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Terms of Agreement

You are being asked to contribute your recollections, photographic images, video, social media postings or other digital content to the University of Southern California Libraries, which is creating a digital record of the USC response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

You may only submit material created entirely by you and not copied from or based, in whole or in part, upon any other photographic, literary, or other material, except to the extent that such material is in the public domain, or you have permission of the copyright owner, or its use is allowed by "Fair Use" as prescribed by the terms of United States copyright law.  

You must be 18 years of age or older to submit material. By submitting content through this form, you are granting USC Libraries permission to disseminate, preserve, and use that content in connection with its educational and research mission, including promotional purposes, in all media in perpetuity. You retain ownership of and copyright in the material you share. 

If you indicate on the form that we can use your name, your material and name may be published on the web as part of USC Libraries digital collections or exhibits. 

Submitted material must not violate any confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws. Please be aware that all submissions and any information associated with the submissions (email address, descriptive information, etc.) may be provided to federal, state, or local law enforcement or other government agencies pursuant to a lawful subpoena or otherwise as required by law. 

USC Libraries is not obligated to include your content in this project or preserve it in perpetuity.  Decisions to decline submissions will adhere to the guidelines of USC Libraries' collecting and deaccessioning policies.

Not all materials will be accepted. 

Approval criteria includes, but is not limited by:

  1. Content is free of any harmful, racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, etc., content. 
  2. Users have the right to submit content and submission does not infringe any existing copyright.
  3. Content does not provide personal information of the contributor or any other individual, including addresses, phone numbers, etc.
  4. Content does not endorse any commercial product.
  5. Content does not pose a risk of damage to the network, computers, or servers of the Archive.


Your submission to the Archive is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License. By using this public license, you as licensor grants the public permission to use the licensed material under specified terms and conditions. If the licensor’s permission is not necessary for any reason–for example, because of any applicable exception or limitation to copyright–then that use is not regulated by the license. This license grants only permissions under copyright and certain other rights that a licensor has authority to grant. Use of the licensed material may still be restricted for other reasons, including because others have copyright or other rights in the material. A licensor may make special requests, such as asking that all changes be marked or described.

You retain ownership of and copyright in the material you share.

Third-Party Use

The USC Libraries is not positioned to grant licenses to or approve requests from third parties to make use of content in the collection. Contributors may elect to display contact information, and it is the user’s responsibility to obtain any necessary permission from the copyright holder(s).