1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Registration and Use of the Digital Media Hub Website
  4. Privacy
  5. Intellectual Property and Copyright
  6. Licensing Conditions
  7. Third-party Content
  8. Modifications
  9. Termination
  10. Disclaimer




This section describes the terms and conditions (the “Terms”) that govern the use of the Digital Media Hub (“Hub”) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (“FAO”) website and the digital content (“Assets”), related information and functions made available on it (the “Service” or “Services”).


The Hub is hosted and managed by FAO.


The Hub is primarily designed for FAO staff and workforce members globally, for approved and registered FAO partners, and for bona fide media, documentarians and researchers. The Hub and the Service it provides shall be subject to these Terms, as well as to additional terms and conditions which apply to all digital properties of FAO and which are indicated below as well as on the main FAO website. Those additional terms and conditions are part of these Terms.


Please read the Terms carefully. By registering as a User of the Hub, you agree to these Terms. If any of the Terms are unacceptable to you, do not submit your registration. If you have already registered and no longer accept the Terms, you may end your registration by following steps described in the Termination section below.  

  1. Definitions


The following definitions are provided to better understand the Terms:


Website: The Digital Media Hub of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a website that showcases a digital asset management system containing FAO multimedia content (“Assets”) and powered by third-party software. It is accessible to the public, but some Assets and Services are available only to FAO staff or specific user groups. 


User: A User is any individual, acting solely or on behalf of an employer, group or organization, who accesses the Hub website. Without registering, you will have limited access to much of the Hub content.


Registered User: A Registered User is identified through the registration process and has agreed to these Hub terms and conditions. As a Registered User, you will be able to undertake advanced searches of the different collections and multimedia Assets stored in the Hub, and to request to download digital copies of some of the material. What Registered Users will be able to see in the Hub and download differs, in part depending on whether one is part of the FAO workforce, and what one wishes to use an FAO Asset for.


Assets: Assets on the Hub are audiovisual digital files which hold thematic, news, symbolic or other value to FAO and are safeguarded on the Hub for the specific purpose of communication, digital or otherwise. This multimedia content is principally comprised of photographs, videos and infographics, accompanied by related metadata and information. Most but not all of the Assets on the Hub are the intellectual property of FAO. They must be used only in accordance with the Terms described below.

  1. Registration and Use of the Digital Media Hub website


Access to most of the Hub website is limited to Registered Users who have self-identified via the Website and been issued a password by FAO. The registration process is done via the Hub website, and will be followed by an email confirmation of acceptance of the registration.


As a Registered User, you represent and warrant that all information you have provided to FAO in connection with registering to use the Website and the Assets is true, accurate, current and complete. You also agree to maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. You also agree that you will be fully responsible for the actions of any person or entity using your account either with your permission, or as a result of your failure to adequately protect your password, or as a result of your failure to immediately notify FAO of any unauthorized use of your password or other breach of security. 


The Terms for Hub website use follow FAO’s General Terms and Conditions for all its websites, with the notable exception of the terms of use for Assets stored on the Hub. Those Assets – namely, the photo, video, audio and infographic content owned by FAO – must only be used according to the terms of the Licensing described below.


If you are dissatisfied with usage of the Hub website, or the Terms of that usage, you should discontinue using both the Hub and any Asset(s) you have received from it. You may cancel your registration by contacting the Digital Media Hub team directly via email at  

  1. Privacy


FAO is committed to treating the personal data of Registered Users with integrity, responsibility, security, and transparency. The Digital Media Hub adheres to the Data Protection and Privacy policy of FAO, which can be viewed here.

  1. Intellectual Property and Copyright


Unless otherwise indicated, all Assets stored in the Digital Media Hub are the intellectual property of FAO. Intellectual Property rights, including copyright and trademarks displayed or made available through the Website, are vested in FAO, including, without any limitations, the right to use, publish, translate, sell or distribute, privately or publicly, any item or part thereof. Users who download or copy assets from the Website are granted a licence to use the Assets(s) as further described below. No Assets may be otherwise copied, reproduced, downloaded, uploaded, displayed, sold, posted, distributed, incorporated into another work, used to create a derivative work, or exploited in any way without the explicit authorization of FAO. In no event may any copyright or other proprietary notices or legends appearing on Assets, or embedded in an Asset’s metadata, on this Website be removed or ignored. 


The Registered User agrees to credit Assets as described in the copyright line below: 

Photographs must be credited: “© FAO/photographer’s last name”. 

Video material must be credited: “© FAO”. The recommended on-screen credit for footage is provide on-screen acknowledgement to FAO as follows: “Footage courtesy of 


You may not download or copy assets from this Website that do not have information about credit and copyright.

  1. Licensing Conditions


FAO photographs and videos are documents of real people and situations. Therefore:

1) They can be used only in a context that accurately represents the real situation and identity of all subjects depicted

2) They cannot be used in any commercial context, including by corporate partners 

3) Their content cannot be digitally altered in any way, especially in a way that would change their meaning or context. 


If you are a Registered User, you will be able to conduct searches of FAO’s audiovisual collections in the Hub and request the right to download material (one or more Assets). 


Unless you are FAO staff or personnel, you will in most cases need to request permission to download and use an Asset. Approval of that request confers a de facto non-exclusive royalty-free license to use, publish and distribute the Asset for non-commercial purposes, provided that FAO is acknowledged as the source and copyright owner and all Intellectual Property and that all licensing conditions have been met. Use of Assets for non-FAO fundraising, advertising or promotion is not permitted without explicit written permission.


FAO policy requires the accurate representation of the Organization, its policies and its brand. 


FAO expressly prohibits the changing of photographic or video content by digital or any other means that changes the core meaning or accuracy of the depiction. FAO will only license an Asset on the basis that the Registered User recognizes and does not seek to alter the representation of the real situation and identity of human beings depicted. You may not use the Content from this site in any way which could be defamatory, either to the people portrayed in the Content or to the reputation of FAO.


Assets on this Website may not be archived by any non-FAO entity; and are not available for personal use. 


You may not sublicense, or otherwise distribute Assets accessed from the Hub without explicit written agreement of FAO. To request permissions, please contact the Hub team via email at to discuss specific licensing arrangements.


Failure to comply with the above licensing conditions as established by FAO results in the automatic revocation of FAO's license.

  1. Third-party Content


The Digital Media Hub website may include third-party copyrighted material for which different licensing rights and permissions apply. Users wishing to reuse material from work that is attributed to a third party are responsible for determining whether permission is needed for that reuse and for obtaining permission from the copyright holder. The risk of claims resulting from infringement of any third-party-owned component in the work rests solely with the user.

  1. Modifications

FAO reserves the right to at any time change or modify these Terms and Conditions of Use or to impose new conditions with respect to use of this Website or the Assets. FAO shall also have the right at any time to change or discontinue any aspect of or feature of this Website, including but not limited to content, functionality, and means of access or use. Such changes, modifications, or additions shall be effective immediately upon notice, which may be given by any means including but not limited to posting on the Terms and Conditions of Use page or elsewhere on the Website, or any means by which actual knowledge is obtained. 

  1. Termination


Access to the Hub website is provided at the discretion of FAO, and FAO has the right at any time, without prior notice to you, to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of any portion of the Website. 


FAO may terminate any or all of the licenses with respect to any or all Asset(s) at any time, with or without cause, by providing notice to you via email. You may terminate the foregoing license with respect to any or all Asset(s) by ceasing to use such Asset(s) and destroying all copies of such Assets in accordance with this paragraph. Upon any termination of the foregoing licenses to use any or all Asset(s), You must immediately cease use of the affected Asset(s) and destroy all copies (whether in electronic or hard-copy form) of such Assets; with the sole exception of the version(s) which you have previously published of these Assets to the extent that these cannot be recalled and understanding that this does not include the right to reproduce them in any other form or media. 

  1. Use of the FAO logo


The use of the FAO logo is not permitted without explicit authorization as detailed here.


The use and reproduction of content containing the FAO logo must not be in association with advertising or with the names of proprietary products and must not imply FAO's endorsement of products or services in any way. FAO reserves the right to request the immediate removal of its logo from unauthorized websites or products.

  1. Disclaimer


FAO reserves the right at any time, and from time to time, to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Hub, at its sole discretion with or without prior notice to users. 


FAO shall not be responsible for any entries that are not received due to internet or software failures.


FAO disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from the use of the Digital Media Hub website. The Hub and all Assets are provided on an as-is basis. In no event shall FAO or any of its officers, directors, employees or agents be liable (whether in an action arising from contract or tort) for indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if FAO has been advised of the possibility of such damages), resulting from any matter relating to the Hub website or the Assets, including inappropriate, improper or fraudulent use.


These Terms and Conditions of Use shall be governed by and construed pursuant to the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 1946, are inviolable and are immune from all legal process, without regard to conflicts of law provisions. Any legal action or proceeding arising out of or relating to these Terms and Conditions or the Website shall have no jurisdiction. Use of this Website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all the provisions of these Terms and Conditions of Use, including without limitation this paragraph.