Using Online Images
Fair Use and Copyright
What should you consider when you are using online images?
Almost all the pictures you find online have copyright, but most of the people have no idea! People are really protective when they find out you are using their images without their permission, sometimes those people who use other people's images without permission might face some sort of penalty for using other people's images.
So... What exactly is Copyright?
Copyright is a federal law of the United States that protects original works of authorship.
People might think that Copyright means giving power to the author or creator the right to deny their work to other people, but that's not true! Copyright is meant to encourage its creation and protect the author or creator's work. Copyright is attaches as soon as the original work is created and it doesn't require the author or creator to file special paperwork.
Is Attribution and copyright related?
What does Attribution mean?
A rule in tax law that in certain cases deems property owned by one person or business entity to be owned by another or others.
Attribution just means letting everyone know where a piece of knowledge, even as small as a "least publishable unit" is form; Copyright is simply a matter of permission for using the images.
Does that mean that I have to ask the owner of the image everytime if I want to use their image?
Not at all, there's something called the "Fair Use"
Fair use is a legal exception to the exclusive rights an owner has for his or her copyrighted work.
Fair use can allow copyrighted works to be used without permission for the benefit of the public, but that doesn't mean people can abuse copyright by using fair use. Fair use doesn't mean it's going to be fair, it just mean that we are allow for uses that will benefit society and the public good.
Humm.... so What am I allow to do with my copyrighted images?
Copyright allow the author or creator to authorize number of things and exercise substantial control over his/her creation, which is called Exclusive Rights.
Here is a list of what exclusive right allow the author/ creator to do:
- Reproduce the copyrighted work
- Display the copyrighted work publicly
- prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work
- Distribute copies of the copyrighted work to the public by sale, rental or lending, and display the image.
I heard something about Creative Commons License, but I don't know what it is :(
Public Domain Is the Bomb !
are you a good Digital Citizen?
Now a days most of the people use technology to gather information and do research, and those information online doesn't belong to us, so we need to respect the author if we need a piece of information from him/her, we need to give the author credit for using their work to show respect, that's what digital citizens should do!
So where can I find pictures that are free of copyrights?
Pixbay - https://pixabay.com/
Or you can just google them by typing in " Copyright Free Images"
How do I know if the images I found is copyrighted?
Posting on blogs and other social media may not be considered fair use.
Copyright doesn't protect ideas, titles, Etc.
The term for a copyrighted work is the life of the owner plus seventy years, in the case of work for hire where the work is owned by a corporation, 95 years.