Answered By: Alison Gowers
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2017     Views: 1875

Yes, as long as your use of the images remains for educational purposes (research or study) only and the use is 'fair'.

'Fair use' depends on the purpose and character of your use; the nature of the work you are using; the possibility of obtaining the work within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price; the effect of the dealing on the potential market for, or value of, the work; and, where only part of a work is copied, the amount and substantiality of the part copied in relation to the whole work. It is also good practice to attribute the source of the image where appropriate.

However, generally speaking, use of images from the Internet in assignments, projects, reports etc. is likely to be fair use.

An alternative to using images from the Internet is Britannica Image Quest (a resources the University Library subscribes too). This can be found (along with information on Creative Commons images) on the 'Using Images and Music' section of the University Library Copyright Guide.

If you have any concerns please contact the University Copyright Officer: copyright@nd.edu.au

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