The State Hermitage is the exclusive owner of all images showing the interiors and works of art from the State Hermitage collections as well as all images and textual information (the result of intellectual activity and means of individualization, such as trademarks, trade names and commercial designations), published on the official website of the State Hermitage.
Reproduction of images showing the interiors and works of art from the State Hermitage collections as well as the use of information, both textual and visual, published on the State Hermitage official website is forbidden without express written permission issued by the State Hermitage.
A person wishing to use any images of the interiors and works of art from the State Hermitage collections, texts created by the State Hermitage employees as well as audio and video materials for commercial use, publication, or any purpose other than personal non-commercial use is required, in accordance with law, to send a written request to and receive an express written permission from the State Hermitage.
The permission for such use is provided on a case-to-case basis at the discretion of the State Hermitage directorate. The amount to be paid for the right of use is determined according to the type and character of the intended use.
The written request should be addressed to the Director of The State Hermitage Museum Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky and sent to the Rights and Reproductions Office of the State Hermitage via email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about requests for images
The State Hermitage cannot guarantee that the use of images and other content published on the official Hermitage website does not violate any rights of third parties that do not belong to the Hermitage and are not connected with it.
For more detailed information on international and Russian laws protecting exclusive rights and intellectual property of museums, we recommended reading the following legal documents:
- The Constitution of the Russian Federation;
- The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Work adopted in Berne on September 9, 1886;
- The Universal Copyright Convention adopted in Geneva on September 6, 1952;
- The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property adopted in Paris on March 20, 1883;
- Federal Law N 54-FZ of May 26, 1996, on Museum Collections of the Russian Federation and Museums in the Russian Federation;
- Basic Legislation of the Russian Federation on Culture N 3612-1 (approved by the Upper Senate of the Russian Federation on October 9, 1992 (as amended May 5, 2014);
- The Civil Code of the Russian Federation N 230- FZ, Part 4, of December 18, 2006;
- The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Article 146: Violation of Copyright and Neighbouring Rights, Article 180: Illegal Use of a Trademark.