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Is it legal to use photos from a website for a school assignment?

Asked by skateangel (298 points ) July 15th, 2012

It’s not for commercial use or anything…just an assignment on Beethoven. But I don’t want to get in trouble, so is okay to use pictures or information from a website as long as you properly credit it and everything? Thanks

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jrpowell's avatar

I can’t imagine it begin a problem. If it is between you an a teacher I doubt the RIAA is going to sue you and it could be argued as fair use.

Just make sure you don’t cross the line into plagiarism with the text. Just make brief notes on the text and then re-write in your own words.

DeanV's avatar

From a copywrite standpoint, probably not. From a “people giving a shit” standpoint, go for it.

AshlynM's avatar

There are websites where you can get free public domain photos for personal and commercial use. Anytime you click on a photo from the internet, most of them will say, “image may be subjected to copyright.” Fair Use Act and copyright laws are kind of gray areas. The only way to truly use copyrighted material is to get explicit permission from the holder.

Most likely nothing will happen to you.

_Whitetigress's avatar

The correct way to go about it is, save the photo, paste into your documents and have a caption. Who, What, Where, When, How, Size (this is for art pieces), Gallery (this is for art pieces), Place Found/Created, Website. That should suffice for a basic research paper. (Obviously for the bibliography you’d list the site it was found and the photographer if possible.

And you pretty much have the right idea in your “detail” section anyhow! :D

flutherother's avatar

If it’s for a school assignment it is fine. Once something is on the web it’s pretty much in the public domain anyway. That doesn’t mean you can copy chunks of text into your assignment and claim it is your own work. Your teacher will notice and won’t be pleased. Express your own thoughts in your own words and give a source for any quotations you use.

Bellatrix's avatar

If you attribute the source of the photograph both as a caption as @_Whitetigress suggests and include the info in your reference list, you will be fine.

gailcalled's avatar

It’s the same as using a photo of painting, well-known or not. The best-known paintings do not need to be credited (viz; Mona Lisa): my pix of Milo need an attribution.

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