Copyright and Fair Use of Images

By: Elijah R and Nick D


Attribution does not settle it. If you use a picture that someone else has created just giving them a "shout out" does not prevent copyright infringement.

Creative Common License

Creative common license is the ability to protect your personal photos, you essentially decide the rules of use of the photo There are many sites which allow users to download and use images under one or multiple creative common licenses. Many people are content with sharing their photos though they decide the rue so the photo owner can change the license which could remove the photo.

Public Domain

There are many available high quality photos all over the internet, however, not all images are free. Public domain images are the only free images available on the internet, and don't require the use of attribution.

Fair Use

Fair use essentially states that you are allowed to infringe a persons copyright and they can not demand anything from you.


The majority of online images (but not all) have been copyrighted. The image might not have a watermark or a copyright symbol to show that it is copyrighted, but it still may remain copyrighted. Most search engines are trying to do their best to provide copyright notice information. DON'T JUST ASSUME THAT AN IMAGE IS NOT COPYRIGHTED!

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship is a concept which teaches future students/technology users how to use technology appropriately. It's more than just a tool, its a way to compare future users for a society full of technology.

Examples of websites with FREE images (No copyright restrictions)

How do you know if an Image is Copyrighted?

Watermarks, research protected photos, obvious laws that protect the photo, and if it has a copyright symbol on or near it.