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Copyright and image use


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Slides from Benedictine University Library's Engaging Our Digital Natives workshop on Copyright and Image Use prepared by Mary H. Ocasek, Head of Public Services, Benedictine University Library.

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Copyright and image use

  1. 1. Using Images Fairly Copyright and Image Use
  2. 2. How do I know if it is copyrighted?  Copyright protection arises automatically the moment an original work is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. It does not need to be registered, published, or have a copyright notice on it. Copyright has expired for works published in the US before 1923 and, therefore, they are in the public domain. For other works that may have entered the public domain, see Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States blic_Domain.htm.
  3. 3. Copyright Infringement  Copyright infringement occurs when using copyrighted work without permission or without a solid fair use case, and is a legal matter handled by the courts.  This doesn’t have to be you!
  4. 4. You can safely and legally use images if you apply the 4 factors of fair use.
  5. 5. Purpose of the image  Are you using the image to explicate your lesson?  Use only the portion necessary for the lesson.  Link to the image  Post copies in CDS for a limited time to the only the members of the class  Is the image used to decorate the page?  No. This is not a legitimate use of a copyrighted image.  Use images that are not copyrighted.
  6. 6. Nature and type of work  Factual or documentary work is favored over creative work.  This is not as stringent when using images as when you are using text.  Published work is favored over unpublished work.
  7. 7. The amount used.  Less is more!  Use only 15% of the images that are collected into collection.  You may make up to five copies of an image for use in the classroom.
  8. 8. Market effect  Does your use of an image cause the artist to lose income?  If you use the work again and again it might effect the market price for the image.  When in doubt, ask permission.
  9. 9. Alternatives  Creative Commons  Works that are no longer in copyright  Link to the image(s) on the web  Take your own photographs  Ask permission