Art and Art History
Ebert Art Center
1220 Beall Avenue
Wooster, OH 44691
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Most images in the Visual Resources Library collections are copyright protected. All images in the collection are intended for scholarly instruction and research purposes. No duplication for any other reason is allowed or intended. Reproduction or manipulation of the collection’s images, in any format, is prohibited by law and subject to prior agreement with the publisher or vendor of the image.*
If you plan to use an image not created by you for educational purposes, the use is most likely covered under Fair Use.
U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C.
Section 107. Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Fair Use
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified in that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:
- the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
- the nature of the copyrighted work;
- the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
- the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
If you plan to use an image not created by you* for publication, distribution outside the classroom, or online, seek permission from the copyright holder to reuse the image.
Tools created by the University of Minnesota Libraries that outline steps to take when considering the use of potentially copyrighted materials. The Copyright & Information Resources section has many useful pages and additional tools.
A program designed to assist in assessing the intellectual property status of a specific image.
Public Domain and Creative Commons Images
Here are some resources for finding images that are freely available for commercial or public use without copyright restrictions. Also see Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States, by Peter B. Hirtle.
Search for Creative Commons licensed material from the Creative Commons webpage using well-known search engines and media sharing sites.
A digital media repository of public domain and Creative Commons licensed material that is free to copy, use, and modify as long as the terms specified by the author are followed.