Copyright and Fair-use Guidelines

EDUCA2740 - Fall 2012, Nancy Haines

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

You've written a great paper for your Freshman civics class about the electoral college. You'd like to add some graphics or images to jazz it up. Where do you find images? Is the material you are using from other sources protected by copyright?

If the work meets these three requirements, the author or creator has copyright ownership --

  1. Is the work fixated (can it be read, seen, or heard, either directly or by the aid of a machine)?
  2. Is it someone's original work?
  3. Does it show minimal creativity?

If the answer is yes to all of the above, then you must give credit for using the material.

Here are a couple of links to learn more about copyright and fair-use guidelines --

Where To Get Free Images

Using Flickr to find Creative Commons photographs

Here are some suggested sites where you can get free images --

Do Unto Others

Be sure to give credit when using other people's works - just as you would want credit given to you.

(Photo by Jen Robinson on Flickr)