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

Started May 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
zabatman Regular Member • Posts: 435
Re: Is it OK to "steal" pictures for school reports, etc?

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

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


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."


Here is Stanford's take on it:

It refers to Educational Guidelines in Chapter 7:

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: and it is widely considered to apply to students too.

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