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ART 101 - Introduction to the Visual Arts: Using Images

Resources on finding, using, and citing information related to art media and artists.

Section of Van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888

Van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone

Digital Image Use 101

Understanding Image Licenses

The next step after you find an image will vary depending on the license of the image. Here are common categories of image licenses, and what you can do:

You need to seek permission from the creator of the image to use it, unless your purpose meets the criteria for Fair Use.
Fair Use
Fair Use is a user's right that allows you to use copyrighted materials without permission or payment under certain conditions. See: Downloading Images from the Internet box.
Public Domain
You are free to use the image for any purpose without permission
Creative Commons
More and more materials in popular websites such as Flickr and YouTube are licensed under Creative Commons guidelines. See: Creative Commons

Creative Commons & Public Domain

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