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Image: by Stephen Coley, via Wikimedia Commons

This Guide is intended to help clarify copyright issues surrounding the use of online images and provides a list of digital image collections vetted by librarians. In addition, it offers search tips and a list of editing programs used by Landmark College faculty, staff and students. Explore at your leisure and feel free to contact us with questions large and small.

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Kathy Burris


In your efforts to use images ethically and legally, you may encounter terms that sound familiar, but their exact meaning is unclear. Here are some definitions from the U.S. Copyright Office that can help:

Fair Use
A provision in copyright law that allows for the use of copyrighted works for particular purposes such as scholarship or research. Fair use is determined by the following four factors: 

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  • the nature of the copyrighted work
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

License agreements
Contracts between libraries and digital content providers that determine how the content can be accessed and used. License agreements are often more restrictive than copyright or fair use laws, and override these other provisions. See ARTstor's Terms and Conditions of Use for an example of benefits and limitations of use.

Open Access
"Free and unrestricted online availability," according to the Budapest Open Access Initiative. Open Access images are typically images that archives, libraries, museums, or copyright holders choose to make available online without restrictions on distribution or reuse.

Public Domain
When a work is not covered by copyright (because the copyright term has expired, the creator has released the work, or the work was never copyrighted) it is in the public domain and as such, is part of The Commons.