Copyright Issues and Sources for Images
Draft October 2020: Not yet approved
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- If you use photos or graphics for your promotion handouts, or website you must check the copyright status of the images you use.
- Some images will be free of copyright; others will only request attribution, but many will require a license and that will often entail payment.
- If someone has a personal or business account with sources that provide images, they probably cannot transfer their ‘rights’ to a DAUK committee. Please check the T&Cs of the subscription. It might be necessary to obtain a fresh licence for use by DAUK.
- If we use photos or videos taken by members of DAUK at our events, we need to ensure that the people attending the event in the photo have been informed that photos of the event may appear on DAUK website or social media. If people are named in the photo or video, we should ensure that we have their consent. For more specific guidance please refer to the Compliance Dashboard Guide for the Website
- UK ‘fair dealing’ is more restrictive than the US ‘fair use’ , so you must be very attentive. Some, short extracts from texts (academic or think tank publications) might be capable of being deemed suitable for ‘fair dealing’ (UK) as long as attribution/citation is provided, and you do not make excessive use of the material. But you need to check this very carefully. Since we are based in the UK, we must abide by ‘fair dealing’. Specifically, it can only be fair dealing if used for a specific purpose, such as criticism or discussion of the work itself. If in doubt, do not assume that you can use it.
- Always ensure that you check that images and text you use meet DAUK Compliance Guidelines and reflect the values of DAUK.
Guides to Copyright
This official UK government guide offers an explanation of ‘fair dealing’
- This is the official UK Government Guide Copyright Notice on digital images, photographs and the internet
- This is the official US Government site devoted to US Copyright but we must abide by UK laws rather than US laws.
- These guides to US ‘fair use’ copyright issues are helpful, but they need to be verified that it is up to date: https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/copyright-fair-use-and-how-it-works-for-online-images/ help.
- This blog is also useful for advice on using images – but again refers to the US : https://www.mintox.com/blog/can-i-use-that-image-on-my-website
Written works: text, graphs, charts in publications (need more sources)
“You can quote without needing copyright permission if all of the following apply
• the work you are quoting from has been previously published;
• the use is fair dealing;
• you quote ‘no more than is required by the specific purpose for which it is used’;
• the use is genuinely for the purpose of quotation; and • you include proper acknowledgement.”
Please note: if you have a professional subscription that gives you access to publications that have restricted distribution (e.g. as an academic, lawyer or medical professional) you might not be able to make that content (even just quotes) and sources available to the public via the website. This discussion of the US ‘fair use’ ‘Fair Use’ Rule: When Use of Copyrighted Material Is Acceptable’ has some useful discussion about using text extracts. See their
Sources for photos and graphics
Please send us your recommendations.
Be very wary of using Google images since many are from photographer sources, such as Getty Images, which they are usually copyrighted and may require a fee.
Always caption/credit the source whenever possible.
Sources with good quality photos, including some that are ‘Creative Commons licensed’:
- Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/collections/ for the most part, seems to be copyright free (taken by on the job government photographers)
- Library of Congress has a flickr page which appears to be all put into the commons/public domain: https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/albums
These are organized in various ways: here is one on Roadside America https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/albums/72157686396348231/page1
- Commons licensed Obama Administration photos https://www.flickr.com/people/obamawhitehouse/
- For an extensive list of 101 websites that list royalty free images: mashable.com/2017/05/23/where-to-find-royalty-free-images
- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page “Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone”
- https:unsplash.com – offers some copyright free photos; all photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible
- https://burst.shopify.com/free-images – photos copyright free
- https://www.pexels.com – no attribution required
- https: freephotos.cc – photos copyright free
Democrats Abroad sources: Wiki Page
Provides a range of graphics that can be used by any Democrats Abroad Country Committee
Other sources for graphics and photos
https://blog.snappa.com/free-stock-photos/ – links to a good range of photo/image sites, not all are copyright/account free check each image
https://stocksnap.io/ – not all are copyright/account free so need to check each image
https://www.freepik.com/ – free icons etc. but many appear to require an account
https://shutterstock.com royalty free but you may have to open an account to download and use their photos or graphics and pay a monthly charge.
Many political infographics are designed to be shared and freely available, but always check their copyright status and whether attribution is required. For example, March for Our Lives has produced free artwork for people to use. Worth researching for images on your topics.
Book covers – A book cover or jacket is a creative work and the creator is generally not the author of the book itself. It is art or photography and not part of the book. It is not always clear who holds the copyright and under what circumstances you can display an image of a book. Online advice is variable, but we will update this with more information after receiving additional advice.
Videos: We need to get professional advice on these Intellectual Property issues, since online information is variable.
Extract from Film Committee Permissions Guide – a strict? interpretation
Just because a video is on YouTube or other public sites that does not mean that you can automatically use it. Just as with every other broadcast medium, videos are copyrighted by the creator, and you will need permission to use the video. Do note that sometimes films or videos are uploaded to YouTube by people who do not hold the copyright and who are not authorized to upload it – so be vigilant!
How to find who holds the copyright:
Under each YouTube video, it will say “uploaded by” – followed by a username that is a clickable link. If you click on the username link, you will go to the person’s YouTube channel. In the person’s profile, you will find more information about them. They may include a term of use for their videos in the profile, but not many people do this.
If their email address is listed, you can send them an email. If there is no email address listed, you can still use the Send Message link at the top of the profile section to send a message from your official YouTube account to their account (since any @democratsabroad.org.uk is a Google account, each official @democratsabroad.org.uk automatically has a YouTube account). If they have a website listed, visit the site to see if there are instructions for use of the videos on their site.
Videos on other sites:
You need to determine who actually holds the copyright and seek permission from the copyright holder. A site may be making use of a video (with license or permission) on their site but do not hold the copyright.
These sources were compiled by the DAUK Women’s Caucus, the Policy Network and Film Committees in 2017, and updated and revised August 4 2020 by Elaine C and Eva R. Revised by Elaine C and Asha S on August 26 2020.
To be updated and approved by DAUK Chair and Legal Counsel