Whether you are blogging, creating a presentation, writing for publication or designing a poster, you are likely to want to illustrate your material with other people's images on occasion.
Bear in mind thatimages are not necessarily . Even uncredited photos on transient websites may be protected by copyright. If the creator or host has not stated that they allow further use of the image, you should ask for permission to reproduce it. If you don't get a reply, you shouldn't go ahead.
If you intend to reproduce an image in order toit, you may not need permission: UK copyright law permits you to 'quote' from copyright material, including images, providing your use is 'fair dealing'. Essentially, this means your copy must have no impact on the market for the original image (e.g. a lower resolution, or a cropped version), and you must credit the rights-holder.
In 2014, European courts ruled thatto third party material does not necessarily infringe copyright. To incorporate a digital image into your own website, consider whether you can embed a link rather than copying it.
Typical scenarios in which you might be able to reproduce an image without the rights-holder's permission:
attribute your source fully, and that your material is not shared outside the classroom (physical or virtual), or with anyone other than the markers in the case of assessed work.
Be aware that even France, Italy and Greece).of artworks and panoramas may not be risk-free: although an artist's copyright may have expired (usually 70 years after their death), the gallery may have a 'no photographs' policy which doesn't exempt educational use. Or the country where you took the photo may impose legal restrictions on the reproduction of artworks, buildings and interiors (including
Many searchable image libraries allow you to filter results by licence status: for instance(in the public domain, no attribution required), (free to re-use with attribution) or (free to re-use in a non-commercial context).
Antonella da Messina 'Portrait of a Man'. About 1475-6. National Gallery NG1141.
A source to treat with caution:
Be aware that Getty actively pursue unlicensed copying of their images and will invoice the website owner. US legal practitioner Steve Schlackman has shared some Tips for Responding to a Getty Images Extortion Letter (Art Law Journal, 2014).
The UK's Intellectual Property Office has published a Copyright Notice (2014, pdf) for a general audience, providing advice about reproducing digital images and photographs, and protecting your own images.
5 ways to find images for your website: an article from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (2014), reviewing good practice and recommended sources.