One of my most popular posts turned out to be about Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts. I thought I’d follow it up with a slideshow I share in one of my classes on that topic. Images can make a post but they can also break you if done wrong! I’ll embed the slideshow but I’ll also go through it to explain each slide. I hope this clarifies some of the issues that aren’t at all obvious when using images:
Slide 1-4: You can skip these. They’re the lead-in to the class.
Slide 5: This is a simple rephrasing of the copyright law, highlighting the ‘Fair Use’ clause where educators and students can use any image for free–once.
Slide 6: 6 examples of images copied from the Internet that could be problematic (they are all legal though I don’t stipulate that on the slide–just assuring you of that!)
Slide 7: Example 1–a linkback isn’t permission to use an image.
Slide 8: Example 2–linking to a website isn’t permission to use the images contained there.
Slide 9: Sample–How to find licensing for images
Slide 10: Example 3–Image use is prohibited by the website (you need to notice that)
Slide 11: Example 4–International websites follow different copyright rules
Slide 12: Example 5–Website obfuscates the legality of their images; don’t let that confuse you
Slide 13: Fair Use–What is it
Slide 14: Example 6–Clipart isn’t free either
Slide 15: Google images aren’t free
Slide 16: You can see if an image is stolen before using it
Slide 17: Suggestions for using images
Slide 18: Where to find copyright-free images
My experience is in the US. I’d love to hear from those of you internationally on your copyright laws. I’m sure they differ from the US.
More on copyrights and images:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.