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Images: Copyright

A guide to finding copyright free images and how to cite them.

Important Note

Information found on this guide should not be taken as legal advice. Check out the Copyright Resource Guide for more information. 

Fair Use in Higher Education

Fair Use and Multimedia Guidelines

Exercise caution in using digital material downloaded from the Internet for educational purposes. There is a mixture of copyright protection online, and just because you have access to the material does not mean that it can be reproduced or reused without permission.

Limitations on the amount of the copyrighted work for multimedia include:

  • No more than 5 images by an artist or photographer, and no more than 10% or 15 images (whichever is less) from a published or collective work.
  • Up to 10% or 3 minutes (whichever is less) of the total motion media.
  • Up to 10% but not in excess of 30 seconds of music and lyrics from an individual musical work.

If you plan to replicate or reproduce beyond these limitations, you must seek permission from the copyright holder.

*Text adapted from the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia. See the full document by clicking on the link in the adjacent column.

Still unsure if you are protected under Fair Use Guidelines? The Fair Use Evaluator may be a helpful tool. 

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