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

Started May 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
zabatman Regular Member • Posts: 435
It's actually not stealing. It's allowed under the Fair Use Convention.

Here in South Africa the following is allowed under the Fair Use Convention:

What can be copied?

Motion media:

o Up to 10 percent of the total or three minutes, whichever is less.

Text material:

o Up to 10 percent of the total or 1,000 words, whichever is less.

o An entire poem of less than 250 words may be used, but no more than three poems by one poet or five poems by different authors in an anthology.

For poems exceeding 250 words, 250 words should be used but no more than three excerpts from one poet or five excerpts from different poets

in the same work.

o A chapter from a book (never the entire book).

o An article from a periodical or newspaper.

o A short story, essay, or poem. One work is the norm whether it comes from an individual work or an anthology.

o A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical or newspaper.

Music, lyrics, and music video:

o Up to 10 percent of the work but no more than 30 seconds of the music or lyrics from an individual musical work.

Illustrations or photographs:

o No more than five images from one artist or photographer.

o No more than 10% or 15 images, whichever is less, from a collection.

o Multiple copies of a chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or a picture contained in a book or periodical issue.

Numerical data sets:

o Up to 10 percent or 2,500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, from a copyrighted database or data table.

Copying of a multimedia project:

o No more than two copies may be made of a project.


o Multiple copies of a poem of 250 words or less that exist on two pages or less or 250 words from a longer poem.


o Multiple copies of an article, story or essay that are 2,500 words or less or excerpts up to 1,000 words or 10 percent of the total work, whichever is less.

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