In an ideal world, each article in your publication would feature an image or images that a staff photographer captured. However, sometimes this simply isn’t possible. That’s where images from the internet come into play.
Determining which images to use can be tricky, and if not done correctly, can result in legal trouble. Therefore, before using photos you find online, make sure you know which ones can be legally republished, how to interpret their licenses, and how to properly attribute them.
In This Lesson
Online Photo Usage Rights
- What is copyright?
- Potential consequences for violating copyright
- Images in the public domain
- Creative Commons images
- Stock photos
- Images from social media
- Additional tips for online photo usage
Sharpening Photo Search Skills
There’s a lot for students to keep in mind when searching for images online. From looking for proper identification marks, understanding usage stipulations, and correctly citing them, the process can be overwhelming and the consequences can be steep.
In this activity, students will get to practice this search process and prepare for what to do when working on a real publication. Advisers should check all work afterwards to confirm that no copyright violations were made, and to point out any common mistakes as a learning opportunity.