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Copyright, Fair Use, & Image Resources

Guidance on copyright and fair use of copyrighted materials

Copyright & Creative Commons Primer


Unless images are in the Public Domain, they are protected by copyright laws. In general, it is illegal to use, modify, or distribute copyrighted materials without the creator's permission- even with attribution.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses allow content creators to grant permission for others to use their work for free. If an image has a Creative Commons license you can use it without contacting the originator, provided your purpose falls within any license restrictions. There are several levels of Creative Commons licenses, but all require attributing the content creator.

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