Image Copyright

Large copyright graffiti sign on cream colored wall
(cc licensed flickr photo by Horia Varlan: )


We’ve all done it.

Simply jump onto the web, then do a Google image search for a class project, book report, or slideshow. It’s just so easy.

But is it legal? 

What is Copyright?

  • When you create something you own it.
  • Copyright is the law that protects your work.
  • It means you have rights to protect your work if people try to copy it.

If you don’t know for sure, assume that an image is copyrighted!¹

I’ll be posting all year about copyright and fair use of content you find on the internet. In the meantime, the next time you are looking to add some photos or images to your work, check out this collection of links where you can find images to use without worrying about copyright violations..!

Learn more about Creative Commons here.

¹Cantwell, Kay, Be Copyright Cool (Google Presentation). Retrieved from



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