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Copyright for course packs



It is easy to find images on the web but you need to check that the images you use do not infringe copyright. Freely available does not mean free to use!
      You must attribute the images you use  - unless it is has been made available under a CC0 licence.

There are a number of ways to source images:

  • Use your own (or the School’s) photos or use images you’ve created.
  • Use Creative Commons images (these are images that are intended to be freely shared.)
  • Use free/public domain images (the rights have expired or been forfeited.)
  • Licence (i.e. pay to use)  an image or set of images (an example is: Cartoon Bank ) or Dilbert

Sources of free images

ArtUK Search public art collections across the UK and filter for Creative Commons resources.
British Library A Flickr catalogue - the licence is diplayed 

Wikimedia Commons

31 million + images, anyone can contribute. Check the licence terms which may well be a Creative Commons Licence (or it may be public domain.)


Check the copyright statements. You may have to attribute the photographer and the Library. E.g.: Berg & Høeg, National Library of Norway.
Pixabay Images free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0 (the equivalent of being put into the public domain.) The site was created to serve as a free image exchange for creative professionals and teachers to use in their work. The Morgue File Free License allows adaptation and commercial use, without attribution. Search through thousands of free (CC0 licensed) stock photos.
Pexels Pexels photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. 
VADS Online resource for visual arts providing over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.
Wellcome Trust freely licensed digital books, artworks, photos and images of historical library materials and museum objects.

To credit an individual image:

‘Photo courtesy of [photographer’s or company’s name, linking to their website or email address as appropriate]’  and add creative commons restrictions if applicable.


Credit: [photographer’s or company’s name, linking to their website or email address as appropriate]’
On a page where a number of images needing copyright acknowledgement appear:
‘Photography supplied courtesy of [list of photographers/company names, linking to their websites or email addresses]’