Fair use of online images

Stella Wang


Attribution in copyright law, is acknowledgement as credit to the copyright holder of a work. The most fundamental form of attribution is the statement of the copyright holder's identity,

Creative commons license

A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright license that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work.
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Public Domain

Works in the public domain are those whose exclusive intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable. For example, the works of Shakespeare and Beethoven, and most of the early silent films
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Fair use

Fair use is a US legal doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. It is similar to the fair dealing doctrines used in some countries outside the United States.


A form of legal protection given to the creators of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual or party uses, copies, or distributes a copyrighted work without the proper permission of the copyright owner or holder.
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Digital citizenship

A digital citizen refers to a person utilizing information technology (IT) in order to engage in society, politics, and government participation. K. Mossberger, et al. define digital citizens as "those who use the Internet regularly and effectively".
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Examples of websites with free images






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How do you know if an online image is copyrighted?

  1. Know general signs of a copyrighted image
  2. Research to determine if an image is copyrighted
  3. Understand how the U.S. court evaluates fairness of use
  4. Ask