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Can I use Microsoft clip art images in my teaching?

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016  |  466 Views
Topics: Copyright

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While copyright law might permit the use of these images for educational purposes, the University is bound by the Microsoft licensing agreement and as such this is not a straightforward scenario.

Microsoft clearly permits clip art images to be used for assignments and brochures, as long as that use is non-commercial and "personal". Advice from the University's Legal Office is that using images in lecture notes or slides would be acceptable, but that using clip art images on unit outlines or other material that is not clearly "personal" and as such they advise that these images should only be used in instances where the use is directly educational and narrow in scope.

Alternative Options:

Instead of using Microsoft Clipart you could alternatively use images retrievied from the University Library subscribed resource of Britannica Image Quest or via a Creative Commons search on the Internet.

More information on these options can be found under 'Using Images and Music' on the University Library Copyright Guide.



Please view the Copyright Guide on the University Library website for more information about the above topic as well as other areas of Copyright.

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Other Answers / Comments (1)

  1. Due to my love of clip art I went looking for something we could use without limitation.

    I found a Creative Commons clip art library via; it’s

    Openclipart's stance on commercial use is:
    “All Clipart on Openclipart are available for unlimited commercial use. That means you may use the clipart commercially, for education, for church, for school, for your job, or even to manufacture products globally.”
    by Matt on Jun 06, 2014.

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