Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Copyright for Merced College: Images and Photographs

Can I use this image flowchart

Picture copyrightCan I use this image Brother Edmond Drouin Library, Walsh University

Can I legally use images in my classroom?

Can I legally use images in my classroom?

The Copyright Laws website has a simple explanation.

There are times when you can use images legally without getting permission.

  • When the image is in the public domain. Citations are not required here but are always suggested.  Some examples are government works such as case law.
  • The copyright owner has applied a Creative Commons License or otherwise indicated, in writing, that permission has been granted.  If you are using an image licensed under Creative Commons, be sure to read the license and use the image appropriately and with proper attribution
  • A fair use analysis has been conducted and you are comfortable that your use fits inside the guidelines

A Beginner's Guide to Using Images

A Beginner’s Guide To Using Copyrighted Images

The internet is awash with beautiful, compelling, eye-catching images, and it can be tempting to use them for your personal or professional project. However, most of the images you find online are not available for use without the expressed permission of the copyright owner. If you reproduce, publish or distribute a copyrighted work (or a work derived from a copyrighted work) without permission or a valid license, you are committing a legal offense – namely, copyright infringement.(A Beginner's Guide to Using Copyrighted Images)

This guide is a good way to figure out the best way to use those images that you find and fall in love with!

Creativity, Copyright and Fair Use

Creativity, Copyright and Fair Use Common Sense Education (4:40)

Please visit Common Sense Education for more videos on copyright in your classroom