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ITECH 110 - Digital Imaging 1 : Professor Krikun: Get Permission

This research guide will help students in Digital Imaging understand Creative Commons,different types of image licensing agreements and how to search for images for reuse and modification.

Reusing Material

In our example from the Library of Congress (on the right), it is very easy to find all the metadata about our photograph and the permissions information. When you are browsing the internet for material it may be much more difficult to find any identifying information attached to an image along with permissions information.

Getting Permission to Use the Work of Others

In Our Collection

Looking for Rights and Permissions

If an item (photograph, video, file) does not explicitly state that you can use it, you should assume you do not have permission and need to request it. Getting permissions is not always expensive (or necessarily cost anything).

When you find a photograph, look for the image data to see if it is tagged with a Creative Commons license or some other wording that states you can reuse without asking.


Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Photograph of UNIVAC computer

[One man looks on as another man prepares Univac computer to predict a winning horse] / World Telegram & Sun photo by Herman Hiller.

UNIVAC computer, 1959


Look at the metadata (information about the photograph):

UNIVAC photograph metadata page


Check the Library of Congress page about Copyright and other Restrictions to see what "No Copyright Restrictions Known" means for reuse:

Library of Congress image reuse information

With this information we need to decide whether we feel like we can use this image. In addition to the above statement that their are no known restrictions on the image, our image states that the original rights were transferred to the Library of Congress. Under U.S. copyright law, U.S. Government works are not protected by copyright.


Any images should credit the original source whether they are in the public domain, licensed through Creative Commons, or under copyright. See the Crediting Images tab for more information.