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

Started May 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tony Sx Senior Member • Posts: 2,155
No, it is not o.k.

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?

Yes, it is either theft or copyright violation. Doesn't matter which, it is wrong. All you or your first-grader has to do is acknowledge the image's source.

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?

Yes I would unless you or your first-grader were to acknowledge the source. And please don't think that there's an age limit on theft. It's no good saying he's only 6. What are you going to do when he's 7? Or 8..... It's very simple, if you find an image on the web that you want to use, use it unless there is some statement forbidding reproduction. But when you use it, it's only correct, polite and reasonable to state who's image it is!

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