Only registered users may use the password-protected content within BOW. Users may not share their login and password information with others to the extent that allows unregistered access to BOW. For questions regarding registration, contact us.
- Users may not sublicense or otherwise transfer their rights to use BOW.
- Users may not share BOW content via Interlibrary Loan.
- Users may use BOW solely for research and educational purposes, as described below:
- Users may make a single printed copy of individual species accounts for individual use or private research. In each case, users must include the appropriate citation, found at the footer of each account.
- Multiple copies of BOW content may be made for individual classroom use, provided that: no charge is made for such copies, other than a nominal charge to cover the cost of copying; such copies are not made or distributed for commercial purposes; and all copies bear the following notice: “This classroom use of Birds of the World is by permission of Cornell University – Not for Distribution. All Rights Reserved.”
- Any other use of BOW content requires permission, and the type and content being used may be subject to various copyright and permissions restrictions. See Requesting Maps and Media for instructions on how to seek such permissions.
- Users may not systematically download, distribute, or retain substantial portions of information. For questions regarding allowable uses for research, contact us. Examples of “excessive” or “systematic” downloading include:
- Rapidly downloading one article after another
- Continuously downloading tables of contents, search results, citations, or output
- Downloading entire datasets, species accounts, or blocks of media or illustrations.
- Downloading the entire content of an e-book or multimedia resource
- Using robots, spiders, or other automated programs to download material from BOW (i.e., “scraping”).
- Users may not link to individual units of content within BOW without prior written approval; contact us in order to make a request to link.
- Content and media from BOW may not be used for commercial purposes and may not be recompiled, manipulated, modified, translated, used to prepare derivative works, distributed, or republished in another format (including but not limited to social media sites).
Consequences of Misuse of BOW
Please contact BOW Support Desk with any questions regarding appropriate use of BOW.