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Copyright: Images & Copyright

Information about copyright and how it affects your teaching, research, and learning at Davidson

Did you know?

Most images in Google are protected by copyright.

You cannot copy them, even for educational or non-profit use. 

For information about how to find images you can use, click here


This site is intended for informational purposes only.  Library staff members cannot give legal advice.  For legal advice, you should contact an intellectual property attorney.


Images created today automatically have copyright protection.  You cannot assume you have permission to use images that have been posted on the Internet, even for educational or non-commercial purposes.  

When using images, you need to ask:

  • Does the image have copyright protection or is it in the public domain? 

  • If it is protected by copyright, do I have permission to use the image?

  • Is it fair use to use the image for my purposes?

Information in this guide will help you answer these questions.  Not sure?  Ask a librarian!

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