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3. Graphics


In today’s multimedia world teachers and students use graphics a lot. Most of these graphics (be they pictures, drawings or maps) were created by someone else. That’s where the specter of copyright raises its ugly head. But don’t worry, there are a number of things you can do without worrying about getting hassled, sued, or feeling guilty.

You can always use
  • ALL images you create (drawings, photographs, paintings etc.)
  • ALL images in the public domain or those created with a Creative Commons license(click here for sources)
  • ALL images from sites that permit educational use in their conditions of use
  • ONE image scanned from a book
  • ONE image from a web site as long as the image is not for sale
  • Images downloaded from an online library resource to which FNSBSD subscribes (e.g. Grolier)
  • An image you download and alter to create a parody
You can probably ( know you’re irritated with this wishy-washy guideline, too bad! It’s up to you. Check out our fair use guidelines and make up your own mind) use-
  • Multiple images from a single collection/source (e.g. book, web site)
  • Multiple images by the same artist
  • An image that is a digital reproduction of a public domain painting or photograph
You can NEVER use -
  • An image clearly for sale from a site like Corbis
  • Images representing more than 10% of a single collection/source (e.g. book, web site)
  • More than five images by the same artist
  • An image you download and then alter (for example, to remove a watermark) - unless the “conditions of use” permit alteration or you alter it to create a parody



Podcasting - Podcasting Legal Guide
Podcasting Legal Guide © 2006 Colette Vogele of Vogele & Associates, Mia Garlick of Creative Commons and Berkman Center Clinical Program in Cyberlaw. This Guide was produced as part of the Non-Residential Fellowship Program of the Center for Internet & Society at Stanford Law School
GREAT RESOURCES!! Copyright Friendly and Copyleft Images and Sound

Creating one product that uses music, pictures, and video really isn’t some magical different category. If you follow the rules for other categories of media when mixing them to create multimedia you’ll be fine.


Image credit - - Geishaboy500, CC license
Content Source HCPS Copyright

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