca, thanks. Yeah, the senate.gov site often changes the url of where images were originally posted. we'll keep an eye out for the current one and post the addy when it's available. what with the inaugural festivities and all that may not be for awhile, but we'll be on the look-out.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean that the the Photo of Pres. Obama is free for commecial use?

sookietex said...

Anonymous asked: "Does this mean that the the Photo of Pres. Obama is free for commecial use?"

Answer: Yes, that is what it means. Politicians are exempt from laws that would prohibit use of a private citizen's image for purposes of publicity or commercial use.

Anonymous said...

I want to use the Obama portrait with capitol dome for a t-shirt but was told by the printer it would be a copyright infringement. True?

sookietex said...

hey anonymous, not true, this image was an official portrait of Senator Obama and is a work of the US government from senate.gov.

Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office.

you may see the Senate's statement about content here U.S. Senate: Privacy Policy:

content moves on government sites as, Mr Obama is no longer a senator but you can see an archived copy of the image page here Internet Archive note the url senate.gov

also politicians are exempt from laws that would prohibit use of a private citizen's image for purposes of publicity or commercial use.

good luck, your friend,
sookietex

Chris said...

I work for a media company and we are making a DVD, we would like to use an image from this site, we are making 5000 DVD's. do we need to compensate someone monetarily for this image?

sookietex said...

Hi Chris, there is no need for monetary compensation if you are using the images posted here at Public Domain Clip Art. However, if you would please tell us specifically which images you are going to use we can give a more definitive answer, as it may differ given your intentions. Thanks for stopping by, best of luck with the DVD productions :-)

Chris said...

Hi Sookietex, Thank you for getting back to me, We would like to use the image of President Obama where he is outdoors, arms crossed, smiling with the capital behind him in the background. We would love to credit the photographer if you would like us to do that- please let me know their name-
please advise. :-)
Chris

sookietex said...

Hi Chris, feel free to grab the image of the president smiling with the capital in the background. we don't have the name of the photographer, but it originated at www.senate.gov Also if you have any questions about the U.S. Senate privacy policies please click the link below the image on our post. Thanks again for stopping by and best of luck with your project.

Anonymous said...

FYI, Cafe Press has advised its shop owners that the particular Obama photo with arms crossed and capitol in the background (above) cannot be used for commercial purposes, no matter the public domain designation. The photographer, David Capp (sp?) is not willing to allow it and has not been responsive to inquiries. Too bad.

sookietex said...

Hi Anonymous, thanks for the Cafe Press FYI. Hadn't heard of that before reading your comment. Gonna do a bit of digging to see if the situation is likely to change.

Anonymous said...

Sookietex - I lifted this text from another free, public domain photo site, Acclaim Images. It explains the true meaning of "public domain"! "This free, public domain photograph may not be used in materials, advertisements, products,or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of the President of the United States, the First Family, the White House or any persons appearing in the photos. Stock photography by White House Public Domain.
This image is available for editorial and educational use only. Contact Customer Service to inquire about additional uses."
Anonymous - (Oct. 8)

cynthiapendley said...

I have a question. what if I use the photo (obama only, not the background) as a guide for a painting? It is to be used as a commercial venture.

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