The information presented in this guide is intended to provide general guidelines and serves as an interpretation of current issues. It is not legal advice.
It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they comply with copyright law. For further guidance, please refer to your tutor or seek local campus support.
You may be asked to include images or film in your assignments or projects.
It is important to understand that, unless explicitly stated, any image or film you find or can access on the internet should be considered protected under copyright law.
What images can you use?
If you want to use images or film and plan on sharing your work outside of your course, you must be able to demonstrate that they are not protected under copyright law, are accessible through Creative Commons, or owned by you.
For work only submitted as part of your course (not shared with outside parties) you may be able to use images/film found on the internet through fair dealing. However, you must provide an accurate attribution of the work as well as a reference. For further guidance on fair dealing, please consult your tutor or seek local campus support.
All students are expected to comply with copyright legislation and could be sued for distributing third-party copyrighted materials. Clear explanation of the requirements of copyright law, and good academic practice, including plagiarism, is covered in our Assignment Toolkit.
Please take a look at our Copyright Guide if you would like further information.
There are many collections offering images that have the Creative Commons CO license; this license means that you can use and edit the image freely. Here are a few places to look:
You can also access a wide range of video and radio programmes through Box of Broadcasts