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Have you ever wanted to download and use an image from the World Wide Web on a blog or website? If you have, you need to know about copyright laws. Explore more about what this important term means!
English / Language Arts, Practical Life Skills
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Plan - Get It!
Suppose you decide to create your own website or blog. Maybe it's about baking or your favorite sport. Maybe it's about traveling throughout the United States or to another country. Of course, you'll use your own writing on your blog or website, but what about the pictures? If you don't have your own images, what can you do?
Fro a moment, imagine you decide to create a blog about baking and would like to add a photo of a chocolate cake.
The problem is, you don't have one!
You might be thinking that you'll just do a search for an image of a chocolate cake, download the first image that you see, then add it to your blog or website.
However, if you do that, chances are that you will be violating copyright law. Yikes! Violating a copyright is basically a form of stealing, because you are using someone else's creative work, such as an image or artwork, without asking for their permission. Double Yikes! So, take a moment to watch Copyright and Fair Use Animation, from Common Sense Education:
Fortunately, there are images on the Web that are perfectly acceptable for you to download and use on your blog. These images are called public domain images. If an image is in the public domain, it means the artist or photographer has released the image to the public, and you can use it without worrying about copyright infringement.
One way to find these types of images is to go to certain websites that provide a variety of images that are copyright-free. A few of these websites include:
Sometimes, an image's license will indicate that it is "Free for Commercial Use. No Attribution Required." This means you are allowed to use the image even for commercial purposes, and it is in the public domain. "No Attribution Required" means you don't need to indicate from where you got the image. However, it is still good practice to cite where you got the image, even if the license says you don't need to. An example of a citation for an image is displayed under the photograph of the chocolate cake below. Take a quick look.
Image by congerdesign, via Pixabay, is in the public domain.
Most public domain images have a symbol that looks like the symbol below:
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