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

Started May 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
CFynn
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In reply to tkbslc, May 21, 2013

tkbslc wrote:

My first grader is doing a report on eagles.  We were thinking of printing a few pictures from some websites to use in the project.   But then I got thinking, is this photo theft or a copyright violation?  Isn't there some provision made for educational use?

Or I guess another question might be, would you be angry if you found out someone used a picture you had taken for a school project?

http://commons.wikimedia.org  is a great source of photos you can freely use for school projects

If you are a non-commercial photographer and have photos thet would be useful for educational purposes, illustrating Wikipedia articles, etc - it is also a good place to contribute them.

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