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For Faculty: Check out the Copyright Research Guide!

Copyright-Symbol_52Confused about copyright?

The Copyright Guide focuses on the basics of copyright, fair use, ethical use of images, and websites that will assist you in correctly using materials for your classes.

A Quick note on Fair Use

To determine fair use, you want to look at the Four Factors:

  • Factor 1 – The Purpose of Your Use  –  Do you seek commercial gain, or are you using these for scholarship, teaching, or writing a paper?
  • Factor 2 – The Nature of Your Use  –  Characteristics of the work itself are important in looking at fair use. Are you using a very highly creative work? If so, the judgment might be against its use as fair use.
  • Factor 3 – The Amount of the Work You Use – Are you trying to use an entire book, a chapter, or an art image?
  • Factor 4 – How the Potential Market for the Work Will Be Impacted by your Use – If you copy 100 book chapters, that is 100 copies pulled from the market.

If you have questions about copyright, please contact Jerry Mackay, Associate Dean of the Library, at 847-214-7595.

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For Faculty: Copyright Research Guide

copyrightJust in time for the new semester, we have created a Copyright Guide focusing on the basics of copyright, fair use, ethical use of images, and websites that will assist you in correctly using materials for your classes.

A Quick note on Fair Use

To determine fair use, you want to look at the Four Factors:

  • Factor 1 – The Purpose of Your Use  –  Do you seek commercial gain, or are you using these for scholarship, teaching, or writing a paper?
  • Factor 2 – The Nature of Your Use  –  Characteristics of the work itself are important in looking at fair use. Are you using a very highly creative work? If so, the judgment might be against its use as fair use.
  • Factor 3 – The Amount of the Work You Use – Are you trying to use an entire book, a chapter, or an art image?
  • Factor 4 – How the Potential Market for the Work Will Be Impacted by your Use – If you copy 100 book chapters, that is 100 copies pulled from the market.

If you have questions about copyright, please contact Jerry Mackay, Associate Dean of the Library, at 847-214-7597.

Pictures are worth a thousand words

Copyright-Symbol_52Need to find pictures and images that you can use in a presentation or on a blog?

Believe it or not, most works fall under Copyright, which means that even if there is no copyright symbol or statement, the image is still covered under copyright.  Which also means you may not be able to legally use it in a context other than education (or “fair use.”)

For a guided overview of this topic, see our Copyright Research Guide.

Below are some quick links to sources you can use to find pictures:

Harvard Law School Guide to Finding Public Domain and Creative Commons Images:  This guide has a great list of all the places you can go to search for images that you can use that are in public domain.

Google Images Advanced Search: Use this search and choose Usage Rights toward the bottom of the page to find images that can be reused.

Creative Commons: This is “a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools….and provide(s) a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use…creative work.”

Getty Images:  Offers access to over 35 million photographs.

These 3 collections from the Library of Congress offer some great options for images:
American Memory
Print & Photographs
Maps

If you have questions regarding copyright and images, please contact the library for assistance.