A Word on Copyright

Note that plagiarism and copyright are two separate issues. Citing a photo, video or other media file does not mean that you have used the material legally.

Generally using these types of materials:

  • once.
  • in class.
  • for a student presentation.

is allowed under fair use guidelines. See U.S. Copyright Office - Fair Use and Stanford Copyright and Fair Use for more information.

However, if you intend to

  • make your presentation available over the Internet,
  • to present it to an audience more than once,
  • to give a speech for which you will be paid,
  • or to give a speech to the general public,

then consider the copyright laws for including photographs, videos, etc. Seek permission and provide appropriate legal notices in the body of your presentation. In some cases, a royalty must be paid in order to use others' creations. In other cases, royalty-free work is available for use under certain conditions.

The photo credit given below is an appropriate one for a Creative Commons image being reproduced on a web site for educational purposes.


(Photo credit: Luke Redmond.Machu Picchu (The Lost City of the Incas).Used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.)




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