5 Replies
Judy Nollet

Unless the site specifically states that an image is in the public domain or that rights are freely offered, you should assume the image is copyrighted. Which means you can't copy and reuse it.

That said, copyright only protects the author's specific expression. In other words, if an image inspires you, you can certainly try to create something similar (but not exactly the same).

Cary Glenn

It might depend on the laws of your country but generally copyright infringement includes:

Use of whole or part of an image without permission

• Use beyond the scope of a license or permission

• Adapting an image without permission (art rendering)

• Asking another photographer to identically recreate the image

(From http://www.stockphotorights.com/faq/)

Always assume that every photo you find on the internet to be covered by copyright.

You can find a list of stock photo sites here. http://community.articulate.com/forums/t/1187.aspx

You can find public domain images here. http://www.morguefile.com/ or you can do a google search for public domain pictures.

Another way to look at this would you be happy if someone took a copy of an elearning course you developed changed the first slide and then used it without compensating or crediting you?


I am not sure what kind of image (photo, drawing) you are looking for but you may want to check Flickr. The British National Library has just released 1 million images to the public domain (free of copyrights). Check this link to access the collection and google the topic if you wish to read more about it. https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/