Is it OK to "steal" pictures for school reports, etc?

Started May 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
zabatman
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Re: Is it OK to "steal" pictures for school reports, etc?
In reply to tkbslc, May 20, 2013

I researched this recently for a project my daughter was doing.

In the US, it is considered Fair Use.  See here:

http://copyright.columbia.edu/copyright/files/2009/10/fairusechecklist.pdf

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If you want more detail:

"Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 lists four factors that must be addressed for a court to determine that a party’s use of a work falls within the fair use definition:

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for non-profit educational purposes;
  • the nature of the copyrighted work;
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."

(Source: http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/archive/ci/31/i03/html/03legal.html)

Here is Stanford's take on it:

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter9/9-b.html

It refers to Educational Guidelines in Chapter 7: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter7/7-b.html#1

which in turn states "The educational use guidelines can be found in Circular 21, provided by the Copyright Office."

The circular can be accessed here: http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ21.pdf and it is widely considered to apply to students too.

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