writers resources / writers tips

Image Copyrights: The Video

image copyrightsOne 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:

Shortkey for the Copyright Symbol

an online self-paced class with 13 Digital Citizenship topics

Image Copyrights webinar

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 DaysShe 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.



64 thoughts on “Image Copyrights: The Video

  1. Pingback: Read a Word Doc on Kindle | WordDreams...

  2. Pingback: What Authors Should Know About MS Sway | WordDreams...

  3. Pingback: What Authors Should Know About MS Sway? – Today's Author

  4. Pingback: Top 10 (Tech) Tips for Writers in 2017 | WordDreams...

  5. It’s awesome that you go over this information in such detail. How, when, and where to use images can be overwhelming. Or, potentially, get someone in trouble for being or remaining ignorant on the topic. This is a fantastic slideshow!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Great slide, Jacqui! I teach students about copyright use of images, documents, texts, articles. It takes a few lessons for the message to sink in, and the good part is when I have used another teacher’s PPT, the students notice straight away that I didn’t create it because of the lack of correct referencing.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. You share the most worthy information and I’m really appreciative. This pretty much explains how to go about using images correctly. I may need to hire a research team. I’m also ready to crawl under a rock because though I keep checking to make sure every image I use is in public domain, apparently those words mean little. I wonder how much outrage (“You’re using my picture without permission!) is driven by authentic concern and how much by those trying to make money through the back door. Still, we all better pay attention. Thanks, Jacqui.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I’ve also found that it’s really best to check the origin of the image website itself for their image usage rules….they will usually specify what is allowed & where/ how the images can be used.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I think I mentioned that I write for a lot of clients/publications that require me to track down images legally. Sometimes it’s SO much harder to find a good image without paying for it. It has gotten a LOT better in the past year or so, though. At one time, if you had to find one that was free, you could spend hours looking.

    Liked by 2 people

    • I do a lot of freelancing, too. I subscribed to an image service (Kozzi) that had lots of images in my specialty (tech in education). The images are affordable and I don’t have to worry about legalities.

      Do you mind sharing how you find freelance work? I get it mostly through my education blog (Ask a Tech Teacher) and people finding me through places my articles appear. Rarely have any of the services I signed on to work.

      One more: I do occasionally get offers to write on a non-tech ed topic, which I have no interest in. Should I forward those to you? I don’t know if they pay in the range you’re interested?


      • Sure! That would be great. I get a lot of jobs through job boards like freelancewritinggigs.com and online-writing-jobs.com. I do some filler work through Upwork, but it’s tough to find well-paying stuff there, even in the tech, finance, and biz spaces I specialize in. Lots of lowballers on that site. I just get work there when my higher-paying stuff dries up.

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Hi Jacqui – what a thorough presentation … no wonder you’re expert in so much … thanks for sharing with us … I haven’t done any UK copyright stuff … I am fairly careful though – cheers Hilary

    Liked by 1 person

What do you think? Leave a comment and I'll reply.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.