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Copyright and Fair Use: Images & Copyright
Answers to common copyright questions asked by librarians and faculty
Images created today automatically have copyright protection.You cannot assume you have permission to use images that have been posted on the Internet, even for educational or non-commercial purposes.
When using images, you need to ask:
Does the image have copyright protection or is it in the public domain?
If it is protected by copyright, do I have permission to use the image?
Is it fair use to use the image for my purposes?
A portal for searching sites that contain images with Creative Commons (CC) licenses. Search engines include Flickr, Google Images, and Open Clip Art Library. Not all images in these search engines have CC licenses, but the default search in this portal is for licensed images.
Public domain images
Images without copyright protection tend to be in the public domain because the copyright has expired or the image was created by the U.S. government.
Repository for over 23,500 public domain photos. According to the site, "[a]ll pictures are free for commercial and personal use," but "[i]f you are intend to use an image you find here for commercial use, please be aware that no model or property release was obtained and pictures featuring products should be used with care."
Search for or browse through over 800,000 images from the New York Public Library's collection. According to the site, "[s]ome of the images in the Digital Gallery may be subject to third party rights such as copyright and/or rights of privacy/publicity." For more information, see the Library's Terms and Conditions.
Artstor IAP (images for academic publishing). You must have a subscription to Artstor. The Images for Academic Publishing program makes available publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications free of charge. Images come from museums and galleries around the U.S.