Image Decision Tool

This decision tree is intended as a helpful educational resource as you make decisions about your rights to use images created by others. It is not intended as a substitute for expert legal advice. If in doubt about the copyright status of materials you wish to use or reproduce, please contact the copyright group.

Getting started:
What kind of original image do you have?

Is the image digital?
Choice arrows
Yes No

Why this matters: Digital images are protected under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), so the rules governing their use tend to be stricter than non-digital images.