Flowchart: Can You Use That Copyrighted Picture?

ROFL 29-07-2014

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 The Top 15 Sites for Copyright and Royalty-Free Images Here are the best stock photography websites that will ensure you always have access to copyright and royalty-free images. Read More , fair use 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 Non-Commercial Use? What is Creative Commons? What does "non-commercial use" mean? Learn about Creative Commons licenses and how they work. 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

  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 -->

  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!