ToL Media Contributor Registration

Before signing up as a ToL Media Contributor, please make sure you are aware of your rights and responsibilities by reading the Tree of Life Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions for ToL Image/Media Contributors below.

Required information is marked with an asterisk*

Your first name and surname will be used in the copyright notices and other credit lines for contributed images and other media.


If you are affiliated with an institution such as a university, museum, or school, you can provide this information, which will then be printed on your personal ToL contributor profile page, which will be listed on the ToL Media Contributors page.

Do not publish

This email address will be your User ID for logging into the ToL system, We will send your password to this address, and we need to keep it on file, so we can contact you if there are questions about your contributions.

By default, we will publish your email address on your personal ToL contributor profile page. Throughout the ToL site, email addresses are encoded in the source code in order to protect them from being harvested by spambots. By checking the box on the right, you can choose to not have your email address published on the ToL web site at all.

Web Page URL

You can enter the url for your home page in this field. We will then publish this url on your personal ToL contributor profile page.

Biographical Information

You can enter a couple of paragraphs to introduce yourself to ToL visitors. Tell us about your background (professional or academic training or experience) and your interests. This information will be printed on your personal ToL contributor profile page.

Your Photo

You can upload a small picture of yourself (not more than 200x200 pixels, please). The picture will then be displayed with your biographical information.

In order to register as a ToL Media Contributor, you must agree to the following

Terms and Conditions for ToL Media Contributors:

ToL Media contributors must be at least 18 years old. (Kids under 18 will soon be able to contribute images and media after registering as Junior Treehouse Builders.)

ToL Media Contributors may upload materials to the Tree of Life database and send emails and other communications to Tree of Life staff and contributors, so long as the content is not illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, an invasion of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights or otherwise injurious to third parties. ToL contributors may not use false email addresses, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of any communication, message or other content. While the Tree of Life Project is not obliged to review all content that is published by contributors on the Tree of Life web site, we reserve the right to delete any contribution, or take action against any registered account, at any time, for any reason.

ToL Media Contributors generally keep the copyright for materials submitted to the Tree of Life database, and a copyright notice is always printed alongside contributions displayed on the ToL web site. When a contributor uploads images or other media to the Tree of Life database, he or she can specify the intended use of the contribution by the Tree of Life. The default license for ToL media contributions is the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, but contributors can choose one of the other licensing options described on the Tree of Life Use of Contributions page.

ToL Media Contributors voluntarily grant the ToL Project and its collaborators non-exclusive, royalty-free, and full rights to use the submitted images/media according to the selected model of use. To the best of the contributor's knowledge, use of the contribution by the Tree of Life Project does not violate any intellectual property rights and will not cause injury to any person or entity. The Tree of Life Project or its collaborators take no responsibility and assume no liability for any contribution made by the contributor or a third party.

When registering as a ToL Media Contributor, you release the ToL Project, its employees, contractors, consultants, and collaborators from any and all damages, claims, causes of action, liabilities, and expenses relating to your participation, or exclusion or disqualification from participation, in the Tree of Life Project.

I agree with the terms and conditions outlined above.

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