Copyright: Legal right of creators to control how their works are used by others. Images may be subject to multiple copyright claims, including claims by artists, photographers, designers, institutions, corporations, or others.
Copyright term: The period of time a work is covered by copyright. The copyright term is limited by copyright law.
Intellectual property: Creative products and results of intellectual work, including designs, images, symbols, art, and architecture.
Fair Use: Fair use is a concept embedded in U.S. law that recognizes that certain uses of copyright-protected works do not require permission from the copyright holder
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works "to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing." (http://creativecommons.org/about/what-is-cc).
Creative Commons licenses provide a way for people to share their work and make it available for others to build on and reuse.
Use a Creative Commons License for your own images.
We gratefully thank the wonderful librarians at the University of Washington whose Image Guide was incredibly helpful in preparing this guide. Some of the text and a few of the links you find here were drawn from their Libguide.