Is it okay to use images or other materials from the Internet for educational purposes?
Is it okay to use images or other materials from the Internet in a Blackboard course?
It depends on what you want to do.
Materials on the Internet are treated the same under copyright law as any other copyright materials, so if you want to use them, they must meet one of these criteria:
- fall within one of the Copyright Act’s exceptions (such as fair dealing, or the educational use of the Internet exception);
- be open access, or;
- be in the public domain.
If the material isn’t from an open access or public domain source, and doesn't fall into one of the Act’s exceptions, you will have to obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Check our guide for suggestions on finding copyright-friendly images, videos, and music.