Fair use of online images

by Lukas Correa

How do you know if an image is copyrighted?

Check images for:

-watermarks

-a copyright symbol

-note indicating ownership or sourcing

-an official copyright listing in the Copyright office


Note:

-Although not all images have been “officially” copyrighted, at the creation of an image, the snap of a picture, the work has immediately become copyrighted and the owner is the only person with a legal right to distribute, replicate, or display the work.

Definitions you may need to know

Fair Use

Definition:

Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders

Creative Commons License

A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyrightlicenses 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.

Public Domain

Works in the public domain are those whose intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable.

Copyright

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.

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".