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Say you find an image online that you’d like to use in your article, or repost. How do you go about deciding if it’s even legal? The last thing you’ll want is to get sued — so how do you determine if it’s safe to proceed?

Before starting, you’d first need to be familiar with four terms: copyright Top 5 Free Websites for Quality Copyright Free Photographs Top 5 Free Websites for Quality Copyright Free Photographs Whether you're an aspiring photographer or an up-and-coming entrepreneur, it's never a bad idea to have some stock photography websites at your disposal. Read More , fair use 7 Great Ways To Find Free Images Online 7 Great Ways To Find Free Images Online For more day to day mundane uses, we need free images for decorate a blog post, seek inspiration, set a wallpaper, make a collage, or just finish the school homework. This post thus takes a... Read More , creative commons What Is Creative Commons, And Should You Use It? What Is Creative Commons, And Should You Use It? Creative Commons is a set of licenses which automatically give you permission to do various things, such as reuse and distribute the content. Let's find out more about it and how to use it. Read More and public domain. With the help of this flowchart, it’s easy to figure out where you stand with copyright law.

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  1. Lynn G
    August 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Looks great to me :) Thank you for this :)

  2. Paul Hood
    August 5, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Weak. Very weak. Follow this flowchart and get sued. Artists frequently create images for sale to "just hang on your wall" for "personal use" as they have for centuries. It is not fair use to copy creative work without permission to "just hang on your wall". The go-to decision in every case is to contact the content creator for permission if you really want to protect yourself.

  3. Lalit
    August 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Great inforgraphic flowchart to understand to matter of copyrighted images. Well, head one some more cool tricks and tips at elkeesmedia.com

  4. Robert Stewart
    July 29, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    You might want to clarify your point about purchasing the image. Many photo studios and professional photographers don't include copyright permissions as part of your purchase of a photo so you can't re-use it without their permission. It's not considered a work for hire unless it is included in the contract.

  5. Julie
    July 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I'm not seeing a CC license notice . . . can I use this flow chart in my powerpoint class? :)

    • Shalin
      July 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      This is an infographic type flow diagram. Standard flowchart should use proper flowchart symbols. The concept and the flows are good but the symbols are little bit out of order. Decision blocks should be illustrated by diamond shapes and processes should be represented by rectangles . Refer this --> http://creately.com/diagram-type/objects/flowcharts

  6. Maureen Sklaroff
    July 29, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Good to know! I personally am going to start watermarking my pictures, as a few of them had been "borrowed" without my permission lately. I know people can still remove the watermark, but anything to make it more difficult!

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    July 29, 2014 at 3:57 am

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  8. Anas D
    July 29, 2014 at 3:57 am