This guide is aimed at helping staff and students to stay within the law when using copyright material. Copyright is a legal protection for an author or creator which restricts the copying of an original work they have created.
Images are protected by copyright law just like written text. They include photographs, illustrations and diagrams whether they are from electronic or print sources.
Use caution when searching for images on the internet as not all that is available is free to use. Click here for detailed information on where you can search for either copyright free images or those that are released under licence (but free to use in your teaching).
The information contained in these pages provides an interpretation of current copyright issues. It is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.
There is some material on these pages that may link to third party sites that are licensed differently. De Montfort University does not endorse these third party sites, and they cannot accept responsibility for their content or ongoing availability. Any logos or trademarks in the resource are exclusive property of their owners and their appearance is not an endorsement by De Montfort University.
JISC has produced a copyright training guide for university academic and support staff to provide guidance on how to legally use other people's materials in teaching and learning. This is an interactive guide that covers a range of areas with a quiz at the end to test your knowledge. Please click on the link below to take you through to the guide.