I would like to use a digitised image of an early-twentieth-century postcard (ca. 1908) in a short blog post on said image, i.e. for not-for-profit research. The image, held by the Women's Library, which was owned by Leeds Met but is now part of LSE, is watermarked by London Met (although it doesn't belong to them anymore) and is also linked to the Mary Evans Picture Library. MEPL states that to use an image from their online library one must purchase it, and I have emailed them to ask if they could supply a low-res version for free, for my blog post (am awaiting for a response).
But I wanted to know if I can use the image watermarked by London Met without permission? I can't post the link, but it can be found in a good resolution in the Women's Library online catalog (still hosted via London Met, as far as I can see).
And here are the copyright terms from MEPL (who also hold a watermarked version of the image, i.e. watermarked with "Mary Evans"):
I would obviously attribute the image to the source."PICTURES VIEWED VIA ONLINE SEARCHES.
By conducting an online search, you implicitly agree to the following conditions in their entirety. If this is not acceptable, do not proceed with your on-line search.
Retention of scanned pictures: MEPL accepts that the client may store off-line (on one computer only) copies of low resolution images sourced via an on-line search conducted on the MEPL website. These pictures may be stored for selection purposes only. This does not entitle the client to any usage or reproduction rights. Clients may keep off-line copies of low resolution images for up to three months after which time they must be deleted. MEPL pictures are watermarked and unauthorised use can be detected electronically.
Passing on pictures: Scanned pictures may not be passed from one client to another, even within the same organisation, except by prior explicit agreement with MEPL.
Right to use: The acquisition of any image as a result of an on-line search on the MEPL website, confers no right to use it. This right is conferred only when an order is placed and fee agreed with MEPL for high resolution images which are supplied on-line, via CD-ROM or on photographic transparency, in which case the relevant Terms and Conditions for picture supply apply.
Rates: Although no charge is made for access to low resolution images sourced via an on-line search conducted on the MEPL website, it is the client's responsibility to be aware of our current rates of picture use, which are updated on 1st January each year. At this time all previous rates are invalid unless they are the subject of a specific agreement with MEPL."
Any help would be much appreciated.