Most images in the Visual Resources Library collections are copyright protected. All images in the collection are intended for scholarly instruction and research purposes. No duplication for any other reason is allowed or intended. Reproduction or manipulation of the collection’s images, in any format, is prohibited by law and subject to prior agreement with the publisher or vendor of the image.*
*This excludes images that fall under Public Domain or expressly made available under Creative Commons licensing.
If you plan to use an image not created by you for educational purposes, the use is most likely covered under Fair Use.
U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Section 107. Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Fair Use
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified in that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:
If you plan to use an image not created by you* for publication, distribution outside the classroom, or online, seek permission from the copyright holder to reuse the image.
Here are some resources for finding images that are freely available for commercial or public use without copyright restrictions. Also see Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States, by Peter B. Hirtle.
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