Considering copyright in your classroom materials
Can't I just use Google Images?
You might argue that it's OK to use anything for an educational purpose. The Copyright Licensing Agency say, however, that "copying or displaying material for your students would not qualify" under the definition of 'fair use', which only applies to materials used for research or private study.
Instead, I recommend you seek images which are not copyrighted, and which are therefore free to use. Furthermore, encourage and teach your students to do the same!
How should I go about acquiring images to use?
- The Copyright Licensing Agency schools' licence entitles educators to use images produced by a number of 'participating publishers', which have opted in to the licence. A list of these organisations can be found here
- Many photographers and other creative people publish their images under a 'Creative Commons' licence. Creative Commons is a globally recognised non-profit organisation whose licences "provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share use creative work". Find out more here.
CC-licensed works are typically free to use but sometimes an attribution to the creator is required. Below are some of my favourite resources for finding CC-licensed images.
Recommended free image sources
Flickr is a well-known photo sharing site, but did you know many of its images are published under a Creative Commons licence?
Here are some examples of how I would attribute an image to its creator:
- 'Chepstow Station' by 'hugh llewelyn' on Flickr
- 'Sweetie' by 'Korry_B' http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1424341
- 'Stray Kitten Rambo002' by 'Kryzystof P. Jasiutowicz' http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stray_kitten_Rambo002.jpg