Most images you find in print material or on the Internet are copyright protected. There are educational exceptions in the Copyright Act that allow you to make some limited use of copyrighted images in your course presentations or papers for educational purposes.In addition, for non-commercial use, there is an exception for non-commercial user generated content.
Please see below for more details.
Images include: figures, tables, graphs, photographs, charts and diagrams.
A note about Google Images and Microsoft Office/Bing Images: Use only if you can cite the original image from the original webpage or if you have permission from the copyright owner.
Charts and tables are protected by copyright like images. Did you know that ideas cannot be copyrighted? Copyright protects the original words or images that express an idea. You can recreate graphs and tables from raw data without infringing on the copyright of the original creators.
Copying the ideas of others without giving credit is plagiarism. Always provide credit for the original source of ideas and data when writing a paper, or creating charts and diagrams!
A book cover or jacket is a creative work and the creator is generally not the author of the book itself. If using the fair dealing exception, please weigh the criteria carefully. Although the use may be educational and not for profit, the book cover is art or photography and not part of the book, so its use does not fall within the usual 10% excerpt from a book. Obtaining permission would be the favored option but often the publisher is not the copyright holder for the book jacket and only has permission to reproduce with the book. Obtaining permission from the actual copyright holder could be time consuming and difficult. If after careful consideration your use of a book cover falls within the fair dealing exception, it is recommended to use thumbnail, low resolution images if available.
Seneca Libraries (2014 June, 16). [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuwsCPfd4dk
Justin Trudeau Singing Work by Rihanna
CBC Music (2016 March, 9). [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFTA0qHcswk
Reproduction for instruction
Under Section 29.4 (1) of the Copyright Act, you are permitted to project an image for the purposes of education or training on the premises of an educational institution. Distance courses via the university's web conferencing software, e.g. Blackboard Collaborate or BBC Ultra, are included under the premises of an educational institution.
Work available through Internet
The Copyright Modernization Act, Section 30.04, allows educational institutions, for educational purposes, to reproduce, save, download and share publicly available materials that are on the Internet, under certain conditions.
You can reproduce an entire image from the Internet, as long as:
Please check our Finding Images guide for some helpful sources for finding a wide variety of images for presentations and papers.
Remember to check your rights permissions at all times. Images must be properly cited, like any other source.
Photo credit: gfpeck. (2010, March 29). Create [image]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/wespeck/4473683746/