Fair Use of Online Images

By: James Park and Jack Aloi

Public Domain

The Public Domain consists the works of those who lost their intellectual property rights that have expired, forfeited, or inapplicable. Public Domain works do not have restrictions by copyright. It also doesn't require a fee or a license to use the desired works. Some works still have copyrights even after their expiration. Public Domain breaks down into three main categories, which are works that automatically enter the Public Domain because they are not copyrightable, works that have been assigned to the public domain by their creators, and works that have entered the PD because the copyright on them have expired.


Copyright is a form of protection over things that you create. If you create a poem, novel, painting, or photograph you own it. You have several rights which include the right to reproduce the work, prepare derivative works, create/distribute copies, preform the work, and to display it publicly. These are your rights and only your rights unless said otherwise.