Not all digital content is free to use (no, not even everything in Google Images is free).
If you are publishing your work online, consider the following to be sure you are using, adapting, and citing content and materials appropriately.
1. Use media with stated licenses.
This includes Creative Commons and Public Domain; these works will be clearly labeled so that you understand what you need to do to edit or reuse them. This does not take away the need for giving credit where credit is due. Attribution is part of Creative Commons and items will typically state this.
2. See if your situation qualifies as Fair Use.
If you are using these materials in the classroom, as a student or instructor, your work may be subject to different guidelines. Remember, you will still need to provide citation information to give proper credit to your sources. When considering Fair Use, think about the academic use of what you are doing.
3. Create your own media.
Thanks to technology, creating your own images and media is easier than ever before. Use online graphic creators (canva, visme, etc), a camera, audio, or video recorder to make your own media.
4. Ask for permission
See if you can find the contact info for the creator of the work. Sometimes you can simply get permission to re-use the work.
You can license any work you publish online!
You have control over how others online use your creative works.
Browse the license options below, choose a license, and post the appropriate symbol on your finished work. It's that easy.