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Fair Use

Here you will learn about Fair Use and how this applies to Copyrighted material. As an educational institution, Neomed will use Fair Use often.

Using Images in Lectures

All images posted on the course management system should:

  • be in the public domain; OR
  • be permissible for educational use; OR
  • have a creative commons license; OR
  • be your own image; OR
  • be cited and/or include a proper attribution

If you're uncertain about whether or not your images qualify, you are welcome to contact the library for guidance. Please note: library staff typically need 2-3 weeks to process image copyright requests, especially when slide decks contain multiple images.

The Library will:

  • help faculty, staff, and students locate alternative permissible images for use in course lectures (public domain or creative commons licensed images only)
  • provide guidance on how to obtain permissions for images in publications
  • point faculty, staff, and students to relevant databases, image attribution generators, and sections of copyright law (for the researcher to interpret)

The Library will not:

  • make definitive answers on whether or not an image is violating copyright, unless the image has an assigned creative commons license or is in the public domain
  • request permissions for the individual
  • interpret copyright law(s)

Reminder When Using Images

Users are ultimately responsible for verifying that images used are copyright compliant. Users should verify the copyright status of images before reproduction. Please contact the library with any questions about the permissible use of images.

For more information on NEOMED’s copyright policies and practices, visit our copyright policy.