U S E O F I M A G E S
archival materials are provided free of charge for online viewing
and research in order to open the archives and their collections
to the citizens of the world. However, as the costs of preservation,
cataloguing, and digitization continually grow, it is through
commercial image licensing that many of these archives remain
open. (Please see The Gallery article on Image
Preservation to understand the efforts involved in preserving
historical images which can be lost forever.) Therefore, we ask
that the images present on RAO not be downloaded and distributed
without permission as this only brings the Russian archives one
step closer to closing their doors due to lack of funds.
visit RAO's primary site at www.abamedia.com/rao/ to learn more
about image licensing.
customers include Discovery Online, the BBC, Actuality Productions
of the Hearst Media Group, Evans-McCann Washington, and WGBH Boston.
RAO's parent company Abamedia is also a customer with its Russian-orientated
projects such as the four-part PBS series "Red Files"
and the documentary "Yanks for Stalin" which was made
for The History Channel.