Copyright, Fair Use, & Image Resources
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 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.
The US Copyright Office defines fair use as "a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances." Teaching, scholarship, and research are some of these special circumstances, and use of copyrighted materials for non-profit educational purposes often (but not always) falls under fair use. It can be difficult to determine where the line between fair use and infringement falls, but copyright.gov suggests four things to consider when deciding if your intended use is "fair:"
|Purpose of use||
|Nature of the original work||
|Amount of the work used||
|Effect of the use on the work's market or value||
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