||How do you locate Copyright Statements on a website?
||What if you cannot
find the Copyright Statement on a website?
Statements for "Free" images
Statements for Limiting Use of images
Statements for Restricting Use of images
||Some Options for
Using images on School/Student Websites or Projects
||Web resources - Digital Image Archives Free for Educational Use
||Locating Copyright Statements
||Copyright statements appear on many different places on a website.
In most cases, the statement is in an obvious place on all pages. However, you may have to do some
detective work . Copyright statements may appear as links
- All Rights Reserved
- Read Me
- Who are We
- Copyright and Privacy
- Contact Us
- Site Info
- About Us
Note: Sometimes only
the "Home" page of a website has the link to find information on copyright.
||If you cannot find a Copyright Statement...
||Just because a copyright statement does not appear on a website, that
does not automatically give you permission to copy the website text or images.
All intellectual property belongs to the author
If you or your students cannot find an image
that does not have a copyright statement, and you cannot find a "free" alternate
image, please obtain permission
for its use -- before using the
You may also wish to consider the other options outlined
||Sample Copyright Statements for "free" images
#1: Here is a sample which is clearly
a "Free image" site:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Digital Library - There are no restrictions applied to
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Digital Library is a searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video and that are in the public domain. You are free to use them as you wish - no permission is necessary."
Here is a sample which appears to be
a "Free image" site -- but has restrictions on the use of
FreeFoto.com -Their statement clearly indicates that you can use the
images, but describes the limitations.
FreeFoto.com is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required). See FREE USE RULES.
The comprehensive, yet easy to navigate site, offers images that are free for on-line use, with higher quality versions available for sale.
Also non-commercial users may download our web size images to use off-line in school projects, church services, cards, leaflets, etc. Basically if your off-line use is not commercial you can download our web size images for free.
[This site also has special rules for students and educators - see the "Education link"]
||Sample #3: Here is a sample which is a "Free image" page of
the site -- but it specifies which images you can use:
Free Wildlife Screensavers
Children would find this site very confusing because very little of it
is available for download without a fee for service. So while you
can view the artist's sketches and paintings, none of them are freely available
for downloading, despite the name.
Caution! Often a "Free image" search links to
a "Royalty Free" site:
Dreamstime.com - High resolution Stock Photography - When doing a "free photos" search, upon further investigation you will find that you are required to register and pay a fee to purchase Royalty Free photos.
[Definition of royalty free - Clip art, images, graphics, photographs, art, music and other created content which may be offered to the public or individuals, normally for a specific amount of money, to be used in ways described in the terms of usage.]
||Sample Copyright Statements
Limiting Use of images
||Here are some examples of general statements
used to limit use of images:
These are copyrighted photographs and may be subject to certain other legal
rights. You may utilize each photograph for personal (not commercial)
use only, and only in a printed or digitized literary work as a news report
or editorial. You may not create derivative works from a photograph,
display or distribute copies of it, publish it, use it in a performance,
modify it in any manner except size, or, if the particular photograph relates
to identifiable persons or entities, you may not use it in a manner which
suggests their association with or endorsement of any product, service, opinion
The ... web site, including: text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material
shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication
or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. Neither these Materials
nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal,
non-profit, and non-commercial use. Users agree that they will not use this
page to contact contributors for commercial purposes or to gather information
for another publication.
Here is a sample which is a large site, with information
from multiple sources -- resulting in a special disclaimer:
United States National Library of Medicine - This site has all sorts
of medical information and images. Because of the size of the site and the
source of the content, a special disclaimer has been developed:
"Government information at NLM Web sites is in the public domain. Public domain information may be freely distributed and copied, but it is requested that in any subsequent use the National Library of Medicine (NLM) be given appropriate acknowledgement. When using NLM Web sites, you may encounter documents, illustrations, photographs, or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use (PDF) as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Specific NLM Web sites containing protected information provide additional notification of conditions associated with its use."
Here is a sample of a personal site, where the creator
lets you use her images, but with qualifications:
Debbie Orlean's Frog Photographs - While Debbie is selling her images,
she provides use of the images with some conditions attached. Her statement
"You may use any of my graphics on your site.
Here, or any you find browsing my links. Please
give me credit and provide a link back here. A simple text
link will do. Image(s) © Debbie Orlean Or, simply copy and paste the
next line into your code: <a
href="http://www.darsbydesign.com/orlean/">Image(s) © Debbie
When you click on an image, you get the following message..."My
images are all copyright protected. Watermark will be removed from any photos
that you order."
||Sample Copyright Statements Restricting Use of images
||Restricting statements can be short or lengthy. We have provided
some samples below. Please read such statements carefully to see what conditions
if any apply to student or school use of an image.
In some cases, you may want to have students
obtain permission for use,
while in others the restrictive message is very clear.
"All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
or redistributed in whole or part without the written permission
of the page author."
"(the site) contains copyrighted material, trademarks and other proprietary
information, including, but not limited to, text, software, photos, video,
graphics, music and sound, and the entire contents of ... are copyrighted
as a collective work under the United States copyright laws."
"...users shall not publish and distribute such material (in whole or in
part) and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology
now known or hereafter developed."
Here is a sample of a site where you must contact the organization and request copyright information.
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame - the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in
Wetaskiwin: This website has a wonderful collection of images, but the
site is not clearly copyrighted. (A request to
obtain permission to use images would be in
|| What are some options for using images on school/student
websites or projects?
Given all of the copyright conditions described above, how can students
safely acquire images for use, in compliance with copyright law?
||Proceed FREELY! |
- Use the 2Learn.ca Image Gallery which contains images that are clearly free for student and teacher use.
Using a digital camera, students can take photos and use them within
their pages. A reminder that FOIPP guidelines limit the use of photographs
of students (FOIPP
information from the Government of Alberta), but students could take pictures of objects, scenes, etc.
to visually enhance their work.
Have students use a free online program to draw or paint their own illustrations and save in a digital format.
||Proceed with CAUTION!
Use copyright free images (considered public domain) available
on the 'Net. Make sure your source is legitimate.
Obtain permission to use a particular
image from the 'Net, following a thorough investigation of the conditions
to be met and an adherence to the process described by the image owner.
| There are over 3000 images such as the ones featured on this page, freely available for educational use in the 2Learn.ca Image Gallery. |
To find an image:
Note that you should try a range of keywords from specific to general [i.e. moose -> wetlands -> animals] to get the most relevant results.
- Type your keyword in the search box at the top of the 2Learn.ca homepage
- Click on the "images" button to get your search results
- Click on the thumbnail image to see the full size image
- Either right click your mouse and "copy" the image or...
- Go back to the search page and click on the "dwnl" link beside the thumbnail.