Public access to original imagery is prohibited. Partners on joint projects may not retain data for non-security-related business operations; if the data are needed, they must be purchased under a separate license.
The 2003 White House Directive on Commercial Remote-sensing Policy instructs civil agencies to first consider U.S. satellite companies when weighing options for imagery purchases. Clearview or a “Clearview-like” contract is being advocated by industry (Gil Klinger, speaking at NASA headquarters on June 26, 2003) to simplify their contract negotiations with civil agencies. Unlike the military sector, however, the civil sector has no single mapping agency through which to focus purchasing. At the time of writing, discussions were being coordinated among USGS, NASA, and NOAA, and led by USGS.
A $500 million award was made by NGA to DigitalGlobe in October 2003 under the “Nextview” contract.4