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Image Use & Citation

If you use an image in your work, you must cite it. This includes papers, presentations, theses/dissertations, publications, blogs, etc. Learn to use and cite images correctly.

Copyright & Fair Use

Copyright:

Copyright protects the original works of authors for their life time, plus 70 years.  There are some exceptions for anonymous, pseudonymous, or works made for hire which last for 95 years from its first publication or for 120 years from the works inception depending on whichever happens first.  

Image "Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No?  If This...Then" by Meryl Zeidenberg & Silvia Tolisano is licensed under CC by 4.0

"Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No?  If This...Then" by Meryl Zeidenberg & Silvia Tolisano is licensed under CC by 4.0

Fair Use:

Under the Fair Use Doctrine, certain conditions must be met in order to use copyrighted material without receiving permission or paying royalties to copyright holders.  Acceptable use of the Fair Use Doctrine can be determined by meeting four fundamental factors:

  1. Purpose and character of the use, for non-commercial use
  2. Nature of the copyrighted work
  3. Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  4. The effect of use on the potential market. ("U.S. Copyright Office." Copyright, https://www.copyright.gov.)

These guidelines, can help to discern what uses are considered fair use.  However, there are exceptions to the rule.  

You can use the Fair Use Evaluator to determine the "fairness of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code. 

For more in-depth information visit MS State Libraries Research Guide on Copyright & Fair Use or the U.S. Copyright Office.

image "Fair Use Fundamentals" by Yippa/ CC BY SA 4.0

"Fair Use Fundamentals" by Yippa/ CC BY SA 4.0