Fair Use of Online Images

By: Sam Barich and Gillianne Peck

Public Domain, Fair Use, and Copyright

Public domain is when a works intellectual properties have expired or have been forfeited. Fair use is a limitation to the exclusive right granted by copyright law. The exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same is copyright. How do you know if an image is copyrighted? Usually if an image is copyrighted the picture will contain something that can be used to identify that it is copyrighted. Some examples of this are watermarks which are faded names and/or url giving credit to the original owner. Another thing you might find on a copyrighted image is a copyright symbol. There might also be a note indicating ownership.

Attribution, Digital Citizenship, and Creative Commons License

Attribution is something that lets other people distribute, edit, or build upon copyrighted work. Digital citizenship is the ways of responsible appropriate technology use. One of the several public licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work.