Fair Use Of Online Images

Look here to find out how many pictures you have stolen!

Stolen Images Everday.

Have you ever just Google searched a picture and copied it into your word document? Well you just stole someone's hard work! Following are a few tips to help you make sure you do not get thrown into jail for one simple Google search.

Things To Know

Attribution- Is defined by Merriam Webster as the ascribing of a work (as of literature or art) to a particular author or artist. This means that if you use another person's work, give them credit.

Creative Commons License- As defined by Wikipedia, Creative Commons License is defined as one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work.

Public Domain- According to Wikipedia, public domain works are those whose intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable.

Fair Use- Wikipedia describes fair use as a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work.

Copyright- Google defines copyright as the exclusive right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, preform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same

Digital Citizenship- Google defines Digital Citizenship as a person utilizing information technology in order to engage in society, politics, and government participation

How Do You Know If An Online Image Is Copyrighted?

  • Most people don't even realize that there are tens of millions of high-quality graphics and photos available for the taking. I know you're thinking I'm making this up, but I'm here to tell you that not all free images are low-quality, random pictures of wildebeests or clowns. There are many websites that curate images that are in the public domain and allow users to upload images they're willing to put into the public domain. With public domain images you're free to use them in any way and in most cases you don't have to provide attribution.
  • If you took the photo or created the graphic and are not subject to a Work For Hire agreement, then you likely own the copyright and can do whatever you wish. There may be other exceptions, but the general rule is if you make it, you own it.