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Images for Research & Presentations: Image Copyright

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Fair Use

Within the Copyright Act, there are certain circumstances under which it is permissible to reproduce or display copyrighted works without the permission of the copyright owner. These circumstances are known as "fair use" standards. The fair use standards, embodied in section 107 of the Copyright Act, are:

  • The purpose and the character of the use, including whether it is for commercial or non-profit educational purposes
  • The nature or type of the copyrighted material (i.e., periodical, film, book, etc.)
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the whole
  • The effect of the use on the potential market for or value of the copy-righted material

Other Considerations for images

  • Creative or factual use of the image
  • Image is altered or changed


  • Use public domain images
  • Get the license or permission to use the work
  • Look for a statement of permissable use, or a credit line from the creator or copyright holder

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