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Find, Use, and Edit Online Images: Copyright and Fair Use

Fair Use

Fair Use
  • Fair Use gives the public the right to to use portions of copyrighted materials in some circumstances -- usually for comment, criticism or parody -- freely and without permission of the copyright holder
  • Fair use of an image does not mean that you don't have to cite the source of the image, you still need to cite the source!
  • Fair use law is somewhat vague and subjective, and cases are decided on an individual basis.
  • Educational fair use is not specifically outlined in Copyright Law, but guidelines have been developed that provide educational institutions with some direction. See Educational Fair Use Guidelines for Digital Images.

Image and text used with permission from Jill Markgraf



Copyright, Public Domain, Licensing, and Intellectual Property

Here is a helpful list of resources pertaining to copyright, licensing, intellectual property, and other related topics for legally and ethically using materials for teaching and research:

Public Domain and Creative Commons

Public Domain and Creative Commons

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