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Writing 118 (Maharaj): Images

Management Communication

Licensing

How can I be an ethical user of information including photos, video, and sound?

Before using an image for a specific purpose, look for information that indicates how the image can be used and if there are any restrictions. 

  • Images may be copyrighted.  Use is restricted.  Permission from the information creator is required before the image can be used.
  • Images may be assigned a Creative Commons (CC) license.  Multiple licenses are available.  Information creators select rules for how their images (or other work) can be used.
  • Images may be in the Public Domain or assigned a Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license (known as a Public Domain dedication).  Information creators may choose to waive their rights and opt out of copyright by assigning a CCO license to their work.  This information may be used without restriction.

image of copyright symbol, creative commons, and public domainsee Nelli's "The Creative Commons Licenses" post

More on Creative Commons

  • Creative Commons Licenses Explanation - Key components - Attribution, ShareAlike, NoDerivs (no changes) and NonCommercial
  • Creative Common Licenses (from Northeastern University IT Services) - Scroll down for an excellent "Legend of Creative Commons License Restrictions" and a "Cheat Sheet" chart of how those license can be combined.
  • Creative Commons Videos in Vimeo - Explains Creative Commons licensing (see right hand panel) and allows you to browse Vimeo videos by CC license.

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