Thursday, June 23, 2011

US Embassy Nepal: A Visit to Pangboche Monastery Between the Holy Mountains of Khumbila and Mount Everest

Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi and a U.S. Embassy delegation visited the site of Pangboche Monastery, a recipient of $83,500 in funding through the 2010 Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant.  The delegation trekked approximately 50 miles on foot and by horse for five days to reach the site, which is located in Sagarmatha National Park near Mount Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 13,000 feet.  Ambassador Delisi participated in a puja (ritual ceremony) to initiate the main restoration work of the ancient Monastery, which serves as the education center for Sherpas of Nepal.

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Photos from US Embassy Nepal/Flickr

Some great photos! But I wish this embassy would stop marking its official photos All Rights Reserved, because guys, they're not!

I'm tired of sounding like a broken record but official embassy photos are U.S. government work and have no copyright restrictions --
"A United States government work is prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties. It is not subject to copyright in the United States and there are no copyright restrictions on reproduction, derivative works, distribution, performance, or display of the work."

Also, Ambassador DeLisi has an official page in Facebook where he presumably shared his travelogue on this trip, but you must have an FB account to read what he wrote. That's some kind of public outreach, certainly would make FB happy.

Below are the online platforms the embassy uses in its public engagements:


Heather said...

Flickr posts "All rights reserved" automatically on all photos. We haven't found a way to get around that. If you know how, I'd love to hear it. The Embassy's Facebook page, which doesn't require you to be a friend, also posted photos and commentary from the trip.

Domani Spero said...

Thanks Heather. Sorry, don't know how to tweak Flickr. Both WH and DOS have marked their photos USG work

Other posts mark their photos "some rights reserved." Maybe State's media hub in the intranet can help.