Collection terms of (re)use

Last updated: January 8, 2023

Those terms outline how the content of the Etteilla Foundation website can be re-used.

For the Etteilla Foundation terms of service please go to

Content License

The Etteilla Foundation wishes to encourage the use of our collection to help disseminate knowledge about the rich cultural heritage of playing cards and their use in mysticism and divination. 

For this purpose, the content of our website, including deck renderings, card scans and deck information, are released under the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). See below for a non-exhaustive list of non-commercial activities covered under this license.

Requesting commercial use permission

Etteilla Foundation is committed to support research and cultural education and is generally willing to provide commercial use permission free of charge for the following case (list non-exhaustive):

  • Research paper in a paid journal.
  • History books.
  • Lectures.
  • Press articles.

To request permission to use our content for commercial purpose, please use our contact form

Commercial activities

For the avoidance of doubt, the Etteilla Foundation considers the following to be commercial activities (this list is not exhaustive):

  • An individual's website or blog that is used as a platform to promote or conduct commercial activities - For example, to directly sell products such as playing cards decks, or monetize through the use of affiliate links.
  • A commercial organization's website or blog, including trading arms of charities.
  • Freely distributed leaflets or merchandise that promote goods or services.
  • Corporate stationery or any business communications such as annual reviews.
  • Free-entry events, presentations or lectures promoting a product or a service.
  • Displays in public places offering or promoting a product or service, such as use in a shop, restaurant, hotel, public bar or property showroom

Non commercial activities

The Etteilla Foundation considers the following to be non-commercial activities that are compatible with our CC BY-NC 4.0 license (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Use in free-entry, educational lectures or in activities promoting free-entry lectures.
  • Use in Charities and non-profits documentation.
  • One-off classroom use.
  • Reproduction within a thesis document submitted by a student at an educational establishment. An electronic version of the thesis may be stored online by the educational establishment as long as it is made available at no cost to the end user.
  • Use in websites as long as they are informational, academic or research-oriented and do not link to any commercial activity.
  • Display within a free-entry public space, including museums and galleries, as long as the use is not promoting a product or a service.
  • Educational and classroom use within an educational establishment or in the course of formal instruction.